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Second Annual Fall Fishing Tournament: LIVE Facebook Auction  

The Second Annual Fall Fishing Tournament has a new event on their page. We will be auctioning off some exciting prizes to raise money for the scholarship fund! We have lot of fishing gear and memorabilia, plus we have hotel and house rentals and everything in between! The auction will be held on Facebook Live on Wednesday, September 16th starting at 7PM. You do not need to take part in our tournament to bid - this is open to everyone! So please share and join in so that we can offer our local students a great start in a career in the marine sciences!

One objective of the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament is to raise money to fund scholarships for local area high school seniors who intend to pursue a college degree in some aspect of marine science. We wish to encourage our local students who wish to study the Marine Sciences to come home after school and help the community in furthering our education on the oceans, sounds, and the incredible variety of wildlife inhabiting our area.

Click here for information 

Posted by Sarah Williams Thursday, September 10, 2020 3:23:00 PM Categories: News

Ferebee retires, Williams sworn in as Town Clerk 

Press Release

September 4, 2020

Ferebee retires, Williams sworn in as Town Clerk

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-   After 20-years of service with the Town of Emerald Isle, Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee will officially retire on September 8, 2020. 

“We are so appreciative of the dedication, hard work and steadfast leadership that Rhonda has provided to the Town of Emerald,” said Mayor Eddie Barber.  “Rhonda has served the staff and the community with such professionalism.  Her retirement is truly bittersweet. We will miss her dearly and wish her the very best in retirement. ” 

In anticipation of the Town Clerk’s pending retirement, Sarah Williams joined the Town of Emerald Isle on July 20, 2020.  The early onboarding allowed Williams the courtesy to shadow her predecessor for a period of 7-weeks. 

“The Board and staff welcome Sarah to the team.  She brings a wealth of experience and exceptional references from Pine Knoll Shores,” said Matt Zapp, Town Manager. “We are thrilled for her future in Emerald Isle.”

Mrs. Ferebee’s final official act in office included the swearing in of Williams, on Tuesday September 1, 2020.  Ms. Williams will now serve as the Town Clerk/ Human Resources Specialist for Emerald Isle.

At the next Board of Commissioners meeting on September 8, Ferebee will be recognized by the elected officials for her two-decades of unwavering service.  Those interested in participating can view the meeting online or dial-in by phone.  For more information, go to and click on Meeting & Agendas.

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, September 4, 2020 4:58:00 PM Categories: News

Public Comment Information - September 8, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting 

The September 8, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 the public may attend the meeting but space will be limited to ensure social distancing.  

The meeting will be available for viewing or audio only by registering at the following link for attendees  -




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 everyone to gather as a community again, public comments may 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 Sarah Williams at
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Sarah Williams at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 8, 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.

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, September 4, 2020 3:50:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Canceled 


September 3, 2020

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Canceled

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K is officially canceled.

Originally slated for March 2020, the race was postponed until October 31, 2020 due to complications caused by COVID-19.   To protect all race participants, volunteers, spectators and the Emerald Isle community, the Emerald Isle Marathon committee has made the difficult decision to forego the rescheduled race in its entirety.

“As we approach autumn, it is clear that COVID-19 continues to impact all aspects of our lives,” stated Candace Dooley, Emerald Isle Race Director.  “Our goal was to hold a wonderful race in late October.  Yet, we cannot place our competitors or community at risk.”

Participant Options: We understand that this announcement is challenging, so we will offer the following options:

1- Automatic deferment to March 27, 2021

2- Full refund

Current registrations will automatically be deferred to March 27, 2021. If you prefer a full race refund, please email  Due to a high volume of email traffic, please allow 7-10 days for a response.

You have trained hard, made travel arrangements, dreamt of the finish line and put blood, sweat and tears into your preparation for race day.  Your hard work and dedication are admirable. Don’t slow down.  Keep pushing ahead.

Please join us March 2021 and make your dream a reality! 


For press inquiries, contact:

Candace Dooley, EI Race Director

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:07:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Canceled 

Press Release

August 28, 2020

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Canceled


The Town of Emerald Isle desires to protect the safety of its citizens and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We believe it is best to cancel certain town sponsored events that assemble large groups of people.

In cooperation with the Emerald Isle Business Association, a very tough decision was made to forego the 2020 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade. 

