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Eastern Ocean Regional Access Opening at 1PM on Oct 31 

The Eastern Ocean Regional Access located at 2701 Emerald Drive will not open until 1PM on Saturday, October 31, 2020 due to a Town event.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, September 28, 2020 8:28:00 AM Categories: News

Bogue Banks Seed Collection 

Earth Balance has been selected to perform dune planting for the upcoming Phase III nourishment project (anticipated early 2021).  Earth Balance will be present along the Emerald Isle beach strand in early October 2020, for less than 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.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Carteret County Shore Protection Office at (252) 222-5835.


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, September 25, 2020 3:44:00 PM Categories: News

Rainfall Expected Friday into Saturday (09/25-09/26) 

The Town of Emerald Isle is sharing the latest news from the National Weather Service office in Morehead City. 

Keep the umbrella handy today and tonight. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms with heavy downpours are expected. Heavy rain could lead to localized flooding. Turn Around, Don't Drown!


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, September 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM Categories: News

Coastal Flooding Threat Continues  

This morning's update from the US National Weather Service Newport/ Morehead City:

9/22/20 6 AM: Coastal flooding and ocean overwash will continue through mid week for Hatteras Island, Ocracoke,, Downeast Carteret County, and the Crystal Coast, peaking during high tide around noon today. A High threat of rip currents also continues for all area beaches today. Remember do not drive across flooded or closed roads.

Posted by Sarah Williams Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM Categories: News

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events 

Household Hazardous Waste recycling events sponsored by the Coastal Environmental Partnership will start next week. The first event will be Saturday, September 26 from 8-1 at the Carteret County Health Department on Bridges Street in Morehead City. The Craven event will be Saturday, October 17 from 8-1 at Craven Community College.

We will be following Covid-19 guide lines: You will be asked to remain in your vehicle at all times. We will remove your items from your vehicle. We will follow Social Distancing guide lines and ask you to not to put your windows down further than 4 inches. Employees and will be wearing masks. If you need further information, please call us at 252-633-1564.


Bobbi Waters

Solid Waste Planner/Outreach Coordinator

Coastal Environmental Partnership

P. O. Box 128

Cove City, NC  28523

7600 Old Highway 70 West

New Bern, NC  28562

252-633-1564 P

252-633-6515 F

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, September 21, 2020 12:58:00 PM Categories: News

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:Election Campaign Sign Season Underway 



September 18, 2020

EMERALD ISLE, NC-  Election Campaign Sign Season Underway

In an effort to assist local property owners and candidates, the Town of Emerald Isle Planning Department wishes to share the following Public Service Announcement.

The Town of Emerald Isle regulates political signage placement within the Town limits.  The following regulations should be adhered to when placing signage for candidates within the Town of Emerald Isle:

(H) Temporary political signs advertising candidates or issues subject to the following conditions:

1. Signs may be placed within the NC 58 right-of-way and within the right-of-way of all Town streets, but permission of the adjacent private property owner is required.

2. Signs must be placed at least three (3) feet from the edge of the street pavement, and shall not be more than forty-two (42) inches higher than the asphalt roadway surface.

3. Signs shall not be displayed earlier than thirty (30) days prior to the start of "one-stop" voting and shall be removed no more than ten (10) days after the election.

4. Signs shall not obstruct a driver's sight distance at an intersection or create an unsafe condition for motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists.

5. Signs shall not be larger than six (6) square feet.

6. Signs shall not obscure or replace other signs.

7. No banners are permitted.

8. No campaign signs are permitted on or in front of Town-owned property, with the exception of Election Day and only in accordance with the guidelines established by the Town.

9. There is no limit on the number of campaign signs, provided that all other regulations are followed.

For information related to NCDOT controlled roadways, please visit the following link:

If you have additional local questions, please contact the EI Planning Department at 252-354-3424 or visit



Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, September 18, 2020 10:06:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament raises $29,110 

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament raises $29,110

September 17, 2020

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  The Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament held a live virtual auction on Wednesday September 16, 2020.  To say it was a success is an understatement.  The auction, led by tournament Chairman Mark Taylor, raised a total of $29,110 for local scholarships and waterway dredging efforts.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Committee had to be creative for the 2020 tournament.  Social portions of the tournament have been adjusted, in an effort to comply with North Carolina safety guidelines.  The well-attended (and sought after) Captain’s Party was unfortunately eliminated for 2020.  The onsite auction was also adapted.  

