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COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions 



Q.  Are the beaches in Emerald Isle open for visitors?

A.  No.  All our public beach accesses with parking lots and bath houses remain closed.  Travel to Emerald Isle from outside of Carteret County for leisure or recreation is prohibited.

Q.  If you live or own property in Emerald Isle, can you walk on the beach and go in the ocean?

A: Yes.  The beach strand and ocean water can be used by Emerald Isle residents and second homeowners.   But, all of our public beach access with parking lots remain closed.  Activities that are allowed include, walking, jogging, swimming, surfing, sitting on the beach, and surf fishing.



Q. Are second homeowners allowed to come to their homes in Emerald Isle?

A.  Yes.  But, if you are travelling to your Emerald Isle home from outside of Carteret County, we request that you voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of your stay in Emerald Isle if you will be here for less than 14 days.

Q.  What does it mean to self-quarantine in Emerald Isle?

A.  We request that you stay in your home or on your property and do not receive visitors.  It is recommended that you bring the supplies you need with you to Emerald Isle.  You may leave your property for medical services and essential food and supplies.  If you do leave your property for one of these reasons, please maintain social distance from anyone you with whom you come in contact. 

Q.  Are Re-Entry Passes required to gain access to Emerald Isle?

A.  No, not at this time.



Q.  Are there any restaurants open in Emerald Isle?

A.  Several restaurants are open for take-out orders.  All bars remain closed due to State orders.  No restaurants can serve any food on their property due to State orders.

Q. What businesses are open in Emerald Isle?

A.  Only certain businesses may open under existing State orders.  These include grocery stores, hardware stores, and certain retail establishments that can meet the States social distancing standards.

Q.  Are there any hotels or motels open in Emerald Isle?

A.  Leisure stays at hotels, motels, rental homes, condominiums, and other rental properties are prohibited. 



Q.  Are vacation rentals allowed in Emerald Isle?

A.  No.  Vacation rentals are currently prohibited through the end of April.  Please note, this prohibition may be extended until a later date. 

Q.  I have a vacation rental reservation for June, will I be able to travel to Emerald Isle at that time?

A.  It is too early to tell.  Decisions about extending the ban on vacation rentals will be made in late April.  These decisions will be driven by the current state of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, April 17, 2020 4:47:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Press Release - April 17, 2020 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, April 17, 2020 12:04:00 PM Categories: News

Press Release April 16, 2020 - Recreational Water Access in Emerald Isle 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:14:00 PM Categories: News

Request for Bids - Demolition of Existing / Construction of New Wooden Walkway at WORA 

The Town of Emerald Isle is seeking responsible bidders for the demolition of the existing wooden walkway at the Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and construction of a new walkway per the attached plans. 

Deadline for submissions:  April 27, 2020 by 5:00 pm.

Contact information: Alesia Sanderson, Director of Parks & Recreation or  252-354-6350


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:51:00 AM Categories: News

Carteret County Press Release - April 12, 2020 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 13, 2020 8:51:00 AM Categories: News

Proclamation Enumerating Certain Prohibitions & Restrictions Imposed During a State of Emergency - April 9, 2020 


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In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 7, Emergency Management, of the Emerald Isle Town Code, Section 7-1 – State of Emergency, and Section 7-2 –Prohibitions, Restrictions Authorized, a State of Emergency has been declared to exist in the Town of Emerald Isle.

WHEREAS, by Proclamation the Mayor declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Emerald Isle on March 19, 2020 as a result of the threat to the health, safety and welfare of the community from the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic; and

WHEREAS, subsequently, public health authorities at the local, state and national levels have urged citizens to stay home as a means of slowing or thwarting the spread of the virus; and

WHEREAS, subsequently, the Governor of North Carolina has issued a mandatory shelter in place order; and

WHEREAS, transient visitors from areas in the state or nation with high infection rates, shall remain sheltered in their primary state or area of residence, so to limit the spread of the virus; and

WHEREAS, travel from outside Carteret County for outdoor or leisure activities within Emerald Isle is not considered essential travel and his hereby prohibited.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED AND DECLARED by Eddie Barber, Mayor of the Town of Emerald Isle that:

  1. Self-Quarantine Requirements.  Effective commencing at 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2020, all residents and non-residents of Emerald Isle arriving for overnight stays are ordered, while present in Emerald Isle, to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days if such arrival was preceded by an overnight stay outside of Carteret County.
  2. The only exceptions to this provision are those who are performing Essential Services or Essential Government Services as those capitalized terms are defined in that certain Revised Proclamation of the Chairman of the Carteret County Board of Commissioners dated March 27, 2020.

This the 9th day of April 2020 at 2:00 PM.

Eddie Barber, Mayor


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 9, 2020 4:58:00 PM

Carteret County PSA Video - April 9, 2020 


View Carteret County PSA Video as posted on the Carteret County Facebook page  or Click here to view

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 9, 2020 2:54:00 PM Categories: News

Request for Bids - Reed Drive Stormwater Pipe & Appurtenance Repairs - Hurricane Florence Damages 


All bids are requested by Monday, April 20, 2020, no later than 2:00 pm (EST).

Interested bidders may submit written bids to the attention of: Artie Dunn, Public Works Director. Written bids may be submitted in the following methods:

Mailing Address:                  Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Physical Deliveries:             Town of Emerald Isle, 7509 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Email:                            (must obtain receipt confirmation prior to bid cut-off)

View Full Bid Document

View Schematic

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, April 8, 2020 2:17:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Press Release - April 7, 2020 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:53:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Beach Nourishment Update 


Beach nourishment efforts continue along the shores of Emerald Isle, between the Lands End subdivision and east of the Western Ocean Regional Access area. According to the most recent project schedule, sand placement is likely to begin on/around April 8, 2020 and continue for a period or two-weeks (+/-).  It is important to note that beach goers are likely to see construction materials locally staged.  These materials (pipes) will be visible before, during and immediately following sand placement. 

Following reconstruction of the sand dunes, a mechanical planter will reestablish natural vegetation along the shoreline.  To assist with this process, property owners in the work zone should avoid installation of sand fencing at this time.

For a general breakdown of the overall project, please visit the Phase II Post-Florence Renourishment Project update link at .  

 For further information, please reference the Frequently Asked Questions handout at: 






Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:11:00 AM Categories: News
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