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Applicants Sought for New Dog Park Committee 


The Town is currently exploring the potential construction of a new "dog park" in the future, and is seeking applicants for a new committee that will be tasked with determining community support, identifying potential locations, considering design alternatives, and fundraising activities.  

Committee membership is open to any permanent or part-time residents of Emerald Isle, and interested members of the Emerald Isle business community.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send an email expressing your interest to Town Manager Frank Rush at  no later than January 3, 2018 at 5 pm.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, December 1, 2017 3:38:00 PM Categories: News

Applicants Sought for New Golf Cart Committee 


The Town's local golf cart program continues to increase in popularity, and the Board of Commissioners has established a new committee that will be tasked with promoting the safe use of golf carts, advocating for golf cart owners, identifying strategies to expand golf cart access in a safe manner, fundraising efforts, and other helpful activities.  The new committee is modeled after the Town's successful Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  

Committee membership is open to any permanent or part-time residents of Emerald Isle, and interested members of the Emerald Isle business community.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send an email expressing your interest to Town Manager Frank Rush at  no later than January 3, 2018 at 5 pm.   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, December 1, 2017 3:37:00 PM Categories: News

Efforts to Transition Emerald Isle EMS to Town Department Continue 


The Town continues work to transition Emerald Isle EMS to a department of the Town government.  In April 2017, the Board of Commissioners directed Town staff to integrate existing EMS employees and assets into the Town government, and Town staff have been and continue to work to complete this transition by March 1, 2018.  This transition has been discussed by EMS leaders and Town officials many times since 2010, and was initially contemplated as far back as 2005. 

Since 2001, the Town has contracted with the separate, non-profit Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. for emergency medical services, and the current contract expires on March 1, 2018.  In 2001, Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. operated completely with volunteer staff, had no paid employees, and received a $5,000 contribution from the Town.  The organization now operates with a fully-paid staff (7 full-time employees and 17 part-time employees) and a total budget of nearly $600,000 of public funds annually.  The squad operates out of a Town-owned EMS station utilizing ambulances and other equipment purchased with public funds, and the Town already provides financial administration and payroll services for the separate, non-profit corporation.

All existing EMS employees have been offered employment with the Town of Emerald Isle, and we look forward to bringing these quality individuals into the Town organization.  The Town is currently recruiting for the Town EMS Chief position, and the recruitment advertisement can be viewed at . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, December 1, 2017 3:36:00 PM Categories: News

Town Seeking Applications for EMS Chief Position 


The Town of Emerald Isle is seeking applications for the position of EMS Chief.  A complete description of this employment opportunity is available at , or by contacting Rhonda C. Ferebee, Town Clerk/Human Resources Specialist at 252-354-3424.  Applicants are encouraged to submit requested information by December 21, 2017; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, November 22, 2017 11:42:00 AM Categories: News

Request for Price Quotes - Demolition and Reconstruction of Public Walkways 


The Town of Emerald Isle is currently accepting bids for the demolition and reconstruction of public ocean access walkways located at Fairfax, Beachview and Whitewater Streets. Contractors are hereby notified that they must provide proof of insurance and Workman’s Compensation. A separate bid must be submitted for each walkway.

Plans and specifications are available at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC.  Interested contractors may obtain a set of plans M-F, 8am-9pm.  All bids must be accompanied by no less than three (3) work references for services performed within the last eighteen (18) months, Proof of Insurance and completed  e-verify. Price quotes must be submitted to the attention of Alesia Sanderson at the address above no later than December 5, 2017 at 10:00 am. Work must be complete by April 1, 2017.  The Town reserves the right to reject any and all proposals or to award the Contract that is in its’ best interest. Please contact Ricky Lanier at 252-354-5179 or  with questions or concerns.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:05:00 PM Categories: News

Detour Begins Monday, November 13 - NC 58 Closed Between Islander Drive and Loon Drive ONLY 

Passenger Vehicles Use Reed Drive Detour Route
Tractor-Trailers and Large Trucks Use Crew Drive Detour Route

Beginning November 13, NC 58 (Emerald Drive) will be closed between Islander Drive and Loon Drive, and a detour will be in effect.  This closure is necessary to allow construction of a new traffic roundabout at the intersection of NC 58 and Mallard Drive.  Mallard Drive will remain open from Reed Drive, but will be closed between NC 58 and Crew Drive.  

Passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, and light trucks) should use Reed Drive, via Islander Drive and Loon Drive (at the entrance to Emerald Plantation Shopping Center).

Tractor-trailers and large trucks should use Crew Drive, via Coast Guard Road and NC 58.  A temporary road will be constructed through the new Publix property, and will connect Crew Drive to NC 58 to accommodate the truck detour.  

School buses are permitted on both routes.

Passenger vehicles may continue to use Crew Drive to access and depart from Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. 

The NC 58 bicycle path in this area will remain open during construction, however, limited duration closures may occur sporadically later in the construction process.

This construction project was intentionally scheduled for the winter months in order to minimize disruption in Emerald Isle.  The detour is expected to remain in effect until early March.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding! 

Please visit  for a larger image of the map below.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, November 8, 2017 12:08:00 PM Categories: News

NCDOT To Host Public Meeting for Proposed Intersection Improvements at NC 24 and NC 58 in Cape Carteret, NC 


The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes the addition of a second dedicated right turn lane from N.C. 24 east onto N.C. 58 south, N.C. 58 north onto N.C. 24 east, from N.C. 24 west onto N.C. 58 north and N.C. 58 south onto N.C. 24 west; and extending existing merge lanes towards the bridge along N.C. 58 to improve operation and increase storage capacity. The project was submitted to the STIP by the Down East Regional Planning Organization (DERPO). The NCDOT has developed a design concept for the project.

A public meeting will be held at Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center located at 300 Taylor Notion Road, Suite B in Cape Carteret on Tuesday November 7th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the project and gather public input on the proposed design. The proposed design will also be available on the project website for public review and comment.

Interested citizens may attend at any time between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please note that there will not be a formal presentation. NCDOT representatives will display maps and be available to answer questions and receive comments. Comments and information received will be taken into consideration as work on the project develops. Written comments or questions can also be submitted at the meeting or later by November 30th, 2017.

Project maps are available online at .

For additional information contact NCDOT Project Consultant, Rajit Ramkumar, PE, Project

Manager (SEPI Engineering & Construction) by phone: (919) 573-9915 or via email at; or contact Rachelle Beauregard, NCDOT Division Project Manager or by mail: P.O. Box 1587, Greenville, NC 27853, by phone: (919) 239-7168, or via email: .

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Rachelle Beauregard at (919) 239-7168 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-233-6315.

Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-233-6315.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 20, 2017 10:17:00 AM Categories: News

Enter Your Float in the 2017 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade! 


Saturday, November 25 at 3 pm

The 14th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 25 at 3 pm along NC 58 through the middle of Emerald Isle.  Please plan to join us for this great annual tradition in Emerald Isle!  

If you'd like to enter a float, we'd love to have your group be a part of the Christmas parade. Please visit  for the 2017 parade entry form.  For more information, please contact Parade Chairman Don Wells at or 252-772-3282.

We hope to see you in Emerald Isle on November 25!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:23:00 AM Categories: News

US Supreme Court Denies Nies Petition 

In a ruling issued earlier today, the United States Supreme Court has denied the Nies' request for the nation's highest court to review their claims.  Unless reconsidered by the US Supreme Court, this ruling effectively ends the Town's 6-year legal battle with the Nies.  Thus, the November 2015 ruling of the NC Court of Appeals remains undisturbed as the definitive case law regarding the public's right to use the ocean beaches of North Carolina.  The Town is pleased with the US Supreme Court's decision, and is even more pleased that the public's historical use of the beach since time immemorial remains intact and that current and future generations will continue to enjoy this special place in Emerald Isle and every other NC beach community.

