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Beach nourishment update - Week of March 22-26 

Here is the latest Florence Renourishment Project - Phase III update from the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, as of Monday, March 22:

Ellis Island and Liberty Island Producing: Ready to flip the pipe tomorrow (Tuesday, March 23) at the pier.

Both hopper dredges on site (the Ellis Island and Liberty Island) are having a strong first week working in tandem after the Ellis Island arrived and started this past Tuesday (3/16) and despite having a one weather day to contend with as well. We’re scheduled to “flip the pipe” on line 2 tomorrow, which emerges on the beach just west of Bogue Inlet Pier. The Ellis Island has been serving this line since her arrival progressing west for the pipeline landing towards Sound-of-the Sea. She has almost completed this western leg (discharge is at Heverly Dr. this morning), and will start progressing East of the pipeline landing and therefore under the pier and heading towards the Black Skimmer 4-wheel Drive Access. This eastern leg will be one of the main construction zone this week. Meanwhile, the Liberty Island is pumping away on “Line 3” which emerges onto the beach near Scotch Bonnet Drive and is progressing west heading towards the Black Skimmer 4-wheel Drive Access, but obviously from the other direction than the Ellis Island and Line 2. The outfall/discharge point was in between Nina Drive and Azure Drive this morning. This is our second main construction zone for this week.

View the weekly beach nourishment updates from the Carteret County Shore Protection office, including a current work zone map, here: http://carteretcountync.gov/827/Florence-Renourishment-Project-2021

This video by the Town of Emerald Isle on March 23, shows heavy equipment and machinery being moved around near the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. Please respect the equipment throughout this process, and remain off of the new dunes. 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:22:00 PM Categories: News

Severe Weather Threat - Community Center closing early 

Due to the severe weather threat on Thursday, March 18, the Community Center will close at 4 p.m. 

The National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City is expected to release an updated weather briefing at 3 p.m. You can find the most up-to-date information on their website, Facebook page or Twitter.

As of 1 p.m., the severe weather threat has been downgraded from a 4 out of 5 risk, to a 3 out of 5. However, the NWS is urging everyone to not let their guard down. Strong winds, potential tornadoes and hail are all still possible with this storm system. 

 

 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:48:00 PM Categories: News

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event - April 10 

The following information has been published by Carteret County

 

The Coastal Environmental Partnership will host a Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event for Carteret County on Saturday, April 10. This event will run from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Carteret County Health Department, 3820 Bridges Street, Morehead City.

Accepted Materials: Used motor oil, lawn and garden fertilizer and pesticides, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil, anti-freeze and batteries and latex and oil paints. Each vehicle will be limited to 10 gallons of paint.

Non-Acceptable Materials: Gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, infectious, biological or radioactive wastes or commercial waste.

No mystery cans! Everything must be labeled or easily identified.

We will be following Covid-19 guidelines: You will be asked to remain in your vehicle at all times. We will remove your items from your vehicle. We will follow Social Distancing guidelines and ask you to not to put your windows down further than 4 inches. Employees and volunteers will be wearing masks.

For more information call 252-633-1564 or e-mail bobbi@crswma.com.

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, March 16, 2021 2:53:00 PM Categories: News

Florence Renourishment Project - Phase III Updates 

The Florence Renourishment Project - Phase III continues along the beach strand in Emerald Isle, and work will be completed by Friday, April 30th.

Consistent project updates, as well as maps showing where the work is currently underway, can be found through the Carteret County Shore Protection Office's website. You are encouraged to check this website often for the latest renourishment news. 

You can also receive weekly Beach News updates in your email inbox by visiting this link through the County.  Here, you can register for "Beach News," as well as any other county updates you may be interested in. 

In recent weeks, the Liberty Island dredge has been working solo on this project, but starting on Tuesday, March 16th, the Ellis Island will arrive to assist with the dredging. This will allow the work to move forward quickly, and in multiple reaches. Everyone is reminded to respect the project boundary lines and to not go near the equipment. 

