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Please Take Our Brief Survey, and Help Us Plan Emerald Isle's Future! 


Work continues on the development of the Town's 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update, and we want to know your thoughts on Emerald Isle's future!  The Town is conducting a brief, online survey, and we urge everyone who cares about the future of Emerald Isle to participate.  Please visit  to share your thoughts! 

To learn more about the 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update, please visit our special website that allows our residents, property owners, and visitors to follow the progress and offer additional input into the development of the plan.  The special website can be viewed at a link from or directly at .  The special website will include all information associated with the new plan, including meeting dates, meeting minutes, draft policies and maps, and more.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, June 16, 2016 4:26:00 PM

NC 58 Bridge Lane Closures - June 20 - 27 Night Time ONLY, 9 pm - 6 am Each Night 

NCDOT crews will be conducting bridge inspections on the NC 58 bridge during the week of June 20 - 27, but only during night time hours.  One lane will be closed at certain times each night from 9 pm - 6 am, beginning Monday night (June 20) at 9 pm and finishing by Monday morning (June 27) at 6 am.  All bridge lanes will be open during daytime hours, and traffic should flow freely at all times between 6 am and 9 pm each day. 

These bridge inspections are necessary to determine the scope of future maintenance work on the NC 58 bridge to insure motorists' safety and prolong the life expectancy of the bridge.  More bridge maintenance work is expected in 2017 (mostly under the bridge deck), and that work will also include the installation of higher guardrails on the NC 58 bridge.  

Thank you for your patience as NCDOT completes this important work in Emerald Isle!  For more information, please contact NCDOT at 252-439-2800.  



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:56:00 PM

EmeraldFest Concert - This Thursday Evening - FREE Thurs, June 16 - 6:30 pm - 8 pm - Western Ocean Regional Access 


Pure T Mommicked performs live!
Come on out this Thursday evening for a great night of music and fun in a great oceanfront, outdoor atmosphere! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, neighbors, and friends, and enjoy the show!

Pure T Mommicked is a straight ahead rock band that was born in Emerald Isle. The band writes their own music as well as plays a long list of covers, and has a great local and regional following.

EmeraldFest concerts are scheduled for each Thursday evening this summer from 6:30 pm - 8 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access, just off Islander Drive.  For a complete lineup of dates and performers, please visit .  Don't forget to also check out the SwanFest outdoor concert each Sunday evening outdoors in downtown Swansboro .  

Hope to see you at EmeraldFest this summer!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 14, 2016 11:17:00 AM

EIPD Offers New, Monitored Internet Exchange Location 


The Emerald Isle Police Department is pleased to offer a new, video-monitored internet exchange location to provide a safer environment for individuals to complete internet-based (or other pre-arranged) transactions and exchanges.  The designated internet exchange location is directly across the parking lot from the main entrance to the Police Station (between the Police Station and the Blue Heron Park tennis courts).  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 6, 2016 4:22:00 PM

Join Us for July 4th Fireworks at Bogue Inlet Pier, Including Another Glow Party at The Pier! 

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to again partner with Bogue Inlet Pier to offer July 4th fireworks over the ocean!  The show begins at 9 pm, and will be visible from miles away on the beach!

The Town, Emerald Owl Productions, and Bogue Inlet Pier will also offer another Glow Party at The Pier on July 4.  A high energy dance party will  book-end the July 4th fireworks, with family-friendly musical entertainment and professional lighting (and perhaps lasers) to brighten up the dance floor after dark.  The party begins at 7 pm, will take a break for the fireworks show, and will continue after the fireworks until 11 pm.

Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 6, 2016 4:21:00 PM

New Signs Identify Public Access Locations for Kayakers and Stand-Up Paddleboarders in Bogue Sound 

With the increasing popularity of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding in Bogue Sound, the Town has installed new, large, triangular signs visible from the water at that Town's public access locations on Bogue Sound.  These signs are intended to make it easier to identify the public access locations from the water.  

The new signs are installed on Town piers located at Park Street (near Eastern Ocean Regional Access, 2700 block - sign "27"), the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area (6800 block, sign "68"), the Bluewater Drive pier (7000 block, sign "70"), Cedar Street Park (7700 block, sign "77"), and Emerald Isle Woods Park (9400 block, two piers - signs "94" and "94A").    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 6, 2016 4:19:00 PM

The Return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival!  

Saturday, August 27    11 am - 5:30 pm - On The Beach at Western Ocean Regional Access!! (next to The Islander)  

The Town of Emerald Isle is excited to announce the return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival this August 27!  It's been 17 years since the last Beach Music Festival was held in Emerald Isle, and the new 2016 event promises to match the great times of the festivals of the 1980s and 1990s!

We've got a great lineup of top performers planned, including:

  • Sammy O'Banion
  • Spare Change
  • Hip Pocket
  • Too Much Sylvia
  • The Tams
  • Jim Quick & Coastline.

Mark your calendars now, and make plans to be back in Emerald Isle for the return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on August 27!  

More details will be announced soon, and posted at .  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:05:00 PM

Public Dedication - Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park  

Wednesday, May 25 at 11 am - 6800 Emerald Drive, Adjacent to Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to publicly dedicate the new Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 25, which would have been the late Senator's 81st birthday.  

