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Islander Drive, Western Ocean Regional Access Improvements On Hold for Now 

 

A-Team Enterprises, LLC, the new owner of land on Islander Drive that was previously occupied by an abandoned go-cart track and bumper boat facility, had been planning to begin construction a new mixed-use development in January 2019.  With the significant impacts from Hurricane Florence, it is now likely that this timetable will be adjusted as both the Town and A-Team Enterprises focus on higher storm-related priorities.  

The Town has been working hard in recent months to develop a scope of public improvements along Islander Drive and at the Western Ocean Regional Access that will be funded by land sale proceeds and grant funding, and constructed in conjunction with the planned private development by A-Team Enterprises.  These public improvements will likely also be somewhat delayed, and it will be important to consider the timing of construction relative to the busy 2019 tourism season. The Town will be working hard to complete all selected public improvements either before May 2019 or after September 2019 so as not to unnecessarily disrupt the Town, nearby businesses, and visitors to the Western Ocean Regional Access during the summer 2019 season.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 4, 2018 11:40:00 AM Categories: News

AERIAL MOSQUITO SPRAYING FRIDAY NIGHT, OTHER IMPORTANT RECOVERY INFORMATION  

 

Update #29 - Wednesday, October 3 - 10 am

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Aerial Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Friday Night

Carteret County has arranged for aerial mosquito spraying in many areas of the County, including Emerald Isle, and this aerial spraying will occur this Friday night into early morning hours on Saturday.     

The pesticide that will be sprayed in Emerald Isle is Deltagard, and information about this approved product is available at the following link:  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/deltagard.pdf .  Planes will be flying approximately 300 feet above the ground surface, and will release the pesticide at approved application rates.  It is anticipated that all of Emerald Isle will be complete within a couple hours or less, sometime during the dark hours on Friday night into early Saturday morning.  

The Town is hopeful that Friday night's aerial spraying will effectively minimize the mosquito population in Emerald Isle.  If necessary, the Town will begin additional ground spraying activities in the following days and weeks.  

In addition to mosquitoes, aerial spraying is harmful to bees.  Helpful information for beekeepers is included at the following link:  http://www.colonialbeekeepers.com/index.php/education-information-mainmenu-43-43/91-protecting-bees-against-aerial-spraying . 

The Town is thankful for Governor Cooper releasing funds for mosquito spraying, and for Carteret County working to organize a larger effort in our County.

Beach Driving Permitted from 7 am - 7 pm Only

Due to the presence of many consolidated debris piles along the dune escarpment, the presence of numerous "gullies" on the beach strand, and the narrow width of the beach strand in certain areas at high tide, the Town is allowing beach driving during daylight hours only until further notice.  Beach driving is currently permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only.  A decision to revert back to the normal 5 am - 9 pm hours will be considered after all debris is removed from the beach strand. The Town's debris contractor is expected to begin removal of the consolidated debris piles along the dune escarpment on Thursday. 

More Debris Trucks Added, Significant Volume Collected Already

The Town's debris contractor now has 15 crews dedicated to Emerald Isle.  To date, the Town's contractor has collected more than 66,000 cubic yards of debris, and is now averaging nearly 6,000 cubic yards per day.  The Town has already incurred more than $500,000 of debris collection expense, however, the Town expects FEMA to reimburse the vast majority of this expense.  Slowly but surely, the debris piles are disappearing, but there is a still a lot left to be collected.  Thank you for your patience as our crews work to collect as much debris as quickly as possible.

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process, 
  • do not dispose of household hazardous waste at the street edge, and 
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled for October 27

The Coastal Environmental Partnership has rescheduled the household hazardous waste and electronics collection day for Carteret County for Saturday, October 27 from 8 am to 1 pm.  The drop-off site is the Carteret County Health Department, located at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City. 

Emerald Isle residents can dispose of the following items:  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, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological, or radioactive waste. 

