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The Return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival!  

Saturday, August 27 - 11 am - 5:30 pm - ON THE BEACH  

Western Ocean Regional Access

The Town is excited to bring back the iconic Emerald Isle event after a 17-year hiatus, and we hope everyone will join us in Emerald Isle for a great, late-summer party on the beach!  

The Basics

  • FREE admission!
  • Food trucks and vendors will be set up in the parking area of the Western Ocean Regional Access, so grab some lunch, snacks, and/or dinner at the festival!
  • Purchase your very own Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival t-shirt ($20, on sale at the gazebo). 
  • No tents or umbrellas are permitted within 100 ft. of the stage.  (We don't want you to block anyone's view! Make sure you bring your sunblock!)
  • Most important, have fun but BE SAFE - DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!

Alcohol Policy

  • Beer and wine consumption is permitted on the beach strand only (must be 21 years old).
  • Consumption is not permitted in the upper areas (restrooms, volleyball courts, parking areas) of the Western Ocean Regional Access. 
  • Coolers may be transported through the upper areas of the Western Ocean Regional Access en route to the beach strand.
  • Liquor is prohibited.
  • No beer and wine will be sold on-site.


  • Parking is permitted along the grassy NC 58 right of way (similar to parking for the annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival), and visitors should make the short walk along Islander Drive to the Western Ocean Regional Access.  
  • If you are staying in Emerald Isle, we encourage you to walk along the beach to the Western Ocean Regional Access, or walk or ride a bike along the Town's multi-use path.
  • Handicapped parking only is available at the Western Ocean Regional Access.
  • Traffic will flow one-way on Islander Drive, Louise Avenue, and Boardwalk Avenue on the day of the festival.  Drop-offs are permitted along Islander Drive, but the driver must return to the NC 58 right of way to park. 

The Lineup

11:00                Sammy O'Banion, Master of Ceremonies and performing

11:30                Spare Change

12:30                Too Much Sylvia

1:30                  Jim Quick & Coastline

2:30                  The Fantastic Shakers

3:30                  Hip Pocket, with special guest Danny Woods, formerly of Chairmen of the Board

4:30                  The Tams 



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, August 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Special Public Input Meeting - 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update - Saturday, August 20 

Please Tell Us Your Thoughts on the Future of Emerald Isle - 

Special Public Input Meeting for Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update - Saturday, August 20

The Town's Steering Committee continues to work hard to update the Town's Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan.  The Town was fortunate to receive nearly 1,500 survey responses earlier this spring / summer, and is now seeking additional public input as we work to update the future vision for Emerald Isle.  

A special Public Input meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 20 from 10 am - 1 pm in the Emerald Isle Community Center, Leisure Lane, adjacent to Town Board Meeting Room (7500 Emerald Drive) .  We welcome everyone's input at that meeting, which is designed to solicit more intimate comments and suggestions from our residents, property owners, and visitors.  

For more information, please contact Josh Edmondson, Town Planner, at 252-354-3338 or To stay in touch with the planning process, including versions of the Town's 2004 plan and the draft sections of the new 2016 plan, please visit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, July 29, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Neighborhood Watch Program Paying Off for EI! 

Thanks to diligent efforts by dedicated volunteers and the Emerald Isle Police Department, the Town's Neighborhood Watch program is paying off.  The program was implemented in January 2014, and has greatly enhanced public safety and fostered a greater sense of community throughout Emerald Isle.  The Neighborhood Watch program is a key part of the EIPD's overall emphasis on community relationships and education.  To read Chief Waters' statement on the Neighborhood Watch program, please visit

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:39:00 PM

Our Sea Turtle Statue Needs A Name… Enter Our Contest! 


Thanks to the Emerald Isle Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, we have a beautiful bronze piece of art in the form of a sea turtle under the old oak tree at the Emerald Isle Welcome Center.

So… If you are 12 years old or younger, enter a turtle name along with your name, age, address, E mail, & phone number on an entry form at the Welcome Center, 8401 Emerald Drive.  The winning name will be decided on Labor Day. The lucky winner will receive a hand crafted Nantucket basket donated by local artist Ken Ambrose, and a check from the Emerald Isle Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for $50.  Good luck!!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Emerald Isle Makes List of Best Bargain Beach Towns Summer 2016 


A special report released by RealtyTrac® ranking the Best Bargain Beach Towns for Summer 2016 includes Emerald Isle near the top of the list!

and you'll also want to check out this related local article from the Jacksonville Daily News -


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Shark "Chumming" Activities Restricted to Night Hours ONLY, Permitted from 8pm - 8 am ONLY, Prohibited from 8 am - 8 pm 


In response to recent shark incidents in Carteret County and the large number of visitors to Emerald Isle's beach strand each day, the Town of Emerald Isle has temporarily restricted shark "chumming" activities on the beach and nearshore areas.   

Shark "chumming" activities are now permitted during night hours ONLY, from 8 pm - 8 am each night.  These activities are prohibited during daytime hours, from 8 am - 8 pm each day.  This restriction is effective immediately, and will continue through September 15.  This restriction applies to the Town's entire beach strand along the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Inlet.   

Any shark "chumming" activities between 8 am - 8 pm are now illegal, and the Emerald Isle Police Department will be enforcing this restriction.  Violators will be required to immediately cease shark "chumming" activities, and may be subject to a civil penalty.

This temporary restriction applies to shark "chumming" only, and no other fishing activities are restricted in Emerald Isle.  Enjoy the fishing, and please be courteous to others enjoying the beach!

