Emerald Tidings

August 2017

  1. Don't Miss the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival! - Saturday, September 30
  2. Emerald Isle Continues to Enjoy Low Property Tax Rate
  3. Comment Period Open for Proposed New Flood Maps
  4. Town Approves New "Brunch Bill", Allows Alcohol Sales After 10 am on Sundays
  5. Beach Driving Permits Available Beginning August 14
  6. Property Tax Bills To Be Mailed in Early August
  7. EIPD Unveils New Crime Mapping Program
  8. Obey The Rules, Stay Safe in Your Golf Cart!
  9. Be Safe on the Bicycle Paths!
  10. New Boutique Hotel Planned for Islander Drive
  11. New NC 58 Traffic Roundabout to Be Constructed This Winter
  12. Sign Up for New Emerald Isle Text Message Alerts - Text Keyword EMERALD to 797979 or Sign Up Online
  13. Eastern NC Business Donates Use of All-Terrain Vehicle for Lifeguard Program
  14. Town Receives Award from Government Finance Officers Association
  15. FREE Glow in the Dark Beach Party - Saturday, August 5 - 7 pm - 11 pm
  16. Did You Know?

 

Don't Miss the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival! - Saturday, September 30

The Town of Emerald Isle, the Carteret County Tourism Development Authority, presenting sponsor Transportation Impact, and many other great EI sponsors hope to see you at the 2017 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on Saturday, September 30!  This year's free concert will again take place on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access from 11 am - 5:30 pm, and promises to be another great Emerald Isle event!

This year's lineup includes:

  • Sammy O'Banion (MC and performing),
  • The Fantastic Shakers,
  • Band of Oz,
  • Too Much Sylvia,
  • The Embers, and 
  • Ken Knox and Chairmen of the Board.

The 2016 event attracted an estimated crowd of 9,000 people, and we hope to duplicate and exceed that total on September 30!  For more information, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-music-festival-2017-09-30 . 

Emerald Isle Continues to Enjoy Low Property Tax Rate

The Town's FY 17-18 General Fund tax rate is 15.5 cents, with 14 cents earmarked for general Town services and 1.5 cents specifically earmarked for future beach nourishment efforts.  The Town is pleased to maintain its standing as the 2nd lowest property tax rate among the 21 oceanfront municipalities in North Carolina.  Mayor Barber, the Board of Commissioners, and the Town staff continue to work hard to keep the cost of Town government as low as possible for our residents and property owners!  

Comment Period Open for Proposed New Flood Maps 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the formal public comment period on the proposed new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Carteret County (including Emerald Isle).  The public comment period provides an opportunity for those with concerns about the flood zone assigned to their property to express concern and seek adjustments.  Public comments are due by September 20, 2017, and more information is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/22/2017-12973/proposed-flood-hazard-determinations .  Town Planner Josh Edmondson ( 252-354-3338 or jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org) is available to assist Emerald Isle property owners with any questions about the proposed new maps or the public comment process.

As reported previously, the proposed new flood maps include beneficial changes for many Emerald Isle property owners, particularly near the oceanfront, and these changes will likely result in potentially significant flood insurance premium reductions when the new maps are finalized. There are, however, a relatively small number of Emerald Isle properties that could be negatively impacted, and Town Planner Josh Edmondson can assist these property owners as desired. 

Town Approves New "Brunch Bill", Allows Alcohol Sales After 10 am on Sundays

North Carolina law does not allow the sale of alcoholic beverages earlier than 12 noon on Sundays, however, the NC General Assembly recently enacted new legislation (the so-called "brunch bill") that allows NC local governments to adopt a local ordinance to allow sales as early as 10 am on Sundays.  At the request of several Emerald Isle restaurants, the Board of Commissioners recently adopted a Town ordinance to implement the "brunch bill" in Emerald Isle.  Any restaurant, hotel, or retail establishment holding the appropriate ABC permit in Emerald Isle is now permitted to sell malt beverages (beer), unfortified wine, fortified wine, and mixed beverages as early as 10 am on Sundays.  

Beach Driving Permits Available Beginning August 14

Beach driving season begins again on September 15, and 2017-18 beach driving permits will go on sale to the public beginning August 14.  For more information about the Town's beach driving program, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving .  

Beach drivers should note that old beach driving permit stickers are now required to be removed from the permitted vehicle, and the new sticker must be placed on the lower corner of the front windshield on the driver's side. 

Enjoy the surf fishing, surfing, sunsets, and the beautiful beach in Emerald Isle!  

 

Property Tax Bills To Be Mailed in Early August

Town staff are currently preparing 2017 property tax bills, and they will be mailed out in early August.  Under NC law, property tax payments are due by September 1, however, penalties and interest do not accrue until January 5, 2018.  For more information, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/tax-information-2 , and/or contact Tax Collector Gayle Parker (252-354-3424 or gparker@emeraldisle-nc.org). 

EIPD Unveils New Crime Mapping Program 

The Emerald Isle Police Department has partnered with CrimeMapping.com to provide up to date crime information to the public.  This service is free to the public, and is provided directly from crime reports filed with the EIPD.  Through this service, residents and property owners are also able to sign up for email alerts notifying them when crimes are reported in their neighborhood. The Town is pleased to offer this new program as we continue efforts to work together as a community to reduce crime in Emerald Isle.  To access this helpful information, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/crime-mapping-program- . 