Please visit the following link for more information:  http://www.cepnc.org/hazardous-waste.html .

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule, including Wednesday recycling, is now in effect.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

There are no steps to the beach at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and there is no safe access to the beach strand.  The parking area and bathroom facilities are open. 

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

The Emerald Isle Fire Department's Open House, scheduled for October 6, has been cancelled.

The Neighborhood Watch Program's Golf With a Cop event, scheduled for October 20, has been cancelled.

Inventory of Open Beach Accesses

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these accesses better than they were before!

Town Will Continue to Work Hard to Repair Town Facilities and Infrastructure, But Long Process Ahead 

Damages to Town facilities and infrastructure include significant beach erosion, public beach access walkway damage, leaky roofs on Town buildings, storm water pipe failures, downed trees in parks, bike path damage, street failures, soundside public pier damage, missing or compromised street signs, damaged benches, burned out or damaged street lights, street washouts, and more. Fortunately, the Town expects to receive significant public assistance funding from FEMA to repair, restore, and/or replace these facilities and infrastructure.  It will likely take several months, and perhaps more than a year to complete all work.    

Gradually, and eventually, we'll get everything fixed and have these facilities and infrastructure back to normal, and likely better in many cases.  However, it will take some time and likely create some inconvenience, and the Town greatly appreciates your patience and understanding!

Be Careful Using the Public Boating Access Facility

The Town's contractor has removed significant pier debris from the entrance canal at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, making it easier for boats to travel from Bogue Sound to and from the ramp area.  A preliminary review of the basin and canal did not identify any obvious submerged objects, however, boaters are urged to exercise caution while travelling in the canal and basin, and are also asked to report any submerged debris to the Town at 252-354-3424. Boaters should also note that many navigation markers may be displaced, and should use caution in unfamiliar waters.  

Be Careful on the Bike Path!

Much of the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bike path is clear enough for public use, but debris remains in scattered areas, particularly along Coast Guard Road (where large vegetative piles, standing water, and washed out sand remain in some areas of the path).  Town staff and the Town's debris contractor are working to remove this debris this week in an effort to restore the path to full use.  In the meantime, please feel free to use the path at your own risk, but be aware of obstructions and be safe moving around these obstructions.   

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance. The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

Planned Beach Nourishment Project To Be Considered Later In October

New, post-Florence beach profile survey work has been completed, and data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in the next few weeks.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.    

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

Board of Commissioners to Consider Amendment to Allow Temporary Use of Recreational Vehicles for Temporary Housing While Florence Repairs Completed

The Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and consider the temporary use of recreational vehicles for temporary housing at its October 9 regular Board meeting. The ordinance amendment under consideration would allow a property owner to utilize an RV on their residential property for a short time period (generally 3 - 6 months) while repairs necessitated by Hurricane Florence (or any future significant hurricanes) are performed.  The Board expressed preliminary support for this amendment at its emergency meeting on September 24, and a formal decision is expected on October 9 at 6 pm.  

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence. This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Stay Informed!

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

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- 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 https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

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

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 3, 2018 11:49:00 AM Categories: News

Planned Beach Nourishment Project Scope to Be Reconsidered  

 

The Town suffered significant beach erosion during Hurricane Florence.  Fortunately, there were no dune breaches, and the bulk of primary dunes remain intact, however, the smaller incipient dunes and the recreational beach areas were flattened, resulting in the displacement of a significant sand volume offshore.  Post-Florence beach profile survey work has already been completed, and this data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in October.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual sand volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.  More details will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 3, 2018 8:24:00 AM Categories: News

Town Continues Recovery from Hurricane Florence, Facility and Infrastructure Repairs Expected in Coming Months 

 

Town staff continue to work hard on recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence, and debris collection and mosquito control activities will continue through October.  Town staff and Town contractors will also be working hard in the coming weeks and months on all types of repairs, both large and small.  

