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CCEC EV Charger Installed/ EMS Subscription Program  

CCEC Installs EV Charger in Emerald Isle
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly more popular, and the demand for charging stations is growing. North Carolina's electric cooperatives, including CCEC, are working to create a statewide network of EV charging stations, enabling more consumers in both rural and urban areas to adopt this technology.
The newest addition to the network is a ChargePoint Level 2 EV charger on Islander Drive in Emerald Isle.
Located on Islander Drive, CCEC's charger will provide residents and vacationers a place to "fill up" while enjoying the beach or a stroll on Emerald Path. Using the ChargePoint app, EV drivers pay just $1 per hour to charge. The charging station provides about 20 to 25 miles of battery range for every hour the vehicle is plugged in.
By expanding the state's EV charging network, CCEC hopes to attract more EVs and their benefits-including improved environmental health, economic development and quality of life-to our service area.
To learn more about EV's and North Carolina Electric Cooperatives' charging network, visit
Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, July 24, 2020 10:40:00 AM Categories: News

General Update: Cancelled events due to COVID-19 


Press Release  - Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival, Day4Kids, EmeraldFest Concert Series, Summer Movie Nights- Covid-19

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

On July 14, 2020 the Town Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to cancel the following events for 2020:

●EmeraldFest Concert Series (select Thursdays nights)

●Summer Movie Nights (select Friday nights)

●Day4Kids (September 19, 2020)

●Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (September 26, 2020)

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

We sincerely apologize for the cancelations listed above and look forward to future opportunities to celebrate together in Emerald Isle.


For press inquiries, contact:

Alesia Sanderson, Director of Parks & Recreation


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:35:00 PM Categories: News

Fishing Tournament Scholarship Award - Bailey Inga, Swansboro High School 


Dr. Ron Dimock, chair of the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Scholarship Committee, presented a check for $3000 to Bailey Inga, a graduating senior from Swansboro High School. Ms. Inga will attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg FL where she plans to major in marine biology and environmental science.

This scholarship award is one of two scholarships to be awarded this year from the proceeds from the 2019 First Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament.  Awards of $3,000 each are being awarded to one Swansboro High School student and one Croatan High School student. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:54:00 AM Categories: News

Mosquito Spraying Schedule  


Weather permitting Public Works staff will begin spraying for mosquitoes this week beginning after 10:00 pm. Larvacide will also be applied to all standing water throughout town. Below are the areas to be sprayed along with the schedule.

Tuesday, July 14

Zone 1 is all of Coast Guard Rd. and the subdivisions (gated and non gated)

Wednesday, July 15

Zone 2 is from Coast Guard Rd. – Black Skimmer Rd. and subdivisions (North side 58)

Zone 3 is from Coast Guard Rd. – Black Skimmer Rd.  all side streets (South side 58

Thursday, July 16

Zone 4 is from Lee Ave. – White Water Dr. all side streets (North and South sides of 58)

Zone 5 is from Old Cove Rd. – Bogue Sound Dr. all side streets (North)

Sea Crest Ct. (South)  Timber trail (North)

Special precautions will be taken in the areas around bee keepers homes and other addresses that we have on file as “NO SPRAY” areas. 

A link to the product label is provided here.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:37:00 PM Categories: News

Under Construction - Randy's Way Public Beach Access 


Randy's Way, the public beach access located at 9519 Ocean Drive, is currently under construction.   For the safety of all beach goers, the walkway will remain closed until all repairs are complete.

Demolition of the wooden walkway began July 13, 2020.  The reconstruction process will take approximately 4-weeks to perform.  Weather permitting; the target date for opening is August 14, 2020.

Repairs of this nature are time consuming.  Normally, such repairs occur during the offseason.  COVID-19 and contractor related complications delayed the start of the project.  The Town of Emerald apologizes in advance for the interruption.     

For further information about the replacement of Randy’s Way, please contact the Town of Emerald Isle at 252-354-3424.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:57:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Drowning 

July 12, 2020

For Immediate Release 

Emerald Isle, NC:  On Sunday, July 12, 2020, at approximately 4:17 pm, Carteret County Emergency Communications reported two swimmers in distress in the area of 9901 Coast Guard Road on the beach strand near Ship Wreck Lane.  

