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Regional Beach Parking  

Regional Beach Parking


Paid parking at the Regional Accesses begins approximately Memorial Day weekend and runs through September (These dates are subject to change.).  Parking permits are not necessary until paid parking begins.  Registration for parking permits will open in April of 2021.

Please check back periodically in the spring for exact dates!


Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, December 30, 2020 9:53:00 AM Categories: News

Passing of Sgt. Major Peter Leo 

The Town is saddened by the passing of Sgt. Major Peter Leo. He served Emerald Isle faithfully as a Commissioner. The Mayor and Board truly appreciate his service to our citizens.

Sgt. Major Peter Leo, (USMC Ret.), 92, of Emerald Isle, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Carteret Health Care.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Peter was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on May 3, 1928 to the late Salvator and Nancy Leo. He retired from the United States Marine Corps after 24 years of service. Peter was a member of Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Hadley Leo of the home; daughters, Nancy Wright and Ann Bailey both of Jacksonville; sons, Jimmy Leo of Greenville and Joe Leo of Wilmington; sisters, Phyllis Canale of Braintree, MA and Nancy Leo of Florida; seven grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church, 100 Yaupon Drive, Cape Carteret, NC 28584.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, December 14, 2020 12:09:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle EMS Video 

We are so thankful for our EMS crew! 



Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, December 11, 2020 8:09:00 AM Categories: News

Passing of Dorothy "Doje" Marks  

The Town is saddened by the passing of Doje Marks. She served Emerald Isle faithfully as a Commissioner and was an active volunteer of the Emerald Isle EMS for many years. The Mayor and Board truly appreciate her service to our citizens and her work with the EMS Department over the years. 

Dorothy “Doje” Marks, 87, of Emerald Isle, passed away Friday, December 4, 2020, at Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Doje was born on June 20, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Harold and Dorothy Wessel. In 1955, she married the love of her life, Ronald Marks, and they began their journey together. For over 20 years, Doje had the joy of working as a librarian in the Port Byron, NY School System where she extended her kindness to numerous eager minds over the years.

As an active Girl Scout Leader, she used the skills she learned, as well as her love of nature, to hike the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondack Mountains, seeing views and beauty that she often spoke of.

In 1989, she and Ronald relocated to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, making their new home in Emerald Isle. As an active community member, she worked hard at developing the volunteer ambulance service in Emerald Isle and later held the honored position of Emerald Isle Commissioner where she served the community with grace and strength.

She is survived by Ronald Marks of the home; daughter, Nancy Marks of Jordan, NY; son, Doug Marks and wife Cindy of Naperville, IL; brother, Ken Wessel and wife Nancy of Ocala, FL; and grandchildren, Jeff George and wife Jessica of Rohrersville, MD, Terri DeBois and husband Nick of Weedsport, NY; Jenni Farrell and husband Jason of Naperville, IL, Branden Marks of Chicago, IL, and Kelsey Frazier and husband William of Portland, OR.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in Morehead City, NC. 

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: News

Public Comment Information – December 8, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting 

The December 8, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 the public may attend the meeting but space will be limited to ensure social distancing.  

The meeting will be available for audio by registering at this link (click here) for attendees  -  If you wish to call in using your phone, you may dial  (562) 247-8422 and enter 359-740-443 when prompted.


Submitting General Public Comments and Public Hearing Comments To The Town Board of Commissioner During COVID19 Meeting Restrictions:

At the Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meetings, citizens are provided with an opportunity to make general public comments to the Town Board as well as comments during any public hearings.  It is important for the Town’s citizens to continue to have this opportunity despite the COVID-19 public health emergency, but public safety considerations are also important.

Until it is deemed safe for everyone to gather as a community again, public comments may be submitted in advance of Town Board meetings subject to the following guidance:

  1. Public comments should be limited to three minutes in length (approximately 450 words).
  2. Public Comments timely received will be read into the record of the meeting during the general public comment period or the applicable public hearing period.  Please specify whether your comment is general or pertains to a specific public hearing on the agenda.
  3. Public comments may be submitted as follows:
  • By emailing the Town Clerk Sarah Williams at
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Sarah Williams at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 8, 2020)

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as the Town’s elected officials and staff work to continue to provide governmental services to the best of our ability during this time.

