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Emerald Isle Vacation Rental Management Companies Announce Mandatory Deck Inspections Program 


In an effort to promote visitor safety, the 7 vacation rental management companies, in partnership with the Town of Emerald Isle, have initiated a new mandatory deck inspections program for the more than 1,500 vacation rental units managed by these companies in Emerald Isle.


Effective October 1, 2015, all single family and duplex vacation rental units managed by these companies are required to be inspected at least once annually by EITHER a licensed North Carolina general contractor  OR  a licensed North Carolina professional engineer for identification of any safety / structural concerns.  It is anticipated that inspections and repairs will be complete by March 1, 2016.  Vacation rental unit owners will then be required to complete necessary safety / structural repairs identified during the annual inspection, and failure to complete the necessary safety / structural repairs will result in the vacation rental unit being suspended from the vacation rental companies' management programs until the repairs are complete.  Angelfish Properties, Bluewater Real Estate, CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty, Emerald Isle Realty, Shorewood Real Estate, Spinnakers Reach Realty, and Sun-Surf Realty all place the highest priority on our visitors' safety, and have enthusiastically committed to this new program.


The Town of Emerald Isle will assist the vacation rental management companies in this effort by inspecting serious deficiencies reported to the vacation rental unit owner but not yet repaired. Under NC law, the Town's inspectors (contracted through Carteret County) are authorized to inspect existing decks upon receipt of a complaint, and the 7 vacation rental management companies will continue to work closely with the Town by reporting such deficiencies.  Town inspectors will determine if the vacation rental unit's decks are safe for human occupancy, and any unsafe decks will be posted accordingly and may not be utilized until corrective action is taken.


All 7 of the vacation rental management companies and the Town of Emerald Isle pride ourselves on our family beach image and small-town atmosphere, and remain committed to providing the highest quality, safest beach vacation experience for our visitors.  The 7 companies and the Town have been working hard since two unfortunate deck collapse incidents this past summer to promote deck safety, including numerous inspections, repairs, educational initiatives, and more.  The new mandatory deck inspections program represents a more formal concerted effort to promote the safety of our visitors.


While all of us in Emerald Isle are working hard to promote deck safety, we also remind our visitors to be mindful of the number of guests occupying a deck structure.  Lifelong family and group memories are made every day in Emerald Isle, and we encourage everyone to document these memories with safety in mind!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Carteret County Sheriff's Office Issues News Release 

Croatan High School Rumor

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office has issued the following News Release regarding the Croatan High School Rumor.


News Release dated September 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 10:33:00 AM

Carteret County Providing Text to 911 

Carteret County Emergency Services now offers text to 9-­1-­1 capabilities from four major US cell phone carriers.  Verizon, Sprint, T-­Mobile, and AT&T customers in Carteret County can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 9-­1-­1 for emergency help when unable to make a 9-­1-­1 voice call. This service will be available to any mobile phone customer within range of a cell tower in Carteret County.

View Text to 911 Press Release for full details.

View Text to 911 FAQs

Friday, September 25, 2015 5:17:00 PM

Coyotes in Emerald Isle 


The Town has received reports of coyotes on the island (and they are also becoming more common in many NC cities and towns), and is closely monitoring their proliferation. The Town is consulting with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission on this issue, and thus far the NCWRC recommends no action at this time. Depending on how this issue develops, the Town may take a more active approach.

Below are several articles and fact sheets regarding Coyotes:

View - Coyotes in Towns and Suburbs

View - Coexisting with Coyotes

View - Living with Wildlife - Coyotes



Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:10:00 PM

Beach Driving Permits On Sale Now 

The Town allows driving on the beach strand between September 15 and April 30 for four-wheel drive vehicles with a Town-issued permit.  Permits are now available at the Town Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive). Learn more about the program and complete the permit form. Be safe, respect others enjoying the beach strand, avoid the dunes, and have fun!

