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The Coastal Environmental Partnership announces Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events 

The first collection date is Saturday, September 23th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Carteret County Health Department located at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City.

Accepted items include: 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 (except farm pesticides), gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological or radioactive wastes, commercial or institutional electronics.
State law forbids accepting materials from commercial sources.

Please call Bobbi Waters at 252-633-1564 or e-mail her at for more information.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, August 8, 2017 4:41:00 PM

Weather update 


Posted by Admin Tuesday, August 8, 2017 12:59:00 PM

Emerald Isle Continues to Enjoy Low Property Tax Rate 


The Town's FY 17-18 General Fund tax rate is 15.5 cents, with 14 cents earmarked for general Town services and 1.5 cents specifically earmarked for future beach nourishment efforts.  The Town is pleased to maintain its standing as the 2nd lowest property tax rate among the 21 oceanfront municipalities in North Carolina.  Mayor Barber, the Board of Commissioners, and the Town staff continue to work hard to keep the cost of Town government as low as possible for our residents and property owners!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 3, 2017 1:35:00 PM

Comment Period Open for Proposed New Flood Maps  


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the formal public comment period on the proposed new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Carteret County (including Emerald Isle).  The public comment period provides an opportunity for those with concerns about the flood zone assigned to their property to express concern and seek adjustments.  Public comments are due by September 20, 2017, and more information is available at .  Town Planner Josh Edmondson ( 252-354-3338 or is available to assist Emerald Isle property owners with any questions about the proposed new maps or the public comment process.

As reported previously, the proposed new flood maps include beneficial changes for many Emerald Isle property owners, particularly near the oceanfront, and these changes will likely result in potentially significant flood insurance premium reductions when the new maps are finalized. There are, however, a relatively small number of Emerald Isle properties that could be negatively impacted, and Town Planner Josh Edmondson can assist these property owners as desired. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 3, 2017 1:29:00 PM

Beach Driving Permits Available Beginning August 14 


Beach driving season begins again on September 15, and 2017-18 beach driving permits will go on sale to the public beginning August 14.  For more information about the Town's beach driving program, please visit .  

Beach drivers should note that old beach driving permit stickers are now required to be removed from the permitted vehicle, and the new sticker must be placed on the lower corner of the front windshield on the driver's side. 

Enjoy the surf fishing, surfing, sunsets, and the beautiful beach in Emerald Isle!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 3, 2017 1:28:00 PM

Civilian / Employee Commendation Program 

Any Emerald Isle citizen or employee may request a commendation for a particular individual or group of individuals.  Commendation requests will be reviewed by a “Commendation Review Committee” that will consist of the Mayor, one Town Commissioner, the Town Manager, the Police Chief, and Fire Chief, and this committee will meet to review commendation requests, gather additional information, and determine the appropriate award, if warranted. 

The decision to bestow an award will be made by the committee only if there is unanimous agreement among the 5 members.  Individuals or groups selected for an award will be publicly recognized by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners at a Town meeting, and an appropriate press release will be issued to honor the individual or group.

Medals will be given for the most significant awards (i.e, Medal of Honor, Emerald Medal, etc.), and attractive desktop awards, plaques, and certificates for the other awards (i.e, Civic Achievement Award, Certificate of Commendation, Certificate of Appreciation, etc.). 

The “Medal of Honor” represents the highest civilian and Town employee award, and may be awarded for a significant lifesaving act by a civilian or Town employee (i.e., rescuing a potential drowning victim, etc.). 

The “Medal of Valor” represents the highest Police and Fire award, and may be awarded for a heroic effort in the performance of life safety duties (i.e, a heroic act in a burning building, saving the life of another from a dangerous individual or situation, etc.).

The other award classifications are aimed at honoring significant volunteer efforts, charitable contributions, or exceptional service provided to others in our community.


For more information, please view the PDF attached below. This also contains the recommendation form. 


Civilian / Employee Commendation Program 

Posted by Hannah Taylor Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:53:00 PM

Ordinance Adopted Allows the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages Before Noon on Sundays in Emerald Isle 


The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners at their July 11, 2017 regular meeting adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 12 – Miscellaneous Provisions - of the Code of Ordinances to specifically allow alcohol sales by Emerald Isle businesses as early as 10 am on Sundays.  The amendment was requested in response to recent changes to alcoholic beverage laws by the NC General Assembly. 

North Carolina law currently prohibits alcohol sales earlier than 12 noon on Sundays, however, the recently enacted legislation allows a city or county to specifically allow alcohol sales as early as 10 am on Sundays.  The new legislation is aimed at allowing alcohol sales at permitted restaurants and retail establishments earlier in the day to better serve customers and generate additional sales activity.  Several restaurants and retail establishments in Emerald Isle would likely benefit from the expanded sales hours.

