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Marine Debris Alert - 70+ Cargo Containers Lost off North Carolina Coast 

 

The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai lost 70+ containers near the North Carolina Outer Banks over the weekend.  These containers present significant navigation threats, as well as potential human health risks.  Some of the cargo included hazardous materials.  

If you encounter any washed up drums or larger fiberboard boxes, please avoid the area and report this marine debris to the US Coast Guard National Response Center (800-424-8802), Emergency Operations Center (800-858-0368), or your local law enforcement.  

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, March 5, 2018 3:57:00 PM Categories: News

Restrooms at Public Boat Launch Facility Temporarily Closed 

 

Please be advised that the restrooms at the Public Boat Launch Facility are temporarily closed due to high winds. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 2, 2018 2:21:00 PM Categories: News

NC 58 Roundabout Set To Open For Traffic - It's Safe and Easy to Use! 

 

The new NC 58 roundabout at the Mallard Drive intersection is scheduled to open for traffic on the evening of March 1.  The new roundabout was constructed by the developer of the new Publix grocery store in lieu of a proposed new traffic signal, and also serves as a "pilot project" for Emerald Isle to evaluate the potential for future roundabouts recommended by NCDOT.  

Roundabouts are increasingly more common all over the United States, and there are now nearly 300 roundabouts in use in North Carolina.  Despite understandable initial fears, roundabouts are safe and easy to use!  The key things to keep in mind are:  1) just like any other street intersection, drivers need to be aware and exercise good judgment when moving through the roundabout,  2) always YIELD to the vehicle already in the roundabout, and  3) as you approach the roundabout, simply move into the correct lane for your desired turn (just like you do at the four signalized intersections in Emerald Isle).  

The new roundabout includes safer pedestrian crossings across NC 58 and Mallard Drive, with a "safe" island halfway through the crossings.  The new roundabout is also designed to accommodate tractor-trailers, boat trailers, and emergency vehicles, so these vehicles shouldn't have any trouble traveling through the roundabout. 

Drive safe!  

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 27, 2018 5:17:00 PM Categories: News

Town Street Resurfacing Under Way 

 

With the opening of the new NC 58 roundabout, the Reed Drive and Crew Drive detour routes will be discontinued.  The Town has already resurfaced Crew Drive between Coast Guard Road and Mallard Drive, and will also be resurfacing portions of Reed Drive, Islander Drive, and the remainder of Mallard Drive in early March (after the roundabout opens).  This street resurfacing, combined with the construction of the new roundabout and Crew Drive improvements near Publix and Emerald Plantation, will result in a completely brand new street network in this heavily traveled area of Emerald Isle.  This street resurfacing is funded entirely by State "Powell Bill" funds, along with a contribution by the developer of the new Publix.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 27, 2018 5:16:00 PM Categories: News

Islander Drive Land Proposals To Be Considered 

 

The Town recently solicited proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the abandoned go-kart track property (1.8-acre Town-owned tract) on Islander Drive, and has received a total of 6 proposals from 3 interested parties.  Town staff and the Board of Commissioners are currently reviewing the proposals, and the Board will formally consider the proposals at a public meeting in the coming weeks.  

The Town will ultimately convey the 1.8-acre property to the private developer offering the best overall proposal, and will ensure that any new development is consistent with the Town's small-town atmosphere, family beach image, and the Town's current zoning regulations.  The Town looks forward to continued positive improvements in the Islander Drive area in the future. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 27, 2018 5:14:00 PM Categories: News

Don't Be a Victim! EIPD Reminds Everyone to Lock Your Car Doors, Remove Keys and Valuables 

 

Emerald Isle is a very safe community and is fortunate to enjoy a relatively low crime rate. Emerald Isle is also blessed with a very dedicated Neighborhood Watch program that provides invaluable assistance to the Town's team of quality Police Officers.  Unfortunately, however, Emerald Isle is not immune to criminal activity, and the most common crime in Emerald Isle is the larceny of small items from unlocked motor vehicles.  These crimes are easily prevented by simply locking your car doors, removing the keys from the vehicle, and removing valuable objects from the vehicle.  Please take these simple steps, and don't let yourself become a victim!  If you see or hear suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call 911 immediately.  Timely reporting by neighbors often makes a huge difference in preventing and solving these crimes!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 27, 2018 5:13:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Planning Tree Trimming, New Power Line Installation - Coast Guard Road 

 

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, in an effort to improve the reliability of electric service in Emerald Isle along Coast Guard Road, will be installing additional electric power lines in the area between Cape Emerald subdivision to a point just west of the entrance to Spinnakers Reach subdivision.  New, slightly higher electric poles will be installed to replace the existing poles in this area, and additional power lines will add capacity in this area of Emerald Isle.  The total distance is approximately 0.7 miles, and will follow the route of existing power lines in this area (which criss-cross the roadway a couple of times). 

