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Tropical Storm Warning - Claudette 

June 20, 2021 - 6 a.m. briefing

Emerald Isle and the surrounding area is under a Tropical Storm Warning for the system that is currently Tropical Depression Claudette.

Potential impacts include several inches of rain that could lead to flooding, the possibility of tornadoes, some minor impact from coastal flooding, minor impact from wind, and dangerous marine conditions. These impacts are most likely late Sunday, June 20, through the morning of Monday, June 21. Scattered power outages are possible. 

Today is a red flag day in Emerald Isle and the Town recommends you stay out of the water.

The National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City recommends you have multiple ways to receive warnings and at least one that will wake you up as the system moves across our area overnight. 

This latest information is from 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 20, 2021. You can view the full Tropical Storm Warning briefing from the NWS here: 


Posted by Anna Smith Sunday, June 20, 2021 8:06:00 AM Categories: News

Knuckle Boom Truck for Sale 

The Town of Emerald Isle has listed a 2013 International DuraStar 4300 knuckle boom truck on 

You can view full information and photos of this equipment here. This auction will end at 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021. 

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, June 15, 2021 3:17:00 PM Categories: News

Chief of Police Tony Reese Retires 

Emerald Isle Chief of Police Tony Reese is retiring this week, following a long and successful career with EIPD. He started working with the department in November 1999 as a reserve part-time Officer and was promoted to full-time Police Officer in June 2000.  He has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Lieutenant, Assistant Police Chief, Interim Police Chief and most recently as Police Chief. His final day is June 15th. 

At the June 8th Board of Commissioners Meeting, Chief Reese was recognized with a proclamation, as well as a resolution awarding him his service sidearm and badge. 

On June 10th, a small gathering was held in his honor to wish him well in his future endeavors. Chief Reese, you have been an asset to the Town, and your leadership and guidance will carry forward. Thank you for all you have done for the Town of Emerald Isle. 


Posted by Anna Smith Monday, June 14, 2021 1:28:00 PM Categories: News

Town forgoes Fourth of July Fireworks in 2021 

Celebrating the birth of our great nation is a revered activity in Emerald Isle, normally capped with an exceptional fireworks display held on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, the Town of Emerald Isle made a very difficult decision this spring to forego the July 4th fireworks celebration. 
At the time of the decision, strict COVID-19 restrictions were in place and future limitations were unknown. The Town also faced a near $286,000 fiscal deficit, due to unavoidable COVID-19 related expenses. If Town officials engaged in the time-sensitive pyrotechnic contract on April 13, 2021, it was uncertain if the fireworks celebration could even be held.
In order to avoid a loss of $24,000, the Town of Emerald Isle voted to save our taxpayers money. We are thankful that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and greater than 50 percent of the nation is now vaccinated. 
Going forward, the Town Board, staff and Tourism Development Authority are working together on alternative events later in the year. 
We sincerely appreciate the community's understanding and pray that everyone has a joyous and safe July 4th, 2021!

Posted by Anna Smith Sunday, June 13, 2021 11:40:00 AM Categories: News

Junior Lifeguard Camp Registration Starts June 14 

Mark your calendars: Junior Lifeguard Camp 2021 will be held through the Emerald Isle Fire Department. This program teaches ocean safety and valuable lifesaving skills. 

  • July 12-15 for 9-12 year olds
  • July 19-22 for 13-17 year olds

The course will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Eastern Regional Beach Access.

Sign-ups can be completed at Emerald Isle Fire Department Station 1 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., beginning Monday, June 14. You must provide a copy of the birth certificate and sports physical of each child you are registering. 

The cost will be $100 per participant, and payment is due at time of registration. Checks can be made out to Emerald Isle Fire Department. 

Registration Form for Junior Lifeguard Camp 2021

Important Information for Junior Lifeguard Camp 2021

You can contact the Fire Department with questions at 252-354-2445.

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Posted by Anna Smith Friday, June 11, 2021 1:43:00 PM Categories: News

Post and Rope being installed at Beach Accesses 

On June 8, 2021, the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners authorized the installation of post and rope walkways at each public beach access. 

The new post and rope walkways comply with CAMA regulations, and are designed to help keep foot traffic off the dunes and protect the recently planted vegetation. 

Here is an example of a newly six foot by fifty foot post and rope walkway. 


The Town’s subcontractor will install approximately 70-80 pathways that are connected to public walkways. 

Private property owners may also install walkways, but are encouraged to contact the Emerald Isle Planning Department at 252-354-3424 before construction.

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:14:00 PM Categories: News

Board Approves FY 2021-22 Budget 

You can view the adopted FY 2021-22 Budget, as approved by the Board of Commissioners at the June 8, 2021 meeting. 

You can watch the meeting online here. The budget portion started around 52 minutes into the meeting. 

Here is the overview of the budget message, as presented to Mayor Eddie Barber and the Board of Commissioners: 

The Recommended Budget across all funds is $11,896,121; a $421,871 or 4.0 % increase from the FY 20-21 originally adopted total budget.

The Town has works diligently to provide high quality services at the least possible cost, while consistently maintaining a General fund property tax rate among the lowest of the 21 North Carolina oceanfront municipalities. This effort has included strategic investment in targeted, high-value initiatives intended to improve the quality of life for residents and enhance Emerald Isle’s desirability as a tourism, retirement and potential investment destination. These achievements have been realized through the establishment of clear priorities focused on community values, careful expenditure controls, strategic organizational adjustments, creative financing and the leveraging of outside funding from multiple partners. These strategies have enabled the Town to move forward in a fiscally responsible manner, and the FY 21-22 Recommended Budget continues this approach.

The FY 21-22 Recommended Budget addresses the Board established priorities as discussed during December 2020 goal-setting process. The recommended Town of Emerald Isle budget includes the current property tax rate of $0.155 for FY 21-22.

You can read the full budget message in the attached budget book above. 

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:03:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Awards Four Scholarships 

At the June 8, 2021, Board of Commissioners meeting, the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Committee awarded four $3,000 scholarships to area high school students who have been accepted into a college or university and plan to study aspects of Marine or Coastal Science and Engineering.


The scholarship honorees are: Christian Gillikin, an East Carteret High School student who will be attending N.C. State University; Caitlin Mahnke, a Croatan High School student attending Carteret Community College; Morgan Clerkin, a Swansboro High School student who will be attending Mars Hill University; and Tatihana Loya, a Swansboro High School student who will be attending UNC-Charlotte.


Congratulations to these hardworking individuals, and best of luck in your future plans!


You can find more information about the Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament online at The 2021 tournament will be held on September 18. 

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:01:00 PM Categories: News

Business by the Beach Spotlights Available 

Do you own a brick and mortar business in Emerald Isle you would like to see featured in our Business by the Beach series? Email Anna Smith, Public Information and Media Director, at for more information on this free opportunity.

If you do not own a local business, but would like to see your favorite places featured, you can encourage their management to reach out to Anna Smith about Business by the Beach spotlights. 


Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, June 8, 2021 10:58:00 AM Categories: News

Donate Blood, and You Could Save a Life 

Emerald Isle Lifeguards, Firefighters, Police and EMS help our community and save lives, and you can too, by donating blood.

The next American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 2-6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18 at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Gymnasium. You can find full details and sign up for an appointment here: Or, you can visit the American Red Cross website directly. 



Posted by Anna Smith Monday, June 7, 2021 4:01:00 PM Categories: News
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