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FLORENCE DEBRIS COLLECTION NEARING COMPLETION, PLEASE PLACE DEBRIS AT STREET EDGE BY OCTOBER 28 

 

Update #31 - Thursday, October 18 - 1 pm

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Please Place Florence Debris at Street Edge by Sunday, October 28

The Town's debris contractors are approximately 80% complete, and we are hopeful that all debris will be collected from Town streets by November 1.  The Town's contractor is currently operating with a total of 10 trucks in Emerald Isle. 

Please make sure all construction and demolition debris and vegetative debris from your property is placed at the street edge no later than the end of the day on Sunday, October 28 to insure that your debris is collected by the Town's contractor (at no charge to you). Out-of-town property owners who still need to gather debris on their property are encouraged to use these next two weekends to place your debris at the street edge.  

The Town's debris contractors have collected more than 132,000 cubic yards of debris associated with Florence.  To put this in perspective, this equates to 5,500 loads of debris

in one of the Town's typical yard debris collection trucks.  The Town's Public Works Department averages approximately 1,000 loads for an entire year

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process, 
  • do not dispose of household hazardous waste at the street edge, and 
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

The Town's contractors are working hard to collect all Florence debris - it's just A LOT of debris to collect!  No streets have been forgotten, nor will be forgotten, and the Town's contractors will get to your street.  Thank you for your patience!

Town's Debris Contractors Working to Remove Beach Debris

The Town's debris contractors initially planned to remove consolidated piles of debris from the beach strand at the base of the dunes at the beginning of October, but were delayed due to mechanical issues.  These issues are nearly resolved, and the contractors expect to begin collection of consolidated piles in the next few days.   

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled for October 27

The Coastal Environmental Partnership has rescheduled the household hazardous waste and electronics collection day for Carteret County for Saturday, October 27 from 8 am to 1 pm.  The drop-off site is the Carteret County Health Department, located at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City. 

Emerald Isle residents can dispose of the following items:  latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil, antifreeze, batteries, lawn and garden fertilizer, and pesticides.

Items not accepted include:  commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological, or radioactive waste. 

Please visit the following link for more information:  http://www.cepnc.org/hazardous-waste.html .

FEMA Individual Assistance Available to Qualifying Residents and Businesses

Permanent residents of Emerald Isle may qualify for direct assistance with temporary housing needs, repairs, and debris removal expenses, and may also qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  Second home owners and businesses in Emerald Isle may qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  To learn more and to see if you qualify for assistance, please contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ . 

 

Town Staff Working Hard to Get EI Back to Normal

Town staff continue to work hard to clean up and complete necessary repairs after Florence. In addition to the other significant items included in this update, some of the key efforts include the following:

  • Town staff have replaced a critical section of storm water pipe in the Cape Emerald subdivision.  This pipe drains the entire Coast Guard Road ocean side between Pebble Beach and Ocean Oaks.
  • Town staff have made great progress on the NC 58 corridor, and are very close to restoring this area to park-like status.  The Town takes great pride in the appearance of our beautiful community!
  • Town staff are currently working to secure contractors to complete tree removal and clean-up activities in Emerald Isle Woods Park, McLean-Spell Park, and other Town parks.
  • Town staff continue to collect all damaged appliances from the street edge throughout the Town.  

Town Seeking Beach Nourishment Bids

The Town, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, will be releasing a bid solicitation later this week for the nourishment of approximately 3 miles of ocean beach in eastern Emerald Isle.  

This project covers the same area previously planned for nourishment this winter (between the Indian Beach town limits and the 3000 block; before Florence impacted Emerald Isle), but the scope now includes the replacement of the approximately 617,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence. 

Bids will be received just prior to Thanksgiving, and if the bid prices are reasonable, the Town will award a contract and likely begin construction around the beginning of 2019.  The Town will be seeking reimbursement from FEMA for these expenses.

The Town, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, will also be working toward a larger beach nourishment project to replace additional Florence sand losses during the winter of 2019-2020.  Due to permitting issues, contractor availability, FEMA issues, and project logistics, the earliest that the Town can proceed with beach nourishment in central and western Emerald Isle is the winter of 2019-2020.    

