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Mini Libraries for Emerald Isle: Design Bids Open 

Deadline is February 15, 2022

You have the opportunity to design or build Mini Libraries throughout Emerald Isle. The proposed plans must be received by February 15. Selected proposals should be completed by March 15, 2022. Read below for additional information, including how to submit your designs. 

The Mini Libraries will be placed in select locations within the community and will provide residents and visitors with additional access to books and to reading opportunities throughout the year.  

This is an invitation to design and/or build the Mini Library boxes. The Town of Emerald Isle will assist in providing the stands and mounting the Mini Libraries once built. Proposals should include decoration of the boxes.  Additional information on Mini Library boxes and how to build different models can be found at Free Little Libraries, Etsy, Amazon, etc.  

The selected boxes will be placed by the Town of Emerald Isle in each of these locations near the bicycle path:

  • Ocean Oaks Park entrance
  • Area near the Holiday Travel Park
  • Area near the Emerald Isle Visitors Center
  • Area near the Town Hall
  • The Eastern Ocean Regional Parking Lot
  • The Senator Jean Preston Park
  • The 3rd Street Park

Structure:  Box-like structure with a roof. Must have see-through door on hinges. Roof can be one or two wings. Can be one or two tiers; depth should be enough for one or two rows of books.  

Materials: Any of, or combination of, the following materials. Please consider our area weather conditions when creating your proposal.  Be creative: you could use scrap lumber or recycled materials.

Wood for outdoor use, plastic wood, plexiglass for door, wood or metal for roof.

Hardware: 316 Stainless Steel required
Overall size: 2 Cubic Feet, approximately
            25-30 lbs.
            Two tiers or double depth to allow two rows of books

Required: Bottom must allow for hardware to mount and dismount the library boxes onto platforms provided.

Submit your proposal to by Tuesday, February 15. The selected proposal(s) should be completed by Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

The proposals will be judged and coordinated by an ad-hoc committee, including a representative of the Town of Emerald Isle, and volunteers supporting the Mini Libraries for Emerald Isle project.

 For additional information, please contact:

Isabel Stout: or 252-725-5988
Diane Schools: or 252- 646-4314

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, January 27, 2022 9:13:00 AM Categories: News

NWS Advises on Potential Winter Weather 

January 28-29, 2022

The National Weather Service - Newport/Morehead City continues to monitor the potential for accumulating snowfall over much of Eastern North Carolina Friday night (January 28) into Saturday (January 29).  The range of possible accumulation amounts remain large for any given location, dependent on precipitation continuing as temperatures drop quickly Friday night.

The NWS' initial snowfall forecast has confidence in accumulating snowfall highest further north and inland. You can check out for the latest forecast for your location. 


Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, January 26, 2022 9:20:00 AM Categories: News

NCDOT: Temporary Road Closures Begin for Rail Maintenance 

Temporary Road Closures Begin for Norfolk Southern Rail Maintenance

​MOREHEAD CITY – Individual temporary road closures starting in Morehead City and ending in Kinston began Jan. 24 while Norfolk Southern performs maintenance and repair on its rail line.

The closures began at Friendly Road in Morehead City and will work their way toward Parrot Dickerson Road in Kinston over the next two months. During the closures, Norfolk Southern will be diverting motorists onto marked detours with barricades and detour signage. For roads with no detour possible, alternating single lane closures will be used to maintain access. 

Drivers should be mindful of crews in the work zone and factor the detours into their commutes. The work is scheduled to be complete by the end of March.

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, January 25, 2022 4:06:00 PM Categories: News

Local Author Releases Children's Books 

Local author, Tom Gill recently released his latest work, a children’s series entitled Maddy’s Week at the Beach.  Readers may remember it began with a story of discovery, Tuesdays are for Turtles, and has expanded to include: Mondays are for Mermaids, Wednesdays are for Whales, Thursdays are for Thunderstorms, Fridays are for Fish, Saturdays are for Sea Shells and Sundays are for Sand Sculptures.  
All share coastal family-focused adventures featuring Maddy, Pappy and younger sister Emily, as they explore the Crystal Coast.  