Damages to Town facilities and infrastructure include significant beach erosion, beach access walkway damage, leaky roofs on Town buildings, storm water pipe failures, downed trees in parks, bike path damage, street failures, soundside pier damage, missing or compromised street signs, damaged benches, burned out or damaged street lights, street washouts, and more. Fortunately, the Town expects to receive significant public assistance funding from FEMA to repair, restore, and/or replace these facilities and infrastructure.  It will likely take several months, and perhaps more than a year to complete all work.    

Gradually, and eventually, we'll get everything fixed and have these facilities and infrastructure back to normal (and likely better in many cases).  However, it will take some time and likely create some inconvenience, and the Town greatly appreciates your patience and understanding!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 2, 2018 8:28:00 AM Categories: News

SWIMMING ADVISORY LIFTED, OTHER RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE 

Update #28 - Saturday, September 29 - 1 pm

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Town Will Continue to Work Hard to Repair Town Facilities and Infrastructure, But Long Process Ahead 

Damages to Town facilities and infrastructure include significant beach erosion, public beach access walkway damage, leaky roofs on Town buildings, storm water pipe failures, downed trees in parks, bike path damage, street failures, soundside public pier damage, missing or compromised street signs, damaged benches, burned out or damaged street lights, street washouts, and more. Fortunately, the Town expects to receive significant public assistance funding from FEMA to repair, restore, and/or replace these facilities and infrastructure.  It will likely take several months, and perhaps more than a year to complete all work.    

Gradually, and eventually, we'll get everything fixed and have these facilities and infrastructure back to normal, and likely better in many cases.  However, it will take some time and likely create some inconvenience, and the Town greatly appreciates your patience and understanding!

 

State Lifts Precautionary Swimming Advisory for Ocean Beaches in Emerald Isle 

The NC Recreational Water Quality Program has lifted its previous precautionary swimming advisory for nearly the entire ocean beach in Emerald Isle.  The only area still under the precautionary advisory is a very limited area near the Channel Drive neighborhood beach access, and the remaining ~ 11.5 miles of Emerald Isle's ocean beaches meet State and Federal standards for swimming. 

The swimming advisory remains in effect for the waters of Bogue Sound and Archers Creek, and these areas also remain closed to shellfishing due to inflows from flooded areas inland.  

To view the State's official release, please visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rwq-press-releases and click on the September 28 release.  

Significant Pier Debris Removed from Entrance Canal at Public Boating Access Facility

The Town's contractor has removed significant pier debris from the entrance canal at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, making it easier for boats to travel from Bogue Sound to and from the ramp area.  A preliminary review of the basin and canal did not identify any obvious submerged objects, however, boaters are urged to exercise caution while travelling in the canal and basin, and are also asked to report any submerged debris to the Town at 252-354-3424. Boaters should also note that many navigation markers may be displaced, and should use caution in unfamiliar waters.  

Aerial Mosquito Spraying Bids Due to County Today, Spraying Could Occur Early Next Week

Carteret County is currently soliciting bids for aerial mosquito spraying for many areas of the County, including Emerald Isle, and bids will be opened later today.  A decision on the scope and schedule for aerial spraying is expected in the next couple of days, and will be communicated via a future Town update.  Beekeepers are encouraged to take appropriate precautions to protect bees prior to any aerial spraying activities.

Beach Strand Mostly Clean, With Many Consolidated Piles Along Dune Escarpment

Town staff and members of the US Marine Corps from MCAS Cherry Point have collected all debris from the flat beach strand, and have assembled debris in many consolidated piles along the base of the dune escarpment.  Additional work to remove scattered debris in the dune field, primarily at The Point, will continue next week.  

The Town's debris contractor is expected on the beach my mid-week to begin removing the consolidated piles from the base of the dune escarpment. 

Be Careful on the Bike Path!

