Emerald Tidings

October 2015

  1. Municipal Election - Tuesday, November 3

    New State Budget Does NOT Harm Emerald Isle's Sales Tax

    Vacation Rental Management Companies Announce Mandatory Deck Inspections Program

    Temporary Emergency Communications Tower in Place Due to Water Tank Maintenance

    Bogue Inlet Channel Relocation - 10 Years Later

    Senator Jean Preston Memorial Playground Closer to Reality

    New Yard Debris Collection Truck

    Clarification - Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    EIPD "Ice Cream Ticket" Program a Big Success!

    New Town Website

    NC 58 to be Dedicated as Blue Star Memorial Highway - November 11

    From Sound to Sea Paint Out

    Did You Know?

Municipal Election - Tuesday, November 3

The Emerald Isle municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.  A total of seven candidates are vying for three open seats on the Board of Commissioners, with the two candidates receiving the most votes elected to 4-year terms and the third place candidate elected to a 2-year term.   The seven candidates are incumbent Commissioner Floyd Messer, and newcomers Ryan Ayre, Mike Campbell, Candace Dooley, Steve Finch, Mark Taylor, and Don Wells.

The Emerald Isle Business Association is sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 20 at 6 pm in the Emerald Isle Community Center.  Come on out to learn about the candidates!

New State Budget Does NOT Harm Emerald Isle's Sales Tax

The NC General Assembly adopted the FY 15-16 State budget in September, and the new budget includes sales tax provisions that provide additional financial assistance to rural counties but does NOT reduce the amount of sales tax revenue provided to Emerald Isle, Carteret County, and other tourism communities.  The Town is pleased with this outcome, as sales tax is the Town's most important revenue source.

Total sales tax revenues in Emerald Isle are in excess of $1.65 million per year.  Earlier proposals under consideration by the NC General Assembly could have reduced Emerald Isle's annual sales tax revenues by anywhere from $200,000 to more than $1 million.  Town officials worked closely with other officials in Carteret County to oppose the earlier proposals, and also received great support from NC Representative Pat McElraft, NC Senator Norman Sanderson, and Governor Pat McCrory.

 

Vacation Rental Management Companies Announce Mandatory Deck Inspections Program

In an effort to promote visitor safety, the 7 vacation rental management companies, in partnership with the Town of Emerald Isle, have initiated a new mandatory deck inspections program for the more than 1,500 vacation rental units managed by these companies in Emerald Isle.

Effective October 1, 2015, all single family and duplex vacation rental units managed by these companies are required to be inspected at least once annually by EITHER a licensed North Carolina general contractor  OR  a licensed North Carolina professional engineer for identification of any safety / structural concerns.   Vacation rental unit owners will then be required to complete necessary safety / structural repairs identified during the annual inspection, and failure to complete the necessary safety / structural repairs will result in the vacation rental unit being suspended from the vacation rental companies' management programs until the repairs are complete.  It is anticipated that inspections and repairs will be complete by March 1, 2016.  Angelfish Properties, Bluewater Real Estate, CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty, Emerald Isle Realty, Shorewood Real Estate, Spinnakers Reach Realty, and Sun-Surf Realty all place the highest priority on our visitors' safety, and have enthusiastically committed to this new program.

The Town of Emerald Isle will assist the vacation rental management companies in this effort by inspecting serious deficiencies reported to the vacation rental unit owner but not yet repaired. Under NC law, the Town's inspectors (contracted through Carteret County) are authorized to inspect existing decks upon receipt of a complaint, and the 7 vacation rental management companies will continue to work closely with the Town by reporting such deficiencies.  Town inspectors will determine if the vacation rental unit's decks are safe for human occupancy, and any unsafe decks will be posted accordingly and may not be utilized until corrective action is taken.

All 7 of the vacation rental management companies and the Town of Emerald Isle pride ourselves on our family beach image and small-town atmosphere, and remain committed to providing the highest quality, safest beach vacation experience for our visitors.  The 7 companies and the Town have been working hard since two unfortunate deck collapse incidents this past summer to promote deck safety, including numerous inspections, repairs, educational initiatives, and more.  The new mandatory deck inspections program represents a more formal concerted effort to promote the safety of our visitors.

While all of us in Emerald Isle are working hard to promote deck safety, we also remind our visitors to be mindful of the number of guests occupying a deck structure.  Lifelong family and group memories are made every day in Emerald Isle, and we encourage everyone to document these memories with safety in mind!

Temporary Emergency Communications Tower in Place Due to Water Tank Maintenance

Bogue Banks Water Corporation will be completing necessary maintenance on the water tank located adjacent to the Emerald Isle Police Station this winter, and this work has required the Town to temporarily remove emergency communications equipment from the top of the water tank.  In order to provide adequate emergency communications, the NC Highway Patrol has loaned the Town a temporary communications tower that has been installed on the NC 58 right of way across from Emerald Plantation shopping center.  The temporary tower will remain in place until late winter / early spring, and the Town's equipment will then be reinstalled on the water tank.