Like Tuesdays, many of the stories will be easily identifiable with those lucky to live at the beach.  For example, Fridays are for Fish is a wonderfully crafted story of Pappy taking Maddy and Emily to the Pine Knolls Shore aquarium.  Thursdays are for Thunderstorms shares a unique story: who hasn’t been at the beach during a pop-up summer storm? In addition to fun, the books tell stories of enrichment, beach safety and activities such as building sand sculptures or hunting for sea shells.  Mondays are for Mermaids may be Tom’s favorite story as it tells of a young, discouraged six-year-old searching across the waves for a mermaid. A lifeguard suggests to Maddy that everything is possible, incorporating Audrey Hepburn’s quote about the meaning of impossible. Finish the book to find out if Maddy gets a mermaid.

Companion poems; illustrations by ECU-trained artist and art instructor, Debbie McCall; and science-based glossaries surround the sweet tales enriching all readers’ hearts.  

See the attached clip highlighting this heart-warming illustrated seven-book series that began with Tuesday are for Turtles.  

Tom’s books: The Bridge, Return to Emerald Isle and Randy’s Way are at Emerald Isle Books or Amazon. Tom is available pro bono to speak to area groups or schools about his passion for writing.  Contact him at

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, January 25, 2022 11:53:00 AM Categories: News

Public Hearing Notice - Input on 2022-23 Town Budget 

Town of Emerald Isle

Public Hearing Notice

The Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at the Emerald Isle Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., or as close thereafter as possible, to receive early citizen input on the FY 2022-2023 Town Budget.

This public hearing is scheduled at the start of the annual budget process to provide our citizens an opportunity to express opinions about service priorities, project priorities, expenditure levels, taxes and fees, and other components of the Town’s annual budget prior to the formulation of the proposed budget over the next few months.  The Mayor and Board of Commissioners encourage our citizens to express their concerns about the budget at this public hearing and throughout the budget process.

The Town Manager’s Recommended Budget will be presented to the Mayor and Board of Commissioners on May 10, 2022, and another public hearing will be held in late May or early June.  The Board of Commissioners will adopt the official FY 2022-23 budget no later than June 30, 2022.

Additional information about the Town’s budget can be obtained by contacting the Town Manager at 252-354-3424 during normal business hours or by visiting the Emerald Isle Administration Building, 7509 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC.

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, January 21, 2022 8:58:00 AM Categories: News

NWS Winter Weather Update 

January 21, 2022

This post has been updated with information from Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative.

The National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office has released this information on the predicted winter weather on the morning of January 21, 2022. 

The NWS shared the following: "Wintry precipitation will be patchy in coverage, especially for northern areas, for a better part of this morning into the early afternoon with minimal impacts expected. Please don't let down your guard. The heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain is still on the way, and will become widespread later today and especially as we head through the evening hours tonight."

As a reminder, several Town of Emerald Isle facilities are currently closed due to the predicted inclement weather: 

  • The Town’s Administrative Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, with regular business hours resuming Monday. 
  • The Parks and Recreation Community Center will be closed completely Friday and Saturday, and will resume regular hours on Monday.
  • The bathroom facilities at the Western and Eastern ocean regional accesses, Emerald Isle Woods, Blue Heron Park and the Boat Ramp will be closed beginning Thursday evening and will reopen Monday.
  • The lobby of the Police Department will be closed Friday and Saturday. It will reopen on Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For general information and additional weather updates, please follow the Town of Emerald Isle on FacebookTwitterInstagram and the Town’s website at

The following information is from Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative: 

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative is closely monitoring the forecast and our crews are ready to restore any power outages that result from the approaching winter storm. Ice accumulation is the greatest concern, as ice-laden branches that fall on, or make contact with, power lines are a major cause of outages during winter storms. Remember, if you see a downed electric line, stay back! Give our office a call at 252-247-3107 to report downed lines or other hazards such as limbs or trees on lines. We are available 24/7.

