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Travelling to / from Emerald Isle? Check Road Conditions First Catastrophic River / Creek Flooding in Eastern NC - BE SAFE! 

Eastern NC continues to experience catastrophic river / creek flooding, and several highways and secondary roads remain flooded.  It is still possible to travel to and from Emerald Isle, however, with changing flood conditions over the next several days, certain routes may be open while others are closed.  To learn about the latest road conditions in NC, in real time, visit http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ .  Use the interactive map to zoom in on certain areas, learn the specifics of any road closures, and plan the most efficient and safe route for your trip to / from Emerald Isle.  

If you encounter water across a roadway, DO NOT try to drive through it.  The depth and current may be greater than you realize, and there may also be a road washout that is not visible. Sadly, there have already been several fatalities resulting from people trying to drive through floodwaters, and these incidents are entirely preventable if you simply do not drive through those conditions.

BE SAFE, and take your time!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 14, 2016 3:52:00 PM

Donate Supplies for Eastern NC Flood Victims Now Through Monday, October 17 @ Town Board Meeting Room;(next to Police Department) 7500 Emerald Drive 

Eastern NC continues to experience catastrophic river / creek flooding, and the Town is coordinating the collection and delivery of donated supplies for flood victims.  Please consider a donation of the following items:

  • water

  • juices
  • wrapped snacks
  • toiletries
  • diapers
  • baby formula
  • rubber gloves
  • sponges
  • mops 
  • buckets.

For financial donations please visit the following website - http://www.ncdisasterrelief.org/

These items can be dropped off daily between 8 am and 9 pm at the Town Board Meeting Room, adjacent to the Emerald Isle Police Station at 7500 Emerald Drive.  Items will be collected now through Monday, October 17, and the Town will arrange delivery to flood victims. 

Please enter through the main entrance, and simply drop off donated items in the designated area in the Town Board Meeting Room, and we'll handle the rest.

THANK YOU!

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:02:00 AM

Message from Bogue Banks Water Corporation 

We are NOT under Boil Water Alert

Our service area made it through Hurricane Matthew with minimal damage, and we are extremely grateful for that! Here at Bogue Banks Water Corporation there was no damage, and our water has not been compromised. We are not part of Carteret County that is under the "Boil Water Advisory" so drink up and enjoy!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:42:00 AM

Board of Commissioners to Consider Grocery Store Plans 

The Board of Commissioners will formally consider plans for a new grocery store in Emerald Isle at its October 11 meeting.  The approximately 31,000 sq. ft. new store is proposed for an approximately 6 acre tract of land on NC 58 between Emerald Landing Drive and Emerald Plantation Shopping Center.  

 The proposed site is zoned Business (and has been for many years), and a grocery store (along with many other commercial uses) is a permitted use by right.  Under NC zoning law, if the applicant meets the Town's zoning requirements, the Board of Commissioners has limited discretion in its review of development plans.  This is in stark contrast to a rezoning or special use permit request, which provide the Board of Commissioners with significant discretion. Additionally, several questions have been raised regarding the perceived need / demand for a second grocery store in Emerald Isle.  These are legitimate questions, however, it is not the Town government's place to answer those questions.  The appropriate answer to those questions is dictated by the free market, and the Town does not have a role in deciding which particular business initiative is needed or should be afforded the opportunity to compete with existing businesses.  

 The proposed plans include a request to formally close, redesignate, and improve a 510 linear ft. segment of Crew Drive on the proposed site.  The developer is requesting these actions in order to achieve a site layout that minimizes impacts on the neighboring Emerald Landing neighborhood and to preserve habitat for nesting egrets along the adjacent canal.  It is important to note that the existing road would be replaced in the same location with an improved road, with new pavement, new curb & gutter, sidewalks, storm water features, and landscaping.  The proposal includes adequate legal protections to insure that the improved road remains open for public use in perpetuity, and there is no ability for any private owner to restrict use of the roadway.  The road would continue to function in the same manner as it has historically, and perhaps better.  The Town would not even consider any proposal that does not include perpetual public use of the road in the future.  

