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EI Continues to Strengthen Beach Safety Initiatives 

Emerald Isle Beach Patrol Officers underwent training on August 26, 2021, to learn more about the Town's Ocean Rescue Lifeguards and how to effectively communicate with them and assist during water rescues.

In this video, Ocean Rescue Coordinator William Matthias and Interim Chief of Police Michael Panzarella discuss why this training is so important and how the departments working together will continue to strengthen the Town's beach safety initiatives.



Posted by Anna Smith Friday, August 27, 2021 1:08:00 PM Categories: News

Town Receives Financial Reporting Certificate 

The Town of Emerald Isle has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. According to a press release from the GFOA, this award is for the Town's comprehensive annual finance report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020. 

"The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive 'spirit of full disclosure' to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report," the GFOA stated.  "The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management."

The Government Finance Officers Association advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, August 24, 2021 1:41:00 PM Categories: News

Mosquito Spraying set for August 24-26 

The Emerald Isle Public Works Department will be spraying for mosquitoes overnight on Tuesday, August 24-August 26, 2021, beginning at 10 p.m. Each round of spraying will take around two and a half hours.

The Public Works team is respectful of the "do not spray" addresses already on record with the Town, and will avoid pedestrians. As a precaution, bee keepers should cover their hives.

The schedule is as follows:

-On Tuesday night, all of Coast Guard Road and its subdivisions will be covered.

-On Wednesday, both the north and south sides of NC 58 from Coast Guard Road to Black Skimmer Road will be sprayed.

-On Thursday, the north and south sides of NC 58 from Black Skimmer Road to White Water Drive/Marsh Cove Road will be covered, along with Olde Cove Road/West Summer Place to 11th Street.


Posted by Anna Smith Monday, August 23, 2021 4:51:00 PM Categories: News

Town of Emerald Isle Reveals Bridge Traffic Cameras 

The Town of Emerald Isle has released three traffic cameras that are geared to show traffic coming to and from the B. Cameron Langston Bridge, as well as Coast Guard Road. 

The trio of traffic cameras are available for the public to view on the free Emerald Isle, NC app and on the town's website, under the "Beach & Sound" tab. The app can be downloaded from the App Store and the Google Play store. 

One camera shows an east view of Emerald Drive by the Speedway gas station, the second shows the northwest view toward the bridge, and the third is a southeast look down Coast Guard Road. 

The Emerald Isle, NC app will have more exciting additions in the coming weeks. This app features a convenient list of stores, restaurants and places to stay across the Town, as well as the Bogue Inlet Pier camera, beach and sound information, Town government information and more. 

The cameras are possible through partnerships with NCDOT, Pro AV and the Holiday Trav-L Park, which is providing the high speed internet capability to livestream.


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, August 20, 2021 8:22:00 AM Categories: News

Election Campaign Sign Season Approaching 

EMERALD ISLE, NC -  Election Campaign Sign Season Approaching

In an effort to assist local property owners and candidates, the Town of Emerald Isle Planning Department wishes to share the following Public Service Announcement. 

The Town of Emerald Isle regulates political signage placement within the Town limits. The following regulations should be adhered to when placing signage for candidates within the Town of Emerald Isle:

(H) Temporary political signs advertising candidates or issues subject to the following conditions:

1. Signs may be placed within the NC 58 right-of-way and within the right-of-way of all Town streets, but permission of the adjacent private property owner is required.

2. Signs must be placed at least three (3) feet from the edge of the street pavement, and shall not be more than forty-two (42) inches higher than the asphalt roadway surface.

3. Signs shall not be displayed earlier than thirty (30) days prior to the start of "one-stop" voting and shall be removed no more than ten (10) days after the election. This year, One-Stop Voting begins on Thursday, October 14.

4. Signs shall not obstruct a driver's sight distance at an intersection or create an unsafe condition for motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists.

5. Signs shall not be larger than six (6) square feet.

6. Signs shall not obscure or replace other signs.

7. No banners are permitted.

8. No campaign signs are permitted on or in front of Town-owned property, with the exception of Election Day and only in accordance with the guidelines established by the Town and the County Board of Elections.

