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New NC 58 Traffic Roundabout to Be Constructed This Winter 


The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has approved plans for a new NC 58 roundabout to be constructed at the intersection of Mallard Drive / Emerald Landing Drive, and the new roundabout will be constructed this winter.  The new roundabout is being financed and constructed by the new Publix grocery store that is expected to open in spring 2018.

The new roundabout is specifically designed to promote the efficient movement of traffic instead of a new traffic signal, and includes design features approved by NCDOT to enhance safety, allow pedestrian crossings in a safe manner, and create "breaks" in traffic flow to allow for side-street traffic to enter the roundabout.  The roundabout construction will be supplemented with additional street and sidewalk improvements along Emerald Landing Drive and Crew Drive. 

NCDOT has recommended the installation of roundabouts at 4 other NC 58 intersections in Emerald Isle.  The new Publix roundabout was endorsed by the Board of Commissioners as a "pilot project" to enable the community and the Board to further evaluate the effectiveness of roundabouts for the other proposed locations in Emerald Isle in the future.  Town officials expect to continue to work with NCDOT in the coming years to implement traffic improvements along NC 58 in Emerald Isle, potentially including the additional roundabouts recommended by NCDOT -- if the new Publix roundabout is effective.  Essentially, the Town's experience with the new Publix roundabout will likely guide future decisions regarding roundabouts in Emerald Isle. 

The Town's Comprehensive Land Use Plan, adopted by the Board of Commissioners after more than a year-long process to gather public input, notes that the Town does not support traffic improvements that will hinder safe and convenient access between the ocean side and sound side, and the widening of NC 58 and the Emerald Isle bridge from the current 2 and 3 lanes to 4 or 5 lanes is contrary to this policy.  This has been the Town's official position since at least 2004, and is also based on significant public input that the character of Emerald Isle would be harmed if a 4 or 5 lane road divided the ocean and sound sides of the Town.  In the absence of additional lanes, there are limited options available to promote the more efficient movement of traffic along NC 58, and NCDOT believes that the proposed roundabouts can lead to incremental improvement in traffic flow in Emerald Isle.  

Of course, no solution, including additional lanes, will ever fully eliminate traffic congestion in Emerald Isle, as it continues to be a highly desirable residential and tourism destination. However, the Town, in partnership with NCDOT, continues to work hard to identify any incremental improvements that can be helpful in the future.  The new Publix roundabout is a part of this ongoing effort.    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 8, 2017 4:10:00 PM

EI Fire Department Awarded Grant for Additional Personnel 


The Emerald Isle Fire Department was recently awarded approximately $300,000 in Federal grant funding for 3 additional firefighter positions. The additional grant funding will enable the EIFD to increase staffing on each shift from 4 to 5 personnel, and will promote a more effective response, promote greater firefighter safety, and enable the Town to maintain its excellent "4" ISO rating in the future.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 8, 2017 4:09:00 PM

Golf Cart Safety Classes, Registration Fee Changes, and Future Golf Cart Path Construction 


In an effort to promote golf cart safety and to establish a reliable source of funding for future golf cart accessibility improvements, the Board of Commissioners recently endorsed several new golf cart program initiatives.  

The Emerald Isle Police Department will be offering several new golf cart safety classes later this year and in early 2018 to better educate golf cart operators about safe use and the Town's regulations.  The new golf cart safety classes are scheduled for a variety of days and times, and will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room:

  • Tuesday, September 19 @ 10 am, 
  • Monday, December 4 @ 6 pm,
  • Saturday, December 9 @10 am,
  • Saturday, January 13 @10 am,
  • Friday, January 19 @ 6 pm,
  • Friday, February 2 @ 6 pm, and
  • Saturday, February 3 @10 am. 

Attendance at one of these golf cart safety classes will entitle the attendee to a $25 discount on the annual golf cart registration fee for the following year.  This discount will essentially negate a recently approved $25 increase in the annual golf cart registration fee, from $75 annually to a new fee of $100 annually, effective for 2018 registrations.  Those who attend one of these golf cart safety classes will incur a $75 registration fee, while those who do not will be responsible for the new $100 fee. 

The Emerald Isle golf cart program continues to grow, with more than 800 golf carts now registered in the Town's program.  Due to the geography of Emerald Isle, certain areas of Emerald Isle are not accessible to golf carts, and the Town will be working to construct special golf cart paths to improve accessibility in the future.  All additional golf cart registration fee revenues generated from the recent fee increase will be reserved to fund a portion of future golf cart paths in areas where the benefiting neighborhood is willing to bear a portion of the cost of improvements. 

A "pilot project" for the construction of a new golf cart path to benefit the Olde Cove Road neighborhood was recently approved by the Board of Commissioners, and will be constructed later this fall or winter.  The new golf cart path will link the neighborhood with a nearby Town street on the ocean side of NC 58, thereby allowing the legal use of golf carts by residents in the Olde Cove Road area.  If this project is successful, the Town will consider other similar improvements in the future upon request. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 8, 2017 4:08:00 PM

Hurricane Irma Forecast Favorable for Emerald Isle, But Still Need to Monitor 

According to the September 8 forecast, Emerald Isle does not anticipate any significant impacts from Hurricane Irma.  (There is, however, currently a high rip current risk, and the Town has posted RED FLAGS to advise swimmers to stay out of the ocean.)  Irma is currently forecast to make a direct hit on Florida on Sunday and Monday, and then move inland over Georgia, the western Carolinas, and Tennessee on Monday and Tuesday.  

