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PSA: Commissioners Meeting Postponed  

“Due to COVID-19, the Town of Emerald Isle will postpone its regularly scheduled Board Meeting (October 13, 2020).  At this time, the Town of Emerald Isle will reschedule its board meeting to be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday October 27, 2020.”

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, October 12, 2020 10:51:00 AM Categories: News

Water Quality Swimming Alert Lifted for Ocean-side Site 


Release: Immediate

Contact: Erin Bryan-Millush

Date: Oct. 7, 2020

Phone: 252-808-8153


Water quality swimming alert lifted for ocean-side site in Carteret County


MOREHEAD CITY – State recreational water quality officials today lifted a water quality swimming alert at an ocean-side site in Carteret County.


Subsequent sampling of the site shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.


The alert affected waters at public beach access at the end of Bogue Inlet Drive adjacent to ocean pier in Emerald Isle. Water samples taken on Oct 5, showed the site had exceeded the single-sample maximum standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water for a Tier 1 high usage site. Subsequent testing on Oct 6 showed the bacteria level at 2 enterococci per 100 milliliters.


Enterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it is not known to cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.


Coastal recreational waters in North Carolina are generally clean. However, it is important to continue monitoring them, so the public can be informed of any localized problems. The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program samples 210 sites in coastal waters of the state, most of them on a weekly basis from April through October.


For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program, visit the program’s website , view a map of the testing sites, and follow the program’s Twitter feed.





Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:53:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle COVID-19 Update (10/7/20) 

Public Service Announcement

October 7, 2020

 A first responder for the Town of Emerald Isle has tested positive for COVID-19. In order to protect and serve the public, all necessary and recommended precautions continue to be taken. Out of an abundance of caution, select staff members are in quarantine and must receive negative test results before returning to work. Emergency response efforts will continue without interruption.

The Town of Emerald Isle encourages the public to follow the CDC and NCDHHS guidelines: 

Know your 3 Ws and remain socially distanced!

The NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to remember these three things as we stay strong and continue to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash

  • Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

These actions can protect our families and neighbors as the state works to ease restrictions while the virus is still circulating.



Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:48:00 AM Categories: News

EIFD celebrates arrival of its new aerial truck 

EIFD celebrates arrival of its new aerial truck

The Town of Emerald Isle Fire Department is excited to share news of its new ladder truck.  The truck is designed to provide decades of increased safety to Emerald Isle residents, businesses and guests.

Learn more about the truck by watch this amazing video!

Following are details of the 2020 Smeal/ Spartan 100' Aerial Truck:

  • Seats 6 firefighters
  • Holds 5 air packs
  • 100’ tall
  • Platform holds 1250lbs
  • 1,250 gallon per minute pump
  • 400-gallon water tank
  • 10 KW hydraulic generator
  • 700 feet of 5” hose (goes from hydrant to the truck)
  • 3-200’ 1 /34” attack lines
  • 1-2 1/5” attack line
  • All equipment meets NFPA and ISO requirements
Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, October 5, 2020 8:40:00 AM Categories: News

Bogue Banks Seed Collection 

Bogue Banks Seed Collection

The company, Earth Balance, will perform dune planting for the upcoming $30.6 M Phase III nourishment project.  Beach nourishment and associated planting will not begin until early 2021. 

In preparation of the future planting process, Earth Balance will be present along the Emerald Isle beach strand beginning October 6, 2020 (for 7-10 days).  They will mobilize on Emerald Isle to harvest sea oat seed, bitter panicum and elder cuttings.  Be advised, Earth Balance staff will pull spikelets off the existing sea oats. 

A recent News Times article, published on September 28, 2020, has additional information:  

     Company to harvest sea oats in Emerald Isle for new dunes

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Carteret County Shore Protection Office at (252) 222-5835.

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, October 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: News

COVID-19 UDPATE: North Carolina moves to Phase III 

COVID-19 UDPATE: North Carolina moves to Phase III

The state of North Carolina will ease some COVID-19 restrictions starting today.

Executive Order 169 begins Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. and continues for three weeks through October 23.

For more information related to Phase III, please click here:


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, October 2, 2020 11:56:00 AM Categories: News

National Fire Prevention Week & Coloring Contest!  

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020.  In support of fire safety, the Town of Emerald Isle wants to celebrate the arrival of EIFD’s new 100-foot aerial ladder truck. We are having a coloring contest open to all ages. Click the link below to download and print the coloring sheet. Create your masterpiece, snap a picture of your creation, and email the picture to Whitney Smith at

Contest winners will be announced on Friday, October 30, 2020. We will have gift certificates from local business as prizes for different age groups: 0-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16 and older. 

Emerald Isle Fire Truck Color Page Link: CLICK HERE    


Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:38:00 PM Categories: News

Operation Medicine Drop- Saturday, October 24th  

Operation Medicine Drop- Saturday, October 24th

The Emerald Isle Police Department, along with other area law enforcement agencies across the county, will be conducting Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, October 24, 2020.  Members of the Emerald Isle Police Department will be at the Food Lion (Emerald Plantation) 8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina 28594 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Residents are encourage the use this opportunity to dispose of their unused medications.  Residents should not bring needles or liquid medications.  No demographic data will be collected during this event, only total weight of the unused medications collected at the end of the day.  All collected medications will be taken to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to be destroyed. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department’s partnership with other area law enforcement agencies, Food Lion, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is a commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents, families, and visitors.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:28:00 PM Categories: News

Stormwater RFQ, Q&A  

Please see below for Q&A pertaining to the Stormwater RFQ. 

  • Does the Town have a preferred platform?

*Regarding the final product for public consumption, the Town of EI does not have a preferred software or platform. Any compiled materials should use current BMPs.

  • Is the project funded?

*The compilation of a comprehensive stormwater study is a top priority for the Town of Emerald Isle.

*Pricing will impact the ability of the Town to engage a partial or full study.

*Funds have been earmarked for this project.

  • What is the anticipated start date?

*The Town intends to select a firm during the month of October 2020.

*If negotiations are completed, the Town intends to award a contract in November 2020.

*Work would be expected to begin immediately with deliverables in hand no later than July 2021.

  • The RFQ lists “20 pages front and back limit.” Does this mean a total of 40 single-sided pages?

*40 single-sided pages are acceptable.

  • What is the Town’s file size limitation for email attachments?

*The Town’s IT system is limited to 35 MB.

*If an electronic file is shared, it is the sole responsibility of the sender to verify receipt before the deadline. 


EMERALD ISLE, NC- RFQ for Stormwater infrastructure planning, design and permitting (Due Oct 7, 2020 @ 2:00 PM)   Edit

The Town of Emerald Isle is requesting that licensed engineering firms submit qualifications with expertise in stormwater infrastructure planning, design and permitting.

Interested firms should submit proposals no later than 2:00 pm on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020 to:


Proposals shall be Mailed or Hand Delivered to:

Storm Water RFQ

Attn: Matt Zapp, Town Manager

7500 Emerald Drive

Emerald Isle, NC  28594

Or emailed to:


Posted by Sarah Williams Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:34:00 AM Categories: News

18th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament 

The 18th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament registration is now open. The Town of Emerald Isle and the Reel Outdoors will be offering this free tournament. All trout must be caught by fishing on foot (surf, pier, inlet or sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. No boats allowed. The tournament is October 10th – November 28th. Read the registration form for all tournament rules and regulations. For questions please call 252-354-6350 or email


Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, September 28, 2020 2:18:00 PM Categories: News
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