Latest News

Emerald Isle - State of Emergency Proclamation - Hurricane Isaias 2020 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, August 1, 2020 3:30:00 PM Categories: News

Hurricane Isaias: Update #1 

Hurricane Isaias: Update #1

July 31, 2020

5:45 PM

Hurricane Isaias is expected to travel northward, impacting North Carolina early next week. Regardless of the storm’s direct path, it is likely to cause high winds and heavy rain along the coast.  The Town of Emerald Isle is preparing now. All town staff and first responders are on storm ready alert. 

Residents, guests, and businesses are encouraged to begin preparations as well.    


Residents and guests should anticipate high winds, heavy rains, and the potential loss of power due to the storm. Residents and guests should be prepared to shelter in place with sufficient food, water, and medical supplies.


Dangerous ocean conditions are expected and will bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents. 

  • Red Flags are flying along the Bogue Banks
  • The public is asked to avoid the water


The Town of Emerald Isle’s stormwater system is operational and clear of debris.  Public Works has inspected all storm drain inlets, pumps, ditches, and associated infrastructure.   In advance of the storm, emergency fuel, generators, and mobile pumps are staged on the island.  These items will be utilized (as needed) in flood prone areas.


As of 5:45 PM on Friday July 31, 2020, the Town has not issued a State of Emergency for Emerald Isle.  Furthermore, current predictions have not triggered an evacuation order.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms are very unpredictable.  Carteret County Emergency Services and the Town of Emerald Isle are actively monitoring the storm.  If conditions worsen, the Town of Emerald Isle will take swift action and communicate with the public.


Public messaging begins this evening, with Hurricane Isaias Update #1, and will continue throughout the duration of the event.  To sign up for email and/or text alerts, click here:

For the most up-to-date information, please monitor, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app. 


If you intend to leave the island, do not wait until the storm arrives.  Plan ahead and leave early.

We encourage you to stay off the roads during heavy rains.  Do not drive into flooded areas. Turn around, don’t drown.



• Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, remove the swings on your child's swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.

• Move furnishings and valuables to the highest point in your house.

• Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy in case of loss of power. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.

• If you lose power, turn off all major appliances to avoid a power surge when the power is turned back on.

• Do not drive or walk through standing water. Water can be deeper than it appears, and two feet of water can sweep away most cars and six inches of moving water can sweep you away when walking.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, July 31, 2020 6:05:00 PM Categories: News

CCEC EV Charger Installed/ EMS Subscription Program  

CCEC Installs EV Charger in Emerald Isle
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly more popular, and the demand for charging stations is growing. North Carolina's electric cooperatives, including CCEC, are working to create a statewide network of EV charging stations, enabling more consumers in both rural and urban areas to adopt this technology.
The newest addition to the network is a ChargePoint Level 2 EV charger on Islander Drive in Emerald Isle.
Located on Islander Drive, CCEC's charger will provide residents and vacationers a place to "fill up" while enjoying the beach or a stroll on Emerald Path. Using the ChargePoint app, EV drivers pay just $1 per hour to charge. The charging station provides about 20 to 25 miles of battery range for every hour the vehicle is plugged in.
By expanding the state's EV charging network, CCEC hopes to attract more EVs and their benefits-including improved environmental health, economic development and quality of life-to our service area.
To learn more about EV's and North Carolina Electric Cooperatives' charging network, visit
Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, July 24, 2020 10:40:00 AM Categories: News

General Update: Cancelled events due to COVID-19 


Press Release  - Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival, Day4Kids, EmeraldFest Concert Series, Summer Movie Nights- Covid-19

The Town of Emerald Isle desires to protect the safety of its citizens, visitors and staff during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.  We believe it is prudent to cancel certain town sponsored events that assemble large groups of people.

On July 14, 2020 the Town Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to cancel the following events for 2020:

●EmeraldFest Concert Series (select Thursdays nights)

●Summer Movie Nights (select Friday nights)

●Day4Kids (September 19, 2020)

●Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (September 26, 2020)

The health and safety of our residents, guests, employees and contractors remains the highest priority for Town of Emerald Isle.   Due to current and anticipated COVID-19 guidelines, operational recommendations cannot be met to safely hold the mass gatherings.

We sincerely apologize for the cancelations listed above and look forward to future opportunities to celebrate together in Emerald Isle.


For press inquiries, contact:

Alesia Sanderson, Director of Parks & Recreation


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:35:00 PM Categories: News

Fishing Tournament Scholarship Award - Bailey Inga, Swansboro High School 


Dr. Ron Dimock, chair of the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Scholarship Committee, presented a check for $3000 to Bailey Inga, a graduating senior from Swansboro High School. Ms. Inga will attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg FL where she plans to major in marine biology and environmental science.

This scholarship award is one of two scholarships to be awarded this year from the proceeds from the 2019 First Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament.  Awards of $3,000 each are being awarded to one Swansboro High School student and one Croatan High School student. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:54:00 AM Categories: News

Mosquito Spraying Schedule  


Weather permitting Public Works staff will begin spraying for mosquitoes this week beginning after 10:00 pm. Larvacide will also be applied to all standing water throughout town. Below are the areas to be sprayed along with the schedule.

