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Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament to Award Two Scholarships 




Emerald Isle, NC — Thanks to the success of the First Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament, the tournament committee is pleased to announce a new college scholarship opportunity in 2020 for one graduating senior from both Croatan High School and Swansboro High School planning to earn a degree in an area of Marine or Coastal Science or Engineering.

“Our hope is that the successful scholarship recipients might return to Eastern/Coastal North Carolina to pursue their post-graduate careers,” said Ron Dimock, Member of the Executive Committee of the Fishing Tournament. The two $3000 merit-based scholarships will be awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and essay. The application process opens on February 24th.  All applications and supporting documents must be turned in to Ms. Nicole Rains (Swansboro) or Ms. Jessica Sadler (Croatan) no later than April 20, 2020.  Scholarship winners will be announced at the annual awards programs in May at each high school. Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited 2-year community or technical college, or a 4-year college or university where they plan to major in marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries biology, geology, environmental science, climate change, marine policy, ocean engineering/ship-building/maintenance, or the chemistry or physics of the ocean. The scholarship application is available through the high schools’ guidance office or may be downloaded here.

About the Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament

The Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament is a non-profit organization that promotes the responsible use of our precious marine resources through education and sponsorship of community events, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of ocean stewards through scholarships for post-secondary education.

Thank you to the generous sponsors below for making our first fishing tournament such a success and providing this new scholarship opportunity!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 21, 2020 10:34:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle’s 2020 Beach Safety Initatives 


The Town of Emerald Isle remains focused on beach safety year-round. Increased investments in personnel, equipment, and communication efforts will be even more visible for the 2020 summer season.

Flag System

Emerald Isle utilizes the nationally/ internationally recognized ocean condition flag system.  In alignment with seasonal notifications provided by the National Weather Services (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Town will fly beach condition flags between April 1 and October 31.  A total of 25 large flags, measuring 4-feet by 6-feet each, will be placed along the Emerald Isle beach strand. 


A key component to a safe beach season are highly qualified lifeguards.   Under the command of the Emerald Isle Fire Department, a fulltime Ocean Rescue Supervisor will oversee the administration of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) accredited lifeguard program. 

The Town currently seeks 20 accomplished swimmers to join our team!  Candidates must be 18-years of age (or older), possess a valid driver’s license, swim 500-meters in less than 10 minutes, and have the capacity to successfully complete USLA certified training.  Staff permitting, the Town will place lifeguards on the beach strand between May 1 and September 30. 

Candidates can learn more about the opportunity and watch a 15-second advertisement teaser here:


Emerald Isle lifeguards are often college students that hail from varied locations across the county and have no local connection (or family) in Carteret County.  Finding affordable housing can be a challenge.

We are seeking Host Families for the 2020 summer season.  A Host Family provides safe, comfortable housing, in a family environment for an Emerald Isle lifeguard. When you Adopt-A-Guard, you are helping to save lives!

To learn more about the program, contact the Fire Department at (252) 354-2445 or click here:


Two stationary lifeguard stations will again be located at the Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA).  The beach strand will also be subdivided into service zones, where mobile lifeguards will patrol the strand in four overlapping sectors. 

Via the Enterprise Municipal Fleet Lease Program, the Town was able to secure three red Jeep Wranglers for use by lifeguards on the beach.  Additionally, the Police Department has leased a white Jeep Wrangler. 



Weather permitting, trained members of the Fire Department will also utilize drone technology on ocean rescue calls.  Drones will be utilized to serve as a secondary set of eyes in the sky. 


Stationary iPads, pre-loaded with RIP Current educational videos, will be made available to the public.  Stations will be placed at the Carteret County Visitors Center on Emerald Isle and other key locations throughout Town.  Guests will be able to watch a video and learn more about the power of the ocean.

For additional information about the Town of Emerald Isle, visit or call 252-354-3424.


For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

Emerald Isle, NC


NOTE: Emerald Isle adheres to the USLA minimum recommended standards for the training, equipping, and preparedness of those assigned to prevent drowning and other injury in the open water environment.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:11:00 PM Categories: News

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

All bids are requested by March 4, 2020, no later than 5:00 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 Addendum 1

View Addendum 1 - Schematic

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:01:00 PM Categories: News

Town Seeks Applicants To Fill Vacancy on the Emerald Isle Planning Board 

The Town of Emerald Isle is seeking applicants interested in serving on the Emerald Isle Planning Board.  The Planning Board currently has one vacancy.   A well-rounded education and work experience are helpful, but the most important qualities are care and concern for our community, a sincere desire to contribute, and a willingness to work hard.  All interested Emerald Isle residents are encouraged to apply. 

