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Point Ramp closed Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 

As part of the ongoing Emerald Isle beach re-nourishment project, the Point Ramp will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 2021. It is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, Feb. 24th, at 5:00 a.m.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Beach driving permit holders may still access the beach using the Black Skimmer or Dog leg ramps.  For any questions, please contact the Emerald Isle Police Department at 252-354-2021.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 22, 2021 8:29:00 AM

Emerald Isle Paid Parking 101 

In response to questions submitted to the Town of Emerald Isle, a guide has been created detailing the upcoming changes to the paid beach parking program.

Emerald Isle Paid Parking 101 can be viewed here

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, February 19, 2021 5:27:00 PM

Future Changes to Paid Beach Parking Program 

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners is moving forward with proposed changes to the paid beach parking program.

The Board was introduced to different scenarios by Parks and Recreation Director Alesia Sanderson during its 2021-22 Budget Workshop on Monday, February 15. 

The topic is expected to garner an official vote at the Tuesday, March 9, meeting. Once a contract has been agreed upon, all equipment, parking enforcement and personnel will be provided by NCParking, which manages similar parking programs from Maine to Florida. 

Since 2011, paid parking has taken place on Fridays-Sundays, and holidays, for $10 per day at the two main beach accesses using part-time Emerald Isle staff. Changes are being sought to alleviate the staffing need and to collect enough funds to offset rising costs associated with the beach accesses, including lifeguards, beach patrol, maintenance and more. 

The board intends to sign a one-year contract with NCParking to provide paid parking services between April 1 and Sept. 30. Paid parking will then be seven days a week, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. during the season. The average cost would be $3 an hour, with a daily maximum for parking set at $16 a day. Fees will range from $2 - $4 an hour, depending on the day.

Parking can be paid for using a credit card through an app, or through an on-site kiosk with the help of NCParking ambassadors. 

There will be zero up-front cost to the Town for this program, and the projected net revenue for the season is $155,940. 

All town property owners and those who have a lease of 12 months or more in town are eligible for two free parking passes each year. From March 1 – April 14, resident parking permits can be obtained online only at Applicants must upload their vehicle registration and driver’s license. Starting April 15, the permits can also be accessed through the walk-up window at the Police Department, at 7500 Emerald Drive. 

Contact Alesia Sanderson with questions at or by calling 252-354-6350.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 15, 2021 5:34:00 PM

Unclaimed Property Notice 




Pursuant to the provisions of North Carolina General Statutes 15-12 through 15-16, this notice of unclaimed property and notice of sale is published to advise any person or persons who may have or claim to have any interest in the property listed below that they must report that claim to the Emerald Isle Police Department on or before Monday, March 8, 2021, or within thirty (30) days of the date of first publication of this advertisement.

The Town of Emerald Isle will sell by electronic auction listed unclaimed items as grouped lots beginning Monday,  8, 2021. The website address to view and bid on the auction start date is  The right is reserved to delete or “No Sale” any item(s).  All items sold “as-is” “where-is,” all sales final. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department is disposing of unclaimed found and recovered property. The following listed items need to be described and claimed at the Emerald Isle Police Department within 30 days of this posting. An appointment can be made with Lt. Mark Odom for inquiries of property. Any property left unclaimed will be sold or otherwise disposed of accordingly. All bicycles left unclaimed will be donated to a charitable organization.

The property being offered for sale includes the items described as follows:


  • Wallets/ Purses
  • Miscellaneous Clothing items
  • Keys (car and residential style)
  • Telephones
  • Backpacks
  • Fishing equipment
  • Bicycles (men and womens)
  • Tools (Power and Hand Tools)

The property may be viewed for thirty (30) days beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, by contacting the Emerald Isle Police Department at 252-354-2021.  The period for claiming the property listed above expires on Monday, March 8, 2021.


Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 8, 2021 4:05:00 PM

Emerald Tidings - February 2021 

Read our February 2021 edition of Emerald Tidings here for all the latest Town news -

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, February 3, 2021 8:13:00 AM

Lifeguards Needed: Now Hiring for Summer 2021 

The Town of Emerald Isle remains focused on beach safety year-round. A key component to a safe beach season is the recruitment, training and employment of highly qualified lifeguards. The Town is currently looking for accomplished swimmers to join our team. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, possess a valid driver's license, able to swim 500-meters in less than 10 minutes and have the capacity to successfully complete USLA certified training. 

