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Be Aware of COVID-19 Scams 

 

As always, the police department is here to serve and protect our community as we face this unprecedented time. A crisis like this can bring out the best in people, but unfortunately, it also brings out the worst.  Scammers never miss an opportunity to prey on the fear or sympathy of the public and are already using this crisis to  take advantage of and defraud you. Fake web sites, phone calls, email, and disinformation circulating social media are making the rounds. According to United States Attorney’s Office, the following are a list of COVID-19 scams to be aware of:

•  Treatment scams:  Fake cures, vaccines, and advice on unproven treatments.

•  Supply scams:  Fake shops, websites, social media accounts, and email addresses claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand, such as surgical masks.

•  Provider scams: Contact by phone and email, pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for COVID-19, and demanding payment for that treatment.

•  Charity scams: Soliciting donations for individuals, groups, and areas affected by COVID-19.

•  Phishing scams: Posing as national and global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scammers are sending phishing emails designed to trick you into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information.

•  App scams: Creating and manipulating mobile apps designed to track the spread of COVID-19 to insert malware that will compromise your devices and personal information. 

•  Investment scams:  Offering online promotions on various platforms, including social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19, and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result. 

We recommend that you always question when asked to buy or supply your financial information and never give your personal or financial information to anyone unless you can and have verified they are legitimate.  To learn more on how to combat and report these scams, go to https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

James A. Reese
Chief of Police
Emerald Isle Police Department
7500 Emerald Dr
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Office: 252-354-2021
Fax: 252-354-6767

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 27, 2020 9:14:00 AM Categories: News

Important COVID-19 Precautions and Information 

 

As a county, town and local community, we are taking necessary precautions to protect the island.  Please know that every decision is being made on the basis of human safety and access to resources.

In unison with Carteret County and neighboring towns, Mayor Eddie Barber declared a State of Emergency for Emerald Isle on March 19, 2020. 

TOURIST TRAVEL: Carteret County and the municipality of Emerald Isle released public statements to discourage tourist travel to the Crystal Coast.   Throughout Carteret County and upon Emerald Isle, short-term rentals are being suspended between March 22 and April 6, 2020. 

CLOSURES:  Emerald Isle has closed our public beach access parking lots, all public restrooms, public playgrounds, and suspended beach driving access until further notice.

RESTRICTIONS:  Any additional closures, travel limitations, and/ or restrictions will come from the Governor’s office and in unison with Carteret County. 

LOCAL CASES:  As of 11:15 am, March 26, 2020, Carteret County has no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report. Of the five previously confirmed cases, two of the cases have recovered and are off isolation. The two recovered patients completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours. The recovered patients are now able to continue with daily functions.

STAY INFORMED:  For the most up-to-date local information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app. 

Governor Roy Cooper encourages all North Carolinians to take personal precautions to limit contact with others.  We encourage the same practices for Emerald Isle.    Turn to these sources for reliable information: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

Thank you deeply for being an integral part of Emerald Isle!  We pray that everyone remains safe and practices social distancing.

Respectfully-Matt Zapp
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
www.emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:50:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Beach Nourishment Update 

 

 The Town of Emerald Isle and the Carteret County Shore Protection Office are excited to inform property owners that beach nourishment in western Emerald Isle is scheduled to begin the first full week of April (see Map).  However, residents may have already observed pre-construction activity: (1) Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has begun transporting beach pipe in the direction of the nourishment area starting March 26, 2020.  They intend to stack the pipes just east of Bogue Inlet Pier on a temporary basis, before transiting the pipes under the Pier, and then continuing westward to the nourishment area. (2) A few weeks ago, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock set their submerged pipeline in the nourishment area near the Dear Horn Dunes subdivision.  The pipe will be used to pump sand from the dredge to the beach, going east and then west, from the submerged pipeline landing.

Carteret County Shore Protection Office
Greg “Rudi” Rudolph
grudolph@carteretcountygov.org
www.protectthebeach.com
252 222-5835 Office

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:04:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Issues Press Release Update #23 

 

Carteret County Issues Press Release Update #23 March 26, 2020 along with NCDHHS Patient Guidance Document. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:30:00 PM Categories: News

Signs of Spring Coming to Emerald Isle! 

 

Several projects have been completed or nearing completion in Emerald Isle to welcome in the spring season and is sure to give us all hope that Spring will be coming our way soon!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:32:00 AM Categories: News

Public Playgrounds in Emerald Isle Closed 

Press Release

March 23, 2020

Emerald Isle Public Playgrounds Closed

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  To further reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19, the Town of Emerald Isle will temporarily close its public playground areas.

Effective today, March 23, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle will close three public playground areas.  Unfortunately, the following playgrounds will remain closed until further notice:

  • Blue Heron Park Playground
  • Ocean Oaks Park Playground
  • Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park Playground

Emerald Isle Officials will review all closures/restrictions and make adjustments to the schedule as needed.   