If you are interested, please send your letter of interest or resume to the attention of Rhonda Ferebee, Town Clerk at by 5pm on Friday, February 28, 2020.  If mailing, please send to Attn:  Rhonda Ferebee, Town Clerk, Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:55:00 AM Categories: News

Request for Bids - Wall Repair And Paint Police Department – Hurricane Florence Damages 


All bids are requested by February 20, 2020, no later than 12:00 pm (EST).

Interested bidders may submit written bids to the attention of: James A. Reese, Chief of Police. 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

Facsimile:                             (252) 354-6767(must obtain receipt confirmation prior to bid cut-off)

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

View Full Bid Document

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 7, 2020 4:32:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Woods Park Now ReOpened Following High Winds Last Week 

Please note that the Emerald Isle Woods Park has now reopened to the public following high winds last week.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 7, 2020 11:58:00 AM Categories: News

EI Police Chief Issues Press Release - Havelock Man Arraigned On Charges Of Murder And Arson 


Emerald Isle, NC February 6, 2020: A Havelock man charged in the fatal shooting and fire that left Carl Eugene Jones, Jr. dead inside a residence in Emerald Isle on January 9, 2020 appeared in a North Carolina Court for the first time today to answer to charges of murder and 1st Degree Arson. Emerald Isle Police report that they have been working continuously with the District Attorney and state and local agencies in both North Carolina and Texas to extradite Patrick Keith-Reich Whitley since his surrender to the U.S. Marshal Service in Corpus Christi, Texas on January 19, 2020. Mr. Whitley arrived back in North Carolina late Tuesday afternoon escorted by Emerald Isle detectives.

The following facts regarding this case are being released:

  • Mr. Whitley and the victim knew each other and had known each other for over a year.
  • On the night of the shooting, Mr. Whitley asked the victim to come to the home under the pretext of paying Mr. Jones money he owed him for work.
  • Mr. Whitley had animus toward Mr. Jones for reasons that we are not willing to disclose at this time.
  • Mr. Whitley has admitted to shooting the victim and then setting the house on fire to hide the fact that he had killed Mr. Jones.

Chief Tony Reese stated “I am confident in the conclusions reached as a result of this investigation and I am extremely proud of the hard work and collaboration of the agencies involved. Mr. Whitley’s appearance in court today is one more step in the process of bringing justice for the victim and his family as a result of this senseless act.  My thoughts this morning are with Mr. Jones’ family and my prayers go out to his parents and his three young children who are left to deal with this tragedy.” 

No further information is being released at this time.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:53:00 AM Categories: News

911 Delay Affecting Emerald Isle - Resolved 


UPDATE - It is being reported by the telephone company that the issue that affected 911 call delivery in Emerald Isle has been resolved.

Brandy Osborne
Communications Director
Carteret County Emergency Communications

Carteret County Emergency Services has been made aware of a 911 issue that is currently affecting Emerald Isle.  When calling 911, residents and visitors of Emerald Isle may experience a period of silence before the call is connected to the 911 center.  The local telephone company is aware of the issue and is working to make repairs.

Should you call 911 and your call not be connected within 30 seconds, please contact Carteret Emergency Communications on their administrative line: 252-726-1911.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 3, 2020 4:31:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Jr. Lifeguard Program - Sign Up Now! 

The Junior Lifeguard Program is open to Youth ages 9-17, the Emerald Isle Junior Lifeguard Program teaches Ocean Safety and valuable lifesaving skills. The program runs Monday thru Thursday at the Eastern Regional beach access.

2020 Summer Schedule –  9am to 1pm

July 13-16------------ Age 9-12

July 20-23---------- Age 13-17

Sign-up can be completed at the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreations Center. Registration forms and waiver can be here.

Please provide copy of birth certificate and sports physical with each child.

Payment due at time of registration, "Emerald Isle Fire Department"

Space is limited!

Questions please contact Emerald Isle Fire Department at 252-354-2445.

Print Flyer

Print Information Sheet

Print Registration Form

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 3, 2020 10:17:00 AM Categories: News

Warning – Social Security Phone Scams 

Emerald Isle citizens have reported receiving scam phone calls from imposters claiming to be from the Social Security Administration.  View the following video shared by the Social Security Administration advising that you hang up the phone if you receive this type of call.  Social Security employees will never threaten you for information or money, or demand an immediate payment.  Don’t be fooled! 




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, January 31, 2020 9:07:00 AM Categories: News
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