In total, the Town is seeking approximately $40 million from FEMA and the NC Division of Emergency Management to replace approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.  The Town expects a decision from FEMA on this reimbursement in the coming months. 

Beach Driving Permitted from 7 am - 7 pm Only

Due to the presence of many consolidated debris piles along the dune escarpment, the presence of numerous "gullies" on the beach strand, and the narrow width of the beach strand in certain areas at high tide, the Town is allowing beach driving during daylight hours only until further notice.  Beach driving is currently permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only.  A decision to revert back to the normal 5 am - 9 pm hours will be considered after all debris is removed from the beach strand.

Comprehensive Summary of Hurricane Florence Impacts, Status of Recovery Efforts Available Online

A summary report outlining the Town's response to Hurricane Florence, the known impacts to Town facilities and infrastructure, recovery efforts, and ideas for consideration in planning for future storm events was presented to the Board of Commissioners at the October 9 meeting.  A copy of this report is available for public viewing at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-10-09-2018-Item-14 . 

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:24:00 PM Categories: News

Public Walkway Closures Post Tropical Storm Michael 

Below is a list of post TS Michael walkway closures.

 

10th st                  Floating step posts. Steps steps springy and wobbly.

14th st                   Same as 10th st

21st interior         Uneven floated posts after Florence. Seems worse now.

Channel Dr          Partial rail and bulkhead collapse. Approximately 24’

Point                     4 to 6’ of steps completely covered with sand.

 

17th st is temporarily closed due to new vegetation down. Should be open by noon today.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 12, 2018 11:05:00 AM Categories: News

TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL MAY IMPACT EMERALD ISLE, DEBRIS COLLECTION CONTINUES, BEACH NOURISHMENT SURVEY RESULTS IN  

 

Update #30 - Tuesday, October 9 - 1:30 pm

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Comprehensive Summary of Hurricane Florence Impacts, Status of Recovery Efforts Available Online

A summary report outlining the Town's response to Hurricane Florence, the known impacts to Town facilities and infrastructure, recovery efforts, and ideas for consideration in planning for future storm events will be presented to the Board of Commissioners at the October 9 meeting.  A copy of this report is available for public viewing at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-10-09-2018-Item-14 . 

Michael Could Impact Emerald Isle Later This Week

Hurricane Michael is currently forecast to make landfall along the Florida panhandle sometime on Wednesday, and is expected to continue to move north through North Carolina later this week. According to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, Emerald Isle could receive tropical storm force winds (40 - 50 mph +/-) on Thursday and Friday, with 2 - 3 inches of rain currently forecast for our area.  

Obviously, more rain and high winds are the last things any of us want to see in Emerald Isle, with many structures still damaged from Florence and the water table still highly elevated.  The Town is hopeful that no new street flooding issues will occur as a result of Michael's rain, but will take delivery of 3 brand new portable storm water pumps today or tomorrow, and these pumps will be added to the 6 portable pumps the Town already owns.  These 9 pumps owned by the Town will be available for deployment if necessary.  Additionally, the Town has 4 portable rental pumps available to us immediately if necessary.  Finally, all of the Town's 12 fixed pump stations are functioning properly, and, assuming there are no significant power outages these pumps should provide flooding relief in these areas. 

We are all praying that none of these pumps will be necessary, however, Town staff will respond in any way necessary as a result of Michael.

Debris Collection Efforts Continue, More Emphasis on Construction & Demolition Debris

The Town's contractor continues to make good progress on debris collection, with approximately 90,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and approximately 10,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris collected in Emerald Isle thus far.  The contractor is approximately 75% complete with the "first pass" for vegetative debris, and the Town expects to announce the start date for the "second pass" (final pass) in the coming days.  

The Town remains hopeful that all debris collection associated with Florence will be complete by the end of October.  For those of you who have already had the contractors in your neighborhood, please be getting secondary debris together for pick up in the coming days.  For those of you who have not already had a pickup occur, thank you for your patience, and please understand that the Town's contractors are working hard to get everyone collected as soon as possible - it's just a huge job.  The contractor is currently operating with a total of 17 crews in Emerald Isle. 

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process, 
  • do not dispose of household hazardous waste at the street edge, and 
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled for October 27

The Coastal Environmental Partnership has rescheduled the household hazardous waste and electronics collection day for Carteret County for Saturday, October 27 from 8 am to 1 pm.  The drop-off site is the Carteret County Health Department, located at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City. 

