Emerald Tidings

February 2017

  1. Tony Reese Named New Emerald Isle Police Chief
  2. Three Emerald Isle Landmarks Being Improved, Will Be Ready for Beach Season!
  3. Effective Date for New Flood Maps Delayed
  4. New Guardrails on NC 58 Bridge Planned for Late 2017
  5. NC 58 Traffic Improvements Not Included in New Statewide Transportation Improvement Program; Town Continues Efforts
  6. New CAMA Regulation Benefits Larger Oceanfront Structures
  7. Emerald Isle Police Department Now Managing All Aspects of Golf Cart Program
  8. Condominium Deck Safety Program Being Developed
  9. New Kayak Storage Racks Installed at Emerald Isle Woods Park and Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area
  10. 2017 Controlled Deer Hunt Complete
  11. Summer Job Fair - Wednesday, March 1
  12. Join Us for the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - Saturday, March 11
  13. Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races - Saturday, March 25
  14. Bike The Banks - Saturday, May 6
  15. Did You Know?

Tony Reese Named New Emerald Isle Police Chief

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Reese as its new Police Chief.  Chief Reese is a 17-year veteran of the Emerald Isle Police Department, and had been serving as Interim Police Chief since November 1.  

Chief Reese has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2013, and served as a Police Lieutenant from 2006 - 2013.  He has been heavily involved in all aspects of the Police Department during his career in Emerald Isle, and possesses a keen understanding of the community's values and the unique challenges associated with law enforcement in Emerald Isle. He is a native of Texas, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and his law enforcement career also includes service to the Greenville (NC) Police Department.  

Chief Reese was appointed by Town Manager Frank Rush after consideration of his outstanding service as interim Chief over the past few months and during his entire career in Emerald Isle, and his deep commitment to the Emerald Isle Police Department and the Emerald Isle community.  Chief Reese was one of three finalists during the Town's 2013 Police Chief selection process that included a pool of 140 quality applicants, and his vast knowledge and experience in law enforcement has only grown since that time.   

Chief Reese leads a department that includes 18 full-time sworn officers, 14 part-time / seasonal reserve officers, and civilian support staff providing a full range of Police services for a community with a permanent population of nearly 4,000 people that increases to nearly 40,000 at peak summer visitation. The total annual budget for the Police Department is approximately $1.7 million.  Chief Reese places a high priority on community relationships and public outreach, and the EIPD will continue and expand these efforts in the future. 

Please feel free to contact Chief Reese if he and/or the EIPD can be helpful on any issues.  He can be reached at 252-354-2021 or treese@emeraldisle-nc.org .  

Three Emerald Isle Landmarks Being Improved, Will Be Ready for Beach Season!

The offseason is always a busy time in Emerald Isle, as the Town and our local businesses are working hard to be ready for the upcoming beach season in order to provide the best possible visitor experience in Emerald Isle.  Major improvements are currently underway at three well-known Emerald Isle establishments:  Bogue Inlet Pier, The Islander Suites, and Rucker Johns.  

Bogue Inlet Pier has reconstructed the portion of the pier located over the sandy beach in order to provide a continuous level surface, and is currently constructing a brand new pier house. The Islander Suites has added a second story on the office and meeting building, with several brand new rooms, and an attractive exterior to match the remainder of the complex.  Rucker Johns is undergoing a major interior kitchen and

dining room renovation, and the result will be a brand new dining experience at one of Emerald Isle's longest running businesses. 

Come on down, and check out all three of these great improvements in our wonderful beach community!

Effective Date for New Flood Maps Delayed

As reported earlier, new draft flood maps for Carteret County are very favorable for many Emerald Isle property owners, with many properties removed from the more restrictive and higher premium VE zones.  Due, in part, to concerns from other communities in Carteret County that are negatively impacted by the new maps and the expected lengthy appeals process, the new maps are not likely to be effective until sometime in 2019.  If you have questions about how your property is impacted, please contact Town Planner Josh Edmondson at 252-354-3338 or jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org .   

New Guardrails on NC 58 Bridge Planned for Late 2017  

NCDOT will soon solicit bids for additional work on the NC 58 bridge, including the installation of new, higher guardrails.  Work underneath the bridge will likely begin this summer (should not have a significant impact on traffic), and the new guardrails are expected to be installed in late 2017.

NC 58 Traffic Improvements Not Included in New Statewide Transportation Improvement Program; Town Continues Efforts  

Earlier in 2016, the Town requested traffic improvements at the 4 signalized intersections on NC 58 in Emerald Isle, along with intersection improvements at the NC 58 / NC 24 intersection on the mainland.  Although these projects scored reasonably well in the State's project scoring system and were also supported by the Carteret County Transportation Committee and the regional transportation planning organization, unfortunately they were not included in the new Statewide Transportation Improvement Program due to limited resources and the inclusion of very large (and expensive) projects elsewhere in our region. 

