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Christmas Tree Curb-Side Collection 

Please place old, natural Christmas trees at the curb-side for collection by Town staff after Christmas. Trees will be collected as part of the Town's weekly yard debris collection service from all neighborhoods. (Trees may no longer be discarded at the former Merchants Park / new Welcome Center facility.)

Oceanfront residents are permitted to place old, natural Christmas in the dunes to promote sand accretion, and are welcome to collect their neighbors' old trees from the curb-side for placement in the dunes. Please be careful not to impede public access or vehicular access on the beach strand.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 28, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Emerald Isle Police Charge Three Area Teens in Recent House Fire 


Press Release


Contact: Interim Chief Tony Reese       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: (252) 354-2021                  3:00PM December 21, 2016


On December 8, 2016 at 9:35PM Emerald Isle Police and Fire Department personnel responded to 122 Heverly Drive in response to a report of a structure fire at that location.  Upon arrival, responders found the three story residence on fire with flames coming from the rear and sides of the residence.  Firefighters from Emerald Isle, Western Carteret, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Broad and Gales Creek Fire departments worked for over an hour extinguishing the fire which left the residence with severe damage and losses estimated at over $180,000.00.

During the investigation of this incident by both fire and police department it was learned that the fire was started when three area teens put a plastic bottle containing a chemical mixture in the trash cans underneath the residence.  This mixture of chemicals (which is not being released) later reacted with each other and combusted starting the fire which spread throughout the house.

Police have charged the following teens with 2nd Degree Arson:

Peyton Patrick Weist, white male, 18 years of age
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
$10,000 secured bond

Lee Michael Wilson, white male, 17 years of age
Havelock, NC 28532
$10,000 secured bond

A third 15-year-old teen involved in this incident has been referred to the Juvenile Court authorities for prosecution.  Due to his age, no information is being released regarding his identity or status.

Emerald Isle Police would like to thank everyone who came forward with information related to this investigation, as well as, the cooperation of local businesses where the materials were purchased, for their assistance in helping to solve this case. 

The department would encourage all parents to talk to their children and inform them that mixing chemicals can be extremely dangerous and can cause toxic or explosive reactions that can lead to property damage, severe injury or even death.

No additional information is being released at this time.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:52:00 PM

Request for Price Quotes Demolition and Reconstruction of Public Walkways 


The Town of Emerald Isle is currently accepting bids for the demolition and reconstruction of public ocean access walkways located at Hubert St., Georgia St. and Sea Crest Oceanside. Contractors are hereby notified that they must provide proof of insurance and Workman’s Compensation. A separate bid must be submitted for each walkway.

Plans and specifications are available at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC.  Interested contractors may obtain a set of plans M-F, 8am-9pm.  All bids must be accompanied by no less than three (3) work references for services performed within the last eighteen (18) months, Proof of Insurance and completed  e-verify. Price quotes must be submitted to the attention of Alesia Sanderson at the address above no later than January 5, 2017 at 10:00 am. Work must be complete by April 1, 2017.  The Town reserves the right to reject any and all proposals or to award the Contract that is in its’ best interest. Please contact Alesia Sanderson at 252-354-6350 or  with questions or concerns.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 21, 2016 11:22:00 AM

NC Supreme Court Dismisses Nies Case Against Emerald Isle 


In an order issued earlier today, the NC Supreme Court dismissed the Nies case against the Town of Emerald Isle.  As a result of this dismissal, the November 2015 opinion of the NC Court of Appeals is now the definitive law on public beach access in Emerald Isle, and everywhere in North Carolina.  The Town is pleased with the Court's decision, which clarifies the public's historical and continuing right to use the dry-sand beach (from the base of the dunes to the water) everywhere in North Carolina. 

The Town greatly appreciates the hard work of its legal team, led by Attorney Brian Edes (of Crossley, McIntosh, Collier, Hanley, & Edes, PLLC - Wilmington, NC) and Retired Special Deputy Attorney General Allen Jernigan, the support of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, and numerous State and local officials and agencies that supported the Town's case, including Governor Pat McCrory's administration, Governor-Elect Roy Cooper (as Attorney General), the NC Coastal Resources Commission, and every oceanfront county and municipality in North Carolina.  The Town was also supported by many other business, tourism, and environmental organizations committed to public beach access, including the NC Travel and Tourism Coalition, the NC Vacation Rental Managers Association, the NC Coastal Federation, the NC Wildlife Federation, the NC Association of County Commissioners, the NC Beach Buggy Association, the Surfrider Foundation, the NC Beach-Inlet-and-Waterway Association, and Graham Kenan Professor of Law Emeritus Joseph Kalo.

