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Three Emerald Isle Landmarks Being Improved, Will Be Ready for Beach Season! 


The offseason is always a busy time in Emerald Isle, as the Town and our local businesses are working hard to be ready for the upcoming beach season in order to provide the best possible visitor experience in Emerald Isle.  Major improvements are currently underway at three well-known Emerald Isle establishments:  Bogue Inlet Pier, The Islander Suites, and Rucker Johns.  

Bogue Inlet Pier has reconstructed the portion of the pier located over the sandy beach in order to provide a continuous level surface, and is currently constructing a brand new pier house. The Islander Suites has added a second story on the office and meeting building, with several brand new rooms, and an attractive exterior to match the remainder of the complex.  Rucker Johns is undergoing a major interior kitchen and

dining room renovation, and the result will be a brand new dining experience at one of Emerald Isle's longest running businesses. 

Come on down, and check out all three of these great improvements in our wonderful beach community!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:12:00 AM

New Kayak Storage Racks Installed at Emerald Isle Woods Park and Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area 


Parks and Recreation staff recently installed community kayak storage racks in Emerald Isle Woods Park and at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area in an effort to make it more convenient for our residents to enjoy kayaking in Bogue Sound. The new racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the kayak owner is responsible for providing a lock.  For more information, please contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, at 252-354-6350 or .   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:46:00 AM

Bike the Banks - Register Now! 

Bike the Banks takes place Saturday, May 6, 2017. 

Three rides to choose from! Ride 1: Emerald Isle Ride (10 miles along Multi Use Path) $25 entry fee, Ride 2: Fort Macon Ride (50 miles) $45 entry fee, Ride 3: Cape Lookout (100 miles) $45 entry fee. T-shirts guaranteed to the first 120 who register by April 20th. Register at

Questions? Contact

Register now!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:48:00 AM

NOAA's National Weather Service and National Ocean Service Rip Current Visualization Survey 

NOAA's National Weather Service and National Ocean Service have been working on an improved rip current model and they are now seeking input on better ways to present the rip current model and forecast information to the public and decision makers.  They have developed a survey to help gather feedback on different visualization display possibilities and to learn what will best motivate people to protect themselves from rip currents.


Here is a link to their survey.

Please consider completing this survey to provide your valuable input.   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:08:00 PM

Tony Reese Named New Emerald Isle Police Chief 

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Reese as its new Police Chief.  Chief Reese is a 17-year veteran of the Emerald Isle Police Department, and had been serving as Interim Police Chief since November 1.  

Chief Reese has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2013, and served as a Police Lieutenant from 2006 - 2013.  He has been heavily involved in all aspects of the Police Department during his career in Emerald Isle, and possesses a keen understanding of the community's values and the unique challenges associated with law enforcement in Emerald Isle. He is a native of Texas, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and his law enforcement career also includes service to the Greenville (NC) Police Department.  

Chief Reese was appointed by Town Manager Frank Rush after consideration of his outstanding service as interim Chief over the past few months and during his entire career in Emerald Isle, and his deep commitment to the Emerald Isle Police Department and the Emerald Isle community.  Chief Reese was one of three finalists during the Town's 2013 Police Chief selection process that included a pool of 140 quality applicants, and his vast knowledge and experience in law enforcement has only grown since that time.   

Chief Reese leads a department that includes 18 full-time sworn officers, 14 part-time / seasonal reserve officers, and civilian support staff providing a full range of Police services for a community with a permanent population of nearly 4,000 people that increases to nearly 40,000 at peak summer visitation. The total annual budget for the Police Department is approximately $1.7 million.  Chief Reese places a high priority on community relationships and public outreach, and the EIPD will continue and expand these efforts in the future. 

