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North Carolina to Close Restaurants and Bars for Dine-In Customers, Allow Takeout and Delivery to Continue 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:09:00 PM Categories: News

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Safety Measures 


March 15, 2020

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Safety measures

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-   The highest priority for the Town of Emerald Isle is the health and safety of our community.  Following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Gov. Roy Cooper, and local health officials, we will implement a social distancing service model beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. 

As a precaution to combat the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we will temporarily restrict non-essential walk-in traffic at the Town Administration Building and the Police Department until further notice.

Residents, guests, and contractors are asked to use online or telephone service options to secure permits, make tax payments, or submit service requests. Normal hours of operation will continue at the Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive) and Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive). 

For the protection of all members and guests, the Parks and Recreation Community Center (7500 Emerald Drive) will be closed to the public until further notice.   We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. 

If you need additional assistance, please contact the appropriate office via telephone or email:

Planning, Inspections and Permits

Josh Edmondson, Town Planner


Accounts Payable/ Receivable/ Taxes

Laura Rotchford, Finance Director


Non-Emergency Police Department Services

Tony Reese, Chief of Police


Parks and Recreation Services

Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreations Director



Public Works: Solid waste/ Yard Debris/ Roads

Artie Dunn, Public Works Director


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



For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

Town of Emerald Isle

7500 Emerald Drive

Emerald Isle, NC  28594


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:19:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races Postponed 


March 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Postponed

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-   In direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K is officially postponed.  To protect all race participants, volunteers, spectators and the Emerald Isle community, we must comply with instructions outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Roy Cooper’s recommendation to cancel events that assemble more than 100 people.

Rescheduled Date:  We share deeply in the disappointment felt by our athletes and desire to make the most of this very unfortunate situation.  As a result, Emerald Isle will host our race on Saturday, October 31, 2020 and employ a Halloween theme.  Volunteers will be dressed in costume and racers are encouraged to do the same!

Weather Forecast:  Late October is absolutely beautiful upon Emerald Isle, with average temperatures ranging from 45-55 degrees during race hours.  Daylight savings time ends that night too, so every racer receives an extra hour of sleep for working hard!

Participant Options: We understand that the rescheduled date may not work for everyone, so we will offer the following options:

1- Automatic deferment to October 31, 2020

2- Deferment to March 27, 2021

3- Full refund

All current registrations will automatically be deferred to October 31, 2020. If you would like to be deferred to March 27, 2021 or receive a refund, please email  Due to a high volume of email traffic, please allow 7-10 days for a response.

You have trained hard, made travel arrangements, dreamt of the finish line and put blood, sweat and tears into your preparation for race day.  Your hard work and dedication is admirable. You’re amazing for what you have accomplished and this is just part of the journey. Please join us in October 2020 (or March 2021) and make your dream a reality! 


For press inquiries, contact:

Candace Dooley, EI Race Director

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 13, 2020 5:24:00 PM Categories: News

Update - 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Races 

Race Director Candace Dooley issued the following statement earlier today to all registered participants of the upcoming Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K races.

Good afternoon athletes,

We are now 16 days from race day! We know that COVID-19 is heavy on everyone’s minds. 

We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak both globally and locally. Our top priority is the health and wellness of our participants, volunteers and spectators. We will continue to monitor this closely and seek guidance from our state and local officials. 

In the event of any change or cancellation of the race, we will notify you via email and will update all social media channels as soon as a decision is made.

With great thought,

Candace Dooley
Race Director

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:59:00 PM Categories: News

Press Release - Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival Cancelled 


Press Release - March 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival Canceled

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  Given the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Town of Emerald Isle and its partners have reviewed all options related to the 2020 Emerald Isle St.  Patrick’s festival.   In alignment with NC DHHS recommendations of mass gathering events (that may draw high-risk persons), the festival is officially CANCELED.

The list of NC DHHS recommendations can be accessed here:

We apologize to all patrons, sponsors, vendors and the community for the timing of such a critical decision.  The potential public safety risks (COVID-19) associated with hosting the function are increasing by the minute.

For additional information about the Emerald Isle St.  Patrick’s festival, visit or call the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350.


For press inquiries, contact:

Alesia Sanderson, Parks & Recreation Director

Emerald Isle, NC


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:47:00 AM Categories: News

Join the 2020 Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Team! 

Key Requirements

  • Must be US Citizen
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License
  • Must swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes to meet USLA Certification Requirements

Apply Here


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:40:00 AM Categories: News

Bathhouse at Western Ocean Regional Access has Re-opened Following Construction 


UPDATE - Bathhouse facility at the Western Ocean Regional Access has reopened following water line construction.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 28, 2020 2:47:00 PM Categories: News

Station Street Park Paving Planned on March 10 

Please be advised that Station Street Park will be closed for paving on Tuesday, March 10. There is a possibility that it may remain closed on March 11 as well.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:48:00 AM Categories: News

Town Manager Matt Zapp Attends Hurricane Preparedness for Decision Makers at National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL 

Town Manager Matt Zapp is at the National Hurricane Center (Miami, FL) in a week long training course via a FEMA grant. He is learning best management practices to further enhance Emerald Isle’s emergency preparedness for our residents, businesses and guests.



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:18:00 AM Categories: News

Request for Bids - Demolition & Repair Eastern Ocean Regional Access Handicap Walkway/Ramp - Hurricane Florence Damages 


All bids are requested by Friday, March 6th no later than 12:00 pm (EST).

Interested bidders may submit written bids to the attention of: Alesia Sanderson.

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, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

View Full Bid Document

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 21, 2020 2:47:00 PM Categories: News
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