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Be a superhero - Donate blood Oct. 15 

You don't have to be a first responder or a superhero to save a life - but you can be somebody's hero when you donate blood. 

The American Red Cross is in an emergency appeal, and has a critical need for donations. The next blood drive will be held from 2-6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15 at the Emerald Isle Community Center, at 203 Leisure Lane.

Help the Town of Emerald Isle achieve the donation goal at this blood drive. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org or contact 1-800-red cross.

Watch our special commercial for this event below:

 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, September 27, 2021 9:14:00 AM Categories: News

Updated: EIPD Searching for Missing Teenager 

Updated Oct. 2, 2021

Updated on Saturday, October 2, 2021: Sebastian Sanchez has been located and the Silver Alert has been cancelled.

Updated on Thursday, September 30: The N.C. Centers for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for Sebastian Gustavo Sanchez, who remains missing. He was last seen on September 19th at his residence on Live Oak Street in Emerald Isle, and has a cognitive impairment. 

Original Post: The Emerald Isle Police Department is searching for an area teenager who was reported missing this week.

Sebastian Gustavo Sanchez, age 14, was last seen on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at his residence on Live Oak Street in Emerald Isle. 

He is 5 foot, 4 inches, and around 110 pounds. He has short brown hair, hazel eyes and tan skin.  There is no description of the clothing he was wearing when he was last seen, nor of his direction of travel. 

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Sanchez is asked to contact the Emerald Isle Police Department at 252-354-2021. 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, September 24, 2021 5:36:00 PM Categories: News

Dredging and Big Shift Planned for Bogue Inlet Connector Channel 

From the Carteret County Shore Protection Office:

A video and graphic explaining the dredging activity and channel shift can be found below. 

Dredging and a Big Shift Planned for the Bogue Inlet Connector Channel
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin a dredging event on, or about, Sunday, September 26, 2021, along the Bogue Inlet “connecting channel” – the navigational thoroughfare linking the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) near the Cedar Point shoreline to and from Bogue Inlet proper. The dredging event is anticipated to take 7 to 10 days to complete and the Corps will be utilizing their sidecast dredge, the Merritt, to conduct the work. Funding for this dredging cycle is being provided by the N.C. Division of Water Resources via the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Aquatic Weed Fund (~67%), and a series of local governments including Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Carteret County, Swansboro and Onslow County (collectively ~33%).
 
Because of severe shoaling in the current channel alignment, the Corps will be taking advantage of naturally deep water and will shift the alignment to the west, along the periphery of Dudley Island and closer to Bear Island. This in effect will constitute a significant “re-route” of the connecting channel.  Once dredging is complete and a final survey is performed, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to reposition all of the Aids to Navigation (ATONs) to the new channel alignment. This means the U.S. Coast Guard will mark the new channel alignment and the old alignment will be devoid of any ATONs.  Please be aware of this change, pass along this information to fellow boaters, and be safe on the water.


 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:21:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Bridge Improvements to Resume 

The following press release is from NCDOT: 

​EMERALD ISLE – Contractors making improvements on the Emerald Isle Bridge will resume work beginning Oct. 4, weather permitting. 

The work, which will require a lane closure, is part of a project continuing from last year to preserve the bridge against the harsh saltwater environment and ultimately extend the life of the bridge. 

Motorists should expect a lane closure between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday; however, lane closures could be installed on Saturday or Sunday night if work during the week is delayed due to weather. Contractors will use flaggers at the ends of the work zone to direct traffic.

The department plans to continue work through May but will send regular updates as the schedule will change.

While a lane may not always be closed during the permitted times, drivers should anticipate this pattern and plan ahead as their commute may take longer than normal. NCDOT urges drivers to also use caution and remain alert around the bridge.

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

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:23:00 PM Categories: News

League of Women Voters to Host Virtual Candidate Forum 

The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Carteret County (LWVCC) will host a virtual candidate forum for the mayoral and commissioner candidates in Emerald Isle. This will be conducted live via Zoom on Wednesday, October 13, from 6-8 p.m. 

It will also be available on the League’s website and Facebook pages immediately after the forum. This is open to the community. Individuals can submit questions for candidates in advance to: lwv.nc.cc@gmail.com

 The forum will begin with panelist introductions followed by pre-screened questions submitted in advance from the audience, posed by the moderator, with timed responses from the panelists. Candidates will also have the opportunity for a 2-minute summary at the end of the forum. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization and has been conducting candidate forums in Carteret County since 1996. These forums are an outstanding way for individuals in Emerald Isle to get to know your candidates in advance who will be making legislative decisions that will impact your lives. The link for the forum is below:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83243498991?pwd=cWMwQUI0dFVRZWdtQ0dTcDZPTnRuQT09

For more information, please contact Carol Geer at 252-728-6385 or carolgeer@gmail.com. All questions concerning this event should be directed to the LWV, not the Town of Emerald Isle. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, September 16, 2021 10:10:00 AM Categories: News

Beach Driving Update - The Point 

The 2021-22 beach driving season starts on September 15, and the public should be aware of the new traffic patterns at The Point due to the recent beach nourishment project.

