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Emerald Isle Welcome Center Offering Tribute/Memorial Rocking Chairs and Benches 

The Emerald Isle Welcome Center is now offering Tribute or Memorial Rocking Chairs and Benches at their new location at 8401 Emerald Drive.  Rocking Chairs with tribute or memorial engraved plates are available now for $295, and benches are $427.

The purchase order form  may be mailed to:
Carteret County Tourism Authority
3409 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC  28557

If any questions please contact Rita LeClair at rita@sunnync.com .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:03:00 AM

Carteret County Notice To All Personal Property Owners 

Please view this notice  as issued by the Carteret County Tax Office regarding 2016 Carteret County Personal Property Listings.

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 29, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Ring in 2016 in Emerald Isle! 

Crystal Coast Countdown 

The Crystal Coast Countdown includes many fun activities all over Carteret County during New Year's Week.  Come on down to Emerald Isle for a great end to 2015 and a great start to 2016!  For a complete list of events, please visit  http://www.crystalcoastcountdown.com/ .

 

Scavenger Hunt

As part of Crystal Coast Countdown, Emerald Isle will host a Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, December 30 beginning at 10 am at the Community Center.  Hidden treasures will be located throughout Emerald Isle, and the winners will receive great prizes!  For more information, please contact the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350.

 

New Year's Eve Fireworks in Emerald Isle!

Please join us for fireworks from Bogue Inlet Pier on New Year's Eve at 9 pm!  A special "Shamrock Drop" is also planned just before 9 pm!

 

Happy New Year!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 28, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Town of Emerald Isle Holiday Schedule

Christmas Week

Town offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 23, Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25 in observance of Christmas. The Community Center will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, but will be open on Wednesday, December 23 and Saturday, December 26.

Recycling WILL be collected everywhere in Town on Wednesday, December 23. Trash will NOT be collected from soundside areas on Thursday, December 24 or from oceanside areas on Friday, December 25.

New Year's Week

Town offices and the Community Center will both be closed on Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day.  The normal trash and recycling collection schedule is in effect for Monday - Thursday of the week, however, trash will NOT be collected from oceanside areas on Friday, January 1.

Crystal Coast Countdown

The Crystal Coast Countdown includes many fun activities all over Carteret County during New Year's Week.  Come on down to the Crystal Coast for a great end to 2015 and a great start to 2016!  For a complete list of events, please visit  http://www.crystalcoastcountdown.com/ .

Scavenger Hunt

As part of Crystal Coast Countdown, Emerald Isle will host a Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, December 30 beginning at 10 am at the Community Center.  Hidden treasures will be located throughout Emerald Isle, and the winners will receive great prizes!  For more information, please contact the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350.

New Year's Eve Fireworks in Emerald Isle!

Please join us for fireworks from Bogue Inlet Pier on New Year's Eve at 9 pm!  A special "Shamrock Drop" is also planned just before 9 pm!

Christmas Tree Curb-Side Collection

Please place old, natural Christmas trees at the curb-side for collection by Town staff after Christmas. Trees will be collected as part of the Town's weekly yard debris collection service from all neighborhoods.  (Trees may no longer be discarded at the former Merchants Park / new Welcome Center facility.)

Oceanfront residents are permitted to place old, natural Christmas trees in the dunes to promote sand accretion, and are welcome to collect their neighbors' old trees from the curb-side for placement in the dunes. Please be careful not to impede public access or vehicular access on the beach strand.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

We are all so blessed to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 21, 2015 3:07:00 PM

"Downtown" Lights and Trees to Be Installed 

The Board of Commissioners recently approved a contract for the installation of 37 new decorative, contemporary street lights along the bike path and sidewalks along NC 58 in the "downtown" area.  The new lights will be installed approximately every 200 feet between the new Welcome Center and the Town Government complex in December and January.  The new lights are funded by private donations, fundraising efforts by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and fundraising proceeds derived from the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races.