The public is invited to attend and help us celebrate this beautiful new park that honors the legacy of Senator Preston!

We hope to see you there!






Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:46:00 PM

Emerald Isle Fire Department & Emerald Isle EMS Offering "Heart Saver CPR - AED Class" 

Monday, May 23 at EMS Station - 7604 Emerald Drive

Class 1: 9 am -1 pm   OR  

Class 2: 6 pm - 10 pm

Sign up now for this new low-cost training opportunity that may help save a life someday! The Emerald Isle Fire Department and Emerald Isle EMS are pleased to offer a new CPR - AED class to Emerald Isle residents, visitors, and others in the surrounding area.

The cost for Emerald Isle residents, taxpayers, and people who work in Emerald Isle is $5 per class.  The cost for all others is $40 per class.  It is necessary to pre-register by contacting Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249.  

Future classes will be offered, and will be scheduled in the near future.  For more information, please contact Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249 or Emerald Isle Fire Department at 252-354-2445.   



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Volunteers Needed - Save the Dunes Initiative! 

On an overcast and cool May 4, 2016, a group of volunteers and Emerald Isle residents planted 1,500 sea-oat seedlings at The Point in a record two-hours as part of the Save the Dunes Initiative. Volunteers included members of the Emerald Isle Garden Club, the Turtle Patrol, and The Point/Wyndtree Property Owners Association. Paul Schwartz and Carl Klee coordinated The Point 2016 project on behalf of the Initiative, spearheaded and led by Carla Stevens and Kevin Geraghty, with support from Emerald Isle’s Town Manager, Frank Rush, and a donation  by Dr. Charles Mess, who owns the octagonal house by The Point's entrance ramp.                   

Save the Dunes Initiative originated in 2011 when the Aquarium asked for volunteers to plant sea oats at the Western Beach Access. About 500 unused plants were given to Carla Stevens to be planted in front of Lands End eastern walkway. Two years later, the seedlings helped to build a sizable frontal dune. With this success in mind, in January of 2015 Kevin Geraghty and Carla Stevens proposed a sea oats planting project for Emerald Isle. Frank Rush suggested the beach access at The Point.

Save the Dunes Initiative aims to: rebuild dune structure where needed and raise awareness of how dunes protect our beaches. Emerald Isle must safeguard its greatest asset - its crystal blue waters and beautiful beaches – with environment-friendly efforts like this one.

Volunteering for the Initiative is easy, lots of fun, a great way to catch up with neighbors and make new friends. It takes two minutes to learn what to do, and at end of a planting session, Carla Stevens offers scrumptious, home-made chocolate chip cookies. It’s also a terrific way to learn about ocean-dune preservation, a hands-on opportunity for the young and young-at-heart alike.

The ideal time for planting sea oats is early May for successful growth, according to Steve Mercer of Coastal Transplants, although planting can be done as late as October.

In addition to The Point planting (the first took place in 2015), a number of oceanfront homeowners have asked to be considered for 2016 plantings. Many have erected sand fences, a good first step. Save the Dunes Initiative will prioritize plantings, starting with the Town of Emerald Isle, followed by Home Owners Associations (HOAs), and then individual homeowners’ oceanfront properties, depending on the availability of resources and volunteers.

Costs for plantings include the purchase of sea oats for about $.60/plant delivered, with a minimum order of three hundred plants, plus slow-release fertilizer and signage.  Projects will be funded by the Town of Emerald Isle, HOAs, property owners, and private donations.

Why should we help build and protect dune structures? Emerald Isle is built on rock with a Continental Shelf that slopes at a very slight angle away from our beaches, one of the Island’s great advantages. Since the size of a wave is directly proportional to the depth of the water, a shallow slope matters a lot when it comes to wave erosion. For example, a forty foot depth can generate a thirty-five to forty foot wave, depending on tides and winds. Fortunately, here such depths occur several miles from shore. By the time large waves arrive on shore, they dwindle down to a range of two to four feet. The slope of our Continental Shelf is our first line of defense against storm damage.

The second line is the frontal dune structure, which protects all the vegetation zones and benefits the entire island. As fine sand catches onto sea oat reeds, it builds up dunes. Each season dune width and height increase in a seaward direction toward the source of blowing sand. Sea oats are native to our coast and produce rhizomes or runners that allow new plants to multiply and grow. This is how they catch more sand and continue to build the dunes. Everyone who uses the beach can leave a smaller footprint by staying off the dunes.

A second planting of 600 sea oats will take place on May 18th at Lands End Clubhouse. Volunteers are needed. Bring your trowels and your garden gloves. A third planting of 450 sea oats will take place on May 28th at 9 am near the Lands End east walkway.  Please contact Carla Stevens ( to volunteer.

Homeowner’s associations and individual homeowners interested in rebuilding their immediate dunes in 2017 should contact Carla Stevens or Kevin Geraghty. The HOA or the individual homeowner acts as project coordinator for their project and will be responsible for the purchase of the plants. They will receive guidelines and help from the Save the Dunes team. Please contact Carla Stevens ( (252 764 2160) or Kevin Geraghty ( 697-7636) if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer. Remember: it’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s the best way to keep our Crystal Coast beautiful for years to come.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:46:00 AM
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