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13th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 3pm 

Don't Miss the 2016 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade!

The 13th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 3 pm along NC 58 through the middle of Emerald Isle. 


Please join us for this great annual tradition in Emerald Isle!  Also join us for Christmas carols, cider and snacks, Christmas tree lighting, and a visit with Santa Claus at the Welcome Center immediately after the parade! 


Print/View Parade Entry Form!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:56:00 AM

Second Round of Public Input Meetings Planned by Carteret County Waterways Management Committee 


(View Press Release Issued by Carteret County Waterways Management Committee)

The Carteret County Waterways Management Committee was formed earlier this year by the County Commissioners. The Committee consists of eight Board Members, one member from each County Commissioners’ District and one County Commissioner. The County Commissioners realize that the waterways of Carteret County are crucial to the future of development and maritime life. The charge of the Waterways Management Committee is to ensure the health and maintenance of the County’s waterways and continue to promote commerce and recreational opportunities.

Citizens and other interested parties are encouraged to attend and learn more about this Committee and the planning process that is currently underway. Additionally, with the November 8th election quickly approaching this will serve as an opportunity for both elected officials and county staff to answer questions concerning the ¼ Cent Sales Tax Referendum appearing on the ballot.

Because of the importance of this planning process and to ensure our citizens are receiving accurate information the Waterways Management Committee of Carteret County is holding a second series of public input meetings at the following locations:

  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum – 1785 Harkers Island Road, Harkers Island on November 1st at 6:00 p.m.

  • Cape Carteret Town Hall – 102 Dolphin Street, Cape Carteret on November 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

  • Crystal Coast Civic Center – 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City on September November 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

    Please make plans to attend and help us shape the waterways management program for Carteret County for years to come!

    For more information please contact:

    Gene Foxworth
    General Services Department
    Carteret County

Carteret County Courthouse ·  302 Courthouse Square · Beaufort, NC 28516-1898

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 25, 2016 8:12:00 AM

Carteret County One Stop Early Voting dates 

Carteret County Board of Elections

Press Release Issued- Sept. 13, 2016

For all Carteret County registered voters, the One Stop Early Voting dates, locations and hours of operation for each site are the following.

October 20 – November 5

Closed on Sundays


Carteret County Board of Elections- 1702 Live Oak Street, Beaufort
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Western Park Community Center – 275 Old Highway 58, Cedar Point
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Morehead City Parks and Recreation – 1600 Fisher Street, Morehead City
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Fort Benjamin Recreation Center- 100 McQueen Avenue, Newport
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Davis Fire Department- 595 Hwy 70 Davis, Davis
Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Voters who are not registered in the county by the voter registration deadline on October 14, 2016 may register and vote during one stop early voting only, and will be required to provide documentation of their identity and residence.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carteret County Board of Elections at (252) 728-8460 or .

The Carteret County Board of Elections is the county agency charged with the local responsibility for administration of the elections process and campaign finance disclosure in Carteret County.  The office of the Carteret County board of Elections works in conjunction with the State Board of Elections office to ensure that elections are conducted lawfully and fairly.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 24, 2016 3:37:00 PM

Public Reception to Honor Retiring Chief Waters 

After a 32-year career in the Emerald Isle Police Department, Chief Jeffrey D. Waters has announced his retirement, effective October 31. Chief Waters has served the Emerald Isle community with dedication, professionalism, and a sincere desire to contribute to the well-being of our residents and visitors, and his leadership will be missed.  

The Town is hosting a special reception to honor Chief Waters, express our appreciation for his service, and wish him well in retirement. The reception will be held at the Emerald Isle Community Center on Thursday, October 27 from 6 pm - 8 pm.  The public is invited to drop in and say goodbye to Chief Waters.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 21, 2016 8:06:00 PM

Emerald Isle's Halloween Carnival - Friday, October 28, 2016 - 6-8pm at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Community Center 

Fun for the whole family includes creating a glow in the dark mural, face painting, photo booth, cake walk, ID kits by the EI Police Dept.,and more! Admission fee to carnival is two bags of candy per child. Sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. Please call 252-354-6350.

Also,the Town of Emerald Isle will officially observe Halloween Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31st from 6-8:30pm. Please think SAFETY at all times when taking children Trick-or-Treating

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:11:00 AM

Message from Bogue Banks Water Corporation Regarding Repair Work 

BBWC will be working on the fire hydrants on Conch Ct. tomorrow, Thursday, October 20th. The water service will be temporarily shut down during this process. Repairs are expected to take place between 9 am and 12 pm. Upon restoration of water service, a precautionary "Boil Water Advisory" will be in place for residents on Conch Ct. for 24 hours. After a negative bacteriological sample result is received, this advisory will be lifted. This is usually a 24 hour time frame. Please call BBWC with any questions. 252 354 3307.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:56:00 AM

Travelling to / from Emerald Isle? Check Road Conditions First Catastrophic River / Creek Flooding in Eastern NC - BE SAFE! 