As the new dunes are created and waiting to be planted, all vehicular and pedestrian traffic must stay away, so as not to disrupt the project. The new dunes will be noticeably higher than the rest of the beach strand. If you are uncertain where they are, it is recommend that you walk or drive closer to the water to avoid them. The photo below, taken near The Point on Monday, March 15, shows an example of the new dunes, compared to the rest of the beach strand.

 

Oceanfront property owners and residents may notice their sand fencing has been removed from the old dunes. This is required for the project, and once the new dunes have been completed, including with fresh plants, sand fencing can be reinstalled.  Property owners will have to secure one of two permits to put their sand fencing in the ground. Watch our short video below, where Town Planner Josh Edmondson explains what steps you will need to take for these permits. You can call our Planning Department for more information at 252-354-8548.

 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, March 15, 2021 6:03:00 PM Categories: News

Covid-19 Update: Town buildings start limited reopening 

Fortunately, indicators used to track COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations are on the decline. We sincerely appreciate the entire Emerald Isle community’s diligent efforts to remain safe. 

In concert with the recent announcements and changes made by the State of North Carolina, the Town of Emerald Isle will be making the following adjustments to our local operations:

ADMINISTRATION/ PLANNING: The Administration Building increased limited public access on March 15, 2021. Guests will be required to wear a mask and entry to the building will be limited to the front waiting area. The facility will continue to operate during normal business hours, weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

POLICE: The Emerald Isle Police Department will increase its limited public access on March 15, 2021. Guests will be required to wear a mask and entry to the building will be limited to the front waiting area. The facility will continue to operate during normal business hours, 7 days per week.

PARKS & RECREATION: The Parks & Recreation Community Center will open with limited public access on March 15, 2021. CDC precautions must be followed, including the wearing of face masks at all times by the public. The number of participants within the building will be limited, to meet state guidelines. Members are reminded to clean before and after themselves when using exercise equipment. Please see the video below for more information pertaining to the Community Center. 

Community Center Hours of Operation: 

Beginning March 15, 2021

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.   

Sunday: Closed

FIRE/ EMS: The Emerald Isle Fire and EMS Stations will continue to provide 24/7 full service and operations. Visitors will be required to ring the doorbell and communicate with staff (outdoors). For the safety of all personnel and to maintain a continuity of operation, entrance into both structures will remain limited.

Again, thank you all for the continued strength and patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to wear a mask when in public, maintain a safe distance from others, and secure your vaccine when possible.  

 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, March 15, 2021 5:51:00 PM Categories: News

Pick up behind your pups 

We welcome dogs throughout Emerald Isle, but urge all owners to obey Town ordinances when in public spaces. All dogs must be on a leash, and when they poop, you must scoop! Please properly dispose of all waste in the nearest trash receptacle.

Forgot a doggie bag? You can find them at various locations throughout town, including at the major beach accesses, along the bike and pedestrian path and at Town parks.

Nice Matters - can you dig it?

 

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, March 12, 2021 10:50:00 AM Categories: News

Ocean Oaks Drive - Now Reopened 

Traffic notice updated on Tuesday, March 16th:

Ocean Oaks Drive is now open again to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The Town of Emerald Isle would like to thank the Town of Newport for their assistance with this project. 

 

Original message:

Traffic Alert for Monday, March 15-Friday, March 19, 2021:

Starting Monday, a portion of Ocean Oaks Drive will be closed. The section between Coast Guard Road and the intersection of Page Place and Pinewood Place will be closed for several days, due the repair of a stormwater pipe that has collapsed. It will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. People traveling in and around the area should utilize Sea Dunes Drive and Ocean Drive to access their property or destination.

View our video message about this road closure:

 

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, March 12, 2021 9:23:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Tidings - March 2021 Edition  

Click here to view the Emerald Tidings - March 2021 Edition: 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, March 1, 2021 3:52:00 PM Categories: News

Bike the Banks returns May 1, 2021 

After cancelling the 2020 ride due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Bike the Banks/Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge is back! The sixth annual ride will be held Saturday, May 1st. Sponsored by the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Committee, the event features three rides; 10, 50 and 100 miles to challenge bikers of all skill levels. 