Much of the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bike path is clear enough for public use, but debris remains in scattered areas, particularly along Coast Guard Road (where large vegetative piles, standing water, and washed out sand remain in some areas of the path).  Town staff and the Town's debris contractor will be working to remove this debris next week in an effort to restore the path to full use.  In the meantime, please feel free to use the path at your own risk, but be aware of obstructions and be safe moving around these obstructions.   

Debris Collections Continue During Weekend

The Town's debris contractor continues to work throughout the weekend, all over Emerald Isle, and now has 12 crews dedicated to Emerald Isle.  

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October.

Opportunities Available to Volunteer to Help the Town Get Back to Normal Quicker

Numerous individuals have inquired about how they can help the Town with the recovery process.

In addition to making a contribution through Emerald Isle Baptist Church (see below), the Town welcomes any volunteer assistance to help clean-up Town facilities and grounds.  The Town has identified the following opportunities for our residents, property owners, visitors, and service groups to be helpful:

  • pick up debris along the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bicycle paths and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, 
  • pick up debris at Town parks, including 3rd Street Park, Station Street Park, Ocean Oaks Park, and at the Western Ocean Regional Access and Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, 
  • clear downed trees and other debris from ocean access easements and sound access easements, and place debris at the nearby street edge for collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, and/or 
  • pick up debris along the wide NC 58 right-of-way between the Welcome Center and Coast Guard Road, and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor.

For all of the above opportunities, you don't need to check in with anyone or schedule anything - just do it on your schedule and according to the amount of effort you wish to expend.  If you'd like to volunteer for more strenuous physical labor on the beach strand or in other Town parks, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350 and ask for Alesia Sanderson or Ricky Lanier.  

Thank you for your assistance!  Any of these efforts will help us get Emerald Isle back to normal that much faster!

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance. The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

Planned Beach Nourishment Project To Be Considered In October

New, post-Florence beach profile survey work has been completed, and data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in the next few weeks.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.    

Inventory of Open Beach Accesses

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these accesses better than they were before!

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

Board of Commissioners to Consider Amendment to Allow Temporary Use of Recreational Vehicles for Temporary Housing While Florence Repairs Completed

The Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and consider the temporary use of recreational vehicles for temporary housing at its October 9 regular Board meeting. The ordinance amendment under consideration would allow a property owner to utilize an RV on their residential property for a short time period (generally 3 - 6 months) while repairs necessitated by Hurricane Florence (or any future significant hurricanes) are performed.  The Board expressed preliminary support for this amendment at its emergency meeting on September 24, and a formal decision is expected on October 9 at 6 pm.  

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

The Emerald Isle Fire Department's Open House, scheduled for October 6, has been cancelled.

The Neighborhood Watch Program's Golf With a Cop event, scheduled for October 20, has been cancelled.

Carteret County Schools will reopen on Tuesday, October 2, and the Town's AfterSchool Program will be offered again beginning on October 2.  

Stay Informed!

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

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:
 

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- 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 https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

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

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, September 29, 2018 12:50:00 PM Categories: News

FINAL HURRICANE FLORENCE DAILY UPDATE - HARD WORK WILL CONTINUE TO GET EMERALD ISLE BACK TO NORMAL! 

 

Update #27 - Thursday, September 27 - 5 pm

Final Daily Update, Additional Updates Disseminated as Warranted

This update will be the final daily update about the Town's efforts regarding Hurricane Florence. The entire Town of Emerald Isle organization will continue to work as hard as possible to get Emerald Isle back to normal, and any additional information will be disseminated as warranted via the Town's typical digital media platforms.  For archived and new information, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  and click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page.  Please also contact the appropriate Town staff via phone or email at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/contact-us  if we can be helpful in any way or answer any questions.  

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors well-informed about all Town issues and initiatives, and we hope these updates have been helpful before, during, and after Hurricane Florence.  

For many of us, Hurricane Florence has been the most significant hurricane to ever impact Emerald Isle.  Although the impacts were and are significant, overall, Emerald Isle is incredibly blessed that Hurricane Florence was not worse.