Emerald Isle residents can dispose of the following items:  latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil, antifreeze, batteries, lawn and garden fertilizer, and pesticides.

Items not accepted include:  commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological, or radioactive waste. 

Please visit the following link for more information:  http://www.cepnc.org/hazardous-waste.html .

Aerial Mosquito Spraying Completed This Past Friday Night

The County's contractor completed aerial mosquito spraying in many areas of Carteret County, including Emerald Isle, this past Friday night.  The Town greatly appreciates these efforts, and believes they have been helpful in reducing the mosquito population. 

Town staff will continue to monitor the mosquito population, and will perform ground spraying as warranted in the coming days.

Beach Nourishment Survey Results In

Coastal engineers have completed their analysis of beach erosion in Emerald Isle as a result of Hurricane Florence, and have determined that Emerald Isle lost approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand during the storm.  Fortunately, there were no breaches of the primary dune, however, nearly all smaller incipient dunes and the recreational beach strand were flattened by storm surge and wave action generated by Florence over 3+ days.  

To put this loss in perspective, the Town has placed a total of approximately 4 million cubic yards of sand on the beach in Emerald Isle via 5 previous beach nourishment projects since 2003. Although the beach is in worse condition than it was prior to Florence's arrival on September 13, it remains in better condition than it was after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and prior to the initiation of the Town's beach nourishment program in 2003.  

The Town expects to submit a claim to FEMA to replace the entire 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost during Florence, and will be seeking approximately $40 million for this effort.  The Town (in partnership with Carteret County and other nearby towns) strictly conforms to all FEMA guidelines and should be eligible for FEMA assistance.  In fact, the Town has previously received a total of approximately $13 million for beach erosion impacts from Hurricanes Isabel, Opehlia, and Irene.  

As reported previously, the Town had been planning a significant beach nourishment project for 3 miles of beach in eastern Emerald Isle for this winter, and nearly all permits are in hand for that project. It is likely that the Town will attempt to proceed with this project this winter, and will solicit construction bids later this month.  If a reasonable bid is received, and a contract executed, it is likely that nourishment would occur sometime between January and April 2019.  If the Town can not execute a contract, this work will be delayed until late 2019 / early 2020.

The Town will be working closely with FEMA in the coming months to secure funding to replace sand lost during Florence, and it is unlikely that a final decision will be made on this issue in time to place sand in other areas of Emerald Isle this winter.  The Town will be working diligently with FEMA, Carteret County, and other nearby towns to position the Town for a very large beach nourishment project for other areas in Emerald Isle in late 2019 / early 2020.    

Beach Driving Permitted from 7 am - 7 pm Only

Due to the presence of many consolidated debris piles along the dune escarpment, the presence of numerous "gullies" on the beach strand, and the narrow width of the beach strand in certain areas at high tide, the Town is allowing beach driving during daylight hours only until further notice.  Beach driving is currently permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only.  A decision to revert back to the normal 5 am - 9 pm hours will be considered after all debris is removed from the beach strand. The Town's debris contractor is currently working on the beach strand to collect the consolidated debris piles, and we are hopeful this collection will be complete within the next two weeks. 

Key Town Facilities Remain Significantly Impacted

There are no steps to the beach at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and there is no safe access to the beach strand.  The parking area and bathroom facilities are open. 

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these facilities safe for public use in the coming weeks and months.  

 

Channel Markers for Public Boating Access Facility Repositioned

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission recently repositioned the channel markers in Bogue Sound that lead to the EI Public Boating Access Facility, and all known debris has been removed from the entrance channel.  The facility is open for normal use, but caution is advised when boating in this area, and everywhere in Bogue Sound, as it is likely that shoals have shifted and unknown debris may be located on the bottom in unknown areas.  