Monday, September 14, 2015 2:14:00 PM

Time Warner Cable Set to Transition to All-Digital 

Time Warner Cable, the primary cable television provider in Emerald Isle, has announced a full conversion to digital format beginning on or about October 6, 2015.  For some customers, additional equipment may be necessary to continue receiving Time Warner Cable programming.  To learn more about these changes, please read this letter from Time Warner. To contact Time Warner Cable in our area, please visit  or call 1-800-892-4357.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Emerald Isle Maintains 2nd Lowest Tax Rate Among 21 NC Oceanfront Towns 

Emerald Isle's FY 15-16 General Fund property tax rate of 14.0 cents (plus 1.5 cents specifically for beach nourishment activities; for a total of 15.5 cents) is the second lowest tax rate among the 21 oceanfront towns in North Carolina.



Friday, September 4, 2015 4:23:00 PM

New Welcome Center is OPEN! 

The Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority (TDA) officially opened the new Welcome Center in Emerald Isle on August 21.  The new Welcome Center is located on NC 58 at the site of the former Merchant's Park near the center of Emerald Isle, and is a partnership between the Town, the TDA, and the NCDOT.

The Town expresses its sincere appreciation to all involved in the project, and appreciates the good work by Jordan Building Company of Emerald Isle.  The Town expresses special thanks to the Carolinas Irrigation Association for donating the irrigation system for the attractive landscaping on the site, and also thanks Artisan Granite and Marble (of Emerald Isle) for donating a beautiful countertop for the project.

The east side of the new building includes a nice lawn for public gatherings, and also includes two public "cornhole" courts.  Come on down, hang out, and throw some beanbags!

A special Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 5 pm, and is open to the public.  Come on out and help us celebrate this new facility to better promote tourism in Emerald Isle and the entire Crystal Coast area!



Tuesday, September 1, 2015 4:13:00 PM

Please Make Sure Your Decks Are Safe! 

As widely reported in the media and by the Town, an extended family visiting Emerald Isle was injured on July 4 due to the collapse of an approximately 9 ft. by 10 ft. section of the deck floor.  The family had gathered that evening for a group picture, and a total of 24 people were treated for injuries, some very serious.

This unfortunate accident serves as an important reminder to all Emerald Isle property owners (permanent residents, second home owners, and vacation rental unit owners) to check the condition of the decks at your property in Emerald Isle.  Emerald Isle includes more than 6,700 housing units, and many of these units were originally constructed more than 25 years ago.  Additionally, the corrosive nature of the coastal environment can take a heavy toll on wood and fasteners, and it's important to routinely inspect the condition of your property and take any necessary corrective action.  There are many licensed general contractors and home inspectors in our area that would be happy to assist, along with area vacation rental companies.

In accordance with NC law, the Town inspects any new construction and significant repairs or renovations at the time the work is completed, but does not engage in routine, periodic inspections.  This responsibility ultimately falls on the property owner, although the Town's inspectors will inspect any property for which a specific complaint is received.  In an effort to assist our property owners, Town staff has prepared a simple, helpful "Citizens Guide to Deck Safety." The flyer includes a graphic illustrating typical deck construction along with illustrations of common problems and other helpful tips.

Additionally, it's important for everyone (property owners and visitors) to be mindful of the number of people gathered on a particular deck or section of deck.

If you have questions or need additional information or assistance, please contact Town Planner Josh Edmondson at 252-354-3338 or

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 4:06:00 PM

Commissioner Candidate Forum - Tuesday, October 20 

The Emerald Isle Business Association is hosting a Candidate Forum (for the upcoming Board of Commissioners election) on Tuesday, October 20.  The forum will be held at the Emerald Isle Community Center at 6:00 pm, with the first candidate comments scheduled for 6:30 pm.


The Town election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.  A total of 7 candidates are running for 3 seats on the Board of Commissioners.  The two candidates with the most votes will serve a 4-year term, and the third-place candidate will serve a 2-year term. 



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