The timing of this decision may appear premature, however the coming months are an integral time to secure volunteers, plan and organize event participants that travel from all over our state.  We recognize that individuals, families and businesses are faced with monumental challenges.  Cancelation of the parade (now) will help many groups plan ahead and avoid unnecessary costs.

The ongoing pandemic has taken a toll on each and every one of us. These are challenging and unprecedented times.

The health and safety of our residents, guests, employees and volunteers remains the highest priority for Emerald Isle.   Due to current and anticipated COVID-19 guidelines, operational recommendations cannot be met to safely hold mass gatherings.

We sincerely apologize for cancelation of the 2020 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade and look forward to future opportunities to celebrate together in Emerald Isle.



For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager



Heidi Barlow, EIBA President


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 28, 2020 4:50:00 PM Categories: News

Register Now for the Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament! 


The Emerald Isle Annual Fall Fishing Tournament at the NC Wildlife Public Boat Ramp in Emerald Isle, NC includes three separate divisions: King and Spanish Mackerel, and Surf. There will also be contests for the kids, a silent auction and other activities so that this event will be fun for the whole family! 

Visit the official tournament website for all of the exciting details!

Follow the Tournament on Facebook as well for opportunities to win cool prizes leading up to the big day!


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 28, 2020 4:26:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Economic Development Foundation Receives Broadband Grant 

Media Contact:                                                                                  For Immediate Release

Don Kirkman                                                                                       

(252) 222-6121


Carteret County Economic Development Foundation Receives Broadband Grant

CARTERET COUNTY—The Carteret County Economic Development Foundation (“Foundation”) Board of Directors announced today that the Foundation has been awarded a $5,000 Building a New Digital Economy in NC (BAND-NC) grant from the Institute for Emerging Issues (“IEI”) at NC State University.  The grant funds will be used to develop a Carteret County digital inclusion plan.

“This grant from the Institute for Emerging Issues comes at a very opportune time for Carteret County,” said Ed Stack, Foundation Chair.  “Our Foundation Board of Directors has identified addressing the county’s broadband challenges as our highest programmatic priority this year, and the grant will allow us to jumpstart the development of a countywide plan to address the broadband needs of all Carteret County residents,” he added.

The goal of the Foundation Board of Directors is for Carteret County to become the first rural county in North Carolina to have a comprehensive, countywide digital inclusion plan.  Currently, Mecklenburg County is the only North Carolina county with such a plan.

The Foundation has engaged Deborah Watts, principal with Broadband Catalysts, as a consultant and project manager to facilitate the development of the Carteret County plan, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2021. “There is no question that broadband is essential infrastructure in the 21st century.  The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the importance of high-speed internet to education at every level, health care and remote working,” according to Watts.  “Many North Carolinians, including those in Carteret County, face significant barriers to affordable internet services, and the plan is intended to identify those hurdles and describe a range of solutions,” added Watts.

“We are delighted that Carteret County was included in the first round of BAND-NC grant recipients,” said Maggie Woods, IEI Program and Policy Manager and BAND-NC program lead.  “Our review committee thought the Foundation had a very compelling application, and we believe that what Carteret County is doing can be a model for rural North Carolina.”



Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 28, 2020 11:55:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Fire Department-- Cancer Awareness Tees on Sale  


Cancer Awareness shirts are now on sale. Sold solely through the online store and shipped directly to the purchaser. No sales of shirts will be conducted onsite.

A unisex t-shirt along with a v-neck shirt are being offered this year!!

Click here to order yours!

All proceeds go to support local cancer charity in Carteret County.

If there are any questions please send us a message or email .

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, August 24, 2020 11:28:00 AM Categories: News

Western Ocean Regional Access Will Be Temporarily Closed for Walkway Repairs / Construction 

Please be advised that the park will be closed Monday, August 24th-Wednesday, August 26th and will reopen on Thursday, August 27th for construction repairs. Parking and restroom facilities are available at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, 2701 Emerald Drive. Staff apologizes for the inconvenience. Thank you!


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 21, 2020 4:25:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Election Workers Needed 


Carteret County needs Election Officials for the November 3, 2020 General Election and the Early Voting Period in October - $11/Hour.

View / Print Flyer for full details!


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:31:00 PM Categories: News
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