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Islander Drive Opens With New Traffic Pattern  

Public Service Announcement - The public should please note that Islander Drive will open this afternoon with the new traffic pattern of one way traffic (North to South) from Reed Drive to Louise Avenue. Striping and signage are now in place.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 8, 2020 2:44:00 PM Categories: News

Western Ocean Regional Access Opens Saturday, June 6 at 7am 

The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) will open tomorrow at 7 am. All visitors must use the handicapped beach access due to remaining construction on the primary access. Visitors should use caution as the site is still under construction.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 5, 2020 1:48:00 PM Categories: News

Reed Drive Temporary Closures During Drainage Pipe Replacement 

Phase 1 will begin (06/03/2020) and will involve closure of the street from the east side of the entrance to Sound of the Sea to the west side of the shopping center entrance closest to Heverly Drive.  This section will remain closed until progress on the project in this area is completed and should only effect thru traffic along Reed Drive.  Upon completion of this section, we will enter into the Phase 2 closure, which will entail closing the section of Reed Drive between Loon and the east side of shopping center entrance closest to Heverly Drive.  In order to ensure access to Heverly Drive remains open to residents, visitors and first responders;  a single lane of travel will be designated along the south side of Reed Drive to accommodate access.  These areas can be viewed on the attached map.

Work on this project is currently not being performed on the weekend; therefore, the barricades shall be removed and the detour signs covered each Friday afternoon when work has stopped to allow for normal traffic flow along Reed Drive on Saturday and Sunday.  The barricades will then be replaced and detour signs uncovered each Monday morning prior to work beginning on the project.  This is subject to change depending on the schedule of the project.

Phase 1:

  • Barracades will be placed:
    • Blocking Reed Drive beginning immediately east of entrance to Sound of the Sea.
    • Blocking Reed Drive beginning immediately west of the shopping center entrance closest to Heverly Drive.
  • Signage:
    • Detour/No thru Traffic sign placed at Reed and Mallard
    • Detour/No thru Traffic sign placed at Reed and Loon

Phase 2:

  • Barricades will be placed:
    • Blocking Reed Drive beginning immediately east of the shopping center entrance closest to Heverly Drive.
    • Blocking Reed Drive beginning at Loon Drive except for a single lane of travel along the south side of Reed Drive for access to Heverly Drive traffic only.  Traffic cones will be used to designate a single lane of travel along Reed Drive from Loon Drive to Heverly Drive.
  • Signage will be placed:
    • Detour/No thru Traffic sign placed at Reed and Mallard
    • Detour/No thru Traffic sign placed at Reed and Loon
    • “Heverly Drive Traffic Only” sign will be placed at the east end of this closure (Reed/Loon)

This plan is subject to adjustment based on unforeseen issues/problems that arise as the project progresses.  Dates and times for moving from Phase I to Phase 2 will be dictated by progress of the project which is subject to favorable weather conditions.  


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, June 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: News

Public Comment Information - June 9, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting 

The June 9, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 the public may attend the meeting but space will be limited to ensure social distancing.  

The meeting will be available live for public viewing via the Town of Emerald Isle's Facebook - 

The meeting will also be available for audio only by dialing +1 (646) 749-3122 

Access Code: 227-330-229 



Submitting General Public Comments and Public Hearing Comments To The Town Board of Commissioner During COVID19 Meeting Restrictions:

At the Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meetings, citizens are provided with an opportunity to make general public comments to the Town Board as well as comments during any public hearings.  It is important for the Town’s citizens to continue to have this opportunity despite the COVID-19 public health emergency, but public safety considerations are also important.

Until it is deemed safe for everyone to gather as a community again, public comments may be submitted in advance of Town Board meetings subject to the following guidance:

  1. Public comments should be limited to three minutes in length (approximately 450 words).
  2. Public Comments timely received will be read into the record of the meeting during the general public comment period or the applicable public hearing period.  Please specify whether your comment is general or pertains to a specific public hearing on the agenda.
  3. Public comments may be submitted as follows:
  • By emailing the Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 9, 2020)

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as the Town’s elected officials and staff work to continue to provide governmental services to the best of our ability during this time. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:18:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Jr Lifeguard Program Update 

Please note the 9-12 yr old group is now full.  Contact the EI Fire Department 252-354-2445 for further info about the 13-17 yr old group. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 22, 2020 3:00:00 PM Categories: News

Memorial Day 2020 Public Update 



COVID-19, Memorial Day 2020 and Dune Planting

COVID-19 Update

Our nation, state, county and town are living through an unprecedented historic challenge known as COVID-19.  In Carteret County and across the Bogue Banks, concerns are high.  Locally, the pandemic is impacting our normally relaxed way of life in Emerald Isle. 

