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Town Pursuing Archers Creek Culvert Improvements With Goal to Enhance Tidal Flow, Improve Adjacent Marsh Environment 

 

The Town has included funding in the current budget to replace an aging 60" pipe culvert under Lee Avenue that allows Archers Creek to flow east toward Bogue Sound, and also allows tidal influence into areas west of the culvert.  The existing pipe culvert was installed in the late 1970s, and has deteriorated to the point that the Lee Avenue roadway could become compromised.  The Town originally planned to replace this culvert with an identical sized culvert in early 2019, however, in response to concerns from nearby property owners, the Town is now exploring the potential installation of a larger culvert or multiple culverts to enhance tidal flow in this area and promote the health of the adjacent coastal marsh.  

Town staff are currently working with engineers, State and Federal regulatory officials, the NC Coastal Federation, and nearby property owners to determine the appropriate scope of work, identify practical and/or regulatory issues, and identify potential grant funding sources. It is likely that the Town will pursue this more significant effort, which would delay culvert replacement until 2020 or later, depending on the ultimate project design. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 7, 2018 3:18:00 PM Categories: News

NCDOT Contractor Begins Work on Underside of Emerald Isle Bridge 

 

A contractor for NCDOT has begun significant maintenance work on the underside of the Emerald Isle bridge, and crews have established a work base on the mainland side of the NC 58 bridge. This work is intended to extend the projected life of the bridge and will continue for the next several months, but is not expected to result in significant vehicle lane closures.  

NCDOT's contractor will also be installing new guardrails on the bridge prior to the 2019 tourism season.  The new guardrails will have a similar appearance as those on the Atlantic Beach - Morehead City bridge.  The current concrete railings are approximately 28 inches high, and the new steel railings will extend an additional 26 inches, resulting in a total guard rail height of 54 inches.  The photo below shows a simulated view with the new guard rails in place.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 6, 2018 9:06:00 AM Categories: News

US Army Corps of Engineers Dredging Bogue Inlet and Coast Guard Channel  

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers dredge "Currituck" is touching up the main navigation channel in Bogue Inlet, and is also removing shoals in the nearby Coast Guard channel.  This work is expected to be complete in early September, and will result in safer navigation channels for area boaters heading into the fall fishing season.  

The "Currituck" is a hopper dredge, which is akin to a floating dump truck.  The dredge spoils are collected in the "hopper" and are being deposited just offshore from The Point in the Atlantic Ocean. This type of dredge is different than the "Merritt", the sidecast dredge that usually completes navigation maintenance dredging in Bogue Inlet.  The sidecast dredge simply "casts" the dredge spoils out of the navigation channel into nearby shallow waters.  The Town is hopeful that the use of the "Currituck" for this round of dredging will promote a more stable navigation channel for a longer period of time. 

The work in the Coast Guard channel is funded exclusively by the United States Coast Guard. The work in the Bogue Inlet navigation channel is funded through a partnership between the State of North Carolina, the Town of Emerald Isle, and other nearby local governments, including Carteret County, Onslow County, and the towns of Swansboro, Cedar Point, and Cape Carteret.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 5, 2018 4:30:00 PM Categories: News

The Point Remains Stable 13 Years After Channel Relocation  

 

It has now been more than 13 years since the Town successfully relocated the main ebb channel in Bogue Inlet away from The Point.  In 2005, the main channel was threatening numerous homes and infrastructure, and the Town relocated the channel to a more central location between Emerald Isle and Bear Island.  The sand removed for the new channel was used for beach nourishment along 4 miles of ocean beach in western Emerald Isle in 2005. 

The main ebb channel has remained away from Emerald Isle, and is currently located approximately 1,300 feet from the vehicle ramp at The Point.  The entire area remains stable, and is enjoyed by many beachgoers, fishermen, boaters, and wildlife.  The Point is arguably the most beautiful spot in Emerald Isle, and the Town remains committed to preserving this local treasure. Prior to the 2005 relocation, the Town's engineers predicted that the main ebb channel would eventually migrate back toward Emerald Isle in approximately 15 years.  The Town continues to monitor the position of the main ebb channel, and plans to relocate the channel again when it moves within 1,000 feet of The Point vehicle ramp.  The Town is in early planning stages for the next relocation, which is tentatively planned for 2022, and the sand removed will again be used for beach nourishment at that time.  