The Town continues its efforts to address traffic concerns along NC 58, and maintains a constructive dialogue with NCDOT and other State leaders to identify future funding for desired improvements.  Potential future traffic improvements at the 4 intersections may include traffic roundabouts, additional and/or longer turn lanes, and/or traffic signal improvements.  The next Statewide transportation planning process will begin in early 2018, and the Town expects to resubmit these projects for consideration in the new planning process.  

New CAMA Regulation Benefits Larger Oceanfront Structures

A new CAMA regulation allows larger oceanfront structures (between 5,000 sq. ft. and 10,000 sq. ft.) that were constructed prior to August 2009 to be reconstructed or replaced with the same footprint and with the same size structure, even if these structures can not meet ocean setback requirements that were significantly increased in 2009.  

There are few structures on the oceanfront in Emerald Isle that are more than 5,000 sq. ft., and this new regulation will provide helpful flexibility for these property owners in the future.  The Town is pleased with the new regulation approved by the Coastal Resources Commission, as it will promote an attractive oceanfront row of structures in Emerald Isle behind what is currently a healthy dune and beach profile.  (The Town remains committed to beach nourishment in the future, and seeks to maintain adequate storm protection along the oceanfront in the future.)     

Emerald Isle Police Department Now Managing All Aspects of Golf Cart Program

The Town's local golf cart program continues to be very popular, with nearly 700 golf carts registered in 2016.  For 2017, the Town has transferred all aspects of the program to the Emerald Isle Police Department (instead of Town staff in the Town Administration Building).  

It's now time to renew your golf cart registration, and all inquiries should be directed to EIPD staff at 252-354-2021 or at the Police Station.  In an effort to make the registration / renewal process easier, it is now possible to apply, attach insurance information, and pay the registration fee online at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/golf-card-registration-program .  

Please make plans to renew your registration and schedule your golf cart inspection sooner rather than later, as there are often numerous requests in the week leading up to the St. Patrick's Festival. To make sure you're all ready for the big weekend, please initiate the registration / renewal process now.  Enjoy your golf cart!

Condominium Deck Safety Program Being Developed

The Town is currently working with property managers and POA leaders at the Town's condominium complexes to implement a new condominium deck safety program.  The new program is aimed at insuring deck safety at these complexes, and will complement the deck inspection program implemented by the vacation rental companies for single-family and duplex rental units in late 2015.  The working group hopes to implement the new program later this spring. For more information, please contact Town Planner Josh Edmondson at 252-354-3338 or jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org

New Kayak Storage Racks Installed at Emerald Isle Woods Park and Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area

Parks and Recreation staff recently installed community kayak storage racks in Emerald Isle Woods Park and at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area in an effort to make it more convenient for our residents to enjoy kayaking in Bogue Sound. The new racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the kayak owner is responsible for providing a lock.  For more information, please contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, at 252-354-6350 or asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org .   

 

2017 Controlled Deer Hunt Complete

The Emerald Isle Police Department recently completed the 2017 controlled deer hunt, and removed a total of 27 deer from Emerald Isle. Approximately 500 lbs. of deer meat was donated to the Hope Mission in Morehead City and used to feed the hungry in our community.  The number of deer removed in 2017 is approximately half the number removed in recent years, and reflects a lower, more manageable deer population in Emerald Isle.

Summer Job Fair - Wednesday, March 1

Are you looking for a summer job in Emerald Isle or Carteret County?  If so, please come out to the annual Summer Job Fair at the Emerald Isle Community Center on Wednesday, March 1 from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Emerald Isle and Carteret County businesses will be there recruiting for seasonal positions, and career development advisors from Carteret Community College will also be available to assist applicants.  This is a great opportunity for high school students, college students, retirees, or anyone else interested in seasonal employment in Emerald Isle and Carteret County.  For more information, please contact Sarah Cutillo, Parks and Recreation, at 252-354-6350 or scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org

Join Us for the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - Saturday, March 11 

The Town's signature event is back for it's 26th year on Saturday, March 11 at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center!  Mark your calendars now, make your accommodations reservations, and plan to join us for another great day of music, food, arts, crafts, kids' rides, and fun!

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races - Saturday, March 25

You can do it - sign up today and achieve your running goals in Emerald Isle! The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  The Marathon kicks off at 7 am, followed by the Half-Marathon at 8:30 am, and the 5K at 8:45 am.  All proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path network and the Crystal Coast Autism Center.  For more information, please visit http://www.emeraldislerun.com/ . 

 

Bike The Banks - Saturday, May 6

Mark your calendars now for the 3rd annual Bike The Banks - Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge bicycle rides!  The 2017 event will be held on Saturday, May 6, and will again feature a 100 mile ride to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and back, a 50 mile ride to Fort Macon State Park and back, and a 10 mile leisure ride on the Town's bicycle path.  All proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path network.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks, including a registration link.  

Did You Know?

The Town's Public Works staff collects yard debris continuously from residential properties all year long with two dedicated collection trucks.  During 2016, Town staff made more than 33,000 collection stops, or an average of more than 90 stops per day for each day of the year!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:55:00 PM

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