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Hurricane Season is Here - Be Prepared! 

 

The 2017 hurricane season is upon us, and the Town urges all residents and property owners to be prepared!  If the Town is threatened by a tropical storm or hurricane, regular updates will be provided via the Town's email list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Emerald Isle App (download it now at The App Store or Google Play), and via Facebook (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official Town page) and Twitter (@townemeraldisle).  

If you are an EI property owner, and don't already have your hurricane re-entry pass, please visit the Town Administration Building soon to secure your pass.  PLEASE don't wait until a storm is threatening EI, as the lines will be longer and Town staff must focus on immediate hurricane preparations at that time.  For more information about hurricane re-entry passes, and for other helpful hurricane information, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information-1 .

"When does the Emerald Isle bridge close?" is always the most common question when a storm is threatening Emerald Isle.  Please note that the bridge does not close at any pre-determined wind speed. The bridge is only closed if / when the Mayor declares a State of Emergency in Emerald Isle, enacts a mandatory evacuation order, and enacts a curfew in Emerald Isle, in which case no one should be moving around outside in Emerald Isle.  Any such actions will be communicated via the Town's various digital platforms noted above.  

Hopefully Emerald Isle will be spared this hurricane season, but, just in case, please be prepared and keep your family and property safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 2, 2017 3:07:00 PM

Relocation of Bogue Inlet Navigation Aids Delayed Until June  

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently completed navigation dredging to better establish a new, more central route for the Bogue Inlet connecting channel between the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  The new route is generally indicated in red below. 

Unfortunately, the US Coast Guard has delayed the relocation of navigation aids to the new channel until later in June, and has requested that the US Army Corps of Engineers complete additional touch-up dredging across the ocean bar portion of the navigation channel.  This additional dredging work is expected to occur in June, after which the US Coast Guard is expected to fully re-establish reliable navigation aids.  In the meantime, boaters should transit the inlet with caution and at their own risk, and should not rely on any navigation aids that may still be present.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 2, 2017 3:03:00 PM

US Coast Guard to Remove Aids to Navigation in “Old” Bogue Inlet Connecting Channel; Is Expected to Re-position ATON to “New” Channel in June 

Due to continued shoaling and difficulty maintaining a safe and efficient navigation channel in the “old” Bogue Inlet connecting channel along Dudley Island and Bear Island (depicted in yellow), the US Army Corps of Engineers recently completed dredging activities to establish a “new”, more centrally-located navigation channel in the Bogue Inlet complex (depicted in red).  Because the “old” channel is not safe, the US Coast Guard is removing the aids to navigation (ATON) in the “old” channel.  The Town expects the US Coast Guard to re-position the aids to navigation in the “new” channel in June, after the US Army Corps of Engineers completes additional touch-up dredging across the ocean bar.  In the meantime, boaters are advised to transit the inlet at their own risk.

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Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:21:00 PM

FY 17-18 Recommended Budget Presented May 9  

 

The Town Manager's FY 17-18 Recommended Budget was formally presented to Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners at the May 9 regular meeting.

A full copy of the FY 17-18 Recommended Budget is now available for public review.

 


View the Town Manager Frank Rush's Summary Presentation of the FY 2017-2018

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3:25:00 PM

Town Mourns Passing of Mitsy Overman, Long-Serving Finance Director / Assistant Town Manager 

 

All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle mourn the passing of Georgia “Mitsy” Overman, and extend our deepest condolences and many prayers to her family.  Mitsy passed away in Morehead City on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 69.  Mitsy served the public dutifully for 41 years, with 22 years of service to the Town of Atlantic Beach followed by nearly 19 years of service to the Town of Emerald Isle prior to her retirement in January 2015.  Mitsy served in numerous roles in each local government, including service as Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Finance Director, Assistant Town Manager, and as Acting Town Manager.  She was a true veteran of local government, and her public service was greatly appreciated by those in both communities.    

Services will be held on May 11 and May 12, and details are located at  http://www.mundenfuneralhome.net/notices/Georgia-Overman

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:16:00 AM

Beach Parking Permits Available at the Emerald Isle Community Center 

 

The Town began charging for parking at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access on Friday, April 14, and will continue charging on weekends and holidays through mid-September.  Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible for two free parking permits, and these can be obtained at the Emerald Isle Community Center during normal business hours. Please make sure you secure your permit before you visit the regional access facilities. To learn more, and to apply online, visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/application-for-regional-access-parking-permit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 5, 2017 5:06:00 PM

Nies Attorneys Submit Petition to US Supreme Court to Review Public Trust Beach Case 

 

In December 2016, after a 5-year legal process, the NC Supreme Court decided not to review the Nies v. Emerald Isle case, thereby maintaining the NC Court of Appeals' November 2015 decision that affirmed the public's historical right to use the full width of the beach strand in North Carolina. The Nies' attorneys, backed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a California-based organization, have now petitioned the US Supreme Court to review the NC courts' ruling.  A copy of the petition is posted at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/legal/final-nies-cert-petition.pdf.  The Town's attorneys will submit a response to this petition soon, and the Town will provide additional updates about this case as it evolves. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:36:00 AM

Bogue Inlet Navigation Dredging Completed 

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently completed needed navigation dredging in Bogue Inlet, both through the connecting channel and across the ocean bar.  In an effort to follow the deepest water and most efficient route, and also to promote a stable channel location away from The Point, the official navigation channel has been shifted to a more central alignment.  The US Coast Guard is expected to reset the aids to navigation in early May to more clearly delineate the channel, thereby providing a safer navigation route for area boaters. 

Recent dredging efforts were funded by a combination of State and local funds, and performed by the Corps of Engineers under a memorandum of agreement.  In the absence of Federal funds, the Town of Emerald Isle provided local funding, along with Carteret County, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Swansboro, and Onslow County.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:35:00 AM

FY 17-18 Recommended Budget To Be Presented on May 9 

 

The Town's FY 17-18 Recommended Budget will be formally presented at the May 9 Board of Commissioners meeting, and the budget will be available at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ on May 6.  The FY 17-18 Recommended Budget maintains the current property tax rates and solid waste fee, includes sufficient funding to maintain quality services, and invests appropriately in additional community improvements prioritized by Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners. The Board will review the budget during May and June, will consider additional adjustments, and is expected to adopt the FY 17-18 budget at the June 9 regular meeting.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Bogue Inlet Drive Street Improvements, New Bicycle Path Nearly Complete 

 

The Town's contractor has completed the paving of the realigned Bogue Inlet Drive and the new bicycle path leading from Emerald Drive to Bogue Inlet Pier, and new decorative street lights, pavement markings, and landscaping will be installed in early May.  This project was funded by a combination of fundraising proceeds and General Fund tax revenues, and provides a brand new look for this area of Emerald Isle.  The Town is pleased to improve the appearance of Bogue Inlet Drive and add another segment to the popular bicycle path network - just in time for the busy tourism season!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:34:00 AM
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