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Board of Commissioners Meeting - April 13, 2021 

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will convene at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 for the regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room at 7500 Emerald Dr.

Covid-19 safety protocols, including social distancing and masks, will be in place for this meeting. 

April 13, 2021 Agenda

Public Comment Instructions during Covid-19

You can register to watch this meeting online here:

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, April 9, 2021 9:45:00 AM Categories: News

Overnight Bridge Closures Planned April 11-15 

The N.C. Department of Transportation is scheduling multiple overnight lane closures on the Emerald Isle bridge beginning this weekend.

The Emerald Isle Bridge will be reduced to one lane on Sunday, April 11, at 9 p.m. Lanes will reopen the following day at 6 a.m. On the evenings of April 12-15, crews will close one lane at 7 p.m. and reopen it at 6 a.m. the next days.

The work includes repairing the bridge seats, which the girders rest on. The repairs were already scheduled for this year but were moved up after a recent inspection.

Flaggers will be at the ends of the bridge directing traffic. Drivers should use caution near crews and the work zone and plan ahead as their commute may take longer than normal.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:52:00 AM Categories: News

Covid-19 Vaccines Available to all Adults on April 7 

The following Covid-19 update was issued by Gov. Roy Cooper's office on Tuesday, April 6, 2021:

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. gave an update on the state’s current data, trends and vaccination progress as tomorrow also marks the opening of vaccine eligibility for Group 5. This means anyone 16 years and older who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination is eligible to get one.

“We remain focused on getting people vaccinated as quickly and as equitably as possible and continuing to slow the spread of the virus,” said Governor Cooper. “The more people we vaccinate, the more we can safely do.”

North Carolina continues to focus on distributing vaccines quickly and equitably. To date, the state has administered over 5.2 million doses. 39 percent of those 18 and up is at least partially vaccinated, and 26 percent of those 18 and up have been fully vaccinated. 

“These tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will help us get back in control of our lives and back to the people and places we love – like safely hugging a grandmother, traveling to see vaccinated family or friends, or having a potluck dinner with your vaccinated neighbors,” said Secretary Cohen.

State health officials are continuing to monitor the presence of COVID-19 and its more contagious variants in North Carolina, which is why it is important to continue to follow the state’s mask mandate and practice safety precautions, including the Three Ws—wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash hands often. 

Dr. Cohen also provided an update on North Carolina’s data and trends.

Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days

North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing.
Trajectory of Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days

North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is level.
Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days

North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is level.
Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days

North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is level.
In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread in testing, tracing and prevention.

Additionally, the governor's office released the following information:
Updated reports:
      County Alert System
Note that there are now 5 tiers:
1.    Green: Low Community Spread
2.    Light Yellow: Moderate Community Spread
3.    Yellow: Significant Community Spread
4.    Orange: Substantial Community Spread
5.    Red: Critical Community Spread

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:52:00 PM Categories: News

Beach Nourishment Update - April 5-11, 2021 

The following beach nourishment update is from the Carteret County Shore Protection. 

Photo by the Town of Emerald Isle on April 5, 2021. 

ACTIVE NOURISHMENT ZONES (Spring Break Week 4/5 - 4/11/2021)
Liberty Island = "Line 5", 14th Street heading EAST towards 10th Street, 5th Street, etc.
Ellis Island = "Line 3", Heading EAST from a Pipeline Landing at Scotch Bonnet Dr.  Currently at Hurst Road.  Starting on Line 4 at Rhett Street to head WEST this upcoming weekend.



Please note we have three submerged pipeline (LINES) that will eventually be in use this week, hence three different zones.   

(1) The easiest one to conceptualize first (see 4/5/2021 PROGRESS MAP) – the hopper dredge Liberty Island refueled over the Easter weekend and has been sent to serve LINE 5, which is located at 14th Street.  Nourishment will proceed EAST of this point thus expect the area near 14th to 10th Street or even beyond to be active this week.

(2) The largest hopper dredge in the U.S , the Ellis Island is currently serving LINE 3 which emerges on the beach at Scotch Bonnet and nourishment has been advancing EAST from this point.  The spreader plate (where the slurry of sand and water outfalls on the beach) was at Hurst Road this morning and will continue east to roughly Fairfax Road to finish pumping from LINE 3 by April 10th, which leads us smartly leads us to….