Governor Releases Funds for Mosquito Control, Carteret County Arranging Aerial Spraying

Governor Cooper announced late yesterday that State funds for mosquito control are being released to counties impacted by Hurricane Florence.  This is good news, and Carteret County is planning to use these funds to arrange for aerial spraying in many areas of Carteret County, including Emerald Isle.  County staff are working to secure an aerial spraying contractor, and we are hopeful that mosquito spraying will occur early next week.  The Town will provide information about the planned aerial spraying when details are finalized.  

Board of Commissioners to Consider Amendment to Allow Temporary Use of Recreational Vehicles for Temporary Housing While Florence Repairs Completed

The Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and consider the temporary use of recreational vehicles for temporary housing at its October 9 regular Board meeting.  The ordinance amendment under consideration would allow a property owner to utilize an RV on their residential property for a short time period (generally 3 - 6 months) while repairs necessitated by Hurricane Florence (or any future significant hurricanes) are performed.  The Board expressed preliminary support for this amendment at its emergency meeting earlier this week, and a formal decision is expected on October 9 at 6 pm.  

Opportunities Available to Volunteer to Help the Town Get Back to Normal Quicker

Numerous individuals have inquired about how they can help the Town with the recovery process. In addition to making a contribution through Emerald Isle Baptist Church (see below), the Town welcomes any volunteer assistance to help clean-up Town facilities and grounds.  The Town has identified the following opportunities for our residents, property owners, visitors, and service groups to be helpful:

  • pick up debris along the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bicycle paths and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, 
  • pick up debris at Town parks, including 3rd Street Park, Station Street Park, Ocean Oaks Park, and at the Western Ocean Regional Access and Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, 
  • clear downed trees and other debris from ocean access easements and sound access easements, and place debris at the nearby street edge for collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, and/or 
  • pick up debris along the wide NC 58 right-of-way between the Welcome Center and Coast Guard Road, and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor.

For all of the above opportunities, you don't need to check in with anyone or schedule anything - just do it on your schedule and according to the amount of effort you wish to expend.  If you'd like to volunteer for more strenuous physical labor on the beach strand or in other Town parks, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350 and ask for Alesia Sanderson or Ricky Lanier.  

Thank you for your assistance!  Any of these efforts will help us get Emerald Isle back to normal that much faster!

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance.  The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.

Damaged Pier Being Removed from Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area

A Town contractor is currently removing a damaged pier from the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, and this should make boat travel easier and safer in the entrance channel.  Town and NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) staff have not yet had a chance to fully assess any underwater debris at the boat ramp facility and in the entrance channel, or the reliability of navigation channel markers nearby, so boaters are advised to exercise caution when using this facility.  We hope to complete a more formal assessment very soon.  

Debris Collections Continue, Steady Progress by Town's Contractor  

The Town's debris contractor continues to operate with a total of 11 collection crews spread out all over Emerald Isle, and progress continues.  Overall, the Town's contractor is now delivering approximately 120 - 160 loads of debris per day to the temporary disposal site located on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road. These are huge loads, with some as large as 150 cy per load!

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October.

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

State Issues Precautionary Water Quality Advisory for Coastal Waters

The NC Recreational Water Quality Program has issued a precautionary water quality advisory for all coastal waters south of Dare County, including the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle.  A copy of the Septemer 24 precautionary advisory is at  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rwq-press-releases .  

Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, the State has not yet collected samples of the water in the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle, and will likely not collect any samples until sometime next week.  In the meantime, the State urges everyone to be mindful that high levels of bacteria may be present in coastal waters, and urges caution.  With the significant inland flood waters discharging to the ocean and sound, there is a increased chance of contamination and an increased chance of adverse health impacts along the entire North Carolina coast.  This advisory is not specific to Emerald Isle, but rather the entire North Carolina coast south of Dare County (Dare County was largely unaffected by Florence). 