For helpful information about sharks in the southern Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico regions, please visit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, July 13, 2016 5:51:00 PM

New Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) Released for Carteret County and Emerald Isle 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the NC Division of Emergency Management have released new flood maps for Carteret County, including Emerald Isle.  The new maps have been developed over the past few years, and are expected to be formally adopted for use in future building regulations and flood insurance rates sometime in early or mid-2017.  The new maps can be viewed at .  

For the vast majority of properties in Emerald Isle, there is no change in the new flood maps. Overall, the changes in the new maps are favorable for Emerald Isle, with a net reduction of 508 properties that have been removed from a flood zone.  In some cases, properties have been completely removed from a VE zone and are no longer in a flood zone, while in other cases the property has been converted from a VE zone to an AE zone (AE is generally less restrictive than VE).  In other instances, properties have been removed from an AE zone or the base flood elevation has decreased slightly.  These changes potentially result in significant flood insurance premium savings and/or reduced regulatory burden in the future.  

Town staff analysis has determined, however, that 99 properties are now added to a flood zone, and some (but likely not all) of these properties could face flood insurance requirements (both for insurance coverage and building regulations) in the future.  A list of these properties is available at . Additionally, there are as many as 40 properties that have an increase in the base flood elevation or a change from an AE zone to a VE zone.  Town Planner Josh Edmondson ( or 252-354-3338) has attempted to identify all potentially negatively impacted properties in Emerald Isle, and is available to assist our property owners with any questions pertaining to the maps and building regulations. Questions pertaining to flood insurance premiums should be directed to your insurance agent.

If you believe your property is negatively impacted, the Town recommends that you retain the services of a professional surveyor to verify the elevation of your lowest habitable floor in the structure, as this determination may negate any potential negative impacts.  Additionally, an appeals process will be formally initiated later this year, and Town staff are available to assist you in this process.  Finally, if you are negatively impacted, you may want to purchase flood insurance NOW in order to take advantage of potential grandfathered rates before the new flood maps become effective in 2017.  Grandfathered rates are somewhat confusing, and your eligibility for grandfathered rates may be impacted by the age and use of the structure, and also by continually evolving Federal legislation.  Your insurance agent should be able to help you determine the best strategy.

Again, for the vast majority of property owners in Emerald Isle (there are approximately 7300 real property parcels in Emerald Isle, and only 1364 are in a flood zone), there is no change in the new flood map.  For most others, the change is a positive change, however, if you are negatively impacted we encourage you to consider all of your options moving forward.  Town staff are happy to help in any way possible. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, July 6, 2016 4:32:00 PM

EIPD Issues Press Release - New Bern Woman in Stable Condition after Hit and Run 

On July 5, 2016 at approximately 2:37 AM Emerald Isle Police, Fire, and EMS responded to Poor Man’s Condo Dr. in Emerald Isle in reference to a report of a woman who had been struck by a motor vehicle that was called in by witnesses. Responding units found Denise Dixon Mullins, 58, of New Bern, NC in serious condition and suffering from several traumatic injuries as a result of the incident.  She was immediately transported to Carteret Health Care in Morehead City by Emerald Isle EMS.

The investigation of this incident by the police department revealed that Mullins and her boyfriend Clyde Alfred Potter, 53, of Blounts Creek, NC had been engaged in a domestic dispute that led to the incident. It was reported that Mullins was being dropped off at a residence in Emerald Isle by Potter and when she attempted to exit the vehicle, Potter sped off and ran her over, before fleeing the scene.  Potter was later apprehended at his home by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Potter has been charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury and Felony Hit and Run with injury. He is currently being held in the Beaufort County Jail with no bond. Potter has a first appearance on July 6, 2016 in Carteret County, NC.

At the time of this release Mullins was reported in stable condition at Carteret Health Care.

No additional information is being released at this time.

Contact: Chief Jeff Waters         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: (252) 354-2021             4:00 PM July 5, 2016

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 5, 2016 4:35:00 PM

Reminder - Important Golf Cart Regulations 

The Town's golf cart program continues to grow in popularity, and there are now more than 600 golf carts registered in the program.  The Town is pleased with the program, as it provides an alternative form of convenient transportation, makes it easier to access the beach, and contributes to the Town's overall image as a high quality resort community.  

It is important, however, for golf cart operators to follow the rules for this program, which are aimed at promoting the safety of other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and the individuals in the golf cart.  The most commonly violated regulations are:

  • Golf carts operated on Town streets must be registered with the Town and display a current Town license plate with the new Emerald Isle logo.
  • Golf carts in the Town's program are not permitted to drive on NC 58 or Coast Guard Road. Crossing directly from one side to the other is permitted.  (Note that a golf cart with a standard NC license plate is treated like a typical motor vehicle, and is permitted on NC 58 and Coast Guard Road.)
  • Golf carts are NOT permitted on the bicycle path or sidewalks.
  • The minimum age to operate a golf cart in Emerald Isle is 18.
  • All driving while impaired laws also apply to golf carts, and open containers are not permitted in golf carts. 

For a complete explanation of golf cart regulations, please visit: .  The Emerald Isle Police Department actively enforces these requirements, and violators are subject to revocation of the golf cart registration.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:27:00 PM

Town Survey Closes July 15  

In addition to the August 20 meeting, the Town is also conducting a brief, online survey as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update.  We urge everyone who cares about the future of Emerald Isle to participate.  Please visit  to share your thoughts!  The survey has been active since May, and will close on July 15, so if you have not already taken the survey, please do so soon!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:49:00 AM
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