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Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Canceled 

Press Release

August 28, 2020

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Canceled


The Town of Emerald Isle desires to protect the safety of its citizens and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We believe it is best to cancel certain town sponsored events that assemble large groups of people.

In cooperation with the Emerald Isle Business Association, a very tough decision was made to forego the 2020 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade. 

The timing of this decision may appear premature, however the coming months are an integral time to secure volunteers, plan and organize event participants that travel from all over our state.  We recognize that individuals, families and businesses are faced with monumental challenges.  Cancelation of the parade (now) will help many groups plan ahead and avoid unnecessary costs.

The ongoing pandemic has taken a toll on each and every one of us. These are challenging and unprecedented times.

The health and safety of our residents, guests, employees and volunteers remains the highest priority for Emerald Isle.   Due to current and anticipated COVID-19 guidelines, operational recommendations cannot be met to safely hold mass gatherings.

We sincerely apologize for cancelation of the 2020 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade and look forward to future opportunities to celebrate together in Emerald Isle.



For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager



Heidi Barlow, EIBA President


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 28, 2020 4:50:00 PM Categories: News

Register Now for the Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament! 


The Emerald Isle Annual Fall Fishing Tournament at the NC Wildlife Public Boat Ramp in Emerald Isle, NC includes three separate divisions: King and Spanish Mackerel, and Surf. There will also be contests for the kids, a silent auction and other activities so that this event will be fun for the whole family! 

Visit the official tournament website for all of the exciting details!

Follow the Tournament on Facebook as well for opportunities to win cool prizes leading up to the big day!


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 28, 2020 4:26:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Economic Development Foundation Receives Broadband Grant 

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Don Kirkman                                                                                       

(252) 222-6121


Carteret County Economic Development Foundation Receives Broadband Grant

CARTERET COUNTY—The Carteret County Economic Development Foundation (“Foundation”) Board of Directors announced today that the Foundation has been awarded a $5,000 Building a New Digital Economy in NC (BAND-NC) grant from the Institute for Emerging Issues (“IEI”) at NC State University.  The grant funds will be used to develop a Carteret County digital inclusion plan.

“This grant from the Institute for Emerging Issues comes at a very opportune time for Carteret County,” said Ed Stack, Foundation Chair.  “Our Foundation Board of Directors has identified addressing the county’s broadband challenges as our highest programmatic priority this year, and the grant will allow us to jumpstart the development of a countywide plan to address the broadband needs of all Carteret County residents,” he added.

The goal of the Foundation Board of Directors is for Carteret County to become the first rural county in North Carolina to have a comprehensive, countywide digital inclusion plan.  Currently, Mecklenburg County is the only North Carolina county with such a plan.

The Foundation has engaged Deborah Watts, principal with Broadband Catalysts, as a consultant and project manager to facilitate the development of the Carteret County plan, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2021. “There is no question that broadband is essential infrastructure in the 21st century.  The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the importance of high-speed internet to education at every level, health care and remote working,” according to Watts.  “Many North Carolinians, including those in Carteret County, face significant barriers to affordable internet services, and the plan is intended to identify those hurdles and describe a range of solutions,” added Watts.

“We are delighted that Carteret County was included in the first round of BAND-NC grant recipients,” said Maggie Woods, IEI Program and Policy Manager and BAND-NC program lead.  “Our review committee thought the Foundation had a very compelling application, and we believe that what Carteret County is doing can be a model for rural North Carolina.”



Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 28, 2020 11:55:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Fire Department-- Cancer Awareness Tees on Sale  


Cancer Awareness shirts are now on sale. Sold solely through the online store and shipped directly to the purchaser. No sales of shirts will be conducted onsite.

A unisex t-shirt along with a v-neck shirt are being offered this year!!

Click here to order yours!

All proceeds go to support local cancer charity in Carteret County.

If there are any questions please send us a message or email .

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, August 24, 2020 11:28:00 AM Categories: News

Western Ocean Regional Access Will Be Temporarily Closed for Walkway Repairs / Construction 

Please be advised that the park will be closed Monday, August 24th-Wednesday, August 26th and will reopen on Thursday, August 27th for construction repairs. Parking and restroom facilities are available at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, 2701 Emerald Drive. Staff apologizes for the inconvenience. Thank you!


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 21, 2020 4:25:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Election Workers Needed 


Carteret County needs Election Officials for the November 3, 2020 General Election and the Early Voting Period in October - $11/Hour.

View / Print Flyer for full details!


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:31:00 PM Categories: News

Applicants Sought to Fill Vacancy on the Golf Cart Advisory Committee 

The Town's local golf cart program continues to increase in popularity, and the Golf Cart Advisory Committee as established by the Board of Commissioners is 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.  There is currently one vacancy on this committee that needs to be filled.

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 complete the applicant questionnaire and submit to  Sarah Williams no later than September 2, 2020 at 5 pm.   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:15:00 AM Categories: News

UPDATE: Western Ocean Regional Access Will Be Temporarily Closed for Walkway Repairs / Construction 

Please be advised that the Western Ocean Regional Access will be closed to the public for walkway repairs/construction Monday, August 17th – Thursday, August 20th. Public parking and restrooms will be available at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access located at 2701 Emerald Drive.   Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience

Posted by Sarah Williams Tuesday, August 18, 2020 11:17:00 AM Categories: News

EMS Subscription Program  

Do you worry that when you call EMS, and are transported by EIEMS to the hospital, that you will have to pay out of pocket for the remainder of what your insurance does not cover? Well, we have the program for you!!! We have started a Subscription Program to help the citizens of Emerald Isle if they were to need to be transported to the hospital by EIEMS.

To learn more about the program or to sign-up, just click on the following link:

Posted by Sarah Williams Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM Categories: News

Be better prepared with shelfCheck 

Be better prepared with shelfCheck

When disaster strikes, spend more time indoors and less time in stores. The shelfCheck app helps you find what you need, when you need it most.  

Hurricane season is an uncertain time for coastal communities, but one thing is for sure: in the face of a storm, preparation is key. shelfCheck is a new app from the Raleigh-Durham area that uses crowdsourcing to inform shoppers of what items are in stock at the grocery stores near them. The aim is to help people avoid shortages for in-demand items like bread, toilet paper, bottled water, & batteries and to reduce the number of shopping trips that you have to make. Just create a shopping list and shelfCheck will find the store nearest to you that best meets your needs. While at the store, you can help others out by guesstimating how much of a particular product is left in stock as you check off your list.

The shelfCheck app a community driven platform, intended to help users save time and exposure when time is most critical.  The app is free, easy to use, and secure.

To watch a video about the app, click here:

Learn more at or download the app on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.


General Disclaimer: The Town of Emerald Isle does not benefit from any relationship with the shelfCheck app.  We are simply sharing information with our residents, guests, and businesses to better prepare for a product shortage caused by a natural disaster or similar emergency.   

Posted by Sarah Williams Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:58:00 AM Categories: News
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