The Board also approved the installation of 80 new crape myrtle trees (funded by the NC Department of Transportation) along NC 58.  A total of 47 new trees will be planted in the "downtown" area, and 33 new trees will be added to the NC 58 right of way west of the "downtown" area in December.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Did You Know? New Town Logo 

The Town's new logo is intended to be more recognizable and to better promote the Emerald Isle "brand". The "arch" over the words "Emerald Isle" represents the Emerald Isle bridge, while the green represents the abundance of trees in Emerald Isle and the blue represents the pristine waters all around Emerald Isle.

The meaning of the "Nice Matters" tag line is two-fold.  Treating our customers, neighbors, and visitors "nice" is the Town's highest priority, and we continuously strive to provide the best possible customer service.  We also know that our success is predicated on keeping Emerald Isle looking as "nice" as possible, and the Town works hard to keep our public beaches, NC 58, and other public areas neat, clean, and attractive.  "Nice" definitely "matters" to us!

NICE MATTERS!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Deck Inspection Class - Thursday, December 10 - 8am-12:30pm 

Deck Inspection Class

Thursday, December 10    8 am - 12:30 pm

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance deck safety, the Town of Emerald Isle (in conjunction with Carteret County, Simpson Strong-Tie, Cox Industries, and Community Lumber) is hosting a special training class by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) to educate and to promote deck safety awareness.

 

This program is targeted at industry professionals, and will include instruction on techniques to properly evaluate decks, stairs and railings using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck. After the program the professional will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:

  •  Stairs
  •  Footings and Posts
  •  Joists
  •  Joist Connections
  •  Girders
  •  Ledger Connections
  •  Deck Boards
  •  Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  •  Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  •  Assess hardware or material corrosion
  •  Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.

Industry professionals have already registered for the class, and it is now open to the general public, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited!  To pre-register for the course, please visit:

 

http://bit.ly/NADRADeckInspectionClassDec102015 .

 
Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 7, 2015 1:10:00 PM

NCDOT to Install New Guardrails on Emerald Isle Bridge 

NCDOT is planning to install new, tubular steel guardrails on the NC 58 bridge in 2016, likely in the fall after the 2016 prime tourism season.  These railings will be similar to those in place on the Atlantic Beach - Morehead City bridge.  The current concrete railings are approximately 28 inches high, and the new steel railings will extend an additional 26 inches, resulting in a total guard rail height of 54 inches.  The photo below shows a simulated view with the new guard rails in place.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, December 4, 2015 10:39:00 AM

Special Ceremony to Honor Departing Commissioner Hoover's and Commissioner Wootten's Service on the Board of Commissioners 

Please join us on December 8 at 4 pm at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area (near mile marker 18 on NC 58) to honor the long and dedicated service of Commissioner Tom Hoover, Jr. and Commissioner John Wootten.

Commissioner Wootten has served for 14 years, and is the 2nd longest serving elected official in the history of Emerald Isle.  Commissioner Hoover has served for 13 years, and is the 5th longest serving elected official in the Town's history.  Both have been instrumental in moving the Town forward during their time on the Board of Commissioners, and both have worked hard to balance fiscal responsibility with continued improvement in the quality of life in Emerald Isle.

The Town is pleased to honor their service on December 8, and extends an invitation to the public to join us for this special ceremony.  Hope to see you there!


Tom Hoover, Jr.           John Wootten

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 2, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Land Use Plan Update Process Set to Begin 

The Town was fortunate to have excellent community participation and input when the Town's current Land Use Plan was developed and ultimately adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2004.  The Town has diligently relied on the 2004 plan to guide various land use and community improvement decisions for the past 11 years, and will soon begin a new process that will culminate in an updated 2017 Land Use Plan.

The Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a contract with a planning consultant in January 2016, and will also appoint a Land Use Plan Steering Committee comprised of Emerald Isle residents, second homeowners, and business owners at that time.  The planning process is expected to begin soon thereafter, with a goal for the Board of Commissioners to adopt a new plan in early 2017.  There will be multiple opportunities for public input during the process, and we hope everyone will share their vision and goals for Emerald Isle in the future.

To learn more about the new process, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/memo-11-10-2015-12 .  To view the Town's 2004 Land Use Plan, as amended, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/cama-land-use-plan .

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 2, 2015 10:41:00 AM
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