The NC Supreme Court's dismissal represents a victory for the Town of Emerald Isle in this specific case; however, it represents a much more important victory for current and future generations of North Carolina residents and visitors who will continue to enjoy the ocean beach experience and build lasting family memories along our beautiful coastline.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 14, 2016 3:58:00 PM

Start Training for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races! 


The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  Start your training now, and sign up at !  

The 2016 races attracted nearly 1500 runners and raised more than $60,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Emerald Isle bike path, and we hope to surpass those totals in 2017!  The 2017 races will benefit the Crystal Coast Autism Center and the Emerald Isle bike path.  

Sponsorship opportunities are also available --- please contact Race Director Candace Dooley at if you'd like to be a sponsor!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 14, 2016 2:06:00 PM

Tony Reese Appointed Interim Police Chief 


With the recent retirement of Chief Jeff Waters, Tony Reese has been appointed Interim Police Chief in Emerald Isle.  Interim Chief Reese began his service with the EIPD in 2000, and has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2013.  His career also includes service in the Greenville (NC) Police Department and the United States Marine Corps.  

Interim Chief Reese has been heavily involved in all aspects of the EIPD in recent years, and will continue the Police Department's emphasis on positive community relationships and outreach. Please don't hesitate to contact Interim Chief Reese at 252-354-2021 or  for any assistance with Police matters. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:20:00 PM

Plans for New Grocery Store Approved 


Plans for the construction of a new grocery store in Emerald Isle were formally approved by the Board of Commissioners at its November meeting.  The new store is expected to begin construction in the coming months, with a goal to open in spring 2018.

The new, ~ 31,000 sq. ft. store will be constructed on a mostly vacant 6-acre tract located on NC 58 and Crew Drive in front of the Emerald Landing subdivision.  (An existing small building located on the corner of NC 58 and Mallard Drive will be demolished as part of the project.)  As part of the project, the developer has committed to make significant road and sidewalk improvements along Crew Drive (that will remain a public street) and Mallard Drive, and will also construct a new traffic roundabout on NC 58 at its intersection with Mallard Drive. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:15:00 PM

Time to Renew Golf Cart Registrations - Now Administered by EIPD 


The Town's golf cart program continues to grow, with more than 650 golf carts now registered under the program.  The 2016 registrations expire on December 31, and it is now time to renew. 

The administration of the Town's golf cart program has been transferred to the Emerald Isle Police Department, and EIPD staff will now handle all aspects of the registration and inspection process.  (Please visit the Emerald Isle Police Station, and not the Town Administration Building, for all golf cart assistance.)  For more information, please contact EIPD at 252-354-2021 or visit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:14:00 PM

NC Supreme Court Set to Consider Important Public Beach Access Case 


The NC Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Nies v. Emerald Isle case on January 10, 2017, and is expected to issue its decision later this winter or spring.  The Court's decision could have a profound impact on the public's use of beaches everywhere in North Carolina in the future.

The ultimate questions in this case are  1) whether the public has, and has always had, the right to use the entire width of the flat, dry-sand beach in North Carolina, and  2) whether or not an oceanfront property owner has the right to exclude others from the entire width of the flat, dry-sand beach.  The area in question in this case involves only the flat, sandy beach between the base of the dunes and the ocean --- the area that has been enjoyed by the public everywhere in North Carolina, forever.  The case does not involve any portion of oceanfront property located landward of the base of the dune.

This case was first initiated in 2011, and thus far the Town has prevailed in Carteret County Superior Court and the NC Court of Appeals.  The NC Court of Appeals ruling affirmed the public's access to and use of the entire width of the flat-sandy beach, from the base of the dunes to the water, and is now the definitive law on this issue in North Carolina.  The Nies have appealed the NC Court of Appeals ruling to the NC Supreme Court, and the upcoming decision of the NC Supreme Court will eventually become the definitive law in North Carolina when issued.   

The Town of Emerald Isle, with great support from many other interested parties, has been working hard to preserve the public's right to access and use the entire width of the flat, sandy beach in North Carolina.  To learn more about this seminal case, please visit the links at .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:13:00 PM

New Bicycle Path Planned for Bogue Inlet Drive 


Town staff continue to develop plans for the construction of a new bicycle path along Bogue Inlet Drive this winter and spring, with a goal to open the new path prior to the 2017 tourism season. The new bicycle path will be constructed entirely in the public street right of way, on the west side of Bogue Inlet Drive.  Town officials are also considering additional street improvements as part of this project.  The project is partially funded by fundraising proceeds generated by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:06:00 PM
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