Bogue Inlet Channel Relocation - 10 Years Later

It has now been more than 10 years since the Town relocated the main ebb channel in Bogue Inlet from a position directly adjacent to the homes on Bogue Court to a more central location in the inlet.  The Town's project moved the channel approximately 3,300 feet west in 2005, thereby relieving erosion pressure on adjacent homes and infrastructure and enabling The Point to accumulate sand and naturally re-form.

The Town's project was designed by coastal engineers, and was intended to keep the main ebb channel away from Emerald Isle for at least 15 years.  The main ebb channel has migrated an average of approximately 160 ft. / year over the last 10 years, and is now located approximately 1,700 feet west of the homes on Bogue Court.  The Town is in very early planning stages for the next channel relocation project (to be completed in conjunction with a future beach nourishment project), which is expected within the next 5 years or so.  The Town's long-term plans call for the channel to be relocated when it migrates to within 1,000 feet of Emerald Isle.

Senator Jean Preston Memorial Playground Closer to Reality

Fundraising for the new Senator Jean Preston Memorial Playground continues, with nearly $60,000 in cash donations, grants, and in-kind donations committed.  The volunteer fundraising committee's fundraising goal is $75,000.  If you'd like to contribute to this great new playground located on Bogue Sound adjacent to the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/jean-preston-memorial-playground .  We hope to open the new playground on May 25, 2016, on what would have been Senator Preston's 81st birthday.

New Yard Debris Collection Truck

Town staff have taken delivery of a new (second) yard debris collection truck, and the new truck will help staff achieve our collection goals for the entire Town.  The new truck is similar to the Town's existing 2012 truck.

It is no longer necessary to call Town offices to have yard debris collected.  Town staff now begin a complete pass of the entire Town each week on the east end, and our goal is to collect from every street between there and The Point within one week.  Spring and fall include the heaviest yard debris volumes, and there may still be slight delays during those times, however, the new (second) truck and a new employee should greatly enhance Town staff's ability to stay on schedule.

Clarification - Carbon Monoxide Detectors

In June 2015, based on guidance from the State, the Emerald Isle Fire Department (EIFD) advised our property owners that all vacation rental units with fuel-fired appliances (and fireplaces) and/or enclosed garages are required to maintain carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.  EIFD recently learned that CO detectors are only required in homes constructed after January 1, 2011 (the requirement pertains to all new homes - permanent, second homes, and vacation rental units), and that CO detectors are not a requirement in older vacation rental units.

The Town apologizes for any confusion on this issue, however, EIFD highly recommends the use of CO detectors in all residential units, regardless of the requirements.  CO detectors are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, and are well worth the minimal investment.

EIPD "Ice Cream Ticket" Program a Big Success!

The Emerald Isle Police Department's new "Ice Cream Ticket" program was a big hit this past summer, with many local and visiting kids receiving a "ticket".   "Tickets" were given for wearing bicycle helmets, following traffic safety laws, and other good behavior.  Those who received the "tickets" could redeem them for a free ice cream at local ice cream shops.  The Town thanks Ben & Jerry's, Dairy Queen, and Sweet Spot for donating the ice cream!

New Town Website

The Town unveiled a redesigned web site with a fresh, new look at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ in September.  The new website continues to include a wealth of information about the Town of Emerald Isle, organized in a new format aimed at making it easier for our residents, property owners, and visitors to learn about the Town's services, programs, and policies.  The site now includes fill-able forms for various Town permits that can be submitted electronically, and we will soon implement an easier online process for credit card transactions.  The new site is also mobile-optimized, providing an easier navigation experience for those using mobile phones and tablet computers. Please check out the site, and let us know what you think!  We welcome your suggestions as we continue to strive to provide the best possible customer service.

NC 58 to be Dedicated as Blue Star Memorial Highway - November 11

Please join the Emerald Isle Garden Club and Town officials for the official dedication of NC 58 as a Blue Star Memorial Highway at a special ceremony on Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day) at 11 am.  The memorial marker will be installed in the NC 58 right-of-way near the new Welcome Center at 8401 Emerald Drive.

The Blue Star Memorial program recognizes the service and sacrifices of our military service members from all branches of the Nation's Armed Forces.  The program is operated by the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and began in 1945.  The program includes thousands of miles of highway designations across the United States, and also includes memorial markers for National Cemeteries and VA Centers and by-way markers for parks, historical sites, and other civic facilities.

From Sound to Sea Paint Out

Seaside Arts Council and the Oil Painters of America are hosting a "From Sound to Sea Paint Out" on Saturday, October 17.  Art work will be on display and available for purchase that evening at a special reception at the new Welcome Center from 5:00 - 7:30 pm.  For more details, please visit http://www.irenebaileyportraits.com/#!about1/chwg .

Did You Know?

Many people inquire about the water bubbling up in Bogue Sound on the east side of the Emerald Isle bridge just as one enters or leaves Emerald Isle.  That area, marked with three floating buoys, is the permitted discharge for Bogue Banks Water Corporation's reverse osmosis (RO) water plant located on Coast Guard Road.  The RO plant removes salt from the public water supply, and the area near the bridge is where the excess salt is discharged.

 

 

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594
252-354-3424
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org
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