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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  http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential.html  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 jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org.

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. 

 

                                         

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Sponsor a Rescue Tube! 

Tragically, a 16-year old boy visiting from Missouri drowned in the ocean at Emerald Isle on July 28.  Thankfully, a 13-year old boy from the same group was rescued by brave bystanders on the beach, and the bystanders were assisted by a Town "rescue tube" in place at the Bluewater Drive public beach access. 

 

The Town has installed "rescue tubes" at several public beach access locations in recent years, with many sponsored by concerned citizens.  The Town is now seeking to expand the "rescue tube" program to all public beach access locations in Emerald Isle, and welcomes any new sponsors.  The Town's initial cost to install a new pole, sign, and "rescue tube" is $90, and we hope to add up to 50 more locations prior to the 2016 tourism season.  

 

If you'd like to sponsor a "rescue tube" in your neighborhood, please contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, at  252-354-6350  or  asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org . Once installed, the Town will provide all necessary maintenance and replacement of "rescue tubes" in Emerald Isle. 

 

 


 

                                       

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 12:14:00 PM

It's Back to School Time! 

Please Be Aware of NC School Bus Stop Laws!

It's back to school for students on Monday, August 24.

Please be extra cautious and obey the NC School Bus Stop Laws!

Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:43:00 AM

New Beach Monitoring and Maintenance Plan Adopted 

BeachThe Board of Commissioners recently adopted a new, formal Beach Monitoring and Maintenance Plan that outlines the Town's commitment to future beach nourishment efforts in order to maintain a healthy, wide, protective beach strand.  The new plan replaces the Town's current plan adopted in 2003, and includes historical data, annual beach profile surveys, identifies future sand sources, establishes new "triggers" for future nourishment activities, and outlines the Town's financing plans.

The Town's current plan has been invaluable in monitoring the condition of the Town's beach strand over the years, and has enabled the Town to remain eligible for FEMA financial assistance to replace sand lost during Federally-declared disaster events.  The Town has been fortunate to receive approximately $15 million from FEMA since 2004 for such efforts.  The adoption of the new plan will maintain the Town's eligibility for future FEMA assistance.

Overall, the Town's entire beach strand is currently in good condition, and no specific beach nourishment projects are currently planned.  The Town continues to reserve room occupancy tax revenues, General Fund property tax revenues, and municipal service district property tax revenues for future nourishment efforts, and expects to have sufficient funds to implement the Beach Monitoring and Maintenance Plan.

Saturday, August 8, 2015 7:52:00 AM
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