Obey The Rules, Stay Safe in Your Golf Cart!

State law does not permit golf carts to be operated on public streets in North Carolina, but does permit a NC municipality to adopt a local golf cart program.  In 2011, the Town of Emerald Isle became one of the first NC municipalities to implement a local golf cart program - in an effort to enhance the public's access to the beach, provide a convenient alternative mode of transportation, and enhance the Town's image as a premier resort community. 

The Town's golf cart program continues to grow in popularity, with more than 800 golf carts now registered.  The Town's program places the highest priority on SAFETY, and it is important for golf cart operators to obey the Town's regulations that are intended to promote the safety of golf cart operators, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists, and others.  Key regulations include:

  • all golf carts with an Emerald Isle tag must renew the registration annually, 
  • golf carts must be equipped with various safety equipment, including seat belts, headlights, blinkers, and more, 
  • golf cart operators must have a valid driver's license, and must be at least 18 years of age, 
  • seat belts must be worn, and child safety seats must be utilized, 
  • golf carts are not permitted on NC 58 and Coast Guard Road (but may cross over these streets), 
  • golf carts are not permitted on the NC 58, Coast Guard Road, and Bogue Inlet Drive bicycle paths, 
  • golf carts may park in designated motor vehicle parking spaces and designated golf-cart only parking spaces, and are subject to all other No Parking restrictions, and 
  • all golf carts are subject to all other applicable NC laws pertaining to the operation of a motor vehicle, including open container laws and driving under the influence laws. 

For a complete description of the Town's golf cart program, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/golf-card-registration-program .  Please BE SAFE!

Be Safe on the Bicycle Paths!

The Town now boasts more than 11 miles of dedicated asphalt bicycle paths along NC 58, Coast Guard Road, and Bogue Inlet Drive.  The bicycle paths are enjoyed by bicyclists, walkers, and runners throughout the year, provide a safe transportation alternative and exercise area, and make it easier to access Emerald Isle businesses. It is important, however, for bicycle path users to BE SAFE on the bicycle paths:

  • stop at all STOP signs on the path, 
  • remain alert for other bicyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicles, and 
  • remain alert at commercial and residential driveway crossings.

New Boutique Hotel Planned for Islander Drive

Plans for a new 25-room boutique hotel are currently being reviewed by Town officials.  The new hotel, the Lighthouse Inn and Suites, is proposed for the current location of Lighthouse Mini-Golf at the corner of NC 58 / Islander Drive / Reed Drive.  Construction is expected to begin this fall, and the owners are targeting a spring / early summer 2018 opening date.

New NC 58 Traffic Roundabout to Be Constructed This Winter

Construction of the new Publix supermarket in Emerald Isle is underway, and the new store is expected to open in spring 2018.  As part of this project, Publix will be constructing a new traffic roundabout at the intersection of NC 58 and Mallard Drive / Emerald Landing Drive.  The NC Department of Transportation is currently reviewing plans for the new traffic roundabout, and construction is scheduled to occur this winter to minimize any traffic impacts in Emerald Isle.  

Sign Up for New Emerald Isle Text Message Alerts - Text Keyword  EMERALD  to 797979 or Sign Up Online

The Town of Emerald Isle works hard to keep our residents, property owners, visitors, and businesses well-informed about Town issues and initiatives, and provides information via numerous platforms.  

In an effort to reach more people and make it easier to stay informed, the Town has implemented a new text message alert system.  Subscribers to the new alerts can sign up by simply texting the keyword  EMERALD  to 797979 or by visiting  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .  With the heart of hurricane season soon approaching, these platforms are the easiest and most accurate way to stay informed about conditions in Emerald Isle, and will also keep you well-informed about all of the other Town issues and initiatives.  

Eastern NC Business Donates Use of All-Terrain Vehicle for Lifeguard Program

The Town greatly appreciates the generosity of Tractor Country, a Dover, NC equipment dealer, for donating the use of a brand new Mahindra all-terrain vehicle for use by the Town's roving lifeguards this summer.  Thank you Jonathan Macklin!

Town Receives Award from Government Finance Officers Association   

For the 4th year in a row, the Town has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the national Government Finance Officers Association.  The award recognizes local governments that exceed the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.  The Town is fortunate to have Finance Director Laura Rotchford on our team! 

FREE Glow in the Dark Beach Party - Saturday, August 5 - 7 pm - 11 pm

The Town of Emerald Isle, in conjunction with other local sponsors, is pleased to present another Glow in the Dark Beach Party by Emerald Owl Productions at Bogue Inlet Pier on Saturday, August 5. This event follows two previous events during summer 2016, and will include moving UV lights shining on the beach, with lots of 80s music and current Top 40 hits. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/emeraldowlproductions/ . 

Did You Know?

The Town includes approximately 3,242 acres of land, with the vast majority of this land area already developed as residential neighborhoods.  The Town's Business zoning district includes approximately 62 acres, the mixed-use Village East zoning district includes approximately 51 acres, and the mixed use Village West zoning district includes approximately 62 acres.  These three zoning districts total approximately 175 acres (much of which is already developed), or only approximately 5.4% of the total land area of Emerald Isle.    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 3, 2017 11:53:00 AM

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