Majority of Bike Path Safe to Use

The vast majority of the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bike path is now safe to use, with only two locations impaired.  The path has not yet been repaired on Coast Guard Road near Sea Dunes where a broken water main was repaired during the storm, and approximately 50 linear feet of the path is sand.  A small amount of standing water and debris also remains on the path near Spinnakers Reach.  Enjoy the path, but be alert and safe!  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:24:00 PM Categories: News

Draft State Transportation Improvement Program Released, Emerald Isle Intersections Included 

 

NCDOT has released a draft of the new 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and requested intersection improvements at three Emerald Isle intersections are included.  The NC 58 / Bogue Inlet Drive intersection is again included in the new plan, with construction targeted for 2025.  The NC 58 / Coast Guard Road intersection is included, with construction targeted for 2027.  The NC 58 / Loon Drive (Emerald Plantation) intersection is also included, with construction targeted for 2028.  The NC 58 / Mangrove Drive intersection is not included in the draft plan, but there is still a chance that that intersection will also be added to the final 2020-2029 STIP later this year.

Inclusion in the STIP is the critical first step in securing State funding for future NC 58 intersection improvements, in whatever form they may ultimately take.  Without inclusion in the STIP, no improvements of any kind are likely to proceed in the future.  Although the 3 intersections are identified in the draft STIP as either mini-roundabout or roundabout improvements, NCDOT will perform significant additional analysis, consult with the Town, consult with nearby business owners, and solicit additional public input in the coming years before finalizing any specific plans for these intersections.  In the end, the actual improvements may be roundabouts, traffic signal and/or lane improvements, or perhaps no improvements at all, however, it is critical for these projects to be included in the STIP in order to have any chance at all for future NC 58 improvements. 

It is important to note that the vast majority of people in Emerald Isle are opposed to the widening of the NC 58 bridge and NC 58 because it is believed this will drastically change the character of the Town and negatively impact the Town's small-town atmosphere.  If one accepts this position, yet still wants to improve traffic flow into and out of Emerald Isle, the only remaining options are small, incremental intersection improvements.  It is obvious that the 4 signalized intersections are the primary factors causing traffic congestion, and the projects included in the draft STIP seek helpful, incremental improvements at these locations.  There are likely no "magic bullet" solutions to the Town's traffic congestion issues during peak periods, and the Town has consistently worked to identify any helpful improvements to at least promote incremental improvement in traffic flow through Emerald Isle.

One other option that is often suggested is the potential for a 3rd bridge to the mainland in the middle of Bogue Banks.  The construction of a 3rd bridge would likely be a significant enhancement for Emerald Isle, however, this project is not currently under consideration by NCDOT or any local government in Carteret County.  It is also unlikely that such a project would ever be constructed in many of our lifetimes due to significant cost, environmental hurdles, and local political issues in other municipalities. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 8, 2018 9:53:00 AM Categories: News

Aerial Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Friday Night 

 

Carteret County has arranged for aerial mosquito spraying in many areas of the County, including Emerald Isle, and this aerial spraying will occur this Friday night into early morning hours on Saturday.     

The pesticide that will be sprayed in Emerald Isle is Deltagard, and information about this approved product is available at the following link:  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/deltagard.pdf .  Planes will be flying approximately 300 feet above the ground surface, and will release the pesticide at approved application rates.  It is anticipated that all of Emerald Isle will be complete within a couple hours or less, sometime during the dark hours on Friday night into early Saturday morning.  

The Town is hopeful that Friday night's aerial spraying will effectively minimize the mosquito population in Emerald Isle.  If necessary, the Town will begin additional ground spraying activities in the following days and weeks.  

In addition to mosquitoes, aerial spraying is harmful to bees.  Helpful information for beekeepers is included at the following link:  http://www.colonialbeekeepers.com/index.php/education-information-mainmenu-43-43/91-protecting-bees-against-aerial-spraying . 

The Town is thankful for Governor Cooper releasing funds for mosquito spraying, and for Carteret County working to organize a larger effort in our County.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 5, 2018 2:32:00 PM Categories: News

McLean-Spell Park Bridge Under Construction 

The Town's contractor began construction of the new pedestrian bridge from the Community Center to the new McLean-Spell Park slightly before Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle, however, Florence has not allowed work to continue.  The Town hopes to have the contractor complete construction of the new bridge in November, after which it will be open for public use (this schedule should also coincide with the removal of tree debris in the new park). The Town also plans to hold a special dedication ceremony for the new park later this fall or winter.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 5, 2018 9:20:00 AM Categories: News

Islander Drive, Western Ocean Regional Access Improvements On Hold for Now 

 

A-Team Enterprises, LLC, the new owner of land on Islander Drive that was previously occupied by an abandoned go-cart track and bumper boat facility, had been planning to begin construction a new mixed-use development in January 2019.  With the significant impacts from Hurricane Florence, it is now likely that this timetable will be adjusted as both the Town and A-Team Enterprises focus on higher storm-related priorities.  

