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Emerald Isle Jr Lifeguard Program Update 

Please note the 9-12 yr old group is now full.  Contact the EI Fire Department 252-354-2445 for further info about the 13-17 yr old group. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 22, 2020 3:00:00 PM Categories: News

Memorial Day 2020 Public Update 

 

EMERALD ISLE UPDATE

COVID-19, Memorial Day 2020 and Dune Planting

COVID-19 Update

Our nation, state, county and town are living through an unprecedented historic challenge known as COVID-19.  In Carteret County and across the Bogue Banks, concerns are high.  Locally, the pandemic is impacting our normally relaxed way of life in Emerald Isle. 

A Dimmer Switch Approach to Opening

Tuesday May 26, 2020

The Emerald Isle Police Department (located at 7500 Emerald Drive) will open to walk in traffic

  • The public will be limited to the lobby area, unless circumstances require interior access.
  • Please practice proper social distancing and maintain 6-feet or more between persons.
  • Normal hours of operation will resume 7-days per week.

Monday June 1, 2020

The Emerald Isle Administrative Building and Planning Department (7509 Emerald Drive) will open to walk in traffic

  • The number of persons permitted in the structure at one time will be reduced.
  • Please practice proper social distancing and maintain 6-feet or more between persons.
  • Hours of operation will return to normal (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, M-F)

CLOSED-  EIPR Community Center and Public Playgrounds

In alignment with Phase 2 of the North Carolina reopening process, the following sites remain closed.  Once it is deemed safe, we will open:

  • Emerald Isle Community Center at Leisure Lane
  • All public playground facilities

CANCELED-  July 4th Fireworks on Emerald Isle

Regrettably, the Town of Emerald Isle must cancel its annual fireworks celebration slated for Saturday July 4, 2020.  As there is no way to safely comply with social distancing guidelines. 

The State of North Carolina is expected to move into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 opening process by July.  Yet, social gathering sizes will likely remain restricted to a few hundred people or less.  Thousands upon thousands of spectators attend the annual celebration. 

The safety of our residents, businesses and guests remain our highest priority.  We are truly disappointed to cancel the event. 

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON-  A Second Helping

Unfortunately, due to risks associated with the spread of COVID-19, the community based food donation program ‘A Second Helping’ will also be canceled for 2020.

“The Town of Emerald Isle and the Parks and Recreation Department, have been very supportive of Second Helping’s food collection for the past five years.  We regret that this year we have decided to cancel our food collections due to health concerns,” says Linda McGowen.  “Many thanks for past support, and I hope our work can resume next year!”
 

NICE MATTERS-  Don’t park illegally

Please do not park along roadways, in private parking lots, private driveways, or the Emerald Isle Boat Ramp lot to access the ocean.  Be respectful of others and observe the law.  Park in marked and legal spaces only.  Please be mindful that illegal parking will be enforced.   

 

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend Updates

Public Parking Areas Open

The Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA), Third Street and Station Street Parking areas are open.  Please use these lots to access the public beach access areas.

WORA Closed

Due to monsoon levels of rain received on Emerald Isle this week (May 17-21, 2020), the opening of the Western Ocean Regional Access is delayed.

Emerald Isle officials are grateful to be investing $100,000 in grant dollars at the WORA.  Look for newly installed sidewalks, a wider wooden beach access walkway, and updated showers. 

The Town will reopen the WORA as soon as possible. We apologize for the unavoidable delay.  

Dune Planting and Sand Fencing

Phase II of the recent Bogue Banks Nourishment Program is nearly complete.  Crews are now entering the Dune Planting portion of the project.

DUNE PLANTING- The planting, fertilization, and initial watering of well over 500,000 sea oats on top and mostly down the entire slope of the newly constructed dune.  The planting process includes the use of a light vehicle, mechanical planter apparatus on top of the dune, followed by hand planting on the slope.   Installation of sand fencing before the mechanical planter is employed greatly inhibits the use of the mechanical planter and impedes the overall progress of the planting phase.   

Please wait until AFTER the mechanical dune planting phase is complete, if you do wish to install sand fencing.  You must follow these sand fencing GUIDELINES and contact our Local Permit Officer beforehand (Josh Edmondson at jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org).  Please Note: The planting phase may occur weeks or even months after the pumping and grading phase has been completed.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 22, 2020 11:44:00 AM Categories: News

Public Service Announcement - Executive Order 141 

 

Governor Roy Cooper has issued Executive Order 141, advancing North Carolina to Phase 2 (Easing of Restrictions) in the State’s ongoing response to COVID-19. 

  • EO141 goes into effect at 5:00pm on Friday, May 22, 2020. 
  • Unless repealed, replaced or rescinded, EO141 expires at 5:00pm on Friday, June 26, 2020. 