The Town of Emerald will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites.  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

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For press inquiries, contact:

Alesia Sanderson, Parks & Recreation Director

Emerald Isle, NC

252-354-6350

asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, March 23, 2020 1:07:00 PM Categories: News

Message To Our Emerald Isle Community 

 

Dear Emerald Isle-

As spring arrives and the weather warms, the number of visitors to Emerald Isle will increase. In normal times, this would be a welcomed sight. These are not normal times.

In unison with Carteret County and neighboring towns, Mayor Eddie Barber declared a State of Emergency for Emerald Isle on March 19, 2020. 

Carteret County and the municipality of Emerald Isle released public statements to discourage tourist travel to the Crystal Coast.  For a community anchored in hospitality, this is a very difficult message to send and share. 

Emerald Isle has closed our public beach access parking lots, all public restrooms, and suspended beach driving access until further notice.

A special thank you to those that live, work, and/or own property on Emerald Isle. We are certainly glad you are here.

The highest priority for the Town of Emerald Isle is the health and safety of our community.  So we ask that you adhere to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) recent recommendations.

All North Carolinians can prepare for COVID-19 by getting the latest information directly from reliable sources. The COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by a flood of misinformation from unreliable sources. Be thoughtful about what you read or hear about the virus and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you act. Turn to these sources for reliable information: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

As a community, we understand being prepared for a hurricane.  COVID-19 is our potential silent hurricane of the season.  Social (physical) Distancing is paramount. Together, we can weather a silent Cat 1 storm better than a Cat 5.

Sincerely,

The Town of Emerald Isle

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 20, 2020 5:07:00 PM Categories: News

Beach Driving Suspended in Emerald Isle 

 

EMERALD ISLE- Beach Driving Suspended

March 20, 2020

The highest priority for the Town of Emerald Isle is the health and safety of our community. This includes fulltime residents, part-time residents, businesses and tourists.

The Town of Emerald Isle is diligently working with all federal, state, county, and local officials to reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19.

At this time, Carteret County and Emerald Isle officials are discouraging tourist travel to the coast.

Effective March 20, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle will suspend beach driving: 

  • Emerald Isle will suspend the sale of beach driving permits effective immediately
  • At 9:00 PM on March 20, 2020, beach access gates will close 

Beach driving privileges will be suspended until further notice

Town officials will review the duration of all closures/ restrictions and adjust the schedule as soon as possible.  

The Town of Emerald Isle apologize to our current permit holders for this unforeseen suspension.  We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 

Respectfully,

Matt Zapp

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 20, 2020 10:39:00 AM Categories: News

Press Release - Emerald Isle Public Beach Parking Areas Closed 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2020

Emerald Isle Public Beach Parking Areas Closed

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  To further reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19, the Town of Emerald Isle will temporarily close its public beach parking areas.

Effective at sunset, March 19, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle will close four public beach parking areas.  Parking areas will remain closed through March 31, 2020.  The locations include:

  • The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA)
  • The Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA)
  • Station Street Park
  • Third Street Park 

“Following guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Gov. Roy Cooper, and local health officials, North Carolinians are asked to implement social distancing,” said Matt Zapp, Town Manager.  “Visitors should be aware that travel to the coast is being discouraged at this time.”

Public restrooms remain closed through March 31, 2020 as well.   Officials will review the situation and make adjustments to the schedule as needed.  

The Town of Emerald will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites.  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

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For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:15:00 PM Categories: News

PRESS RELEASE - Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 State of Emergency 

Press Release

March 19, 2020

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 State of Emergency - (View State of Emergency Proclamation)

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-   Effective today, March 19, 2020, Mayor Eddie Barber has issued the attached State of Emergency for the Town of Emerald Isle.

Town Manager Matt Zapp states, “The Town of Emerald Isle is partnering with the appropriate federal, state, county, and local officials to reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19. In alignment with Carteret County, the Town of Emerald Isle discourages travel to the coast at this time.”

Emerald Isle officials call on all citizens and businesses to voluntarily follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS):

  • Reduce the risk of person-to person transmission by practicing social distancing measures which decrease the frequency of contact and increase physical distance between persons.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  •  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Individuals who are sick should always cover their coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of their elbow.
  • Individuals who are sick should stay home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, the Town urges citizens to reference and use the following credible sources:

  • COVID-19 Information Call In Line at the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS): 866-462-3821 or the Coronavirus Response in North Carolina (NCDHHS): http://ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://coronavirus.gov

The Town of Emerald continues to maintain a continuity of operations.    Town officials will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites.  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

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For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 19, 2020 1:26:00 PM Categories: News
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