Although a change in this forecast track is not expected, the Town encourages everyone to continue to monitor Irma's path in case of a shift in the track closer to Emerald Isle.  If such a shift occurs, the Town will post appropriate guidance on our various digital platforms:

- the Town's website ( ),

- the Town's email newsletter ( sign up at ),

- the Town's text message alert system ( sign up at ),

- the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC),

- the Town's Twitter account (@townemeraldisle), and 

- on the Emerald Isle APP, including Push notifications (search for "emerald isle nc" on Google Play and the APP Store).

Donate Supplies for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Victims Now Through Friday, September 15 @ Town Board Meeting Room; 7500 Emerald Drive

The Town has partnered with two different groups to collect supplies for victims of both Hurricane Harvey ( partner is Encounter 61, an Emerald Isle-based church - ) and Hurricane Irma (partner is the Swansboro Rotary Club, a respected local service organization - ).  If you are so inclined, please consider a donation of the following items:

  • bottled water,
  • non-perishable food,
  • toiletries,
  • diapers,
  • baby formula,
  • pet supplies,
  • rubber gloves,
  • sponges,
  • mops, and 
  • buckets.

These items can be dropped off daily between 8 am and 9 pm at the Town Board Meeting Room, adjacent to the Emerald Isle Police Station at 7500 Emerald Drive.  Items will be collected now through 9 pm on Friday, September 15, and Encounter 61 and the Swansboro Rotary Club will arrange delivery to hurricane victims. 

Please enter through the main entrance, and simply drop off donated items in the designated area in the Town Board Meeting Room, and our partners will handle the rest.

If you would prefer to make a cash donation, please visit the American Red Cross website at .


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 8, 2017 4:06:00 PM

DONATION PERIOD EXTENDED! Donate Supplies for Texas and Louisiana Flood Victims 


Now Through Friday, September 15 @ Town Board Meeting Room; 7500 Emerald Drive (adjacent to Emerald Isle Police Station)

The Town of Emerald Isle has also partnered with a new local church Encounter 61 to continue the donation efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Please visit their website for more details of their relief efforts and additional drop-off locations through September 15. 

Areas of Texas and Louisiana continue to suffer from the impacts of catastrophic flooding, and the Town is coordinating the collection and delivery of donated supplies for flood victims.  Please consider a donation of the following items:

  • bottled water
  • non-perishable food
  • toiletries
  • diapers
  • baby formula
  • pet supplies
  • rubber gloves
  • sponges
  • mops 
  • buckets.

These items can be dropped off daily between 8 am and 9 pm at the Town Board Meeting Room, adjacent to the Emerald Isle Police Station at 7500 Emerald Drive.  Items will be collected now through 9 pm on Friday, September 15, and the Town will arrange delivery to flood victims. 

Please enter through the main entrance, and simply drop off donated items in the designated area in the Town Board Meeting Room, and we'll handle the rest.

If you would prefer to make a cash donation, please visit the American Red Cross' Hurricane Harvey Relief page.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 5, 2017 8:10:00 AM

Emerald Isle Lifeguard Schedule 


With school starting again and the summer season starting to wind down, the Town will be adjusting its lifeguard services. 

The Town’s lifeguards will be in place at the Western Ocean Regional Access and roving the entire beach strand on ATVs each day through Monday, September 4 (Labor Day).  Beginning Monday, August 21, lifeguards will be on duty at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Labor Day (and including Labor Day), but not other weekdays. 

Labor Day is the last day of the season that the Town’s lifeguards will be on duty in Emerald Isle.  The EI Fire Department will continue to respond and provide water rescue services as needed after Labor Day.   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, August 28, 2017 3:32:00 PM

Town Officials Monitoring Potential Tropical Storm - Monday, August 28 - 2 pm 


Potential Tropical Storm Off Coast of Georgia

Town officials continue to monitor the potential tropical storm currently centered off the coast of Georgia.  The official forecast indicates the storm will hug the North Carolina coast tonight and tomorrow, and may bring tropical storm force winds (39 mph or greater) and 3 - 6 inches of rain to the Emerald Isle area.  As a result, Emerald Isle is currently under an official Tropical Storm Warning.  

Town officials encourage everyone to be cautious during the rain and wind impacts, and to secure any loose items on your property.  

The storm is expected to clear the Emerald Isle area by Wednesday morning.

Town Offices and Community Center Open

Town offices and the Community Center will be open on Tuesday, and all Town services will continue to be provided as normal.

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide additional updates on the potential tropical storm if / as warranted.  To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at , 

- sign up for text message alerts at , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, August 28, 2017 2:14:00 PM

The Coastal Environmental Partnership announces Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events 

The first collection date is Saturday, September 23th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Carteret County Health Department located at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City.

Accepted items include: Latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil, antifreeze, batteries, lawn and garden fertilizer and pesticides.

Items not accepted include: Commercial waste (except farm pesticides), gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological or radioactive wastes, commercial or institutional electronics.
State law forbids accepting materials from commercial sources.

Please call Bobbi Waters at 252-633-1564 or e-mail her at for more information.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, August 8, 2017 4:41:00 PM

Weather update 


Posted by Admin Tuesday, August 8, 2017 12:59:00 PM

Emerald Isle Continues to Enjoy Low Property Tax Rate 


The Town's FY 17-18 General Fund tax rate is 15.5 cents, with 14 cents earmarked for general Town services and 1.5 cents specifically earmarked for future beach nourishment efforts.  The Town is pleased to maintain its standing as the 2nd lowest property tax rate among the 21 oceanfront municipalities in North Carolina.  Mayor Barber, the Board of Commissioners, and the Town staff continue to work hard to keep the cost of Town government as low as possible for our residents and property owners!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 3, 2017 1:35:00 PM
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