The Town has been working hard in recent months to develop a scope of public improvements along Islander Drive and at the Western Ocean Regional Access that will be funded by land sale proceeds and grant funding, and constructed in conjunction with the planned private development by A-Team Enterprises.  These public improvements will likely also be somewhat delayed, and it will be important to consider the timing of construction relative to the busy 2019 tourism season. The Town will be working hard to complete all selected public improvements either before May 2019 or after September 2019 so as not to unnecessarily disrupt the Town, nearby businesses, and visitors to the Western Ocean Regional Access during the summer 2019 season.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 4, 2018 11:40:00 AM Categories: News

AERIAL MOSQUITO SPRAYING FRIDAY NIGHT, OTHER IMPORTANT RECOVERY INFORMATION  

 

Update #29 - Wednesday, October 3 - 10 am

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Aerial Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Friday Night

Carteret County has arranged for aerial mosquito spraying in many areas of the County, including Emerald Isle, and this aerial spraying will occur this Friday night into early morning hours on Saturday.     

The pesticide that will be sprayed in Emerald Isle is Deltagard, and information about this approved product is available at the following link:  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/deltagard.pdf .  Planes will be flying approximately 300 feet above the ground surface, and will release the pesticide at approved application rates.  It is anticipated that all of Emerald Isle will be complete within a couple hours or less, sometime during the dark hours on Friday night into early Saturday morning.  

The Town is hopeful that Friday night's aerial spraying will effectively minimize the mosquito population in Emerald Isle.  If necessary, the Town will begin additional ground spraying activities in the following days and weeks.  

In addition to mosquitoes, aerial spraying is harmful to bees.  Helpful information for beekeepers is included at the following link:  http://www.colonialbeekeepers.com/index.php/education-information-mainmenu-43-43/91-protecting-bees-against-aerial-spraying . 

The Town is thankful for Governor Cooper releasing funds for mosquito spraying, and for Carteret County working to organize a larger effort in our County.

Beach Driving Permitted from 7 am - 7 pm Only

Due to the presence of many consolidated debris piles along the dune escarpment, the presence of numerous "gullies" on the beach strand, and the narrow width of the beach strand in certain areas at high tide, the Town is allowing beach driving during daylight hours only until further notice.  Beach driving is currently permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only.  A decision to revert back to the normal 5 am - 9 pm hours will be considered after all debris is removed from the beach strand. The Town's debris contractor is expected to begin removal of the consolidated debris piles along the dune escarpment on Thursday. 

More Debris Trucks Added, Significant Volume Collected Already

The Town's debris contractor now has 15 crews dedicated to Emerald Isle.  To date, the Town's contractor has collected more than 66,000 cubic yards of debris, and is now averaging nearly 6,000 cubic yards per day.  The Town has already incurred more than $500,000 of debris collection expense, however, the Town expects FEMA to reimburse the vast majority of this expense.  Slowly but surely, the debris piles are disappearing, but there is a still a lot left to be collected.  Thank you for your patience as our crews work to collect as much debris as quickly as possible.

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process, 
  • do not dispose of household hazardous waste at the street edge, and 
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled for October 27

The Coastal Environmental Partnership has rescheduled the household hazardous waste and electronics collection day for Carteret County for Saturday, October 27 from 8 am to 1 pm.  The drop-off site is the Carteret County Health Department, located at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City. 

Emerald Isle residents can dispose of the following items:  latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil, antifreeze, batteries, lawn and garden fertilizer, and pesticides.

Items not accepted include:  commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological, or radioactive waste. 

Please visit the following link for more information:  http://www.cepnc.org/hazardous-waste.html .

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule, including Wednesday recycling, is now in effect.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

There are no steps to the beach at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and there is no safe access to the beach strand.  The parking area and bathroom facilities are open. 

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

The Emerald Isle Fire Department's Open House, scheduled for October 6, has been cancelled.