Four surfers and a Town of Emerald Isle lifeguard entered the water, attempting to recuse two men. Once on shore, lifesaving efforts were initiated by the surfers and lifeguard until emergency medical services arrived.  

Despite the efforts of the volunteers and first responders, both men succumbed to their injuries. 

The swimmers are identified as James Howard Burton, 72, of Cornelius, North Carolina and John C. Emerline, 73, of Raleigh, North Carolina.  

Reports indicate that Mr. Burton was in the ocean and appeared to be in trouble.  Mr. Emerline entered the water and attempted to save him. It is believed that the swimmers are related. 

 “A loss of this magnitude is simply heartbreaking,” stated Town Manager Matt Zapp.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burton and Emerline families during this tragic time.”


Media Contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 13, 2020 8:11:00 AM Categories: News

Public Comment Information - July 14, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting 

The July 14, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 the public may attend the meeting but space will be limited to ensure social distancing.  

The meeting will be available live for public viewing via the Town of Emerald Isle's Facebook - 

The meeting will also be available for audio only by dialing 1 (571) 317-3122 

Access Code:   745-082-413



Submitting General Public Comments and Public Hearing Comments To The Town Board of Commissioner During COVID19 Meeting Restrictions:

At the Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meetings, citizens are provided with an opportunity to make general public comments to the Town Board as well as comments during any public hearings.  It is important for the Town’s citizens to continue to have this opportunity despite the COVID-19 public health emergency, but public safety considerations are also important.

Until it is deemed safe for everyone to gather as a community again, public comments may be submitted in advance of Town Board meetings subject to the following guidance:

  1. Public comments should be limited to three minutes in length (approximately 450 words).
  2. Public Comments timely received will be read into the record of the meeting during the general public comment period or the applicable public hearing period.  Please specify whether your comment is general or pertains to a specific public hearing on the agenda.
  3. Public comments may be submitted as follows:
  • By emailing the Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 14, 2020)

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as the Town’s elected officials and staff work to continue to provide governmental services to the best of our ability during this time.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, July 10, 2020 5:18:00 PM Categories: News

Heavy Rains Forecasted: Flooding is a potential 


July 7, 2020

The 5-day weather forecast for Emerald Isle, NC indicates heavy and persistent rains throughout the remainder of the week (July 7 – 11, 2020).  Since late May 2020, the Town has received greater than 22” of rainfall.  The water table is very high and soils remain saturated. 

Flooding of roadways, yards, and low-lying areas is a potential.

The Emerald Isle Public Works Department has taken every precaution to prepare for the advancing storm:

  • Town maintained lines and drainage areas have been inspected/cleared. 
  • Stormwater pumps and generators are tested/working. 
  • Mobile pumps are on standby and will be dispatched as needed.

The Town’s stormwater infrastructure is in good working order.  Unfortunately, heavy and persistent rains may create unavoidable localized flooding.  Property owners, in historically impacted areas, should consider taking action and move items to higher ground when possible.

For current weather information, please monitor the National Weather Service at

Be prepared & remain safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:09:00 PM Categories: News

James Street Ocean Walkway Temporarily Closed For Concrete Work 


Please be advised that the James Street ocean walkway will be temporarily closed beginning today, July 7 in order for concrete work to be performed. It is anticipated that the walkway will reopen by 2pm Wednesday, July 8.  Thank you for your patience.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 7, 2020 11:32:00 AM Categories: News

COVID-19 Update for Emerald Isle, NC 


Executive Order 147/ Face Coverings

Thursday June 25, 2020

Dear residents, visitors and businesses of Emerald Isle:

On June 24, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 147, which extends Phase 2 of the Safer At Home restrictions through July 17, 2020.  Additionally, Governor Cooper added a requirement that face coverings are required anytime you are in a public place under certain conditions.  This order will go into effect at 5:00pm on Friday June 26, 2020

To better educate the public on exactly what is required and enforceable under this new order, elected Town Officials in Emerald Isle have reviewed this order and would like to provide the following guidance to our residents, visitors and businesses in Emerald Isle.  Additionally, Town staff is always available to provide assistance and answer any questions the public may have regarding the Town’s response to COVID-19.

