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Operation Medicine Drop- Saturday, October 24th  

Operation Medicine Drop- Saturday, October 24th

The Emerald Isle Police Department, along with other area law enforcement agencies across the county, will be conducting Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, October 24, 2020.  Members of the Emerald Isle Police Department will be at the Food Lion (Emerald Plantation) 8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina 28594 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Residents are encourage the use this opportunity to dispose of their unused medications.  Residents should not bring needles or liquid medications.  No demographic data will be collected during this event, only total weight of the unused medications collected at the end of the day.  All collected medications will be taken to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to be destroyed. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department’s partnership with other area law enforcement agencies, Food Lion, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is a commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents, families, and visitors.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:28:00 PM Categories: News

Stormwater RFQ, Q&A  

Please see below for Q&A pertaining to the Stormwater RFQ. 

  • Does the Town have a preferred platform?

*Regarding the final product for public consumption, the Town of EI does not have a preferred software or platform. Any compiled materials should use current BMPs.

  • Is the project funded?

*The compilation of a comprehensive stormwater study is a top priority for the Town of Emerald Isle.

*Pricing will impact the ability of the Town to engage a partial or full study.

*Funds have been earmarked for this project.

  • What is the anticipated start date?

*The Town intends to select a firm during the month of October 2020.

*If negotiations are completed, the Town intends to award a contract in November 2020.

*Work would be expected to begin immediately with deliverables in hand no later than July 2021.

  • The RFQ lists “20 pages front and back limit.” Does this mean a total of 40 single-sided pages?

*40 single-sided pages are acceptable.

  • What is the Town’s file size limitation for email attachments?

*The Town’s IT system is limited to 35 MB.

*If an electronic file is shared, it is the sole responsibility of the sender to verify receipt before the deadline. 


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

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 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:34:00 AM Categories: News

18th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament 

The 18th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament registration is now open. The Town of Emerald Isle and the Reel Outdoors will be offering this free tournament. All trout must be caught by fishing on foot (surf, pier, inlet or sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. No boats allowed. The tournament is October 10th – November 28th. Read the registration form for all tournament rules and regulations. For questions please call 252-354-6350 or email


Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, September 28, 2020 2:18:00 PM Categories: News

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
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