Please review EO141 and the accompanying FAQs for more information. 

Linked below are EO141, EO141 FAQs, and additional guidance for various categories of businesses and activities (restaurants, places of worship and religious services, large venues, retail businesses, personal care businesses, public pools and spas, tattoo businesses, day camps, overnight camps, and childcare facilities).

EO141: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO141-Phase-2.pdf

EO141 FAQs: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/Phase-2-FAQ.pdf

EO141 additional guidance for various businesses: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance#phase-2-easing-of-restrictions

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM Categories: News

FY 2020-2021 Recommended Town Budget 

 

 

View the entire FY 2020-2021 Recommended Budget as presented to the Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on May 12, 2020.  The official public hearing for the recommended budget is scheduled for the Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting on June 9, 2020.

 

Town of Emerald Isle
Official Public Hearing Notice
FY 2020-2021 Recommended Budget

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 beginning at 6:00 PM in the Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina to receive public comment, both written and oral, regarding the FY 2020-2021 budget.  A copy of the proposed budget as presented to the Board of Commissioners on May 12, 2020 is available for inspection on the town’s website www.emeraldisle-nc.org  Please contact the Town Administrative Offices at 252-354-3424 with any questions.  The public is hereby advised and may make comment at that time.  Please be advised that due to the limitations in place for gatherings due to COVID-19, alternative participation methods may be necessary and those methods, if necessary, will be available on our website at www.emeraldisle-nc.org.  The public is hereby notified and encouraged to attend

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:43:00 PM Categories: News

Scholarship Opportunity for Croatan & Swansboro High School Seniors!  

 

For more information, please contact:
Ron Dimock
336-529-8986, rvdimock@gmail.com

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament to Award Two Scholarships

 

Emerald Isle, NC — Thanks to the success of the First Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament, the tournament committee is pleased to announce a new college scholarship opportunity in 2020 for one graduating senior from both Croatan High School and Swansboro High School planning to earn a degree in an area of Marine or Coastal Science or Engineering.

“Our hope is that the successful scholarship recipients might return to Eastern/Coastal North Carolina to pursue their post-graduate careers,” said Ron Dimock, Member of the Executive Committee of the Fishing Tournament. The two $3000 merit-based scholarships will be awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and essay. The application process opens on February 24th.  All applications and supporting documents must be turned in to Ms. Nicole Rains (Swansboro) or Ms. Jessica Sadler (Croatan) no later than June 1, 2020.  Scholarship winners will be announced at the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners July 2020 meeting. Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited 2-year community or technical college, or a 4-year college or university where they plan to major in marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries biology, geology, environmental science, climate change, marine policy, ocean engineering/ship-building/maintenance, or the chemistry or physics of the ocean. The scholarship application is available through the high schools’ guidance office or may be downloaded here.

About the Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament

The Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament is a non-profit organization that promotes the responsible use of our precious marine resources through education and sponsorship of community events, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of ocean stewards through scholarships for post-secondary education.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:40:00 PM Categories: News

Press Release - July 4 Fireworks Cancelled for 2020  

 

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The Town of Emerald Isle remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure for our residents and guests.

On May 5th, Governor Roy Cooper modified North Carolina’s Stay At Home Executive Order, transitioning the state to Phase 1 of slowly easing COVID-19 restrictions. Social distancing remains a high priority now and in the coming months to prevent the spread of the novel virus Covid-19.

After careful staff review of past crowed conditions of the beach strand and the Bogue Inlet Pier parking area the recommendation to cancel the 2020 July 4th Fireworks was made by staff and approved by the Board of Commissioners.

The health and safety of our residents, guests, employees and contractors  remain of utmost importance to the Town of Emerald Isle. Recommended guidelines for operation cannot be maintained currently nor in the foreseeable future for mass gatherings such as the July 4th Fireworks.

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For press inquiries, contact:

Alesia Sanderson, Director of Parks & Recreation

252-354-6350

asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:37:00 PM Categories: News

Press Release - 2020 Summer Day Camp Cancelled 

 

The Town of Emerald Isle remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure for our residents and guests.

On May 5th, Governor Roy Cooper modified North Carolina’s Stay At Home Executive Order, transitioning the state to Phase 1 of slowly easing COVID-19 restrictions. Under the modified order, day camps may open if they meet new requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After careful staff review and conversations with various Parks & Recreation professionals in the area the recommendation to cancel the 2020 Summer Day Camp Program was made by staff and approved by the Board of Commissioners.

The health and safety of those in our summer day camp program as well as valued staff members is of utmost importance to the Town of Emerald Isle. Recommended guidelines for operation cannot be maintained currently nor in the foreseeable future for our Summer Day Camp.

