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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

Publix Officially Announces Planned Emerald Isle Store 


Publix, a large southeastern grocery store chain, recently made an official announcement and confirmed the identity of the planned new grocery store in Emerald Isle. The new Publix store will be located on NC 58 between Emerald Landing and Emerald Plantation, and is expected to open in spring 2018.  Construction is expected to begin later in 2017.     

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 3, 2017 3:49:00 PM

Planned Bogue Inlet Drive Improvements Now Include Slight Realignment of Street and Other Improvements  

The Board of Commissioners recently endorsed plans to make additional improvements to Bogue Inlet Drive (from NC 58 to the pier) in conjunction with a planned new bicycle path segment.  The approximately 1/4 mile long street will now be shifted slightly to the east (within the public right of way) and will be completely resurfaced.  The new, dedicated bicycle path will be constructed on the west side of the street (within the public right of way), and the plan also includes new decorative lighting and additional landscaping. The Town is soliciting construction bids in January, and hopes to award a contract in February, with a goal to complete all work by April.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 3, 2017 3:48:00 PM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K - March 25, 2017 


Sign up now, and make it your New Year's Resolution! 

You Can Do This!

It's a brand new year, and with approximately 3 months until race day, now is the time to start your training program!  The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, and offer flat and fast courses, a great weekend destination, and will benefit two great causes (the Crystal Coast Autism Center and the Emerald Isle bike path)!  

Nearly 1500 runners registered for the 2016 races, and we are hoping to exceed that total in 2017.  There's no better place to achieve your running goals than in Emerald Isle on a beautiful spring morning.  Bring your family and friends, and make it a great weekend at the beach!  Sign up today at this link!

2017 Race Start Times

Marathon - 7:00 am

Half-Marathon - 8:30 am 

5K - 8:45 am (new course for 2017)

Race Day Volunteers Needed

This great event would not be possible without the tremendous assistance of many volunteers on race day!  If your family, school group, company, or civic group is interested in volunteering on race day, we'd love to have your help assisting the runners out on the course.  To learn more, please contact Race Director Candace Dooley .  

Sponsorship Opportunities Available 

Is your company interested in sponsoring the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Race?  If so, please contact Race Director Candace Dooley.  We are thankful for the great community support for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, December 29, 2016 8:09:00 AM

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
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