Tree trimming and removal will be necessary under and adjacent to the existing power lines in this area.  The Town has asked Carteret-Craven and their tree removal contractor to be judicious whenever possible, and try not to remove any more vegetation than is absolutely necessary (but much will be necessary).  The Town has also asked them to leave this area as tidy and attractive as possible upon completion of the work.  Tree trimming and removal will begin on Monday, February 26, and may continue for the next 3 – 4 weeks.  Minor traffic delays may occur along Coast Guard Road during this work.  Following tree trimming and removal, a separate Carteret-Craven contractor will arrive to install the new poles and new lines.  This work will likely begin later in March, and should be complete by Memorial Day.  Again, minor traffic delays may occur along Coast Guard Road during this work. 

If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to Will Pittman at Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative at 252-247-3107 or willp@ccemc.com .  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this work, which will ultimately result in more reliable electric service for everyone in this area.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 23, 2018 3:03:00 PM Categories: News

EI Fire Department Seeking Host Families for 2018 Summer Lifeguard Program 

 

The Emerald Isle Fire Department Lifeguard Program is currently seeking Host Families for our Summer 2018 season.  The idea of Host Families supports Emerald Isle’s reputation as a family beach. Our goal is family-oriented fun, supported by the best safety program we can design.  Host Families provide safe, comfortable housing, in a family environment for our lifeguards.  The majority of our lifeguard employees are college students from all over the country.  They are recruited for their swimming skills and devotion to the rigors of a summer job providing safety to our residents and visitors.  Hosting a lifeguard makes your family part of our team!

As a Host Family, there are many rewards for your family, in addition to providing a service to your community.  You will have positive interaction with a dynamic young adult.  You will contribute materially to the safety of our beaches. 

Being a Host Family contains a certain amount of expectation.  It is important to remember that you are being entrusted to provide essential comfort for the lifeguard while away from home.  In addition, these guards are working hard in a physically taxing job and deserve a home where they can rest, relax, be alone or have private time.  We expect and require that all lifeguards be respectful to their Host Families as well as respect household rules.  Each family should also be considerate of the schedule of the lifeguard.

Thank you for your consideration to host a lifeguard.  We look forward to another fun, safe summer in Emerald Isle.

How To Become A Host Family

If you are interested in becoming a Host Family for one of our lifeguards in 2018 please contact us immediately.  View our Lifeguard Host Family Program Questionnaire.

Phone calls may be directed to Emerald Isle Fire Department at 252-354-2445

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:49:00 PM Categories: News

Jones Selected as First Town EMS Chief 

 

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to announce the selection of David Jones as the Town’s first EMS Chief for the new Town EMS Department that will begin providing services on March 1.  David Jones was selected from a pool of 28 applicants for the position after a thorough and lengthy review process that included thoughtful input from the Carteret County EMS Medical Director, Town department heads, State EMS officials, other local EMS leaders, Emerald Isle EMS staff, and the Town Manager.

Chief Jones will begin work with the Town on February 26, and will assume responsibility for the Town EMS Department on March 1.  Chief Jones currently serves as a Captain with the Town of Pine Knoll Shores Fire & EMS Department, and oversees emergency medical services for that department.  He has worked in fire & EMS in Carteret County since 2001, and his career also includes service in the Town of Morehead City Fire & EMS Department.  Chief Jones will earn an annual salary of $60,000 as the Town of Emerald Isle EMS Chief.   

“I am pleased to welcome David to the Town’s management team, and believe he has the right combination of knowledge, experience, leadership, teamwork, and commitment to excellent customer service to lead the new Town EMS Department.  David understands emergency medical services and Town government, and his outlook and approach match the Town’s commitment to continuous improvement and our goal to always go ‘above and beyond’ for our residents and visitors.  I am confident that he will embody the Town’s ‘Nice Matters’ culture and be an effective leader of the new Town EMS Department”, noted Town Manager Frank Rush.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 12, 2018 9:34:00 AM Categories: News

Town Seeks Proposals for Purchase and Development of Islander Drive Land 

 

The Town of Emerald Isle is seeking proposals from prospective developers for  a) the purchase and redevelopment of a local government-owned 1.846-acre parcel located at 203 Islander Drive, and   b) if desired, the associated development of public facilities that will complement the private development project, promote additional quality development in the Islander Drive area, promote additional economic activity in Emerald Isle, and result in significant public benefits for residents and visitors of Emerald Isle.

Detailed proposals are due by Friday, February 16 at 1 pm.  To learn more, please view the complete Request for Proposals here.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 9, 2018 7:44:00 PM Categories: News
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