Since the ordinance was adopted any restaurant, hotel, or retail establishment holding the appropriate ABC permit in Emerald Isle will be permitted to sell malt beverages (beer), unfortified wine, fortified wine, and mixed beverages as early as 10 am on Sunday.  The ordinance amendment (and the new legislation) applies to restaurants and retail establishments only, and does not impact the Emerald Isle ABC Store.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:59:00 AM

90-day Appeal Period for Preliminary Flood Maps In The Works 

A year after the release of the preliminary flood maps, Emerald Isle is close to receiving the required Federal Statutory 90-day appeal period start date.  It appears at this time based on correspondence from FEMA and the NC Flood Mapping Program, the 90-day appeal period should start between July 30 – August 15, 2017.  Once the date is finalized, the Town will make this date public.  It is important that if you own property in Emerald Isle and wish to appeal the preliminary maps it is done within this 90 day time-frame. This is your opportunity as a property owner to submit petitions for comments, appeals and data to challenge the preliminary flood risk mapping. View Appeals and Comment Factsheet developed by FEMA. Please contact Town Planner, Josh Edmondson if you have questions or need assistance with this process.




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, July 7, 2017 2:13:00 PM

Town Continues Efforts to Secure 30-Acre Tract Adjacent to Town Government Complex for Natural Area Preservation and Future Park Development 

The Town continues its efforts to secure the 30-acre tract adjacent to the Town government complex, and remains optimistic that this land acquisition will become a reality in the near future. The State budget includes $1.045 million for the land acquisition, and the Board of Commissioners has authorized up to $500,000 of Town funds for the land acquisition.The Town continues to work closely with officials at MCAS Cherry Point to secure up to $1.5 million of Federal funding for the land acquisition, and we remain optimistic that this funding will ultimately be approved later this year. The Town expects to close on the land purchase in late October.

The Town intends to preserve 20 acres in its natural state (with new nature trails weaving throughout the property), and will develop the remaining 10 acres for active recreational facilities in the future. Specific park plans will be developed in the coming months and years, and may include a baseball field, soccer field, tennis courts, pickleball courts, dog park and/or other park amenities as determined by the community and the Board of Commissioners at that time.  

It is important to note that any new park amenities will NOT include ballfield lighting, as this is not consistent with the goals of MCAS Cherry Point. Additionally, in an effort to protect water quality in Archers Creek, any new ballfields will be designed in such a manner that storm water runoff will be diverted away from Archers Creek, and a significant natural buffer will be preserved along Archers Creek. Finally, the Town intends to designate the primary access to the new park from the existing Town government complex (near the Community Center), and does not envision any motor vehicle access to the new park from Sound Drive, Lee Avenue, or Live Oak Street.

The Town views this project as a long-term investment in the environment, the military's preparedness, and the youth of Emerald Isle.The Town has worked diligently over the years to maintain and enhance the beautiful natural environment in and around Emerald Isle, and this project represents yet another beneficial effort. The Town strongly supports our military service personnel, and works to maintain a cooperative and productive relationship with our partners at MCAS Cherry Point and MCALF Bogue to maximize their preparedness and minimize impacts on Emerald Isle. Finally, Emerald Isle, with all of its wonderful amenities, does not currently offer any ballfields for children (and adults) to hit a baseball, kick a soccer ball, toss a football, or participate in other outdoor sports without leaving the island.There are more than 400 school-age children who are permanent residents of Emerald Isle, and thousands more who visit their second home, visit their grandparents, or come for vacation, and the Town looks forward to offering these traditional recreational facilities in the future.The new park will further enhance and promote the Town's family beach image and small-town atmosphere, and result in a more compete community for our residents, property owners, and visitors in the future! 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, July 6, 2017 10:41:00 AM

Representative McElraft's Efforts Pay Off for Emerald Isle 

The NC General Assembly recently approved the FY 17-18 State budget, which includes two significant items for Emerald Isle.Thanks to the hard work of State Representative Pat McElraft, the budget includes a total of $1.045 million of grant funding to match significant Federal funding for the acquisition of a vacant 30-acre tract adjacent to the Town government complex for natural area conservation and future park development. Additionally, the State budget includes a total of $100,000 to aid the Town in revitalization efforts in the Islander Drive area.The Town appreciates Representative McElraft's great support for the Town of Emerald Isle!


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, July 6, 2017 10:35:00 AM
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