(3) On or about April 10th (say this upcoming weekend), the Ellis Island will transition to LINE 4 located at Rhett Street and nourishment will advance back to the WEST as depicted in the 4/5/2021 PROGRESS MAP.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, April 5, 2021 4:38:00 PM

Beach Nourishment Update - Easter Weekend 2021 

The following beach nourishment update was provided by the Carteret County Shore Protection Office on Thursday, April 1, to offer a snapshot of progress that will be made over Easter weekend. 

Active Nourishment Zones: Easter Weekend - 4/1 - 4/4/2021
Liberty Island = "Line 3", Scotch Bonnet Dr. now heading east towards Hurst Road.
Ellis Island = "Line 4", Pipeline emerges at Rhett Street and Nourishment will Proceed west from this point.

4/1/2021 Update: Ellis Island to finish with Line 2 today and move to Line 4 on Friday, while the Liberty Island will refuel. 

Please see 4/1/2021 PROGRESS MAP for line locations

Don't forget - stay off the dunes.

(A) This evening (April 1st) the large hopper dredge, Ellis Island is going to complete the “tie in” between Craig Street and Arthur Drive, which will conclude all pumping activities associated with “LINE 2”.   Tomorrow (Friday April 2nd) therefore is a big day for two reasons (see 4/1/2021 PROGRESS MAP);

(1) The long Line 2 pipe string extending from the west of Bogue Inlet Pier all the way east to Arthur Drive will be dis-assembled and moved to service Line 4 near Rhett Drive.  This means the beach near Bogue Inlet Pier will be free of pipe this weekend as well.  However, please pay attention and remain cognizant of all the heavy equipment that will be going back and forth between Lines 2 and 4 to move the pipe.

(2) The Ellis Island will begin pumping through Line 4 on April 2, which emerges at Rhett Street - nourishment will progress west from this point. 

(B) The Liberty Island remains pumping off of Line 3 and nourishment is heading east of this pipeline landing at Scotch Bonnett Drive – the “spreader plate” (slurry outfall) was located near East Summer Place this morning heading towards Hurst Street, etc.  Please note however that the Liberty Island is scheduled for refueling – likely Friday (partially) and Saturday. Obviously there will be no activity on Line 3 at this time.   

(C) THE NEW DUNES NEED YOUR SUPPORT! - Please help us help the survivability and integrity of the dunes by keeping away from the new, and even older, plants that we will begin installing later this month.  Wanton, unabated type of foot traffic can be a big issue.  Sea oat plantings were germinated from seed obtained in Emerald Isle back in October of 2020 by our subcontractor EarthBalance.  We stipulated native dune plants must be used taking a “full circle” approach. The dune planting effort just for Phase III project includes well over half a million plants and is a big investment of mostly sea oats from seed, and bitter panicum and seashore elder from cuttings.

You can always find the latest Beach Nourishment updates and photos online at

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, April 1, 2021 6:48:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Tidings - April 2021 

Follow the link to view our Emerald Tidings - April 2021 Electronic Edition 

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, April 1, 2021 10:19:00 AM Categories: News

Beach Driving Hiatus April 2-11 

This report has been updated to reflect the beach driving hiatus is an annual occurrence that takes place around Easter, and is listed in our rules and regulations. 

Beach driving will be on hiatus from Friday, April 2-Sunday, April 11, with the exception of Beach Patrol or Emerald Isle Ocean Rescue vehicles. This is a scheduled break for ten days around Easter. 

The 2020-21 Beach Driving Season will conclude on Friday, April 30. As always, driving on the dunes or vegetative areas is strictly prohibited.

This ten-day hiatus takes place annually around Easter, and is listed in our beach driving rules and regulations. Learn more at


Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:25:00 PM Categories: News

Behind the scenes of EI Lifeguard training 

Returning Emerald Isle Lifeguards have been hard at work the past three days, as they went through rigorous training to be prepared for the season ahead. This year, you will see lifeguards on the beach strand starting Thursday, April 1 and they will be there through Thursday, Sept. 30. Watch our video below for a behind the scenes look into the Ocean Rescue Program training. 

We encourage everyone to review beach safety tips annually, and to talk to our lifeguards if you have any questions. A video will be released in the coming days that explains what the various beach safety flags mean.



