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Comprehensive Land Use Plan To Be Formally Considered in January and February 


After nearly a year of hard work reviewing data, gathering public input, developing a vision for the continued growth of Emerald Isle, and considering specific land use goals and policies, the Board-appointed Steering Committee has completed its work on the Town's 2017 Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  The draft plan (which will be updated again in January) will now be presented to the Planning Board and the Board of Commissioners for formal review and additional amendments, with final approval tentatively scheduled for February.

The draft 2017 plan maintains a similar overall vision for Emerald Isle as the current (2004) plan, and continues to place a high priority on preserving Emerald Isle's "small-town atmosphere" and its "family beach" image for our residents, property owners, and visitors.  The draft 2017 plan also continues to assign a high priority to public access to the beach and sound, beach nourishment and inlet management activities, attractive community aesthetics, preservation of water quality, low building heights, low building densities, natural vegetation preservation, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  

Recognizing the need / desire for quality new development in certain areas of Emerald Isle, the plan also specifically promotes new commercial and mixed use development (and favorable policies for such) in the "downtown" area (centered on the Bogue Inlet Drive / NC 58 intersection), the Islander Drive area, the marina area, and along the main NC 58 corridor between Coast Guard Road and the Town Government complex.  The draft policies promote more flexible development regulations, small scale wastewater treatment facilities intended to serve these targeted areas, buildings with both commercial and residential components - located closer to the street, and the future development of an appropriately-scaled meeting and events facility in Emerald Isle to host quality events year-round and additional visitor groups in the fall, winter, and spring months.

The draft 2017 plan is approximately 140 pages long, and includes much more information about Emerald Isle and outlines all of the Town's development goals and policies.  The Town has received a great deal of thoughtful public input over the past year, and there are still opportunities to comment.  If you'd like to provide input, please email Town Manager Frank Rush ( and/or Town Planner Josh Edmondson (, or plan to attend a special joint meeting of the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners on January 18 at 3 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room, or attend the regular Planning Board (January 23 at 6 pm) and/or Board of Commissioners (February 14 at 6 pm) meetings. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:56:00 PM

Emerald Isle Police Department Now Managing All Aspects of Golf Cart Program 


The Town's local golf cart program continues to be very popular, with nearly 700 golf carts registered in 2016.  For 2017, the Town has transferred all aspects of the program to the Emerald Isle Police Department (instead of Town staff in the Town Administration Building).  

It's now time to renew your golf cart registration, and all inquiries should be directed to EIPD staff at 252-354-2021 or at the Police Station.  In an effort to make the registration / renewal process easier, it is now possible to apply, attach insurance information, and pay the registration fee online at .  

Please make plans to renew your registration and schedule your golf cart inspection sooner rather than later, as there are often numerous requests in the week leading up to the St. Patrick's Festival. To make sure you're all ready for the big weekend, please initiate the registration / renewal process now.  Enjoy your golf cart!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 10:14:00 AM

Special Reception for New Police Chief Tony Reese 

The Town of Emerald Isle will host a reception for Police Chief Tony Reese beginning at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in the Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive.  The reception will be followed by the Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting at 6pm when Chief Reese will take his official Oath of Office.  Please join us as we welcome and congratulate Tony as our new Chief of Police!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:26:00 AM

Comprehensive Land Use Plan – Summary Presentation – January 18, 2017 


Please view the Comprehensive Land Use Plan - Summary Presentation - January 18, 2017.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 6, 2017 8:56:00 AM

Effective Date for New Flood Maps Delayed 


As reported earlier, new draft flood maps for Carteret County are very favorable for many Emerald Isle property owners, with many properties removed from the more restrictive and higher premium VE zones.  Due, in part, to concerns from other communities in Carteret County that are negatively impacted by the new maps and the expected lengthy appeals process, the new maps are not likely to be effective until sometime in 2019.  If you have questions about how your property is impacted, please contact Town Planner Josh Edmondson at 252-354-3338 or .   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:13:00 AM

Three Emerald Isle Landmarks Being Improved, Will Be Ready for Beach Season! 