For more information, and to seek answers to questions about the potential risks, please contact the NC Recreational Water Quality Program at 252-726-7021 or visit their website at  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality . 

Planned Beach Nourishment Project To Be Considered In October

New, post-Florence beach profile survey work has been completed, and data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in the next two weeks.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.    

Inventory of Open Beach Accesses

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these accesses better than they were before!

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Numerous homes in Emerald Isle continue to have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals. Exposure to these waters may also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has cancelled the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29). This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

The Emerald Isle Fire Department's Open House, scheduled for October 6, has been cancelled.

The Neighborhood Watch Program's Golf With a Cop event, scheduled for October 20, has been cancelled.

Carteret County Schools will reopen on Tuesday, October 2, and the Town's AfterSchool Program will be offered again beginning on October 2.  

Stay Informed!

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

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- 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 https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

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

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:17:00 PM Categories: News

TOWN'S MAIN FOCUS NOW ON DEBRIS COLLECTION, REPAIRS IN ORDER TO GET EI BACK TO NORMAL - Update #26 - Wednesday, September 26 - 7 pm 

 

Street Flooding Issues Finally Resolved, Allowing Town Staff to Sharpen Focus on Other Recovery Tasks

With a few exceptions where a few inches of water remain over small street segments, all street flooding issues in the Town have been resolved.  The Town is currently only operating a few pumps, most notably along Reed Drive between East Seaview Drive and Mangrove Drive (no ocean discharge) and at the Cape Emerald pond (due solely to the failure of an important Town drainage pipe that discharges to Bogue Sound).  

Town staff's top priorities since Hurricane Florence ended 11 days ago have been the preservation of the potable water supply (in support of Bogue Banks Water Corporation), initial clearing of Town streets of tree debris, the preservation of law and order in the immediate aftermath, the restoration of power (in support of Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative), and the removal of flood waters to make all properties accessible and to enable a quick and effective response by emergency personnel when and where needed.  With all of these top priorities finally resolved, Town staff are now primarily focused on debris collection and repairs to Town infrastructure so we can all get back to normal and enjoy all the great things that Emerald Isle has to offer to our residents, property owners, and visitors!

Debris Collection Efforts Continue, and a New Option for Your Personal Contractor 

The Town's debris contractor continues to operate with a total of 11 collection crews spread out all over Emerald Isle, and progress continues.  The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October. 

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

State Issues Precautionary Water Quality Advisory for Coastal Waters

The NC Recreational Water Quality Program has issued a precautionary water quality advisory for all coastal waters south of Dare County, including the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle.  A copy of the precautionary advisory is at  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rwq-press-releases .  

Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, the State has not yet collected samples of the water in the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle, and will likely not collect any samples until sometime next week.  In the meantime, the State urges everyone to be mindful that high levels of bacteria may be present in coastal waters, and urges caution.  With the significant inland flood waters discharging to the ocean and sound, there is a increased chance of contamination and an increased chance of adverse health impacts along the entire North Carolina coast.  This advisory is not specific to Emerald Isle, but rather the entire North Carolina coast south of Dare County, which was largely unaffected by Florence. 

For more information, and to seek answers to questions about the potential risks, please contact the NC Recreational Water Quality Program at 252-726-7021 or visit their website at  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality . 

Town Working to Line Up Aerial Mosquito Spraying, Targeting Early Next Week for Spraying

It does not appear that the State will be assisting with aerial mosquito spraying, so Town staff are currently working to secure multiple price quotes for aerial spraying within Emerald Isle (and potentially in partnership with other Bogue Banks towns).  Additional analysis is required (and ongoing), however, it is likely that aerial spraying could occur overnight on Monday or Tuesday next week.  More details will be provided once they become available. 

Planned Beach Nourishment Project To Be Considered In October

New, post-Florence beach profile survey work has been completed, and data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in the next two weeks.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.    