9. There is no limit on the number of campaign signs, provided that all other regulations are followed.

For information related to NCDOT controlled roadways, please visit the following link to review a 2020 press release:

If you have additional local questions, please contact the EI Planning Department at 252-354-3424 or visit


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, August 19, 2021 11:34:00 AM Categories: News

EI Lifeguards on Beach through September 

As the school year draws near, Emerald Isle Ocean Rescue Lifeguards will continue to be on the beach strand daily through September. Beginning August 18 to August 31, 2021, there will be five or six lifeguards on the beach strand Monday through Thursday, and there will be six on duty Friday through Sunday to best serve our residents and visitors.

From September 1 to September 30, 2021, 4 lifeguards will be on the beach strand Monday through Thursday, and there will be 5 on duty Friday through Sunday. Western and Eastern Ocean Regional Accesses lifeguard towers will remain staffed throughout the remainder of the season.

Some of the Town’s lifeguards are now returning to school or their primary employment, and we would like to take the chance to thank them for their hard work and dedication since April. The Town is grateful for all they do to educate and assist the public along our 12 miles of beach strand.

In addition to the lifeguards, the beach warning flag system will remain in place through October, pending the National Weather Service’s forecasting. If you have not recently reviewed our beach warning flag video, now is a great time to check it out.


Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:30:00 AM Categories: News

EIFD Cancer Awareness Shirts on Sale 

Emerald Isle Fire Department Cancer Awareness shirts are now on sale online, and are available to purchase through 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 12th. 

There is both a unisex t-shirt, along with a Ladies cut t-shirt available for $25 apiece. 

These shirts are only sold through the online store and will be shipped directly to the purchaser in the beginning of October. Please note, these shirts will not be sold onsite at the Emerald Isle Fire Department stations or at the Town Administrative Offices. 

Click here to order yours!

All proceeds go to support a North Carolina cancer charity. 

If you have any questions, please email Fire Marshall/Ocean Rescue Coordinator Billy Matthias at


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, August 12, 2021 3:53:00 PM Categories: News

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled in August 

The Emerald Isle Public Works Department will conduct mosquito spraying on August 12, 13 and 16, 2021, in the early morning hours. Various locations throughout Town that are on the "do not spray" list will be heeded.

Thursday, August 12: Spraying will take place along Coast Guard Road and the adjoining subdivisions.

Friday, August 13: Spraying will be conducted on both the north and south sides of NC-58 (Emerald Drive), from Coast Guard Road to Black Skimmer Road.

Monday, August 16: Spraying will be underway on the north and south sides of NC-58 (Emerald Drive) from Black Skimmer Road to White Water Drive/Marsh Cove Road, and from Old Cove Road/West Summer Place to 11th Street.


Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, August 11, 2021 5:06:00 PM Categories: News

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Vendor Applications Open 

On Saturday, December 4, Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation will host the 8th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the gymnasium. The Fair will feature all handmade or hand-authenticated items from local artisans and crafters. With over 30 vendors, you are sure to find just the right gift for everyone on your Christmas list! Find that one-of-a-kind gift while supporting local.

Are you interested in being a vendor at this event? You can download the application here

Contact the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Department at 252-354-6350 with any questions. 



Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, August 11, 2021 1:18:00 PM Categories: News

Apply now to be on the Golf Cart Advisory Committee 

The Town's local golf cart program continues to increase in popularity, and the Golf Cart Advisory Committee, as established by the Board of Commissioners, is tasked with promoting the safe use of golf carts, advocating for golf cart owners, identifying strategies to expand golf cart access in a safe manner, fundraising efforts, and other helpful activities. There is currently one vacancy on this committee that needs to be filled.

Committee membership is open to any permanent or part-time residents of Emerald Isle, and interested members of the Emerald Isle business community.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete the application questionnaire and submit to Anna Smith, at, no later than Monday, August 30, 2021 at 5 p.m. 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, August 9, 2021 12:30:00 PM Categories: News
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