This video outlines the traffic direction at The Point and covers other important reminders about beach driving in Emerald Isle.

Beach driving permit applications are available online or in person at the Police Department, 7500 Emerald Drive. Due to the high volume of applications, it may take more than one business day to receive your permit. Click here for the online application process and more information: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving.

If you ever have a question while out on our beach strand, please approach a Beach Patrol Officer in a marked white Jeep. 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, September 14, 2021 7:55:00 PM Categories: News

Board of Commissioners Special Meeting 

September 10, 2021

Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners Notice of Special Meeting

The public is hereby notified that the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm, at The Town Board Meeting Room at 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina. The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to consider the passing of a resolution opposing the United States Fish & Wildlife Service’s Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat Unit NC-4 (Emerald Isle-Atlantic Beach) for the Red Knot Rufa.

Anna Smith
Town Clerk/Public Information Officer

Information about the Special Electronic Meeting

Under the General Statutes only those items listed on the Special Meeting Notice can be addressed. No public comments will be heard at this meeting. Action by the Board may be taken. Citizens may listen remotely to this meeting if they choose to do so by attending via the GoToWebinar link below, or by calling the number: +1 (914) 614-3221 and using Access Code: 957-372-054.

Please register for Town of Emerald Isle - Special Meeting on Sep 10, 2021 4:00 PM at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8919435554668863243 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, September 8, 2021 4:54:00 PM Categories: News

Board of Commissioners Special Meeting 

Town of Emerald Isle

Board of Commissioners

Notice of Special Meeting 

The public is hereby notified that the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm, at The Town Board Meeting Room at 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina. The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to consider the passing of a resolution opposing the United States Fish & Wildlife Service’s Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat Unit NC-4 (Emerald Isle-Atlantic Beach) for the Red Knot Rufa.

Anna Smith

Town Clerk/Public Information Officer           

Information about the Special Electronic Meeting 

Under the General Statutes only those items listed on the Special Meeting Notice can be addressed.  No public comments will be heard at this meeting.  Action by the Board may be taken.  Citizens may listen remotely to this meeting if they choose to do so by attending via the GoToWebinar link below, or by calling the number: +1 (914) 614-3221 and using Access Code: 957-372-054.

Please register for Town of Emerald Isle - Special Meeting on Sep 10, 2021 4:00 PM at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8919435554668863243

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, September 8, 2021 3:24:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Tidings - September 2021 

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, September 1, 2021 1:06:00 PM Categories: News

Town of Emerald Isle to Launch Additional Safety Cameras 

On Friday August 20, 2021, the Town of Emerald released a public statement regarding the installation of new bridge cameras at the intersection of Emerald Drive and Coast Guard Road. 
 
The trio of traffic cameras are available for the public to view on the free Emerald Isle, NC app and on the town's website, under the "Beach & Sound" tab. The app can be downloaded from the App Store and the Google Play store.
 
One camera shows an east view of Emerald Drive by the Speedway gas station, the second shows the northwest view toward the bridge, and the third is a southeast look down Coast Guard Road.
 
For the full story, visit: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/town-of-emerald-isle-reveals-bridge-traffic-cameras
 
In the coming weeks, the Town of Emerald Isle will launch additional safety cameras. Cameras are being installed at both the Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA). The cameras will provide the public with a real-time view of each town-owned parking lot and the corresponding public ocean front. 
 
Increased Convenience:
The additional cameras will provide the public an ability to see each area, before traveling to the WORA or EORA. Visitors will be able to determine if a parking lot is full, helping to reduce traffic congestion. The cameras are also anticipated to reduce the frustration of motorists looking to secure a public parking space. 
 
Increased Safety:
A “Beach Camera” is also being installed at the WORA and EORA, pointing toward the beach strand.  In addition to the public, the Emerald Isle Ocean Rescue and Police departments will be able to remotely view beach and ocean conditions. These camera angles allow both departments the ability to deploy resources and staff to areas of highest attendance and need.
 
Free Public Wi-Fi:
It is a goal of the Town of Emerald Isle to increase high-speed connectivity and convenience for all beach goers. As a result, the Town is working to install new public Wi-Fi at both the WORA and EORA. 
 
Ownership/ Replacement:
The Town of Emerald Isle owns and operates each of the newly installed cameras. The cameras will not be utilized by NCParking to perform enforcement or secure license plate data.
 
The camera and public WiFi systems are owned by the Town of Emerald Isle. In the event of a catastrophic loss, these items will be listed on the Town’s insurance policy. 
 
During a major storm (hurricane), video footage of the ocean front may prove beneficial to NOAA, FEMA and other sister agencies.
 
The Emerald Isle, NC App
The exciting additions to the app will be released in the coming weeks. This Emerald Isle app features a convenient list of stores, restaurants and places to stay across the Town, as well as the Bogue Inlet Pier camera, beach and sound information, Town government information and more.
 
For additional information or details on the new public camera feeds or Wi-Fi services, please contact Anna Smith, Town Clerk/Public Information Officer, by dialing 252-354-3424 or via email at asmith@emeraldisle-nc.org.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, August 30, 2021 8:14:00 PM Categories: News
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