Watch our advertisement teaser here

Please share this link and encourage exceptional candidates to apply!

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 1, 2021 1:13:00 PM

Bruce Norman honored for service 

Bruce Norman, a captain with the Emerald Isle Fire Department, was recently recognized for his 30 years of service to the Town of Emerald Isle. Watch this video and join us in thanking Bruce for his ongoing hard work and dedication!


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:20:00 PM Categories: News

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

Carteret County COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Press Release 

Carteret County, NC – On Thursday January 7, 2021, the Carteret County Health Department will begin scheduling appointments for those persons in Phase 1b, Group 1 who are 75 years and older and wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination clinics for persons 75 and older will begin on Monday, January 11, 2021. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment only at the Carteret County Health Department. No walk-ins will be accepted at this time.

The Health Department also continues to vaccinate those in Phase 1a which includes healthcare workers working with COVID patients, healthcare workers administering vaccines, and long-term care staff and residents. If you fall into Phase 1a or Phase 1b (Group 1 -75 years and older), please call 252-728-8550 (option 2) to make an appointment. Due to the volume of calls anticipated, you may need to leave a message and a staff member will call you back for an appointment time.
The Health Department is following guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for distribution and vaccination order. We will not be vaccinating persons outside of Phase 1a and Phase 1b (Group 1- 75 years or older) at this time due to limited vaccines. It will likely take weeks to ensure individuals in these phases have received their vaccination. We ask for the public’s patience as we navigate this vaccination rollout. Rest assured you have a spot. To learn just where you fall in the vaccination plan, visit

As the State approves for other groups or Phases to be vaccinated, the Health Department will post information on the County website and Facebook pages, in addition to sending out press releases. For more information on the North Carolina vaccine distribution process, please visit:


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, January 8, 2021 2:47:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle hires Public Information and Media Director  

EMERALD ISLE, NC — Town Manager Matt Zapp announced this week that the Town of Emerald Isle will welcome Anna Smith as the Public Information and Media Director. The new role will be responsible for Town communication and community outreach.

“We are extremely fortunate that such a wonderful pool of candidates applied for the new role,” said Matt Zapp, Town Manager. “Anna Smith brings a balance of technical training, professional experience, and a heartfelt desire to share the story of Emerald Isle with our global community.”

The Public Information and Media Director position was approved last year by the Board of Commissioners for Fiscal Year 2020-21, and Mrs. Smith begins her new role on Monday, January 11. Her salary will start at $46,615.

Mrs. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism, with a minor in Spanish, from The Pennsylvania State University. Following her graduation, she moved to the area and spent more than five years as a Municipal Government Reporter and Social Media Editor for the Carteret County News-Times, where she covered all issues related to the Town of Emerald Isle and neighboring municipalities. Since July 2017, Mrs. Smith has worked at the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, first as the Director of Administrative Services, and most recently as the Program Manager.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the great team at Emerald Isle,” said Mrs. Smith. “For several years I have hoped the Town would create this position, as it would allow me to have a local government communications role that I have missed since my days as a reporter. I look forward to improving the communication foundation the Town has honed over time, and working alongside a terrific staff.”

In her spare time, Mrs. Smith enjoys baking, reading and exploring the state with her husband. She is a sitting member on the Carteret County Library Board of Trustees, and has been a part of the hospitality team at One Harbor Church in Morehead City for several years.

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:52:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Accomplishments List for 2020 

Emerald Isle Accomplishments List

Calendar year 2020 is certainly one for the record books.  Despite pandemic challenges and disruptions, the Town of Emerald Isle persevered. 

Thank you to every resident, business and guest of Emerald Isle!

A comprehensive list of 2020 Town of Emerald Isle accomplishments were reviewed at the December 8, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting.  To view the list, please click here.


Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, January 4, 2021 2:04:00 PM Categories: News
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