 The Board of Commissioners has significant discretion in reviewing the road request, and is thoughtfully considering the pros and cons associated with this request.  The developer has indicated that he intends to construct the new grocery store at this location regardless of the Town's decision regarding Crew Drive, and an alternate plan has been provided that maintains the current condition of Crew Drive.  For various regulatory reasons, the alternate plan would require the proposed new store to be located closer to the Emerald Landing neighborhood, with potentially undesirable features (loading docks, generators, trash facilities, rear access) located closer to existing homes, and would not preserve as much egret habitat.  The developer prefers the original plan (graphic below) over the alternate plan, and thus has requested the formal closing, redesignation, and improvement of the 510 linear ft. segment of Crew Drive. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 30, 2016 3:03:00 PM

Proposed Carteret County 1/4% Sales Tax Increase Would Provide Navigation Dredging Funding 

Carteret County is conducting a referendum on a proposed 1/4% sales tax increase on November 8.  The new sales tax would increase the total sales tax rate in Carteret County from 6 3/4% to 7%, and would result in an additional 25 cents of sales tax paid on a $100 purchase.  If approved by the voters, proceeds from the new sales tax are expected to be more than $2.5 million annually.  

 It is anticipated that this additional funding will enable the County and the Town to better address navigation dredging needs in the future, and also remove this funding burden from property taxpayers.  Local dredging costs have historically been borne by property tax revenues, and, if approved, these costs would be covered with proceeds from the new 1/4% sales tax in the future. Near Emerald Isle, it is anticipated that Bogue Inlet and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway would receive funding from this revenue source, and that it may also be available to assist with other dredging needs in and around Emerald Isle.

 The Board of Commissioners has formally endorsed the proposed 1/4% sales tax, and encourages our residents and property owners to learn more about the proposal.  Additional information is available at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-09-13-2016-Item14 .  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 30, 2016 3:02:00 PM

OPEN HOUSE - Emerald Isle Fire Department - Saturday, October 1 from 11 am - 2 pm at Fire Station 1 

Emerald Isle is fortunate to be served by a dedicated group of firefighters providing quality fire and emergency medical services for our residents, property owners, and visitors.  Come out this Saturday and meet the guys, learn more about Fire safety, tour the station, check out the trucks and equipment, let the kids enjoy activities, and grab a hot dog!

For more information please contact Chief Bill Walker at 252-354-2445.

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:18:00 AM

Message from Police Officer Tom Duty and his wife Liz 

My wife and I want to thank everyone, from our family and friends to concerned citizens, for the generous support and prayers that we have received during this difficult time.  I am working hard every day to regain strength and mobility, working with physical therapy and occupational therapy. I currently have sensation in my whole body now, but do not have mobility in the lower half of my body yet.  We have a long road ahead, but we have faith and we are determined that I will recover, walk again and have as normal a life as I possibly can.  We also want to thank Vidant Medical Center for the excellent medical care I have received during my stay here.  Everyone's continued thoughts and prayers have not gone unnoticed. Thank you all so much again.

Tom and Liz Duty

Please continue to keep Officer Duty, his wife Liz and family in your prayers for his continued improvement and full recovery.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 23, 2016 5:50:00 PM

IMPORTANT BEACH DRIVING NOTICE 

Due to the presence of several remaining sea turtle nests, beach driving will temporarily close at 8 pm daily, until further notice.  We expect to revert back to the daily 9 pm closing after all nests have hatched, likely by October 1.  Thank you for your understanding.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 16, 2016 8:15:00 AM

Police Chief Waters Announces Retirement 

After a 32-year career in the Emerald Isle Police Department, Chief Jeffrey D. Waters has announced his retirement, effective October 31.  Chief Waters has served the Emerald Isle community with dedication, professionalism, and a sincere desire to contribute to the well-being of our residents and visitors, and his leadership will be missed.  

Chief Waters began his career as a patrol officer in 1984, and served in several increasingly responsible positions until his appointment as Chief in 2013.  For the past 3 1/2 years, he has worked tirelessly with the excellent team at the EIPD to build strong community relationships that will benefit the EIPD and the community for years to come.  We thank Chief Waters for his service, and wish him a healthy and fulfilling retirement!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 15, 2016 8:24:00 AM

Record Year for Sea Turtle Nests in Emerald Isle 

 

Emerald Isle is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers monitoring sea turtle nesting activity in Emerald Isle!  

Volunteers routinely walk every section of the beach daily searching for new nests, and also care for the nest throughout the nesting period, and assist sea turtle hatchlings on their initial journey from the nest to the ocean.  

The 2016 sea turtle season has been a record year in Emerald Isle, with 51 nests along Emerald Isle's 12 miles of beach!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 14, 2016 8:21:00 AM
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