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, December 4, 2020 9:02:00 AM Categories: News

Improvements to Emerald Isle Bridge Scheduled to Resume 

News Release

For Immediate Release

date: Nov. 25, 2020

contact: Lauren Haviland

(919) 707-2677

Improvements to Emerald Isle Bridge Scheduled to Resume

Expected to begin Tuesday morning

EMERALD ISLE – Improvements and repairs to a Carteret County bridge will resume this weekend and are expected to last for several months.

N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will close one of two lanes of the bridge to Emerald Isle the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 1. Contractors will use flaggers at the ends of the work zone to direct traffic.

Weekend closures can be expected between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., while weekday closures can be expected between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will not be a lane closure between Nov. 20-29 and then again Dec. 18 through early January (a date has not yet been selected), due to expected higher traffic volumes for the holidays.

The lane closure will allow contractors to continue rehab work, which extends the life of the bridge. Drivers should expect a lane closure to last through March 2021.

Motorists should use caution while crews are working and allow themselves more time than normal to reach their destinations.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.



Copyright N.C. Department of Transportation

1503 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699 | (919) 707-2660

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:33:00 AM Categories: News

Golf Cart Registration Information  


Due to Covid-19 strict guidelines The Emerald Isle Golf Cart Safety, Rules & Regulations Class is now ONLINE only. Click on the Link below. Please read the presentation carefully as there will be a short test at the end. You must receive a score of no less than 80% accuracy in order to receive $25.00 off your 2021 Golf Cart Registration. Once you have submitted the test you will receive a confirmation email with your results. You will need to save and attach the results to your online renewal application to receive the discount. Thank you and good luck!

Click here to take the class.

For more information about the Golf Cart Registration Process, click here. 

Posted by Sarah Williams Tuesday, December 1, 2020 1:11:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Community Center  

November 25, 2020

Emerald Isle Community Center

As the state continues to report record-shattering cases of coronavirus as well as an escalating increase in cases in Carteret County the Community Center will close effective today, November 25 through January 1, 2021. At that time Town officials will evaluate current conditions to determine reopening. Town Hall, Police, Fire and EMS have previously restricted public access and will continue to do so.  This decision was made not only to protect the public, but to protect town employees during the holiday season.



For questions, contact:

Emerald Isle Community Center Staff



Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:53:00 PM Categories: News

New COVID-19 County Alert System + How to Stay Safe for Thanksgiving 

On Nov. 19, DHHS reported the state's highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 4,296 new cases reported. While North Carolina is currently experiencing high levels of community transmission of COVID-19 statewide, the virus is impacting some counties particularly hard.

The state has established a new COVID-19 County Alert System to help North Carolinians understand how their county is faring and take actions to slow the spread of the virus. The system uses metrics informed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and North Carolina’s key metrics to categorize counties into three tiers from least to most severe:

Yellow: Significant Community Spread

Orange: Substantial Community Spread

Red: Critical Community Spread

A combination of three metrics are used to categorize a county: the COVID-19 case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and the hospital impact within the county. Under the system, 53 counties are currently experiencing critical or substantial community spread, with the remaining counties seeing significant community spread. The map will be updated every four weeks.

Learn more about how the system works and what steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.

County Alert System, Information and Map

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, November 23, 2020 8:48:00 AM Categories: News

Public Information and Media Director  

The Town of Emerald Isle, one of North Carolina’s top rated beach communities, needs your expertise and energy to enhance its internal/external communication efforts.  Using a wide range of media, the Public Information and Media Director will share the story of Emerald Isle.

He/she will serve as spokesperson for the Town when designated, respond to the media, citizens, and customer inquiries.    He/she will maintain the content of all official communication platforms including web, Twitter, Facebook, the EI App, Constant Contact email and text lists. 

Special Events: He/she will help promote major annual/specials events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Beach Music Festival, EI Marathon and EI Fishing Tournament. 

The ideal candidate will hold a degree(s) in media, communications, journalism and/or similar disciplines.  Strong writing skills on various platforms is a must. 

A proven ability to shoot and edit video is critical to the newly developed role.

A background in emergency management communications is a plus.

The identified salary range is $46,615 – 68,990.  Hiring rate will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.  A host of exceptional benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, retirement, 401K and generous annual leave. 

Candidates should supply (1) a complete Town of Emerald Isle application (, (2) cover letter and (3) relevant resume to: Sarah Williams, Town Clerk/ HR Specialist at or 7500 Emerald Drive, NC 28594.

The position remains open until filled.  A first review of applications will occur on/before December 11, 2020. Interested parties should apply soon.   Visit  EOE

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, November 20, 2020 2:34:00 PM Categories: News
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