Inventory of Open Beach Accesses

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these accesses better than they were before!

Beach Open for Beach Driving This Weekend

Beach driving season normally begins on September 15 each year, however, Hurricane Florence delayed the start of the season this year.  With Town staff expecting to complete beach cleanup activities later this week, the Town will open the beach for driving this Saturday morning.  Please note that beach driving will be permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only, at least initially.  

Beach driving permits are on sale at the Town Administration Building during normal business hours.  Beach driving information and an online permit application is also available at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving . 

Use the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area at Your Own Risk

Town staff and NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) staff have not yet assessed any underwater debris at the boat ramp facility and in the entrance channel, so boaters are advised to exercise caution when using this facility.  Town and WRC staff hope to have a damaged pier section removed from the entrance channel in the next couple of days, and plan to complete a more formal assessment before this weekend.   

Town Working to Restore NC 58 and Coast Guard Road Bike Paths to Normal Condition

Due to Town staff's focus on other more pressing recovery efforts up until now, there are still several areas along the Town's bicycle path network that are cluttered with debris.  There is also a small segment of the bicycle path along Coast Guard Road near Sea Dunes Drive that was damaged by a critical water line break during the storm, and it will take some time to have new asphalt placed in this area.  

The Town's debris contractor and Town staff will be working in the coming days to remove debris from the path and return the path to normal condition (with the exception of the damaged segment near Sea Dunes Drive).  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to return the bicycle path to normal condition.

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Numerous homes in Emerald Isle continue to have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals. Exposure to these waters may also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance.  The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information. 

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has cancelled the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29).  This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Town Services, Other Information

The popular Coffee With A Cop session is still on, and will be held on Thursday at 9 am at The Trading Post in downtown Emerald Isle.  Come on down and meet EI's finest!

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  The AfterSchool Program will not operate this week.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

The Emerald Isle Fire Department's Open House, scheduled for October 6, has been cancelled.

The Neighborhood Watch Program's Golf With a Cop event, scheduled for October 20, has been cancelled.

Carteret County Schools are closed all week from September 24 - 28. 

Stay Informed!

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

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- 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 https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

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

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:03:00 PM Categories: News

Public Ocean Accesses Open Post Hurricane Florence 

 

3rd Street Park

5th Street

8th Street

9th Street

10th Street

14th Street

19th Street

20th Street

21st Street

3113 Ocean Drive

Gregg Street

Tammy Street

Huber Street

Georgia Street

How Street

Alex Street

Bryan Street

Edna Street

Joel Street

Elizabeth Street

Fairfax Street

Beachview

West Landing

Sea Crest

Whitewater

Ebbtide

Santa Maria

Bluewater

Tracy Street

James Street

Lee Street

Eagle’s Nest

Seagull

Shore Rush

Shell

Ocean Crest

Western Ocean Regional Access

Fawn

Deer Horn

Sea Dunes

Conch

Ocean Oaks

Page Place/Randy’s Way

Wyndtree

Channel

Point

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:50:00 PM Categories: News

PUMPING OPERATIONS WINDING DOWN, BEACH DRIVING BEGINS THIS WEEKEND - Update #25 - Tuesday, September 25 - 8 pm 

 Remind Yourself How Great Emerald Isle Is!  

The entire Emerald Isle community is working hard to get life back to normal as soon as possible, and Emerald Isle will definitely be back better than ever!  

For a nice reminder of how great our community is, check out this great slide show prepared by Emerald Owl Productions at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwjs-odAUtE&feature=youtu.be , and also check out this video to see for yourself why nice matters in Emerald Isle -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/see-for-yourself-why-nice-matters-in-emerald-isle-  . 

