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EI Fire Department Seeking Host Families for 2018 Summer Lifeguard Program 


The Emerald Isle Fire Department Lifeguard Program is currently seeking Host Families for our Summer 2018 season.  The idea of Host Families supports Emerald Isle’s reputation as a family beach. Our goal is family-oriented fun, supported by the best safety program we can design.  Host Families provide safe, comfortable housing, in a family environment for our lifeguards.  The majority of our lifeguard employees are college students from all over the country.  They are recruited for their swimming skills and devotion to the rigors of a summer job providing safety to our residents and visitors.  Hosting a lifeguard makes your family part of our team!

As a Host Family, there are many rewards for your family, in addition to providing a service to your community.  You will have positive interaction with a dynamic young adult.  You will contribute materially to the safety of our beaches. 

Being a Host Family contains a certain amount of expectation.  It is important to remember that you are being entrusted to provide essential comfort for the lifeguard while away from home.  In addition, these guards are working hard in a physically taxing job and deserve a home where they can rest, relax, be alone or have private time.  We expect and require that all lifeguards be respectful to their Host Families as well as respect household rules.  Each family should also be considerate of the schedule of the lifeguard.

Thank you for your consideration to host a lifeguard.  We look forward to another fun, safe summer in Emerald Isle.

How To Become A Host Family

If you are interested in becoming a Host Family for one of our lifeguards in 2018 please contact us immediately.  View our Lifeguard Host Family Program Questionnaire.

Phone calls may be directed to Emerald Isle Fire Department at 252-354-2445

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:49:00 PM Categories: News

Jones Selected as First Town EMS Chief 


The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to announce the selection of David Jones as the Town’s first EMS Chief for the new Town EMS Department that will begin providing services on March 1.  David Jones was selected from a pool of 28 applicants for the position after a thorough and lengthy review process that included thoughtful input from the Carteret County EMS Medical Director, Town department heads, State EMS officials, other local EMS leaders, Emerald Isle EMS staff, and the Town Manager.

Chief Jones will begin work with the Town on February 26, and will assume responsibility for the Town EMS Department on March 1.  Chief Jones currently serves as a Captain with the Town of Pine Knoll Shores Fire & EMS Department, and oversees emergency medical services for that department.  He has worked in fire & EMS in Carteret County since 2001, and his career also includes service in the Town of Morehead City Fire & EMS Department.  Chief Jones will earn an annual salary of $60,000 as the Town of Emerald Isle EMS Chief.   

“I am pleased to welcome David to the Town’s management team, and believe he has the right combination of knowledge, experience, leadership, teamwork, and commitment to excellent customer service to lead the new Town EMS Department.  David understands emergency medical services and Town government, and his outlook and approach match the Town’s commitment to continuous improvement and our goal to always go ‘above and beyond’ for our residents and visitors.  I am confident that he will embody the Town’s ‘Nice Matters’ culture and be an effective leader of the new Town EMS Department”, noted Town Manager Frank Rush.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 12, 2018 9:34:00 AM Categories: News

Town Seeks Proposals for Purchase and Development of Islander Drive Land 


The Town of Emerald Isle is seeking proposals from prospective developers for  a) the purchase and redevelopment of a local government-owned 1.846-acre parcel located at 203 Islander Drive, and   b) if desired, the associated development of public facilities that will complement the private development project, promote additional quality development in the Islander Drive area, promote additional economic activity in Emerald Isle, and result in significant public benefits for residents and visitors of Emerald Isle.

Detailed proposals are due by Friday, February 16 at 1 pm.  To learn more, please view the complete Request for Proposals here.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 9, 2018 7:44:00 PM Categories: News

Only 4 Weeks Until Race Day! Sign up TODAY for the 5th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K! Saturday, March 10, 2018 


Race day is now only 4 weeks away on Saturday, March 10!  To learn more, and to register for the marathon (26.2 miles), half-marathon (13.1 miles), or the 5K (3.1 miles) races, please visit today!

There's no better place to achieve your running goals than in Emerald Isle - bring your friends and family and make it a great spring weekend at the beach!  If you've never been here before, find out for yourself what a truly special place Emerald Isle is, and if you already know that then lace up your running shoes and join us for a great run on a flat, fast course!

Race proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path and Little Pink Houses of Hope, an organization devoted to providing assistance to breast cancer victims and their families.  Run a great race, in a great location, and for two great causes!  

