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Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:38:00 PM Categories: News

Public Service Announcement - James Street Golf Cart Parking Area 


During the weekend of May 2-3, 2020, beach activity was high due to warm and beautiful weather.  As a result, many citizens attempted to use the Golf Cart parking area at James Street & Ocean Drive.

Unfortunately, construction improvements at this site are not 100% complete.  The Town of Emerald Isle apologizes for the inconvenience.

Replacement of the wooden boardwalk is delayed.   The contractor is behind schedule, due in part to CV-19, and the impacted availability of certain hardware. 



The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department installed temporary post and rope markers on Monday May 4, 2020.

NOTE: This step is only a stop-gap measure, to reduce illegal golf-cart parking. 


The Town of Emerald Isle will work to complete the project as designed, to include: 

7 regular parking spaces, 1 handicap space, a bike rack, public trash receptacle, and post-n-rope barrier to separate the sidewalk and golf cart parking.

The project was originally scheduled for completion during the winter months of 2020. 

The adjusted target completion goal is June 1, 2020.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your cooperation when using the James Street Golf Cart parking area. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 5, 2020 1:56:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Press Release - May 4, 2020 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, May 4, 2020 1:56:00 PM Categories: News

Press Release - Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Updates 

Press Release

April 27, 2020

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Updates

The Town of Emerald Isle remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure. Provided below is an update on Town operations, services and events.

Short Term Rental Restrictions

The Town of Emerald Isle will extend a mandatory restriction on short term rentals through May 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM.  The restriction prohibits the renting of a hotel room, motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite, or similar accommodation.

Property owners/managers may accept occupants effective May, 9, 2020.  Contracts currently on file for the period April 30 – May 8, 2020, may be honored at the sole discretion of the property owner/manager. 

Public Beach Parking Areas

The Town of Emerald Isle stresses that tourist travel to the area remains highly discouraged.  All public parking areas, restrooms, and playgrounds in Emerald Isle remain closed at this time. 

Based upon the current NC Stay at Home Order (through May 8, 2020), the following approach will be taken in Emerald Isle regarding public parking facilities:

  • May 9, 2020- Third Street parking lot will open to the public.
  • May 9, 2020- Station Street parking lot will open to the public.

The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA) remain closed due to construction.  These parking areas will be made available to the public, (1) once construction is complete and (2) it is deemed safe to operate public restroom facilities. 

Water Access

Emerald Isle residents and property owners can access the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound.  Permitted activities include swimming, surfing, kiting, kayaking, fishing, and boating.  Residents can walk, jog, and sit on the beach strand.  All beach goers must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines.    

Municipal Facility Closings

The Emerald Isle Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive) and the Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive) have limited public access.  The Emerald Isle Community Center and all Parks & Recreation maintained facilities, remain closed to the public until further notice. Although these facilities are closed, the work of the Town continues uninterrupted through the COVID-19 response.

Emerald Isle residents and guests can access the Town’s full array of online resources at If needed, individuals may drop off necessary paperwork and building permit applications at a drop box located in Town Admin building foyer. While Town Hall is closed, Town staff will check the drop box throughout the day. The Town will mail acknowledgements and receipts upon request.

Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call 252-354-3424.  Staff will reply promptly during normal business hours.

Contact Information

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


Stay at Home

It is imperative that all citizens comply with the “Stay at Home” order issued by Gov. Cooper, which is in effect through May 8, 2020.  For everyone’s safety, follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).  Limit travel to essential needs.  Maintain social distancing (of 6-feet or greater separation) and limit gatherings to groups of 10 or less.  Wearing a protective face covering, when in public, is also recommended.


For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 27, 2020 4:39:00 PM Categories: News

Request for Proposals - Professional Disinfection Services - Emerald Isle Public Facilities 



All proposals are requested by May 7, 2020, no later than 12:00 pm (EST).

Interested bidders may submit written proposals to the attention of: Artie Dunn, Public Works Director. Written proposals 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

View/Print Complete Bid Document

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 27, 2020 3:43:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret County Press Releases - April 21, 2020 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, April 22, 2020 10:46:00 AM Categories: News

Local EI Businesses Offering Various Options In Compliance With COVID-19 Restrictions - Thank you for Supporting Local! 


Please view list of some of the Emerald Isle businesses offering various options in compliance with the current Covid-19 restrictions. Updates will be done as needed and when we are able! Thank you for your patience and support!


Sharks Den


(online ordering available)

Wed-Sat 12-8, Sunday 12-4



*Jackie’s American Grille

*Fish Hut Grill

*Kathryn’s Bistro

Closed until further notice


Rucker John’s





252-354-7775 or 354-4447


Curbside, Home & Office Delivery



The Trading Post

Working out of Flipperz

Village Market

Mon-Fri 10-2

Sat,Sun 8-3


Michaelangelo’s Pizza


(Online ordering available)


Flip Flops Donuts

Take out

Friday-Sunday, 7AM-Noon     


Dairy Queen






Lazarra’s Pizza



Pizza Inn



Plaza Mexico



Hwy 55



Ben & Jerry’s



Surf’s Up

Takeout/Delivery (in town limits)


El Zarape



Carteret Heart and


2 Entrances (Regular Care/Fever)


Circle Pizza


Take out/delivery



Hwy 58 Bikes

Service & Rentals


Nice Matters!

Thank you for supporting local!

Please be considerate and do not go into any public place if you are sick !

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 20, 2020 8:37:00 AM Categories: News

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
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