The premier event of the day is the century ride, at 100 miles, which is an out-and-back ride that will take the participants from the Emerald Isle Community Center down Bogue Banks to Fort Macon, then back to Atlantic Beach, over to Morehead City, through Beaufort and Down East Carteret County to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse - at least as close as you can get on a bicycle.

There is also a 50 mile out-and-back ride to Fort Macon. This ride begins at the Community Center, goes to the Point in Emerald Isle, then down the island to Fort Macon and back.

The final ride, a 10-mile fun ride, is designed as a more leisurely ride for adults and families. That ride begins at the Community Center and follows the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Path to the Eastern Ocean Regional Access parking lot in Emerald Isle, near mile marker 15.

The 2019 ride attracted 175 riders, according to Mike Taylor, a member of the Bike and Pedestrian Committee and chair of the ride event.  “We know there are a lot of bike riders who want to participate in an organized, supported ride and the Bike the Banks/Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge is just that ride,” Taylor said. “Bike riding in Carteret County is a lot of fun.”

The ride will comply with all town, state and federal Covid-19 guidelines including:  all participants and their guests must wear a mask prior to the start of the ride, social distancing will be observed prior to the start of the ride and at rest stops. All snacks at rest stops will be individually wrapped and hand sanitizer will be available. 

The ride is held to promote bike riding in Carteret County and to raise funds to support the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Path that runs for 12 miles throughout town.

Both the century ride and the 50-mile rides begin at 8 a.m. The 10-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m.  All three rides begin and end at the Emerald Isle Community Center at 203 Leisure Lane, which is located near mile post 19 on Emerald Drive (NC 58).

Registration is $40 per rider for the 100 and 50 mile-rides and $25 for the 10-mile event.  Those who pre-register for the ride by April 3rd are assured a Bike the Banks t-shirt.

Registration is available online at: www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/cycling/bike-the-banks-2021

Registrations will also be accepted on the morning of the ride beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Emerald Isle Community Center.  At that same time, riders who are pre-registered can pick up  their t-shirt.

A brief meeting will be held shortly before each of the rides. The century ride course will close at 2:30 p.m.  All riders should wear helmets, and the use of rear flashers are encouraged to improve visibility.  Rest stops with drinks and snacks are strategically located for all three rides.

Parking for participants is available at the Community Center, and at the Emerald Isle Town Hall at 7509 Emerald Drive.  To reduce traffic and for safety purposes, personal SAGs are not encouraged.  There is no rain date.  The ride will be held unless adverse weather creates safety concerns or the Governor’s Covid-19 guidelines change.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, March 1, 2021 9:36:00 AM Categories: News

Local COVID-19 news in Emerald Isle 

Fortunately, indicators used to track COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations are on the decline. We sincerely appreciate the entire Emerald Isle community’s diligent efforts to remain safe. 

In concert with the recent announcements and changes made by the State of North Carolina, the Town of Emerald Isle will be making the following adjustments to our local operations:

ADMINISTRATION/ PLANNING: The Administration Building will increase limited public access on March 15, 2021. Guests will be required to wear a mask and entry to the building will be limited to the front waiting area. The facility will continue to operate during normal business hours, weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

POLICE: The Emerald Isle Police Department will increase its limited public access on March 15, 2021. Guests will be required to wear a mask and entry to the building will be limited to the front waiting area. The facility will continue to operate during normal business hours, 7 days per week.

PARKS & RECREATION: The Parks & Recreation Community Center will open with limited public access on March 15, 2021. CDC precautions must be followed, including the wearing of face masks at all times by the public. The number of participants within the building will be limited, to meet state guidelines. Members are reminded to clean before and after themselves when using exercise equipment.

Community Center Hours of Operation: 

Beginning March 15, 2021

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.   

Sunday: Closed

FIRE/ EMS: The Emerald Isle Fire and EMS Stations will continue to provide 24/7 full service and operations. Visitors will be required to ring the doorbell and communicate with staff (outdoors). For the safety of all personnel and to maintain a continuity of operation, entrance into both structures will remain limited.

Again, thank you all for the continued strength and patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to wear a mask when in public, maintain a safe distance from others, and secure your vaccine when possible.  

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, February 26, 2021 11:13:00 AM Categories: News
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