Tuesday, July 14

Zone 1 is all of Coast Guard Rd. and the subdivisions (gated and non gated)

Wednesday, July 15

Zone 2 is from Coast Guard Rd. – Black Skimmer Rd. and subdivisions (North side 58)

Zone 3 is from Coast Guard Rd. – Black Skimmer Rd.  all side streets (South side 58

Thursday, July 16

Zone 4 is from Lee Ave. – White Water Dr. all side streets (North and South sides of 58)

Zone 5 is from Old Cove Rd. – Bogue Sound Dr. all side streets (North)

Sea Crest Ct. (South)  Timber trail (North)

Special precautions will be taken in the areas around bee keepers homes and other addresses that we have on file as “NO SPRAY” areas. 

A link to the product label is provided here.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:37:00 PM Categories: News

Under Construction - Randy's Way Public Beach Access 


Randy's Way, the public beach access located at 9519 Ocean Drive, is currently under construction.   For the safety of all beach goers, the walkway will remain closed until all repairs are complete.

Demolition of the wooden walkway began July 13, 2020.  The reconstruction process will take approximately 4-weeks to perform.  Weather permitting; the target date for opening is August 14, 2020.

Repairs of this nature are time consuming.  Normally, such repairs occur during the offseason.  COVID-19 and contractor related complications delayed the start of the project.  The Town of Emerald apologizes in advance for the interruption.     

For further information about the replacement of Randy’s Way, please contact the Town of Emerald Isle at 252-354-3424.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:57:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Drowning 

July 12, 2020

For Immediate Release 

Emerald Isle, NC:  On Sunday, July 12, 2020, at approximately 4:17 pm, Carteret County Emergency Communications reported two swimmers in distress in the area of 9901 Coast Guard Road on the beach strand near Ship Wreck Lane.  

Four surfers and a Town of Emerald Isle lifeguard entered the water, attempting to recuse two men. Once on shore, lifesaving efforts were initiated by the surfers and lifeguard until emergency medical services arrived.  

Despite the efforts of the volunteers and first responders, both men succumbed to their injuries. 

The swimmers are identified as James Howard Burton, 72, of Cornelius, North Carolina and John C. Emerline, 73, of Raleigh, North Carolina.  

Reports indicate that Mr. Burton was in the ocean and appeared to be in trouble.  Mr. Emerline entered the water and attempted to save him. It is believed that the swimmers are related. 

 “A loss of this magnitude is simply heartbreaking,” stated Town Manager Matt Zapp.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burton and Emerline families during this tragic time.”


Media Contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 13, 2020 8:11:00 AM Categories: News

Public Comment Information - July 14, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting 

The July 14, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 the public may attend the meeting but space will be limited to ensure social distancing.  

The meeting will be available live for public viewing via the Town of Emerald Isle's Facebook - 

The meeting will also be available for audio only by dialing 1 (571) 317-3122 

Access Code:   745-082-413



Submitting General Public Comments and Public Hearing Comments To The Town Board of Commissioner During COVID19 Meeting Restrictions:

At the Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meetings, citizens are provided with an opportunity to make general public comments to the Town Board as well as comments during any public hearings.  It is important for the Town’s citizens to continue to have this opportunity despite the COVID-19 public health emergency, but public safety considerations are also important.

Until it is deemed safe for everyone to gather as a community again, public comments may be submitted in advance of Town Board meetings subject to the following guidance:

  1. Public comments should be limited to three minutes in length (approximately 450 words).
  2. Public Comments timely received will be read into the record of the meeting during the general public comment period or the applicable public hearing period.  Please specify whether your comment is general or pertains to a specific public hearing on the agenda.
  3. Public comments may be submitted as follows:
  • By emailing the Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 14, 2020)

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as the Town’s elected officials and staff work to continue to provide governmental services to the best of our ability during this time.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, July 10, 2020 5:18:00 PM Categories: News

Heavy Rains Forecasted: Flooding is a potential 


July 7, 2020

The 5-day weather forecast for Emerald Isle, NC indicates heavy and persistent rains throughout the remainder of the week (July 7 – 11, 2020).  Since late May 2020, the Town has received greater than 22” of rainfall.  The water table is very high and soils remain saturated. 

Flooding of roadways, yards, and low-lying areas is a potential.

The Emerald Isle Public Works Department has taken every precaution to prepare for the advancing storm:

  • Town maintained lines and drainage areas have been inspected/cleared. 
  • Stormwater pumps and generators are tested/working. 
  • Mobile pumps are on standby and will be dispatched as needed.

The Town’s stormwater infrastructure is in good working order.  Unfortunately, heavy and persistent rains may create unavoidable localized flooding.  Property owners, in historically impacted areas, should consider taking action and move items to higher ground when possible.

For current weather information, please monitor the National Weather Service at

Be prepared & remain safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:09:00 PM Categories: News
Page 4 of 59 << < 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 30 > >>