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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

Weekend / Holiday Parking Fees Begin Saturday, April 16 


The Town will begin charging a $10 per vehicle per day parking fee at the Western Ocean Regional Access (near The Islander Hotel & Resort) and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (near mile marker 15 on NC 58) beginning Saturday, April 16, 2016.  This fee will remain in effect each weekend day and holiday through September 11, 2016.  

100% of the parking fee proceeds support Town expenses associated with these two flagship beach access facilities, including property maintenance, utilities, custodial staff, enhanced Police presence, and lifeguard services.  The Town is pleased to host thousands of visitors annually to these two facilities.  

Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible for 2 free annual parking permits for the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access.  The parking permits will be granted only for vehicles registered in the name of the taxpayer, and are not transferable.

Emerald Isle taxpayers must display the appropriate permit sticker on their windshield in order to avoid the parking fee.  The permit sticker can not be obtained at the regional beach access facilities, and must be obtained prior to visiting the regional beach access facilities. To obtain your free parking permit, please visit (7509 Emerald Drive) or call (252-354-3424) the Town Administration Building during normal business hours.

Please note: You will need to bring your vehicle registration(s) with you when applying for your permit.  Emerald Isle taxpayers may also apply online here

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 10, 2016 4:26:00 PM

Trillium Health Resources Awards Town $225,000 Grant for All-Inclusive Playground at Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park 

The Town was recently awarded a $225,000 grant from Trillium Health Resources for the construction of an all-inclusive playground at the new Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park, to be located adjacent to the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Facility.  The new playground will include playground components designed to serve children of all abilities, including those with special needs and/or served by wheelchairs.  The Town is grateful for these grant funds, and looks forward to providing a first-class play experience in a beautiful soundfront setting. 


The new Senator Jean Preston Memorial Playground will also include a new wooden walkway connecting to the existing soundfront pier and nearby restrooms, a new parking area, and attractive landscaping.  Construction is expected to occur in March, April, and May, with a planned opening date of May 25 -- the late Senator Preston's 81st birthday.  


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 26, 2016 4:22:00 PM

Save The Dunes Initiative 2016 - Volunteers Needed  

The Save The Dunes Initiative begins its second season, continuing its efforts to enhance our dune structure and raise awareness of the importance of our dunes.  Save The Dunes is now seeking additional volunteers to assist with dune planting efforts in April and May.  The work is not hard, the people are friendly, and the rewards are great!  The first 2016 project features planting another 1,500 sea oats at The Point vehicle ramp with target dates of April 13 - 14. If you are interested in helping with this project please contact Paul Schwartz (, or Carl Klee ( 

Homeowner's associations and individual homeowners that are interested in rebuilding their dunes should contact Carla Stevens (; 252-764-2160) or Kevin Geraghty (; 919-697-7636) . The HOA or the individual homeowner will act as project coordinator for their project, will be responsible for the purchase of the plants needed, and will receive guidelines and labor from the Save The Dunes team. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 26, 2016 4:20:00 PM

New Beach Vehicle Ramp Gates Installed 

As part of our efforts to continually improve the aesthetic appearance of the Town, new beach vehicle ramp gates were recently installed at the Ocean Drive "Dog-Leg" ramp, Black Skimmer Drive ramp, and The Point ramp.  The new gates are a more durable and attractive painted steel, and replace older wire / sign gates.  Similar gates are in place at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and the Town hopes to gradually include the new gates at all Town park facilities.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 26, 2016 4:18:00 PM

Request for Proposal - Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park Inclusive Playground 

February 15, 2016

Project Description: The Town of Emerald Isle is constructing a playground at the Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park thanks to a grant from Trillium Heath Resources for an inclusive playground. The new playground will be constructed in an area approximately 50’ x 50’ with possible expansion of play area based on proposed design. Project design must be approved by Trillium by March 15, 2016 with project completion required by April 30, 2016.

Proposal Format:  Qualifying proposals for this RFP must include all items listed in Section A: Inclusive Playground Specifications. All proposals should include detailed cost information according to the specifications as well as all applicable labor, installation, freight, taxes and related appurtenances.

Please be advised that this is a request for proposal process, not a straight bid or quote process. Proposal reviewers will take into account factors such as design, product specification, warranty information and company history with the Town of Emerald Isle in regard to selection. It is our desire to select a product that provides the community with the best value and the most play components while meeting the needs of individuals with varying abilities.

Qualifying proposals must be received by 10am, Thursday, March 3, 2016 at which time they will be opened.

Questions as well as sealed bid proposals should be mailed or hand delivered to:

Alesia Sanderson, Director
Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Phone: 252.354.6350

Section A: Inclusive Playground Specifications

·       Play equipment units for Ages 2 – 5 and for Ages 5 – 12 or one unit that accommodates ages 2 – 12. Play equipment should include play or visual panels where possible to create a more inclusive atmosphere including sensory equipment,.

·       Swings: A combination of 4 – 6 swings that will accommodate tots, youth/adult, and adaptive that will allow for physical support of those with special needs.

·       Play component layout, additional play equipment, height, and design is open to the vendor’s creativity provided the layout and equipment meets all required safety standards.

·       All proposed equipment must be American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) certified, must meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards, must be International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) certified, and must meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

·       No equipment shall include electronics devices due to proximity to harsh salt water environment.

·       No canvas or other umbrella type shade structures should be included due to location of park and incidences of high wind loads that cause safety concern.

·       The surfacing requirement is poured in place rubber with colors to coordinate with equipment. The entire surfacing area should meet all fall requirements.

·       The sub grade should contain appropriate grading for drainage.

·       The play area must be ADA accessible and the play facility must provide a variety of components that will encourage and allow for inclusive play for all individuals and must consider varying ranges of physical and mental abilities.

Minimum required items for proposal:

1.    Detailed product specification and warranty information with color designs

2.    Site plan

3.    Detailed quote for project

4.    Approximate timeline of project from notice to proceed

5.    Proof of Insurance Coverage

Financial Information:

The Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park project is under the scope of a Trillium Health Resources grant in the amount of $225,000. The total project budget, net of North Carolina sales tax, should not exceed $225,000 for all equipment, surfacing, site preparation, installation, shipping, all items listed in Section A: Inclusive Playground Specifications.


·       The Town of Emerald Isle is not responsible for equipment, construction materials, or tools stored at the site during construction.

·       Contractor shall provide all barricades, security, signage, and any other materials necessary to control vehicles and pedestrians and to protect the area while equipment installation and work is in progress. The Contractor shall insure a secure work site at the end of each day to protect the public from potential injury.

·       Employee safety and liability will be the responsibility of the contracting agency. The Town of Emerald Isle will not assume responsibility for employee injuries on the job site.

·       Contractor is responsible for all debris removal from the work site.

 Other park improvements may be occurring at the same time, and we will expect the various subcontractors to cooperate with one another.

·       The Town of Emerald Isle reserves the right to reference the Contractor to determine the capability of the contractor to perform the requirement of the project.

·       Town of Emerald Isle reserves the right to reject any proposal that does not meet the criteria listed herein or through reference lacks the capability to perform the requirements of the project.

·       This Request for Proposal does not commit the Town of Emerald Isle to award a contract for services, or to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal package.

Qualifying proposals must be received by 10am, Thursday, March 3, 2016 at which time they will be opened.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 15, 2016 4:07:00 PM
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