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Matt Zapp Selected as Emerald Isle Town Manager 

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners has selected Matthew R. (Matt) Zapp as the new Town Manager. Mr. Zapp will assume his new responsibilities by mid-June, subject to formal appointment and approval of terms of employment in an open Board meeting.

“On behalf of our Town Board of Commissioners, I congratulate Mr. Zapp on his selection after a rigorous search process,” said Mayor Eddie Barber. “We considered many well qualified candidates and deliberated carefully, and we thank everyone who applied. Matt Zapp is an experienced and resourceful local government manager, with a strong educational background. We are particularly impressed with his active involvement in his current community and success in securing and administering grant funds for community projects and services, and his experience with technological innovation, emergency management, economic development and tourism marketing. He will work hand in hand with our Board, residents and Town employees to help make Emerald Isle an even better place to live, work and visit.”

"I am truly humbled to be selected as the next Town Manager for Emerald Isle,” said Zapp. “It is my desire to serve the residents, staff and elected officials with excellence. A kindness can be felt throughout the community and I look forward to contributing to the culture of' 'Nice Matters.' My entire family is thrilled about the journey ahead and we cannot wait to call Emerald Isle home."

Matt Zapp has served as Town Manager in Benson, NC since 2010. He served previously as Village Administrator of Madison Village, OH, and as a parks and recreation director. Prior to that he worked as a drag racing track manager and a business marketing manager.

Zapp earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in coastal management from UNC-Wilmington, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Akron. He is a graduate of the Public Executive Leadership Academy and the Municipal & County Administration program at the School of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a current Board member of ElectriCities of North Carolina and the NC Eastern Municipal Power Agency, and the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.

Zapp is a native of Madison, OH and grew up on the shores of Lake Erie. He and wife Haley and their children currently reside in Benson. He is active in their church, and serves as a baseball and soccer coach. His hobbies include running, drag racing and event announcing, and restoring old cars and other items.

The Board received 89 applications, considered a number of well qualified candidates with extensive local government management experience, and selected several candidates for interviews. The Mercer Group, Inc., a national public sector executive search and consulting firm with an office in Raleigh, assisted the Board with its search. Mayor Barber said that the Board greatly appreciated the valuable input of citizens and Town department heads about the qualifications, experience and characteristics that the Board should look for in the next manager. “Our consultant produced an attractive and informative recruitment brochure that included those criteria, and we used those as a guide in making our decisions,” Barber said.

Zapp will succeed Frank Rush, who resigned late last year to accept a position as City Manager in South Lake Tahoe, CA. “We thank Frank Rush for his dedicated service to our citizens and his many remarkable achievements,” said Barber. “He led our Town staff with great professionalism for 17 years, and he is highly respected across North Carolina. We also thank Randy Martin, who is serving our citizens well as Interim Town Manager. Our new Town Manager will find that Frank and Randy left the administration and finances in very sound condition, with the assistance of our excellent Town staff.”

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:09:00 AM Categories: News

UPDATE - NCDOT Repair Work and Installation of New Guardrails on Emerald Isle Bridge Will Not Commence Until After Labor Day 2019 

 

UPDATE:  The NCDOT guardrail installation project planned for the Emerald Isle high rise bridge and originally scheduled to be completed in March, 2019 will not commence until after Labor Day 2019.  To avoid traffic impacts during the upcoming tourist season, NCDOT officials have confirmed the project will not be pursued at this time.  NCDOT now expects the project to begin after the Labor Day holiday.  The project was contracted and announced in December, 2018 and scheduled to begin after the holidays in January, 2019.  The work was planned to be completed on weekends in the evening hours as weather permits.  It is still expected that a weekend schedule will be utilized when the project is rescheduled. The safety project remains under contract with completion stipulated by November 2020.

Please contact NCDOT’s New Bern office at 252-514-4759 with any questions.


Original Post from 12/2018:  NCDOT's contractor will work on the Emerald Isle bridge substructure repairs, and installation of new guardrails every weekend through March, as weather permits.  Their work will involve a lane closure that will be used regularly over the weekends from approximately Fridays at 6pm through Mondays at 6am.  NCDOT may also as needed close one lane on weekdays between the approximate hours of 9pm and 3am.  Between now and March you should plan on allowing extra time in anticipation of possible delays due to lane closures. 

Traffic will be reduced to one lane, with flagmen in place on the bridge.  Expect delays during this time!

Thank you for your patience as NCDOT contractors work to maintain and improve this essential infrastructure for Emerald Isle!