To learn more about Emerald Isle, including places to stay, eat, and shop, please visit  or download the Emerald Isle APP at The App Store or Google Play (search for "Emerald Isle NC", and look for the Town's blue-green logo).  

We hope to see you in Emerald Isle on March 10!



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 9, 2018 5:10:00 PM Categories: News

EIPD Presents "The Ins and Outs of Roundabouts" Information Sessions 


In anticipation of the opening of the new NC 58 roundabout, the Emerald Isle Police Department is hosting three information sessions on roundabouts during February.  The first session was held on Monday, February 5, and additional sessions are scheduled for Friday, February 16 at 6 pm and Saturday, February 24 at 10 am.  These sessions will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room adjacent to the Police Station.  Come on out and learn more about "The Ins and Outs of Roundabouts"! 

View Presentation

View Roundabout Plan


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 7, 2018 2:12:00 PM Categories: News

Meet and Greet - Carteret Community College President John Hauser 

Please join with us to greet and welcome Carteret Community College President John Hauser.  The Meet and Greet reception will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm.  The reception will be followed by the Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be available.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:24:00 PM Categories: News

Sign up TODAY for the 5th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races - March 10, 2018! 


There's only two months left until race day, but that's still plenty of time to train for these great annual races!  We hope to see you in Emerald Isle on March 10!  

This great annual event has attracted approximately 1,500 runners each year, and has raised more than $200,000 for bicycle path improvements and health-related charities over the past 4 years.  

This year's event will benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path and Little Pink Houses of Hope, an organization devoted to providing assistance to breast cancer victims and their families.  

To learn more, and to sign up for the marathon (26.2 miles), half-marathon (13.1 miles), and 5k (3.1 miles) races, please visit .  There's no better place to achieve your running goals than in Emerald Isle - bring your friends and family and make it a great spring weekend at the beach!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 22, 2018 2:00:00 PM Categories: News

Sponsor / Vendor Applications Available for the 27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival! 

The 27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking is free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent.  Questions regarding the festival should be directed to Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350. 

Volunteers Needed!  Sign up here!


Please see Sponsorship and Vendor Applications below:

Sponsorship Form

Arts & Crafts Vendor Application

Children's Booth Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application / Contract

Non-Profit Vendor Application

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 22, 2018 1:39:00 PM Categories: News

Noise-generating vertical landing tests to take place at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue 


MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Jan. 10, 2018) - Communities surrounding Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, in Bogue, N.C., are advised that daytime F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) test events are scheduled to take place Jan. 11 through Feb. 21.

Visiting F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force teams are conducting STOVL tests that will expand expeditionary capabilities for the Marine Corps' newest fighter jet. Testing will consist of a series of vertical landing maneuvers in simulated expeditionary conditions on the airfield.

While these are daytime test events, there may be occasions when testing runs past sunset.

As these operations are different from normal flight ops at MCALF Bogue, people in the vicinity of the airfield may experience unusual noise conditions during the testing. The Marine Corps and the Pax River ITF will take all precautions to lessen the impact of testing and training activities on the community.

Anyone with concerns regarding noise, vibration and/or low-flying aircraft in the vicinity of MCALF Bogue can call the MCAS Cherry Point Noise Hotline at 252-466-1092 to report those concerns.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 22, 2018 1:02:00 PM Categories: News

Town Planning Next Beach Nourishment Project, Seeking State Funding 


The Town, in partnership with the other municipalities on Bogue Banks and Carteret County, has implemented a sophisticated beach monitoring program and beach management plan for many years, and is currently planning the next beach nourishment project.  Based on detailed annual survey data, the beach in eastern Emerald Isle is in greatest need of nourishment, and the Town hopes to complete this work in winter 2018-19 or winter 2019-20.  

Preliminary project plans include an approximately 2.5 mile stretch of beach between the Indian Beach town line and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, with the placement of up to 500,000 cubic yards of sand in this area.  The total estimated cost of this project is $9 - $10 million, and the Town will be seeking 50% of this cost from the State's new Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund in the coming months.  The remaining project costs are expected to be funded by room occupancy tax and special district property taxes already held in reserve by the Town and the County. 

The Town remains firmly committed to beach nourishment and environmentally-friendly inlet management strategies, and recognizes that the beach is the Town's #1 asset and, ultimately, the reason we are all here!  The Town's long-term plans are carefully designed to track ever-changing conditions, enable the Town to nourish the beach when needed, where needed, and as needed in the future, and to accumulate sufficient reserve funds to avoid the need to issue new debt for future projects.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, January 5, 2018 3:42:00 PM Categories: News
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