Pumping Operations Nearly Complete, No More Ocean Discharges

The Town is winding down pumping operations, as nearly all streets in the Town are now passable for nearly all vehicles.  There are isolated areas with a few inches of water over the road, however, nearly all vehicles can drive through these areas.  The Town continues to maintain storm water pumps in a handful of locations, primarily to combat groundwater recharge, however, there are no longer any discharges to the Atlantic Ocean.  A few town pumps continue to operate, and are discharging to Bogue Sound or other Town-owned or controlled properties, and the Emerald Isle Woods emergency discharge remains open. 

The Town is pleased to have mostly resolved the storm water flooding concerns on Town streets, and can now shift its focus to other important recovery tasks.  The Town was fortunate to receive helpful assistance from several portable rental pump suppliers from all over North Carolina as we addressed these significant storm water flooding concerns, and greatly appreciates their help! 

Beach Clean-Up Efforts Continue

Town staff continue to remove debris from the beach strand and the dune areas, and are making steady progress.  Another group of US Marines from MCAS Cherry Point is expected to assist later this week, and the Town greatly appreciates their assistance!  The Town expects to have all scattered debris consolidated in manageable piles at the base of the dune escarpment by Friday, and will then retain a contractor to collect all debris and deliver it to the temporary disposal site on the mainland.  

Beach Open for Beach Driving This Weekend

Beach driving season normally begins on September 15 each year, however, Hurricane Florence delayed the start of the season this year.  With Town staff expecting to complete beach cleanup activities later this week, the Town will open the beach for driving this Saturday morning.  Please note that beach driving will be permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only, at least initially.  

Beach driving permits will go on sale again on Wednesday morning at 8 am at the Town Administration Building.  Beach driving information is also available at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving , and the online permit application will again be active beginning on Wednesday morning. 

Use the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area at Your Own Risk

Town staff and NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) staff have not yet assessed any underwater debris at the boat ramp facility and in the entrance channel, so boaters are advised to exercise caution when using this facility.  Town and WRC staff hope to have a damaged pier section removed from the entrance channel in the next couple of days, and plan to complete a more formal assessment before this weekend.   

NC 58 and Coast Guard Road Bike Paths Slowly Being Cleared

Due to other more pressing recovery efforts, Town staff have not yet been able to devote significant time to clearing the entire NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bicycle paths, and the necessary stockpiling of debris is also encroaching on the bicycle path in many areas.  Town staff have directed the Town's debris contractors to place a priority on debris collections along NC 58 and Coast Guard Road in order to present a neat, clean image along our main roads, and also to promote safe and enjoyable use of the bicycle paths.  

Debris Collection Efforts Continue, New Temporary Disposal Site for Residents Hauling Own Debris

The Town's debris contractor continues to operate with a total of 11 collection crews spread out all over Emerald Isle, and is making good progress.  The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October. 

Please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractors to arrive may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

 

No Decision Yet on Mosquito Spraying

The Town has not yet received a response to our request to the State for aerial mosquito spraying or ground-spraying.  We remain hopeful that the State will offer assistance for spraying in the near future.  In the meantime, the Town is also exploring other strategies to provide comprehensive mosquito spraying in Emerald Isle, as we expect the mosquito population to explode in the coming days.   

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Hundreds of homes in Emerald Isle continue to have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals. Exposure to these waters may also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance.  The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.   

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has cancelled the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29).  This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Town Services, Other Information

The popular Coffee With A Cop session is still on, and will be held on Thursday at 9 am at The Trading Post in downtown Emerald Isle.  Come on down and meet EI's finest!

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect, however, recycling will not be collected on Wednesday, September 26 due to hurricane damage at the recycling facility.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  The AfterSchool Program will not operate this week.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

Carteret County Schools are closed all week from September 24 - 28. 

Town of Emerald Isle Updates on Hurricane Florence Will Now Be Daily

The Town will now provide one daily update about our recovery efforts, and the daily update will generally be distributed in late afternoon or early evening hours.  

Stay Informed!

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

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- 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 https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

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

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:06:00 PM Categories: News

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors 

 

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:56:00 AM Categories: News
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