Eastern NC continues to experience catastrophic river / creek flooding, and several highways and secondary roads remain flooded.  It is still possible to travel to and from Emerald Isle, however, with changing flood conditions over the next several days, certain routes may be open while others are closed.  To learn about the latest road conditions in NC, in real time, visit .  Use the interactive map to zoom in on certain areas, learn the specifics of any road closures, and plan the most efficient and safe route for your trip to / from Emerald Isle.  

If you encounter water across a roadway, DO NOT try to drive through it.  The depth and current may be greater than you realize, and there may also be a road washout that is not visible. Sadly, there have already been several fatalities resulting from people trying to drive through floodwaters, and these incidents are entirely preventable if you simply do not drive through those conditions.

BE SAFE, and take your time!






Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 14, 2016 3:52:00 PM

Donate Supplies for Eastern NC Flood Victims Now Through Monday, October 17 @ Town Board Meeting Room;(next to Police Department) 7500 Emerald Drive 

Eastern NC continues to experience catastrophic river / creek flooding, and the Town is coordinating the collection and delivery of donated supplies for flood victims.  Please consider a donation of the following items:

  • water

  • juices
  • wrapped snacks
  • toiletries
  • diapers
  • baby formula
  • rubber gloves
  • sponges
  • mops 
  • buckets.

For financial donations please visit the following website -

These items can be dropped off daily between 8 am and 9 pm at the Town Board Meeting Room, adjacent to the Emerald Isle Police Station at 7500 Emerald Drive.  Items will be collected now through Monday, October 17, and the Town will arrange delivery to flood victims. 

Please enter through the main entrance, and simply drop off donated items in the designated area in the Town Board Meeting Room, and we'll handle the rest.




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:02:00 AM

Message from Bogue Banks Water Corporation 

We are NOT under Boil Water Alert

Our service area made it through Hurricane Matthew with minimal damage, and we are extremely grateful for that! Here at Bogue Banks Water Corporation there was no damage, and our water has not been compromised. We are not part of Carteret County that is under the "Boil Water Advisory" so drink up and enjoy!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:42:00 AM

Board of Commissioners to Consider Grocery Store Plans 

The Board of Commissioners will formally consider plans for a new grocery store in Emerald Isle at its October 11 meeting.  The approximately 31,000 sq. ft. new store is proposed for an approximately 6 acre tract of land on NC 58 between Emerald Landing Drive and Emerald Plantation Shopping Center.  

 The proposed site is zoned Business (and has been for many years), and a grocery store (along with many other commercial uses) is a permitted use by right.  Under NC zoning law, if the applicant meets the Town's zoning requirements, the Board of Commissioners has limited discretion in its review of development plans.  This is in stark contrast to a rezoning or special use permit request, which provide the Board of Commissioners with significant discretion. Additionally, several questions have been raised regarding the perceived need / demand for a second grocery store in Emerald Isle.  These are legitimate questions, however, it is not the Town government's place to answer those questions.  The appropriate answer to those questions is dictated by the free market, and the Town does not have a role in deciding which particular business initiative is needed or should be afforded the opportunity to compete with existing businesses.  

 The proposed plans include a request to formally close, redesignate, and improve a 510 linear ft. segment of Crew Drive on the proposed site.  The developer is requesting these actions in order to achieve a site layout that minimizes impacts on the neighboring Emerald Landing neighborhood and to preserve habitat for nesting egrets along the adjacent canal.  It is important to note that the existing road would be replaced in the same location with an improved road, with new pavement, new curb & gutter, sidewalks, storm water features, and landscaping.  The proposal includes adequate legal protections to insure that the improved road remains open for public use in perpetuity, and there is no ability for any private owner to restrict use of the roadway.  The road would continue to function in the same manner as it has historically, and perhaps better.  The Town would not even consider any proposal that does not include perpetual public use of the road in the future.  

 The Board of Commissioners has significant discretion in reviewing the road request, and is thoughtfully considering the pros and cons associated with this request.  The developer has indicated that he intends to construct the new grocery store at this location regardless of the Town's decision regarding Crew Drive, and an alternate plan has been provided that maintains the current condition of Crew Drive.  For various regulatory reasons, the alternate plan would require the proposed new store to be located closer to the Emerald Landing neighborhood, with potentially undesirable features (loading docks, generators, trash facilities, rear access) located closer to existing homes, and would not preserve as much egret habitat.  The developer prefers the original plan (graphic below) over the alternate plan, and thus has requested the formal closing, redesignation, and improvement of the 510 linear ft. segment of Crew Drive. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 30, 2016 3:03:00 PM
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