A Dimmer Switch Approach to Opening

Tuesday May 26, 2020

The Emerald Isle Police Department (located at 7500 Emerald Drive) will open to walk in traffic

  • The public will be limited to the lobby area, unless circumstances require interior access.
  • Please practice proper social distancing and maintain 6-feet or more between persons.
  • Normal hours of operation will resume 7-days per week.

Monday June 1, 2020

The Emerald Isle Administrative Building and Planning Department (7509 Emerald Drive) will open to walk in traffic

  • The number of persons permitted in the structure at one time will be reduced.
  • Please practice proper social distancing and maintain 6-feet or more between persons.
  • Hours of operation will return to normal (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, M-F)

CLOSED-  EIPR Community Center and Public Playgrounds

In alignment with Phase 2 of the North Carolina reopening process, the following sites remain closed.  Once it is deemed safe, we will open:

  • Emerald Isle Community Center at Leisure Lane
  • All public playground facilities

CANCELED-  July 4th Fireworks on Emerald Isle

Regrettably, the Town of Emerald Isle must cancel its annual fireworks celebration slated for Saturday July 4, 2020.  As there is no way to safely comply with social distancing guidelines. 

The State of North Carolina is expected to move into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 opening process by July.  Yet, social gathering sizes will likely remain restricted to a few hundred people or less.  Thousands upon thousands of spectators attend the annual celebration. 

The safety of our residents, businesses and guests remain our highest priority.  We are truly disappointed to cancel the event. 


Unfortunately, due to risks associated with the spread of COVID-19, the community based food donation program ‘A Second Helping’ will also be canceled for 2020.

“The Town of Emerald Isle and the Parks and Recreation Department, have been very supportive of Second Helping’s food collection for the past five years.  We regret that this year we have decided to cancel our food collections due to health concerns,” says Linda McGowen.  “Many thanks for past support, and I hope our work can resume next year!”

NICE MATTERS-  Don’t park illegally

Please do not park along roadways, in private parking lots, private driveways, or the Emerald Isle Boat Ramp lot to access the ocean.  Be respectful of others and observe the law.  Park in marked and legal spaces only.  Please be mindful that illegal parking will be enforced.   




Memorial Day Weekend Updates

Public Parking Areas Open

The Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA), Third Street and Station Street Parking areas are open.  Please use these lots to access the public beach access areas.

WORA Closed

Due to monsoon levels of rain received on Emerald Isle this week (May 17-21, 2020), the opening of the Western Ocean Regional Access is delayed.

Emerald Isle officials are grateful to be investing $100,000 in grant dollars at the WORA.  Look for newly installed sidewalks, a wider wooden beach access walkway, and updated showers. 

The Town will reopen the WORA as soon as possible. We apologize for the unavoidable delay.  

Dune Planting and Sand Fencing

Phase II of the recent Bogue Banks Nourishment Program is nearly complete.  Crews are now entering the Dune Planting portion of the project.

DUNE PLANTING- The planting, fertilization, and initial watering of well over 500,000 sea oats on top and mostly down the entire slope of the newly constructed dune.  The planting process includes the use of a light vehicle, mechanical planter apparatus on top of the dune, followed by hand planting on the slope.   Installation of sand fencing before the mechanical planter is employed greatly inhibits the use of the mechanical planter and impedes the overall progress of the planting phase.   

