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Beach Parking Permits Available at the Emerald Isle Community Center 

 

The Town began charging for parking at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access on Friday, April 14, and will continue charging on weekends and holidays through mid-September.  Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible for two free parking permits, and these can be obtained at the Emerald Isle Community Center during normal business hours. Please make sure you secure your permit before you visit the regional access facilities. To learn more, and to apply online, visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/application-for-regional-access-parking-permit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 5, 2017 5:06:00 PM

Nies Attorneys Submit Petition to US Supreme Court to Review Public Trust Beach Case 

 

In December 2016, after a 5-year legal process, the NC Supreme Court decided not to review the Nies v. Emerald Isle case, thereby maintaining the NC Court of Appeals' November 2015 decision that affirmed the public's historical right to use the full width of the beach strand in North Carolina. The Nies' attorneys, backed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a California-based organization, have now petitioned the US Supreme Court to review the NC courts' ruling.  A copy of the petition is posted at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/legal/final-nies-cert-petition.pdf.  The Town's attorneys will submit a response to this petition soon, and the Town will provide additional updates about this case as it evolves. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:36:00 AM

Bogue Inlet Navigation Dredging Completed 

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently completed needed navigation dredging in Bogue Inlet, both through the connecting channel and across the ocean bar.  In an effort to follow the deepest water and most efficient route, and also to promote a stable channel location away from The Point, the official navigation channel has been shifted to a more central alignment.  The US Coast Guard is expected to reset the aids to navigation in early May to more clearly delineate the channel, thereby providing a safer navigation route for area boaters. 

Recent dredging efforts were funded by a combination of State and local funds, and performed by the Corps of Engineers under a memorandum of agreement.  In the absence of Federal funds, the Town of Emerald Isle provided local funding, along with Carteret County, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Swansboro, and Onslow County.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:35:00 AM

FY 17-18 Recommended Budget To Be Presented on May 9 

 

The Town's FY 17-18 Recommended Budget will be formally presented at the May 9 Board of Commissioners meeting, and the budget will be available at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ on May 6.  The FY 17-18 Recommended Budget maintains the current property tax rates and solid waste fee, includes sufficient funding to maintain quality services, and invests appropriately in additional community improvements prioritized by Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners. The Board will review the budget during May and June, will consider additional adjustments, and is expected to adopt the FY 17-18 budget at the June 9 regular meeting.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Bogue Inlet Drive Street Improvements, New Bicycle Path Nearly Complete 

 

The Town's contractor has completed the paving of the realigned Bogue Inlet Drive and the new bicycle path leading from Emerald Drive to Bogue Inlet Pier, and new decorative street lights, pavement markings, and landscaping will be installed in early May.  This project was funded by a combination of fundraising proceeds and General Fund tax revenues, and provides a brand new look for this area of Emerald Isle.  The Town is pleased to improve the appearance of Bogue Inlet Drive and add another segment to the popular bicycle path network - just in time for the busy tourism season!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:34:00 AM

Publix Plans Submitted, Groundbreaking Expected Soon 

 

Formal building permit applications have been submitted for the new Publix grocery store to be constructed on NC 58 and Crew Drive.  Contractors are expected to break ground in the coming weeks, with a goal to complete and open the new store in spring 2018.  

As part of the project, a new roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of NC 58 and Mallard Drive / Emerald Landing Drive, along with significant street improvements and sidewalks along Emerald Landing Drive and Crew Drive.  These improvements will be constructed during winter 2017-2018 to minimize traffic impacts. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:33:00 AM

Bike The Banks! - Saturday, May 6 

Register today for the 3rd annual Bike The Banks - Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge bicycle rides!  http://www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/cycling/races/bike-the-banks-2017?int

The 2017 event will again feature a 100 mile ride to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and back, a 50 mile ride to Fort Macon State Park and back, and a 10 mile leisure ride on the Town's bicycle path. Rides begin at 7:30 am, and 8:00 am

All proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path network. Join us on May 6 in Emerald Isle!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:08:00 PM

Town Pursues Development of Meeting and Events Center 

 

In an effort to generate more economic activity in the Town during the fall, winter, and spring months, and also to promote quality redevelopment in the Islander Drive area (known as Village West in the Town's land use plan and zoning regulations), the Town is pursuing the development of a new "meeting and events center" in this area of Emerald Isle. The "meeting and events center" is intended to host trade and professional associations and other large public events in Emerald Isle, and would be constructed and operated in partnership with a commercial partner. 

As the first step toward this goal, the Town has executed a contract for the purchase of a 1.8 acre parcel of land on Islander Drive that is the site of an abandoned go-kart track.  The parcel is located directly adjacent to the Town's Western Ocean Regional Access facility, and the Town intends to combine the parcels (and potentially others) for the future development of the "meeting and events center" at this location.  Specific plans will be developed by Town officials in the coming months, and the Town will ultimately solicit proposals from potential private partners for the construction of the project.  The Town envisions the new facility will include both public and private components, including an enhanced public beach access facility, the new "meeting and events center", and private commercial investment in an attractive and dynamic center of activity in this underutilized area of Emerald Isle.  The Town is seeking economic development funding from Carteret County for this land purchase, and, if funding is awarded, the Town expects to close on the land purchase in June.  The Town's first task will be to clean-up the property shortly after taking ownership in June.

For more information about the land purchase and the proposed "meeting and events center", please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-03-14-2017-Item-9 .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:57:00 AM

Bogue Inlet Dredging To Be Completed in April 

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) will be completing navigation maintenance dredging in Bogue Inlet (the connector channel and across the ocean bar) in early April in an effort to promote a safe navigation channel for the spring and summer boating season. The Corps will be establishing a new, more central location for the connecting channel, and the US Coast Guard will be relocating the aids to navigation to follow the new route. Work is expected to be complete by mid or late April.  Although this work is completed by the Federal government, it is funded exclusively by a partnership between the State and area local governments.    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:56:00 AM

Town Working to Acquire 30-Acre Tract Behind Town Government Complex 

 

The Town is currently working with MCAS Cherry Point on the acquisition of the largest remaining vacant parcel of land in Emerald Isle for future park development.  The 30-acre tract located directly behind the Town Government Complex includes a mature maritime forest and approximately 1100 linear feet of frontage on Archers Creek, and is located directly within the Bogue Field flight path.  

The Town has executed a contract to purchase the land, and is seeking more than $2.5 million of grant funding from MCAS Cherry Point, the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund toward the $3 million purchase price.  The Town expects to learn the fate of all grant applications by September, and hopes to complete the purchase in October.  The Conservation Fund, a national preservation organization with an office in North Carolina, is assisting the Town on this significant project.  

Upon acquisition, the Town intends to preserve approximately 20 acres as a nature park, with public hiking trails and other passive recreation amenities.  The Town intends to reserve the remaining 10 acres for future active recreation facilities, potentially including a soccer field, baseball field, tennis courts, and/or other amenities desired by the community in the future.  The future park will be known as McLean-Spell Park, in honor of the original founders who first began development of Emerald Isle in the 1950s. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:56:00 AM
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