Please contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-514-4759 with any questions.

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Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM Categories: News

28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival This Weekend! 

 
Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16
Proudly Presented by Transportation Impact

There's no better way to spend a beautiful spring weekend than at the annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival!  Emerald Isle's signature event is back for its 28th year, gets started on Friday night, and continues all day long on Saturday!
 
Kids rides will operate from 5 pm - 10 pm on Friday night, with the purchase of an arm band. Come back on Saturday for all the traditional live music, kids rides, arts and crafts vendors, specialty foods, beer tent, and much more from 9 am - 6 pm!
 
The weather is expected to be nice in Emerald Isle this weekend, with temperatures in the 50-60s forecast for Saturday. Bring your family and friends, and head to the beach this weekend!
 
Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:04:00 AM Categories: News

Make Plans to Attend the 28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - March 16, 2019!  

 

The 28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 16 from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking is free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent.  Questions regarding the festival should be directed to Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 7, 2019 8:04:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Woods Park Reopens To The Public 

 

Emerald Isle Woods Park has reopened to the public as of 8:30 am, Monday, March 4, 2019.  Emerald Isle Woods Park had been closed due to damage following Hurricane Florence.  Thank you for your patience during this time while repairs were completed.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, March 4, 2019 2:13:00 PM Categories: News

NCDOT Conducting Bridge Inspections Through Wednesday (3/06/2019) 

Please be advised NCDOT will be conducting bridge inspections of the B. Cameron Langston (Emerald Isle) bridge starting Monday (03/04/2019) and continuing through Wednesday (03/06/2019).  Please be prepared for delays with one-lane traffic.  

Please contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-514-4759 with any questions. 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, March 4, 2019 11:41:00 AM Categories: News

Eastern Emerald Isle Beach Nourishment Project 

 

Please visit the following website published by the Carteret County Shore Protection Office for the latest reports and to follow the progress of the project as it proceeds:

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/788/Florence-Replenishment-Project-2019 

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Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, March 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament's March 21 Giveaway!  

The Reel Outdoors of Emerald Isle has done it again for the EI Fishing Tournament's March 21 giveaway - a Calcutta 24-Pack Soft Cooler!

To get in on the giveaway all you have to do is share and like the Tournament Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EIFishing/ and each day you do your name is entered in the contest!  Visit the Tournament website for full details of this year's First Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament scheduled for Saturday, September 21 - https://emeraldislefishingtournament.com

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:22:00 AM Categories: News

Coming Soon! The 28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - March 16, 2019! 

The 28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 16 from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking is free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent.  Questions regarding the festival should be directed to Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350. View Festival Flyer!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 26, 2019 9:04:00 AM Categories: News

North Carolina Rate Bureau seeks ANOTHER Proposed Homeowners Insurance Rate Increase  

 

Submit Your Comments to the NC Department of Insurance by February 26, 2019

The Town of Emerald Isle has just been made aware that the N.C. Rate Bureau, which represents insurance companies, is seeking yet another significant rate increase for homeowners’ insurance.  The proposed increase will affect homeowners, tenants and condo owners to varying degrees with a major increase in premiums paid for property coverage.  This proposed increase follows on the heels of a significant rate increase requested last year.  If approved, the impact of the new request on Emerald Isle and other coastal areas would be an average increase of up to 30 % under the proposal.   The following link contains background information published by the Town of Emerald Isle last year on the history of insurance rate requests and increases. https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/another-proposed-homeowners-insurance-rate-increase-submit-your-comments-to-the-nc-department-of-insurance-by-december-29

N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has issued a statement in which he has disagreed with the proposal and has announced the scheduling of a public hearing on the request for September 4, 2019 unless a settlement is reached before that time.  Citizens and property owners are encouraged to contact the N.C. Department of Insurance to indicate your opposition to the requested increase as soon as possible and preferably before the upcoming February 26th public forum. 

There are three ways to submit public comment on the NC Rate Bureau’s request for an increase in homeowners insurance:

  • A Public Comment forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the N.C. Department of Insurance’s Second Floor Hearing Room in the Albemarle Building, located at 325 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.
  • Email public comments to 2018Homeowners@ncdoi.gov
  • Mail comments to Tricia Ford, paralegal administrator, to 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1201

As this request goes through the process of its review and consideration by the N. C. Department of Insurance, the Town will try to keep citizens updated on its status.  Citizens are encouraged to respond.  These efforts can be productive as evidenced by the major reduction in the increase that was actually approved and put into effect a year ago.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:13:00 PM Categories: News
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