In preparation for outages, be sure to:

-Bookmark our outage map, CCEC has technologies that alert us immediately when power goes out at a substation or at the electric meter on your home or business.

-Before you call our office to report your outage, check the map. If lights come on around you and yours don’t, call us at 252-247-3107.

-Connect with CCEC. Follow us on Facebook for outage updates.

-Charge your cell phone. This will allow you to stay connected even if the power goes out.

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, January 21, 2022 7:45:00 AM Categories: News

Town Facilities Closed due to Winter Weather 

January 21-22, 2022

Town of Emerald Isle facilities closed due to predicted inclement weather

According to weather predictions from the National Weather Service, inclement weather is expected in Emerald Isle beginning Friday, January 21 through Saturday, January 22. The following Emerald Isle facilities will be closed due to the weather:

  • The Town’s Administrative Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, with regular business hours resuming Monday. 
  • The Parks and Recreation Community Center will be closed completely Friday and Saturday, and will resume regular hours on Monday.
  • The bathroom facilities at the Western and Eastern ocean regional accesses, Emerald Isle Woods, Blue Heron Park and the Boat Ramp will be closed beginning Thursday evening and will reopen Monday.
  • The lobby of the Police Department will be closed Friday and Saturday. It will reopen on Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For general information and additional weather updates, please follow the Town of Emerald Isle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Town’s website at



Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, January 20, 2022 4:52:00 PM Categories: News

EIFD Improves District Rating 

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey announced this week the Emerald Isle Fire District has improved from a Class 4 rating to a Class 3. This new rating may translate to lower insurance policies for businesses and some residences throughout the Town.

“I’d like to congratulate Chief Walker for the department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members,” said Commissioner Causey, who added that the Town’s citizens “should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency.”

Chief Walker was pleased to receive the news and praised his team of 18 fulltime employees. “This new rating is a result of all the hard work the firefighters and officers put into lowering it,” he said.

The new rating will go into effect in May 2022.

The inspection was conducted by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. According to a press release from the office, officials looked for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper equipment maintenance, communications capabilities and availability of a water source.

The NCRRS rating system ranges from 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest possible category. According to state law, OSFM officials are required to inspect all fire departments that serve districts of 100,000 people or less, which makes up the majority of the state’s fire districts.



Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:39:00 PM Categories: News

Winter/Ice Storm Warning 

January 21, 2022

The National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City has updated its Winter Storm Briefing to reflect the latest forecast for Friday, January 21, through Sunday, January 23, 2022.


View the full scope of information from the NWS here. This includes forecasted ice totals in the area, warnings about potential power outages and advice to heed before, during and after the event. 


You can always check out the latest NWS information at


• Winter Storm Watch upgraded to Winter Storm Warning and Ice Storm Warning

• Winter Weather Advisory for Eastern Carteret and Northern Outer Banks

• Snowfall totals remain roughly the same as yesterday

• Western edge of maximum ice amounts adjusted south and east from previous forecast

Confidence remains lower than average regarding snow totals for the northern Outer Banks, which is currently forecasted to receive 1 to 3 inches of snow. A stronger, slower exit of the coastal storm off the NC coast would lead to potentially significantly higher amounts here.

Confidence remains lower than average for forecasted maximum ice amounts (0.25" to 0.50") for areas on the northern and western edge, where more sleet than ice may occur. We are more confident on significant icing for areas furthest south across southern Onslow County, western Carteret County, southern Craven County, and into eastern Pamlico County.

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, January 20, 2022 8:41:00 AM Categories: News

Administrative Offices, EIPD Lobby Closed for Holiday 

The Town’s Administrative Offices and lobby of the Emerald Isle Police Department will be closed Monday, January 17, 2022, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

Beach driving and golf cart permits can be applied for online under the Police Department tab at You will receive a phone call or email when your permit is ready to be picked up. 

Emergency responders will be working their normal shifts to serve the public. 

Posted by Anna Smith Sunday, January 16, 2022 6:35:00 PM Categories: News
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