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Town Tax Bills in the Mail 


The Town’s tax bills will be sent out for mailing on August 16, 2019.  Under NC law, tax bills are due September 1, however, penalties and interest will not accrue until January 6, 2020.  For more information, please visit  and/or contact Gail Knapp, Tax Collector, at 252-354-3424 or

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, August 16, 2019 10:14:00 AM Categories: News

Peak hurricane season is here: Be prepared! Stay Informed! 


Watch this brief informational video:      

August and September are the most active hurricane months of the year for the Town of Emerald Isle. Town staff will closely monitor potential threats to Emerald Isle as they develop. We work hard to keep our residents and property owners well-informed, and offer several digital platforms. For general hurricane preparedness information, please visit  .  

To receive the most current and accurate information about potential storm threats and actual impacts in Emerald Isle, please look for the appropriate guidance at:

- The official Emerald Isle website 

- The Emerald Isle email newsletter sign up 

- The Emerald Isle text message alert system sign up 

- The official Emerald Isle Facebook page -  

- The official Emerald Isle Twitter account (@townemeraldisle)

- The official Emerald Isle APP, including Push notifications (search for "emerald isle nc" on Google Play and the APP Store).

If you do not have an official Town-issued hurricane re-entry permit, avoid the lines and get one today.  Visit  to complete the online application.

Be prepared! Stay Informed!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:44:00 PM Categories: News

EI Fire Department Raising Funds for Cancer Awareness 


No photo description available.Emerald Isle Fire Department has been raising funds for cancer awareness for the past 3 years! All proceeds are donated to charity!

Shirts are available for purchase through the online store and are shipped directly to the purchaser. Orders are shipped every two weeks and the online store will be open till the end of October 2019!

Emerald Isle Fire Department will be wearing these shirts for the month of October 2019.

$20 plus ship/tax


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, August 6, 2019 8:59:00 AM Categories: News

Planning Staff Release New Quarterly Newsletter - Stay Informed! 

(Planning Intern Lauren Mobley & Town Planner Josh Edmondson)



View Planning staff's first quarterly newsletter for the latest issues important to our homeowners, businesses, and community. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:40:00 AM Categories: News

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT- Speed Limit reduction on Reed Drive 

In an effort to improve the safety of all travelers, the Town of Emerald Isle has installed new speed limit signs on Reed Drive. The segment of Reed Drive (between Coast Guard Road and Islander Drive) is now 20 mph.  Please use caution when traveling throughout Emerald Isle.  Be mindful of other motor vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and golf carts. Stay alert and stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 15, 2019 10:12:00 AM Categories: News

2019 Beach Music Festival Food Vendor Application Now Available! 

The 2019 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival takes place on Saturday, September 28.  Interested food vendors should apply.  All vendors must be completely self sustaining. This includes garbage disposal. Spaces are assigned on a first come first serve basis! We do limit the number of vendors selling the same items!

Food Vendors Apply Here!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:50:00 AM Categories: News

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for 2019 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival 

Please see Official Sponsorship Form and/or contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director at for more details.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 2, 2019 4:26:00 PM Categories: News

Special Meet and Greet Reception / Ice Cream Social to Welcome Town Manager Matt Zapp and his Family 


Please join with us to meet, greet and welcome our new Town Manager Matt Zapp and his family.  Matt came on board as Town Manager on June 12. 

The Meet and Greet Reception / Ice Cream Social will take place on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 5 pm at the Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive (adjacent to the Police Department).  The reception will be followed by the Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting at 6 pm.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 24, 2019 5:20:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Offers New Jr. Lifeguard Program - Sign Up Now! 

The Junior Lifeguard Program is open to Youth ages 9-17, the Emerald Isle Junior Lifeguard Program teaches Ocean Safety and valuable lifesaving skills. The program runs Monday thru Thursday at the Eastern Regional beach access.

2019 Summer Schedule – 11am to 3pm

July 15-18 ------------ Age 9-12

July 22-25 ---------- Age 13-17

Sign-up can be completed at the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreations Center. Registration forms and waiver can be here.

Please provide copy of birth certificate and sports physical with each child.

Space is limited!

Questions please contact Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation at 252-354-6350 or Emerald Isle Fire Department at 252-354-2445.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:49:00 AM Categories: News

FEMA Assistance Final Public Notice - Beach Replenishment Project 



The Towns of Pine Knoll Shores, Emerald Isle, and Indian Beach have applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management Agency (NCEMA) as sub-recipients.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Applicant: Town of Emerald Isle, Town of Pine Knoll Shores, Town of Indian Beach

Project Title: DR-4393 PW 00623 PN 70072 - Beach Replenishment; DR-4393 PW 00482 PN 69535 – Beach Erosion Only; DR-4393 PW 00512 PN 69586 - Beach Erosion

Location of Proposed Work:


Starting Latitude, Longitude

Ending Latitude, Longitude

Town of Emerald Isle Beach

34.64840, -77.08210

34.68350, -76.90700

Town of Pine Knoll Shores

34.68910, -76.86480

34.69670, -76.78600

Town of Indian Beach

34.68350, -76.90700

34.68910, -76.86480


Special Flood Hazard Area Zone (SFHA): This project is for the repair of facilities located in flood zone VE (Coastal High Hazard Zone). Confirmation of location in a Flood Zone was made by reference to the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel 3720537300K, 3720538300J, 3730539300J, 3720630300J, 3720630400J, 3720631400J, 3720632400J, 3720633400J 3720632400J, 3720633400J, 3270634400J, 3720634400J, 3720635400J, 3720635500J, 3720636500J dated 11/3/2005. The proposed work conforms to all applicable North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will be repair to pre-disaster conditions. The proposed work will take place in wetland classifications M2US2P per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory. The actions will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The Town of Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, and Indian Beach are requesting funds to re-nourish their beaches and conduct plantings of native dune plants with hazard mitigation measures consisting of the addition of 3 rows of sand fencing stretching the length of the beach. The first row will be placed at the base of the dunes, the second row 10 feet behind that, and the third row 10 feet behind that. The mitigation measure would assist in rebuilding the dunes and providing further protection from storm surge.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): If no action is taken to repair this facility, beach would not be restored to pre-disaster conditions which would adversely impact social or economic resources for the community.

Alternative #2 (Repair beach without hazard mitigation measures): If the beach was repaired without the addition of the sand fencing, the likelihood that the dunes would be stabilized enough in the event of a storm surge would be minimal and could cause the beach dunes to not be able to perform their function.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-00674 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: (Tuesday June 4th of 2019)

End of Notice


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 4, 2019 9:26:00 AM Categories: News
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