Emerald Tidings

September 2016

  1. Read the Court of Appeals Ruling Yourself to Truly Understand Beach Case
  2. Emerald Isle Continues to Enjoy Low Property Tax Rate
  3. New Beach Walkway Constructed at The Point Vehicle Ramp
  4. Police Chief Waters Announces Retirement
  5. EIPD and the Neighborhood Watch Program Provide Quick Reference List
  6. Meet the Great Team at EIFD at Annual Open House on Saturday, October 1
  7. Help EIFD Fight Breast Cancer
  8. Emerald Isle's Day4Kids - Saturday, September 17
  9. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - Saturday, September 24
  10. EI Beach Music Festival T-Shirts Still Available for Purchase
  11. Record Year for Sea Turtle Nests in Emerald Isle
  12. Beach Driving Season Begins September 15
  13. Check out the Book Nook at Bogue Banks Library
  14. Did You Know?
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Read the Court of Appeals Ruling Yourself to Truly Understand Beach Case

The Nies v. Emerald Isle case will be reviewed by the NC Supreme Court later this year, and the outcome will impact everyone who enjoys the beach in North Carolina in the future.  Recent comments by the Nies and their attorney have attempted to downplay the significance of this case by suggesting that it only pertains to the Nies' lot as they attempt to divert attention from the broader public beach use questions under review. 

Rather than debate the Nies and their attorney in the media about the significance of the Nies v. Emerald Isle case, the Town invites you to read for yourself the NC Court of Appeals decision.  The ruling is crystal clear that the public has the right to use the entire width of the beach, from the base of the dunes to the water, as has been the practice everywhere in North Carolina - forever.  It is this decision that the Nies and their attorney are appealing to the North Carolina Supreme Court.  This unanimous ruling can be viewed at  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/nies . 

The Town of Emerald Isle, with great support from numerous other State and local officials, business groups, environmental groups, and public access advocates, continues its fight to preserve the public's right to use the entire width of the beach in North Carolina.  Again, ask yourself why all of these groups would be involved in this case if it was only about the Nies' lot and only about Emerald Isle?

Emerald Isle Continues to Enjoy Low Property Tax Rate

The entire team at the Town of Emerald Isle works hard to provide quality services and community improvements at the lowest possible cost for our taxpayers.  We are proud that the Town has consistently maintained a General Fund property tax rate that is among the lowest of all 21 North Carolina oceanfront towns.  

New Beach Walkway Constructed at The Point Vehicle Ramp

The Town's contractor is currently constructing a new beach walkway over the dunes adjacent to the existing vehicle ramp at The Point.  The Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee identified this project as a top priority, and the Board of Commissioners included funding in the FY 16-17 budget for this improvement.  The new walkway, with a seating area atop the dune, will be complete by September 15, and is funded solely by fundraising proceeds. 

Police Chief Waters Announces Retirement

After a 32-year career in the Emerald Isle Police Department, Chief Jeffrey D. Waters has announced his retirement, effective October 31.  Chief Waters has served the Emerald Isle community with dedication, professionalism, and a sincere desire to contribute to the well-being of our residents and visitors, and his leadership will be missed.  

Chief Waters began his career as a patrol officer in 1984, and served in several increasingly responsible positions until his appointment as Chief in 2013.  For the past 3 1/2 years, he has worked tirelessly with the excellent team at the EIPD to build strong community relationships that will benefit the EIPD and the community for years to come.  We thank Chief Waters for his service, and wish him a healthy and fulfilling retirement!

EIPD and the Neighborhood Watch Program Provide Quick Reference List 

The Town is fortunate to have an active and committed Neighborhood Watch program, and the NW volunteers work closely with EIPD staff to promote a safe community in Emerald Isle.  As part of their continuing efforts to help you stay safe, they have prepared a "Quick Reference List" of recommended safety and security measures.  We encourage you to follow the guidance on this list, which can be accessed at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/police/qrl-proposal-main-2016-2.pdf . 

Meet the Great Team at EIFD at Annual Open House on Saturday, October 1

The Town is fortunate to be served by a great team of firefighters in the EIFD, and we invite our residents and visitors to meet the team, tour the Fire Station, check out our trucks and equipment, and learn more about fire safety at our annual Open House.  The annual Open House will be held on Saturday, October 1 at Fire Station 1 from 11 am - 2 pm.  Food and drinks will be provided, and Sparky the Fire Dog will also be on hand!

Help EIFD Fight Breast Cancer 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and thousands of Fire Departments across the nation have joined the fight against breast cancer. One of our EIFD firefighters recently lost his mother, Jan Parker, to cancer, and EIFD has joined in this effort in her memory. 

Emerald Isle firefighters will be wearing special t-shirts during the month of October, and are also being made available to the public.  All proceeds will be donated to Carteret County Relay for Life in Jan's name.  To purchase your special EIFD t-shirt, please visit  http://www.lifesspecialtees.com/emeraldislefiredept .

Emerald Isle's Day4Kids - Saturday, September 17  

Make plans to join us for the 11th annual Day4Kids event on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Emerald Isle Community Center!  Day4Kids brings adults and children of all ages together for a FREE fun-filled day of vendors, activities, games, food, face painting, and more!  For more information, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/emerald-isles-11th-annual-day4kids-2016-09-17 . 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - Saturday, September 24

The Coastal Environmental Partnership, the multi-county solid waste management authority that serves Emerald Isle, will be conducting a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, September 24.  The event will be held at the Carteret County Health Department on Bridges Street in Morehead City between 8 am - 1 pm.

Accepted items include latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil and antifreeze.  Items that will not be accepted include commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological and radioactive wastes.  For more information, please visit  http://www.coastalenvironmentalpartnership.com/hazardous-waste.html .

EI Beach Music Festival T-Shirts Still Available for Purchase

The return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on August 27 was a huge success, with an estimated crowd of 9,000 people enjoying a full day of great music on the beach!  Special t-shirts commemorating the event are still available, and are on sale now for only $10 at the Town Administration Building and the Emerald Isle Community Center.  Stop by today to get your t-shirt, or contact Town staff at 252-354-3424 or 252-354-6350.

Record Year for Sea Turtle Nests in Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers monitoring sea turtle nesting activity in Emerald Isle!  

Volunteers routinely walk every section of the beach daily searching for new nests, and also care for the nest throughout the nesting period, and assist sea turtle hatchlings on their initial journey from the nest to the ocean.  

The 2016 sea turtle season has been a record year in Emerald Isle, with 51 nests along Emerald Isle's 12 miles of beach!

Beach Driving Season Begins September 15

The beach driving season begins on Thursday, September 15, and will continue through April 30. Beach driving permits are available now at the Town Administration Building, and more information about the program is located at  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving . 

Beach driving is a longstanding tradition in Emerald Isle, and is greatly valued by surf fishermen, surfers, and elderly and handicapped individuals.  The Town wants everyone to be able to enjoy the beach environment in Emerald Isle, and urges beach drivers to respect others using the beach, respect the natural environment (dunes, sea turtle nests, bird habitat), and be safe and alert! 

Check out the Book Nook at Bogue Banks Library 

The Bogue Banks Library, located on NC 58 in nearby Pine Knoll Shores, offers a Book Nook. Stop by during normal hours (Monday - Saturday, 8:30 - 4:45) and check out their selection of used books ($2 for hardbacks).  Proceeds benefit library programs.

Did You Know?

The Town of Emerald Isle manages more than 350 beach access parking spaces at 4 public parking facilities.  All of these spaces are routinely occupied by mid-morning on a summer weekend!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 2, 2016 2:47:00 PM

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