Please feel free to contact Chief Reese if he and/or the EIPD can be helpful on any issues.  He can be reached at 252-354-2021 or

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:59:00 AM

Publix Officially Announces Planned Emerald Isle Store 


Publix, a large southeastern grocery store chain, recently made an official announcement and confirmed the identity of the planned new grocery store in Emerald Isle. The new Publix store will be located on NC 58 between Emerald Landing and Emerald Plantation, and is expected to open in spring 2018.  Construction is expected to begin later in 2017.     

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 3, 2017 3:49:00 PM

Planned Bogue Inlet Drive Improvements Now Include Slight Realignment of Street and Other Improvements  

The Board of Commissioners recently endorsed plans to make additional improvements to Bogue Inlet Drive (from NC 58 to the pier) in conjunction with a planned new bicycle path segment.  The approximately 1/4 mile long street will now be shifted slightly to the east (within the public right of way) and will be completely resurfaced.  The new, dedicated bicycle path will be constructed on the west side of the street (within the public right of way), and the plan also includes new decorative lighting and additional landscaping. The Town is soliciting construction bids in January, and hopes to award a contract in February, with a goal to complete all work by April.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 3, 2017 3:48:00 PM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K - March 25, 2017 


Sign up now, and make it your New Year's Resolution! 

You Can Do This!

It's a brand new year, and with approximately 3 months until race day, now is the time to start your training program!  The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, and offer flat and fast courses, a great weekend destination, and will benefit two great causes (the Crystal Coast Autism Center and the Emerald Isle bike path)!  

Nearly 1500 runners registered for the 2016 races, and we are hoping to exceed that total in 2017.  There's no better place to achieve your running goals than in Emerald Isle on a beautiful spring morning.  Bring your family and friends, and make it a great weekend at the beach!  Sign up today at this link!

2017 Race Start Times

Marathon - 7:00 am

Half-Marathon - 8:30 am 

5K - 8:45 am (new course for 2017)

Race Day Volunteers Needed

This great event would not be possible without the tremendous assistance of many volunteers on race day!  If your family, school group, company, or civic group is interested in volunteering on race day, we'd love to have your help assisting the runners out on the course.  To learn more, please contact Race Director Candace Dooley .  

Sponsorship Opportunities Available 

Is your company interested in sponsoring the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Race?  If so, please contact Race Director Candace Dooley.  We are thankful for the great community support for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, December 29, 2016 8:09:00 AM

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 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.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 28, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Emerald Isle Police Charge Three Area Teens in Recent House Fire 


Press Release


Contact: Interim Chief Tony Reese       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: (252) 354-2021                  3:00PM December 21, 2016


On December 8, 2016 at 9:35PM Emerald Isle Police and Fire Department personnel responded to 122 Heverly Drive in response to a report of a structure fire at that location.  Upon arrival, responders found the three story residence on fire with flames coming from the rear and sides of the residence.  Firefighters from Emerald Isle, Western Carteret, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Broad and Gales Creek Fire departments worked for over an hour extinguishing the fire which left the residence with severe damage and losses estimated at over $180,000.00.

During the investigation of this incident by both fire and police department it was learned that the fire was started when three area teens put a plastic bottle containing a chemical mixture in the trash cans underneath the residence.  This mixture of chemicals (which is not being released) later reacted with each other and combusted starting the fire which spread throughout the house.

Police have charged the following teens with 2nd Degree Arson:

Peyton Patrick Weist, white male, 18 years of age
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
$10,000 secured bond

Lee Michael Wilson, white male, 17 years of age
Havelock, NC 28532
$10,000 secured bond

A third 15-year-old teen involved in this incident has been referred to the Juvenile Court authorities for prosecution.  Due to his age, no information is being released regarding his identity or status.

Emerald Isle Police would like to thank everyone who came forward with information related to this investigation, as well as, the cooperation of local businesses where the materials were purchased, for their assistance in helping to solve this case. 

The department would encourage all parents to talk to their children and inform them that mixing chemicals can be extremely dangerous and can cause toxic or explosive reactions that can lead to property damage, severe injury or even death.

No additional information is being released at this time.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:52:00 PM
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