When am I required to wear a face covering? People must wear face coverings when in public places, indoor or outdoor, where physical distancing of six (6) feet from other people who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible, or unless an exception applies.  These settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space, including public schools;
  • Waiting for or riding on public and private multi person transportation, including but not limited to buses, taxis, ride sharing, private care service, vans;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when they are or may be within six (6) feet of other people, including working in or walking through common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
  • Obtaining services in a healthcare setting;
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible. This restriction does not apply to persons while inside their residence or the personal residence of another. Face coverings may be removed to participate in a religious ritual.

Exceptions: Face Coverings do not need to be worn by an individual, worker, customer, or patron who:

1.   Has a medical or behavioral condition or disability and cannot wear a face covering (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance);

2.   Is under eleven (11) years of age;

3.   Is actively eating or drinking;

4.   Is strenuously exercising or swimming;

5.   Is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;

6.   Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;

7.   Is working at home or alone in a vehicle;

8.   Is temporarily removing his or her Face Covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;

9.   Would be at risk from wearing a Face Covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines;

10. Has found that his or her Face Covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle; or

11. Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face Covering safely on the child’s face.

12. Children under two (2) years of age should not wear a face covering.

Anyone who declines to wear a face covering for these reasons should not be required to produce documentation or any other proof of condition.

How do I prove I have an exception? Under this Executive Order, all North Carolinians will be on the honor system about whether or not there is a reason why they cannot wear a face covering.  Everyone in the state is asked to tell the truth and if they are healthy and able, to wear a face covering so that they do not put other people at risk of serious illness and death.  You are not required to provide proof of an exception.

What qualifies as a face covering under the new order? "Face Covering" means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A Face Covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a Face Covering has two (2) or more layers. A Face Covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. A face shield that covers the nose and mouth also meets the face covering requirements of this order.

Guidance for Businesses

Certain businesses are required to have patrons and employees wear face coverings whether they are inside or outside when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person, or unless an exception applies. Specific occupational settings, including health care settings, should continue to follow existing protocols and require surgical or procedure masks or N95 respirators, as indicated. The businesses that must follow the requirements for face coverings as described in Executive Order 147, to the extent they are open are:

  • Retail Businesses;
  • Restaurants
  • Personal Care, Grooming, and Tattoo Businesses;
  • Child Care Facilities, Day Camps, and Overnight Camps;
  • Gyms, Exercise Facilities, and Fitness Facilities,
  • State Government Cabinet Agencies;
  • Transportation;
  • High-Density Occupational Settings Where Social Distancing is Difficult, including manufacturing settings, construction sites, and migrant farm or other farm settings;
  • Meat or Poultry Processing Plants (new surgical mask requirement);
  • Long Term Care Facilities (new surgical mask requirement);
  • Other Health Care Settings (ongoing adherence to CDC guidance)

As a business owner, how do I determine whether or not a person has an exception? Under the Executive Order, operators of businesses and organizations are entitled to rely on their customers or patrons’ statements about whether or not they have an exception from the face covering requirements and businesses and organizations do not violate this Executive Order if they rely on such statements. 

How will the face covering requirement be enforced? Under the Executive Order, law enforcement personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the face covering requirements of this Executive Order against individual workers, customers or patrons.  Citations may only be issued to businesses or organizations that fail to enforce the requirements to wear face coverings, unless an exception applies.  However, if a business refuses entry to a worker, customer, or patron because that person refuses to wear a face covering, law enforcement personnel may be contacted to enforce trespassing laws or any other laws that the worker, customer or patron may violate.

Are face coverings required on the beach? If you are unable to keep a physical distance of six (6) feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence while on the beach, you would be required under this Executive Order to wear a face covering, unless an exception applies.

For the most up-to-date information, please monitor, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app. 

We apologize for such unprecedented disruption to our normal way of life.  Please take precautions to protect you and yours. Together, we will navigate COVID-19!

With great sincerity and concern,

Mayor Eddie Barber

Commissioner Candace Dooley

Commissioner Steve Finch

Commissioner Floyd Messer

Commissioner Jim Normile

Commissioner Mark Taylor

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:11:00 PM Categories: News
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