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For press inquiries, contact:

Whitney Smith, Programs Supervisor

252-354-6350

wsmith@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM Categories: News

Public Comment Information During COVID-19 - Board of Commissioners Regular Monthly May Meeting 

 

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The May 12, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions for gatherings those physically present will only be the Mayor, Board of Commissioners, Manager, Town Clerk, and Finance Director.

The meeting will be available live for public viewing via the Town of Emerald Isle's Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/emeraldislenc

Public Comment During COVID-19

 

Submitting General Public Comments and Public Hearing Comments To The Town Board of Commissioner During COVID19 Meeting Restrictions:

At the Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meetings, citizens are provided with an opportunity to make general public comments to the Town Board as well as comments during any public hearings.  It is important for the Town’s citizens to continue to have this opportunity despite the COVID-19 public health emergency, but public safety considerations are also important.

Until it is deemed safe for us to gather as a community again, public comments must be submitted in advance of Town Board meetings subject to the following guidance:

  1. Public comments should be limited to three minutes in length (approximately 450 words).
  2. Public Comments timely received will be read into the record of the meeting during the general public comment period or the applicable public hearing period.  Please specify whether your comment is general or pertains to a specific public hearing on the agenda.
  3. Public comments may be submitted as follows:
  • By emailing the Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at rferebee@emeraldisle-nc.org
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as the Town’s elected officials and staff work to continue to provide governmental services to the best of our ability during this time.  We all hope to be back together soon!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 8, 2020 1:12:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Press Release - COVID-19 Updates - Thursday, May 7, 2020 

Press Release 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Updates

The Town of Emerald Isle remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure. Provided below is an update on Town operations, services and events.

Short Term Rental Restrictions

The Town of Emerald Isle will lift its mandatory restriction on short term rentals on May 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM.  The restriction had prohibited the renting of a hotel room, motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite, or similar accommodation.  Rental properties may accept occupants effective May, 9, 2020. 

Groceries/Supplies

Due to national supply chain issues, travelers to Emerald Isle are encouraged to bring necessary supplies with them. These items include, but are not limited to: paper products, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and basic grocery items. 

Food Service

Per Executive Order 138, restaurants across North Carolina must remain closed for dine-in meals. Only take-out, drive-through, and delivery services are allowed.

Public Beach Parking Areas

The following approach will be taken in Emerald Isle regarding public parking facilities:

  • May 9, 2020- Third Street parking lot will open to the public.
  • May 9, 2020- Station Street parking lot will open to the public.
  • May 9, 2020- Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA) parking lot will be open to the public.  The EORA restrooms and outside showers will remain closed.

Closed- The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) remains closed due to construction.  The facility will re-open upon completion. 

Water Access

The waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound (within Emerald Isle) are open for outdoor recreational use.  Permitted activities include swimming, surfing, kiting, kayaking, fishing, and boating.  Residents can walk, jog, and sit on the beach strand.  All beach goers must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines.    

Municipal Facility Closings

The Emerald Isle Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive) and the Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive) have limited public access.  The Emerald Isle Community Center and all Parks & Recreation maintained facilities, remain closed to the public until further notice. Although these facilities are closed, the work of the Town continues uninterrupted through the COVID-19 response.

Emerald Isle residents and guests can access the Town’s full array of online resources at www.emeraldIsle-nc.org. If needed, individuals may drop off necessary paperwork and building permit applications at a drop box located in Town Admin building foyer. While Town Hall is closed, Town staff will check the drop box throughout the day. The Town will mail acknowledgements and receipts upon request.

Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call 252-354-3424.  Staff will reply promptly during normal business hours.

Contact Information

Planning, Inspections and Permits

Josh Edmondson, Town Planner

jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-3424

Accounts Payable/ Receivable/ Taxes

Laura Rotchford, Finance Director

lrotchford@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-3424

Non-Emergency Police Department Services

Tony Reese, Chief of Police

treese@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-2021

Parks and Recreation Services

Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreations Director

asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-6350

Public Works: Solid waste/ Yard Debris/ Roads

Artie Dunn, Public Works Director

adunn@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-4450

Phase 1 Opening in North Carolina

Citizens are asked to comply with the Exec. Order 138 and the associated limitations issued by Gov. Cooper. Maintain social distancing (of 6-feet or greater separation) and limit gatherings to groups of 10 or less.  Wearing a protective face covering, when in public, is also recommended.  For further clarification, please reference https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/staying-ahead-curve

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For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:50:00 PM Categories: News

FAQ for Phase 1 Executive Order 138 (shared by NCBIWA) 

Frequently Asked Questions to Executive Order 138 shared by NCBIWA - View Here

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:38:00 PM Categories: News
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