The offseason is always a busy time in Emerald Isle, as the Town and our local businesses are working hard to be ready for the upcoming beach season in order to provide the best possible visitor experience in Emerald Isle.  Major improvements are currently underway at three well-known Emerald Isle establishments:  Bogue Inlet Pier, The Islander Suites, and Rucker Johns.  

Bogue Inlet Pier has reconstructed the portion of the pier located over the sandy beach in order to provide a continuous level surface, and is currently constructing a brand new pier house. The Islander Suites has added a second story on the office and meeting building, with several brand new rooms, and an attractive exterior to match the remainder of the complex.  Rucker Johns is undergoing a major interior kitchen and

dining room renovation, and the result will be a brand new dining experience at one of Emerald Isle's longest running businesses. 

Come on down, and check out all three of these great improvements in our wonderful beach community!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:12:00 AM

New Kayak Storage Racks Installed at Emerald Isle Woods Park and Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area 


Parks and Recreation staff recently installed community kayak storage racks in Emerald Isle Woods Park and at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area in an effort to make it more convenient for our residents to enjoy kayaking in Bogue Sound. The new racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the kayak owner is responsible for providing a lock.  For more information, please contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, at 252-354-6350 or .   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:46:00 AM

Bike the Banks - Register Now! 

Bike the Banks takes place Saturday, May 6, 2017. 

Three rides to choose from! Ride 1: Emerald Isle Ride (10 miles along Multi Use Path) $25 entry fee, Ride 2: Fort Macon Ride (50 miles) $45 entry fee, Ride 3: Cape Lookout (100 miles) $45 entry fee. T-shirts guaranteed to the first 120 who register by April 20th. Register at

Questions? Contact

Register now!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:48:00 AM

NOAA's National Weather Service and National Ocean Service Rip Current Visualization Survey 

NOAA's National Weather Service and National Ocean Service have been working on an improved rip current model and they are now seeking input on better ways to present the rip current model and forecast information to the public and decision makers.  They have developed a survey to help gather feedback on different visualization display possibilities and to learn what will best motivate people to protect themselves from rip currents.


Here is a link to their survey.

Please consider completing this survey to provide your valuable input.   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:08:00 PM

Tony Reese Named New Emerald Isle Police Chief 

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Reese as its new Police Chief.  Chief Reese is a 17-year veteran of the Emerald Isle Police Department, and had been serving as Interim Police Chief since November 1.  

Chief Reese has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2013, and served as a Police Lieutenant from 2006 - 2013.  He has been heavily involved in all aspects of the Police Department during his career in Emerald Isle, and possesses a keen understanding of the community's values and the unique challenges associated with law enforcement in Emerald Isle. He is a native of Texas, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and his law enforcement career also includes service to the Greenville (NC) Police Department.  

Chief Reese was appointed by Town Manager Frank Rush after consideration of his outstanding service as interim Chief over the past few months and during his entire career in Emerald Isle, and his deep commitment to the Emerald Isle Police Department and the Emerald Isle community.  Chief Reese was one of three finalists during the Town's 2013 Police Chief selection process that included a pool of 140 quality applicants, and his vast knowledge and experience in law enforcement has only grown since that time.   

Chief Reese leads a department that includes 18 full-time sworn officers, 14 part-time / seasonal reserve officers, and civilian support staff providing a full range of Police services for a community with a permanent population of nearly 4,000 people that increases to nearly 40,000 at peak summer visitation. The total annual budget for the Police Department is approximately $1.7 million.  Chief Reese places a high priority on community relationships and public outreach, and the EIPD will continue and expand these efforts in the future. 

Please feel free to contact Chief Reese if he and/or the EIPD can be helpful on any issues.  He can be reached at 252-354-2021 or

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:59:00 AM
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