Posted by Anna Smith Sunday, March 28, 2021 3:40:00 PM Categories: News

Paid Beach Parking begins April 1 (UPDATED) 

Starting on Thursday, April 1, through Sept. 30, 2021, NCParking Kiosks will be in place at the Eastern and Western Ocean Regional Accesses in Emerald Isle to accept payment for parking. The video below by NCParking shows how to use these kiosks, and signage and ambassadors will be on site to assist as needed.

Patrons may also download the Passport parking app to pay for their parking spot. The second video listed below shows how to use the phone app. 

This program will run seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

If you have customer service questions regarding the payment options, please call 910-515-8825.

For more information about paid beach parking, please review our Beach Parking 101 release. 


The video above shows how to use the payment kiosks for beach parking. There are two kiosks at both accesses. 


The video above explains how to use the Passport parking app to pay for beach parking in Emerald Isle. (NCParking video)

Posted by Anna Smith Sunday, March 28, 2021 7:38:00 AM Categories: News

NC relaxing some Covid-19 restrictions 

 During a Tuesday, March 23, 2021 press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that some Covid-19 restrictions will be relaxed soon throughout North Carolina.

See the full press release from the State below: 

As North Carolina’s trends continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases with 31.7% of North Carolinians over 18 having received at least one dose of vaccine, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will continue to ease some COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 204 will take effect March 26 at 5 pm is set to expire April 30 at 5 pm. The state’s general mask mandate remains in effect.

“Our fast and fair vaccine distribution and our sustained progress with the COVID-19 metrics tell us we can move forward with easing restrictions if we do it safely,” said Governor Cooper.

“We are in a promising place. With North Carolina’s COVID-19 key metrics improving and vaccinations increasing, we can responsibly use our dimmer switch approach to easing restrictions guided by science and data,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. 

Executive Order No. 204 has three general categories of occupancy restrictions: up to 100 percent capacity, 75 percent capacity, and 50 percent capacity. All businesses must continue to maintain the 6 feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity. 

Executive Order No. 204 will also increase mass gathering limits. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 25 to 50 and the number of people who may gather outdoors will increase from 50 to 100. This Order also fully lifts the restriction on the late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants, and other establishments.

Indoors and Outdoors up to 100% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

  • Museums and Aquariums
  • Retail Businesses
  • Salons, personal care and grooming businesses, tattoo parlors

Indoors up to 75% and Outdoors up to 100% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

  • Restaurants 
  • Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries
  • Recreation (e.g., bowling, skating, rock climbing)
  • Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, yoga studios, fitness centers)
  • Pools
  • Amusement Parks

Indoors and Outdoors up to 50% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

  • Bars
  • Movie Theaters*
  • Gaming Facilities*
  • Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces
  • Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs
  • Auditoriums, Arenas, and other venues for live performances
  • Sports Arenas and Fields (includes professional, collegiate, and amateur

*Movie theaters and gaming facilities may operate at up to 75% capacity outdoors.

Activities and settings are lower risk when they involve interacting with fewer people, being outside, keeping masks on the entire time, keeping interactions with people short (under 15 minutes), staying physically distant, and avoiding singing, yelling, and cheering, according to public health officials.

North Carolina is continuing to see fast and fair vaccine distribution. To date, the state has administered over 4.1 million doses. Over 31.7 percent of people 18 and up have received at least one dose, and 18.8 percent are fully vaccinated. Vaccine equity efforts remain a priority, with 18 percent of first doses administered to Black North Carolinians and 8 percent to members of the LatinX community last week. 

DHHS also released updates to the K-12 guidance. Schools should return to in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible while following all public health protocols in the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit. This update aligns with Session Law 2021-4, which Governor Cooper and bipartisan legislative leadership worked on together. Plan A has already been widely adopted across the state as districts, educators and support staff have worked hard to get students back in the classroom. The updated Toolkit no longer requires schools to do daily temperature checks and symptom screenings. Safety protocols such as masks and cleaning of high traffic areas are still required. Schools are also highly encouraged to conduct free screening testing as recommended by the CDC. (Read the updated Toolkit)

State health officials are continuing to monitor the presence of COVID-19 and its more contagious variants in North Carolina, which is why it is important to continue to have a mask mandate and continue to practice safety precautions, including the Three Ws—wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash hands often.

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:11:00 PM Categories: News
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