The Town extends its sincere thanks to its legal team, especially lead counsel Brian Edes and attorneys Allen Jernigan, Ruthanne Deutsch, and Richard Stanley for their outstanding work on this critical issue.  The Town is also grateful to the NC League of Municipalities, the leaders of every other oceanfront county and municipality in North Carolina, former Governor Pat McCrory's and current Governor Roy Cooper's administrations, and numerous other groups and individuals that supported the Town's position that the public has, and always has had, the right to use the entire width of the ocean beaches of North Carolina between the base of the dunes and the water.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 2, 2017 5:29:00 PM Categories: News

Town Receives Constructive Input About Islander Drive Redevelopment, Efforts Continue With Focus on Abandoned Go-Kart Track Property 


The Town continues its efforts to promote quality redevelopment in the Islander Drive area, and conducted a special meeting on September 19 to receive public input on potential future improvements in this area.  Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners received many constructive comments at the meeting, and they continue to thoughtfully consider all public input in an effort to determine the best strategy for the eventual redevelopment and improvement of this underutilized area. 

The Town has been working for several years to improve the appearance and function of the Islander Drive area, with a goal to ultimately create an attractive and vibrant area in this part of Emerald Isle that will benefit the entire community.  As noted in previous editions of Emerald Tidings, the Town took an important step toward the ultimate achievement of this goal in June by purchasing the abandoned go-kart track property (1.8 acres) on Islander Drive, and then immediately retained a contractor to remove all debris and restore the site to a vacant tract.  The Town was fortunate to secure $450,000 from Carteret County (economic development funding) toward the total land acquisition and clean-up cost of nearly $700,000.  The Town's goals for this land acquisition were:  1) clean-up the property (goal achieved in July),   2) pursue a quality redevelopment project that will promote additional economic activity in the Town during the fall, winter, and spring months, and  3) promote additional quality redevelopment in the Islander Drive area.  Based on discussion during the past year and a stated goal in the Town's Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the Town initially identified the development of an appropriately-scaled meeting and events center (with low building heights and comparable building size as existing development in Emerald Isle) as the preferred strategy to achieve goals 2 and 3 above.

The Town continues to work hard on this initiative, and will continue to consider additional public input over the coming months.  The Town is intentionally moving at a very deliberate and methodical pace to ensure that all ideas are thoroughly considered and that the end result is beneficial for the entire Emerald Isle community.  It is important to note that the Town has definitively stated (from the very beginning of this initiative) that any redevelopment project will in no way diminish the quantity and quality of public beach parking at the Western Ocean Regional Access facility, and will hopefully enhance this important public facility.  Although the Town initially considered incorporating the Western Ocean Regional Access facility into the overall plan, the Town is no longer considering that approach and will focus all of its future efforts on the recently acquired 1.8 acre tract.  It is also important to note that the Town is not planning to fund, construct, or manage any new buildings, and is simply attempting to position the land for future development by a private entity or entities - with equitable compensation provided to the Town.  Finally, although a meeting and events center was initially identified as the preferred strategy, the Town will thoughtfully consider any residential, commercial, and/or mixed-use proposals that achieve goals 2 and/or 3 above.  Essentially, a meeting and events center is one means to achieve these goals, but is certainly not the only means, and the Town will consider any and all ideas that are presented.  In the end, the Town simply seeks to foster quality redevelopment in this area, and that redevelopment could literally be anything that is attractive and consistent with the Town's development regulations.

Most importantly, the Town remains firmly committed to the "family beach image" and "small-town atmosphere" that make Emerald Isle such a special place for all of us.  Whatever the ultimate outcome in the Islander Drive area, any redevelopment will absolutely conform to these core values.  All of us at the Town have a keen appreciation for these values, and we have all worked diligently over the years to continually improve Emerald Isle in a manner that is consistent with these values. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 2, 2017 9:24:00 AM Categories: News
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