The Neighborhood Watch Program's Golf With a Cop event, scheduled for October 20, has been cancelled.

Inventory of Open Beach Accesses

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these accesses better than they were before!

Town Will Continue to Work Hard to Repair Town Facilities and Infrastructure, But Long Process Ahead 

Damages to Town facilities and infrastructure include significant beach erosion, public beach access walkway damage, leaky roofs on Town buildings, storm water pipe failures, downed trees in parks, bike path damage, street failures, soundside public pier damage, missing or compromised street signs, damaged benches, burned out or damaged street lights, street washouts, and more. Fortunately, the Town expects to receive significant public assistance funding from FEMA to repair, restore, and/or replace these facilities and infrastructure.  It will likely take several months, and perhaps more than a year to complete all work.    

Gradually, and eventually, we'll get everything fixed and have these facilities and infrastructure back to normal, and likely better in many cases.  However, it will take some time and likely create some inconvenience, and the Town greatly appreciates your patience and understanding!

Be Careful Using the Public Boating Access Facility

The Town's contractor has removed significant pier debris from the entrance canal at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, making it easier for boats to travel from Bogue Sound to and from the ramp area.  A preliminary review of the basin and canal did not identify any obvious submerged objects, however, boaters are urged to exercise caution while travelling in the canal and basin, and are also asked to report any submerged debris to the Town at 252-354-3424. Boaters should also note that many navigation markers may be displaced, and should use caution in unfamiliar waters.  

Be Careful on the Bike Path!

Much of the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bike path is clear enough for public use, but debris remains in scattered areas, particularly along Coast Guard Road (where large vegetative piles, standing water, and washed out sand remain in some areas of the path).  Town staff and the Town's debris contractor are working to remove this debris this week in an effort to restore the path to full use.  In the meantime, please feel free to use the path at your own risk, but be aware of obstructions and be safe moving around these obstructions.   

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance. The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

Planned Beach Nourishment Project To Be Considered Later In October

New, post-Florence beach profile survey work has been completed, and data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in the next few weeks.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.    

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

Board of Commissioners to Consider Amendment to Allow Temporary Use of Recreational Vehicles for Temporary Housing While Florence Repairs Completed

The Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and consider the temporary use of recreational vehicles for temporary housing at its October 9 regular Board meeting. The ordinance amendment under consideration would allow a property owner to utilize an RV on their residential property for a short time period (generally 3 - 6 months) while repairs necessitated by Hurricane Florence (or any future significant hurricanes) are performed.  The Board expressed preliminary support for this amendment at its emergency meeting on September 24, and a formal decision is expected on October 9 at 6 pm.  

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence. This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 3, 2018 11:49:00 AM Categories: News

Planned Beach Nourishment Project Scope to Be Reconsidered  

 

The Town suffered significant beach erosion during Hurricane Florence.  Fortunately, there were no dune breaches, and the bulk of primary dunes remain intact, however, the smaller incipient dunes and the recreational beach areas were flattened, resulting in the displacement of a significant sand volume offshore.  Post-Florence beach profile survey work has already been completed, and this data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in October.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual sand volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.  More details will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 3, 2018 8:24:00 AM Categories: News

Town Continues Recovery from Hurricane Florence, Facility and Infrastructure Repairs Expected in Coming Months 

 

Town staff continue to work hard on recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence, and debris collection and mosquito control activities will continue through October.  Town staff and Town contractors will also be working hard in the coming weeks and months on all types of repairs, both large and small.  

Damages to Town facilities and infrastructure include significant beach erosion, beach access walkway damage, leaky roofs on Town buildings, storm water pipe failures, downed trees in parks, bike path damage, street failures, soundside pier damage, missing or compromised street signs, damaged benches, burned out or damaged street lights, street washouts, and more. Fortunately, the Town expects to receive significant public assistance funding from FEMA to repair, restore, and/or replace these facilities and infrastructure.  It will likely take several months, and perhaps more than a year to complete all work.    

Gradually, and eventually, we'll get everything fixed and have these facilities and infrastructure back to normal (and likely better in many cases).  However, it will take some time and likely create some inconvenience, and the Town greatly appreciates your patience and understanding!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 2, 2018 8:28:00 AM Categories: News
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