“Last year, we held an in-person auction during the Captain’s Party and raised a substantial amount of money,” said Mark Taylor, Committee Chairman.  “This year, we went virtual and saw the power of an online audience.  The increased reach helped local donors raise nearly $30,000.  We are so amazed and grateful, words cannot express it!”

An array of products and local services were donated.  These items were then auctioned off during a 4-hour live event, broadcast via Facebook Live.  In addition to being a commercial airline pilot and Town of Emerald Isle Commissioner, Mr. Taylor is a licensed auctioneer.  His skills were put to good use during the auction, helping to fund the annual scholarship program for the 2021 academic year.  

“The Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament provided two scholarships in 2020. One to a graduating senior at Croatan and one to Swansboro High School.  For 2021, we intend to provide two more scholarships to area students that pursue higher education or training that relates to the marine or maritime industry,” said Taylor.  “We could not reinvest these dollars into our young people without the selfless donations of our local sponsors and the countless hours provided by our volunteers.”

To learn more about the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament and the associated scholarship program, visit or follow them on Facebook. 


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, September 18, 2020 8:25:00 AM Categories: News

2020 Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Canceled 

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  The Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Committee made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020.  

Severe weather and unsafe boating conditions, caused by the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Sally, forced the decision. Per the National Weather Service, northeast winds of 25 to 35 kt with gusts to 40 kt are expected.  Seas are predicted to be 7-10 feet.  Adjacent sounds and rivers will be rough on Saturday as well.

“It seems that 2020 is proving to be a challenging year on many fronts,” said Mark Taylor, Committee Chairman.  “Our team had taken every precaution possible to produce a socially distanced and safe tournament, despite the impact of COVID-19.  Now, weather from a Gulf Coast Tropical Storm arrives on the Crystal Coast.  We must make the tough call and forego the tournament for everyone’s safety.”

The silver lining to the 2020 Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament remains the success of the live Facebook auction.  Due to the generosity of so many wonderful sponsors, bidders and volunteers, a total of $29,100 was raised to support local scholarships and waterway dredging efforts.

To learn more about the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament and the associated scholarship program, visit or follow them on Facebook. 



Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, September 18, 2020 8:17:00 AM Categories: News

HIGH RISK: Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding and Dangerous Rip Currents  

To view the latest update from the National Weather Service: click here 

HIGH RISK: Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding and Dangerous Rip Currents

The Town of Emerald Isle is sharing the latest news from the National Weather Service office in Morehead City.  Please take time to review the latest briefing and take appropriate action now. 

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Sally are moving from Alabama into the Carolinas (Thursday 9/17/20 into Friday 9/18/20), several impacts are likely for our area.

  • Heavy rain with Flash Flooding Thursday and Friday.
  • A prediction of 4-6” of rain is possible in our immediate area.
  • Severe weather expected Thursday evening, throughout the night: Strong wind gusts and isolated tornadoes possible.
  • Prolonged strong northeasterly winds leading to coastal flooding, rough surf, dangerous rip currents and potentially significant beach erosion and ocean overwash.

LOCAL ACTION STEPS:  The Emerald Isle Public Works Department is taking proactive steps to clear storm drains and lower drainage pond levels.  Staff and equipment are in position to respond as needed to heavy rains and localized flooding. 

Residents, businesses, and guests can help by following these recommendations:

  1. For properties that have flooded in the past, it is best to move items to higher ground now. 
  2. Please do not drive across flooded roadways: TURN AROUND AND DON’T DROWN.
  3. Until the heavy rains move through our area, please DO NOT place any additional yard debris by the roadway.

Yard Debris Update:  The Emerald Isle Public Works Department consistently has two knuckle boom trucks working 5-days per week on Emerald Isle.  We average 160-180 residential stops per day.  The volume of yard debris placed at the roadway is reaching record levels.  We are taking every possible step to collect yard debris as quickly as possible.  As a reminder, contractors should carry away and dispose of debris, when they remove trees from a property. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 


Posted by Sarah Williams Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:16:00 AM Categories: News

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


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 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 3:01:00 PM Categories: News
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