The Point - 2004

The Point - 2017

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 4, 2018 8:51:00 AM Categories: News

Bogue Banks Water Corporation Responds to Water Quality Concerns 

 

Bogue Banks Water Corporation, the separate non-profit corporation that provides drinking water for Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, and Salter Path, has issued a statement in response to water quality concerns. To view the statement and learn more about BBWC please visit their website - https://boguebankswater.com

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Sunday, September 2, 2018 4:24:00 PM Categories: News

3rd Annual Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Saturday, September 29!  

Join Us for the the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Saturday, September 29! Sponsored by Transportation Impact

The 3rd annual "re-boot" of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29 on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access off Islander Drive. Please join us for a great day of sun, sand, and music!  Admission is FREE!

The 2016 and 2017 events attracted an estimated 8,000 - 9,000 people, and the Town looks forward to another great crowd on September 29.  The festivities begin at 10:30 am, and will continue all afternoon long, with performances by Sammy O'Banion, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers, Chairmen of the Board, the Embers, and the Tams!

Make plans now to be in Emerald Isle for a beautiful early fall weekend!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, August 31, 2018 9:28:00 AM Categories: News

EI Police Department Issue Press Release - Need Help Identifying Person of Interest 

 

Please read Press Release issued 8/17/2018 by the Emerald Isle Police Department.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, August 17, 2018 2:00:00 PM Categories: News

3rd Annual Golf With A Cop Takes Place on Saturday, October 20 

 The Emerald Isle Police Department and Neighborhood Watch invite all golfers to join us at our 3rd annual golf outing. Get to know your area Police Officers and Neighborhood Watch volunteers while enjoying a round at beautiful Star Hill Golf Club in Cape Carteret. View details here

*All entry forms must be complete and payment included by September 15th to enter.  For more information call Sandra DeLorme, EIPD Community Resource Officer, at 252-354-2021.*

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, August 10, 2018 4:11:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle's 13th Annual Day4Kids Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities! 

Bringing adults and children of all ages together for a fun-filled day of vendors, activities, games, face painting and more!  Celebrate our children by spending meaningful time with them.  Day4Kids will be held Saturday, September 15th from 10am to 2pm at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center, 203 Leisure Lane in Emerald Isle.  Rain or Shine.  Call for details 252.354.6350 or email Sarah Cutillo at scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org.  Interested vendors and sponsors should contact Sarah Cutillo, Event Director.  Vendors are NOT allowed to sell items, giveaways only.  There is no vendor fee.  However, vendors are responsible for giveaway items (approved by event director) for the first 400 children to visit their booth.  Sponsor a meaningful event for the children of our community by supplying the funds necessary to provide this free day of family fun.  

Vendor Agreement

Sponsorsorship Form

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, August 6, 2018 1:58:00 PM Categories: News

Kentucky Woman Tragically Drowns in Emerald Isle 

 

Tragically, a 49-year old woman visiting Emerald Isle from Kentucky drowned in the Atlantic Ocean last evening (Sunday, August 5). 

Donna Sue Miller, from Clay City, Kentucky, was visiting Emerald Isle with a close friend and the friend's 9-year old daughter.  The three were reportedly caught in a rip current shortly before 7 pm last night near The Islander Hotel, where the three were staying for their weekend trip to the beach.  The other 2 individuals made it safely back to shore, however, Mrs. Miller was located shortly thereafter face down in the water, and was brought to shore by bystanders.  Emerald Isle emergency personnel initiated CPR on the scene and continued efforts during transport to Carteret Healthcare, but, unfortunately, Mrs. Miller did not survive. 

All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle are saddened by this tragedy, and offer our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Miller's family and friends.  We offer our heartfelt prayers for healing and understanding during this difficult time.  

Although Emerald Isle experienced dangerous ocean conditions over an 11-day period in late July, ocean conditions were relatively calm in Emerald Isle all weekend, including last evening.  Winds were light out of the south-southwest at 4 - 8 mph, and wave heights were reported at approximately 2 feet every 8 seconds.  The air temperature was 81 degrees under mostly clear skies at the time of the drowning incident.  The incident occurred a little more than 2 hours before low tide, which occurred shortly after 9 pm on Sunday.    

Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Rip currents can often form quickly and disappear quickly, and may be present in multiple locations along the beach strand - even when conditions appear relatively calm.  Rip currents are often most dangerous in the 1 - 2 hours prior to low tide, so extra caution should be exercised during this time period.  

Please make sure you know what to do if you become caught in a rip current, as illustrated below:

 

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, August 6, 2018 9:11:00 AM Categories: News
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