Please wait until AFTER the mechanical dune planting phase is complete, if you do wish to install sand fencing.  You must follow these sand fencing GUIDELINES and contact our Local Permit Officer beforehand (Josh Edmondson at  Please Note: The planting phase may occur weeks or even months after the pumping and grading phase has been completed.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 22, 2020 11:44:00 AM Categories: News

Public Service Announcement - Executive Order 141 


Governor Roy Cooper has issued Executive Order 141, advancing North Carolina to Phase 2 (Easing of Restrictions) in the State’s ongoing response to COVID-19. 

  • EO141 goes into effect at 5:00pm on Friday, May 22, 2020. 
  • Unless repealed, replaced or rescinded, EO141 expires at 5:00pm on Friday, June 26, 2020. 

Please review EO141 and the accompanying FAQs for more information. 

Linked below are EO141, EO141 FAQs, and additional guidance for various categories of businesses and activities (restaurants, places of worship and religious services, large venues, retail businesses, personal care businesses, public pools and spas, tattoo businesses, day camps, overnight camps, and childcare facilities).


EO141 FAQs:

EO141 additional guidance for various businesses:


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM Categories: News

FY 2020-2021 Recommended Town Budget 



View the entire FY 2020-2021 Recommended Budget as presented to the Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on May 12, 2020.  The official public hearing for the recommended budget is scheduled for the Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting on June 9, 2020.


Town of Emerald Isle
Official Public Hearing Notice
FY 2020-2021 Recommended Budget

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 beginning at 6:00 PM in the Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina to receive public comment, both written and oral, regarding the FY 2020-2021 budget.  A copy of the proposed budget as presented to the Board of Commissioners on May 12, 2020 is available for inspection on the town’s website  Please contact the Town Administrative Offices at 252-354-3424 with any questions.  The public is hereby advised and may make comment at that time.  Please be advised that due to the limitations in place for gatherings due to COVID-19, alternative participation methods may be necessary and those methods, if necessary, will be available on our website at  The public is hereby notified and encouraged to attend

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:43:00 PM Categories: News

Scholarship Opportunity for Croatan & Swansboro High School Seniors!  


For more information, please contact:
Ron Dimock

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament to Award Two Scholarships


Emerald Isle, NC — Thanks to the success of the First Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament, the tournament committee is pleased to announce a new college scholarship opportunity in 2020 for one graduating senior from both Croatan High School and Swansboro High School planning to earn a degree in an area of Marine or Coastal Science or Engineering.

“Our hope is that the successful scholarship recipients might return to Eastern/Coastal North Carolina to pursue their post-graduate careers,” said Ron Dimock, Member of the Executive Committee of the Fishing Tournament. The two $3000 merit-based scholarships will be awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and essay. The application process opens on February 24th.  All applications and supporting documents must be turned in to Ms. Nicole Rains (Swansboro) or Ms. Jessica Sadler (Croatan) no later than June 1, 2020.  Scholarship winners will be announced at the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners July 2020 meeting. Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited 2-year community or technical college, or a 4-year college or university where they plan to major in marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries biology, geology, environmental science, climate change, marine policy, ocean engineering/ship-building/maintenance, or the chemistry or physics of the ocean. The scholarship application is available through the high schools’ guidance office or may be downloaded here.

About the Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament

The Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament is a non-profit organization that promotes the responsible use of our precious marine resources through education and sponsorship of community events, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of ocean stewards through scholarships for post-secondary education.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:40:00 PM Categories: News

Press Release - July 4 Fireworks Cancelled for 2020  


Print Copy

The Town of Emerald Isle remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure for our residents and guests.

On May 5th, Governor Roy Cooper modified North Carolina’s Stay At Home Executive Order, transitioning the state to Phase 1 of slowly easing COVID-19 restrictions. Social distancing remains a high priority now and in the coming months to prevent the spread of the novel virus Covid-19.

After careful staff review of past crowed conditions of the beach strand and the Bogue Inlet Pier parking area the recommendation to cancel the 2020 July 4th Fireworks was made by staff and approved by the Board of Commissioners.

The health and safety of our residents, guests, employees and contractors  remain of utmost importance to the Town of Emerald Isle. Recommended guidelines for operation cannot be maintained currently nor in the foreseeable future for mass gatherings such as the July 4th Fireworks.



For press inquiries, contact:

Alesia Sanderson, Director of Parks & Recreation


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:37:00 PM Categories: News
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