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Bridge Inspection Work in Effect Next Week - April 11- 15 

NCDOT inspection work and lane closures on the Emerald Isle bridge will be in effect next week, Monday, April 11 – Friday, April 15.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane, with flagmen in place on the bridge.  Expect delays during this time!

Thank you for your patience as NCDOT contractors work to maintain this essential infrastructure for Emerald Isle!

Please contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-514-4759 with any questions.

 

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 11, 2016 9:46:00 AM

Food Vendors at Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access This Summer 

 

For the first time, the Town will allow Emerald-Isle based food vendors to operate at the Town's two regional beach access facilities.  Beginning in May, patrons of these two facilities will be able to choose from offerings from Jackie's American Grille, Flipperz, Emerald Isle Wine Market, Ben & Jerry's, Dairy Queen, and Sweet Spot.  These businesses will rotate through each facility, with one "meal" vendor and one "dessert" vendor operating at each location on select days this summer.  

The Town is implementing this program for the convenience of patrons of the regional beach accesses, to provide additional business opportunities for Emerald Isle businesses, and to generate additional revenue for future improvements at these popular facilities.  Enjoy! 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 11, 2016 9:46:00 AM

New Temporary Sign Rules for Non-Profit Events  

 

In an effort to balance the Town's strong desire to support the numerous non-profit events in and around Emerald Isle with the Town's aesthetic goals and consistency with business sign rules, the Board of Commissioners recently adopted new temporary sign rules for non-profit events. 

A total of 8 temporary signs are allowed in the NC 58 right-of-way for each non-profit event, with 3 signs up to 24 sq. ft. in size and 5 signs up to 6 sq. ft. in size.  The signs must be neatly prepared (or professionally fabricated), and must be made of a rigid material (i.e., wood, plastic, aluminum, etc.; no banners are permitted).  Signs can be placed up to 30 days prior to the non-profit event.  

For more information, please contact Town staff at 252-354-3424.  The new ordinance can also be viewed at  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-03-08-2016-Item11 .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 11, 2016 9:45:00 AM

Street Resurfacing Planned for April  

 

The Town's contractor will be resurfacing approximately 1.2 miles of Town street segments in April. Streets included in the contract include Lee, Jackson, and Stuart in the Jefferson Place subdivision, Elizabeth, Matt, and Fairfax in central Emerald Isle, Eastview Drive near the downtown area, and Loon Drive across from Emerald Plantation Shopping Center.  Town street resurfacing is funded by the Town's annual Powell Bill distribution from the State, which is derived from Statewide gasoline tax and motor vehicle sales tax.    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 11, 2016 9:44:00 AM

May is Deck Safety Month! 

 

To help promote greater awareness of deck safety issues, the month of May is designated as "Deck Safety Month".  The North American Deck and Railing Association has been assisting the Town with various deck safety initiatives in recent months, and their website includes a great deal of helpful information ( http://www.nadra.org/consumers/deck_safety_month.html ).

The Town continues to encourage all property owners (permanent homes, second homes, condominium units, and vacation rental units) to properly maintain decks, complete periodic inspections, and correct any deficiencies promptly.  Town staff is happy to help our property owners, and there are numerous quality general contractors in and around Emerald Isle who can offer assistance. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 11, 2016 9:43:00 AM

Offshore Energy Development No Longer Being Considered for 2017-2022 Plan 

 

The Federal government recently announced that the Atlantic outer continental shelf is no longer included in the 2017 - 2022 program for offshore energy development, and thus no lease sales will be conducted off the North Carolina coast anytime soon.  This decision means that offshore energy lease sales will likely not be considered again until the development of the 2022 - 2027 program (4 - 5 years from now).  The Board of Commissioners had previously formally expressed its opposition to offshore oil and gas development off the North Carolina coast, and the Town is pleased with this decision.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 11, 2016 9:42:00 AM

Traffic Impacts - This Saturday, April 9 - Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K  

The 3rd annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races will be held this Saturday. All 3 races begin and end at the Western Ocean Regional Access near Islander Drive.  The full marathon (26.2 miles) begins at 6:15 am, the Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) begins at 8:15 am, and the 5k begins at 8:30 am.  We expect nearly 1,400 runners in Emerald Isle this weekend, and the 3 race courses cover the entire length of Emerald Isle from The Point to the east end.  PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS WHEN DRIVING IN EMERALD ISLE ON SATURDAY MORNING. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department will be assisting runners crossing NC 58 at Mangrove Drive, and most runners will be crossing at that location between 7:00 am and 8:45 am.  EIPD will also be assisting runners crossing NC 58 at Lee Avenue, and most runners will be crossing that location between 7:30 am and 9:15 am.  Slight traffic delays are likely, so please plan accordingly.  

A copy of the Race Participant Information packet, including course maps, is available at this link . 

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and caution!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 7, 2016 9:28:00 AM

Request for Proposal Annual Phase II - Vegetative and C&D Debris Removal Contract for the Storm Seasons through June 30, 2017.  

The Town of Emerald Isle is currently accepting bids for the annual Phase II - Vegetative and C&D (Construction and Demolition) Debris Removal Contract for the Storm Seasons through June 30, 2017.  Bidders’ Instructions and Proposal Forms may be obtained from the Town Administration Building located at 7509 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC, or by contacting Ms. Rhonda Ferebee, (252) 354-3424.  Sealed bids will be addressed to “DEBRIS REMOVAL CONTRACT” at 7500 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC  28594.  Deadline for submittal of bids will be 11:00AM on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at which time the bids will be opened and read aloud to the public in a conference room made available in the Town Administration Building located at 7509 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC.  Interested parties are recommended to attend the Pre-bid Conference scheduled at 11:00AM on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in a conference room made available in the Town Administration Building located at 7509 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. 

The Town of Emerald Isle reserves the right to reject any or all project proposals.

View full details of Debris Removal Contract

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 4, 2016 9:54:00 AM

Town of Emerald Isle Staff Awarded "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" 

The Town of Emerald Isle staff was awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the national Government Finance Officers Association for the third consecutive year for its June 30, 2015 CAFR.  In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report.  The report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.  As noted in the following press release the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.   Please view full press release here.

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, March 15, 2016 3:58:00 PM

Photos from the 25th EI St. Patrick's Festival! 

 

Click here to view photos from the 25th Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival! 

Photos courtesy of Kevin Geraghty.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, March 15, 2016 8:23:00 AM
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