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Save The Dunes Initiative 2016 - Volunteers Needed  

The Save The Dunes Initiative begins its second season, continuing its efforts to enhance our dune structure and raise awareness of the importance of our dunes.  Save The Dunes is now seeking additional volunteers to assist with dune planting efforts in April and May.  The work is not hard, the people are friendly, and the rewards are great!  The first 2016 project features planting another 1,500 sea oats at The Point vehicle ramp with target dates of April 13 - 14. If you are interested in helping with this project please contact Paul Schwartz (, or Carl Klee ( 

Homeowner's associations and individual homeowners that are interested in rebuilding their dunes should contact Carla Stevens (; 252-764-2160) or Kevin Geraghty (; 919-697-7636) . The HOA or the individual homeowner will act as project coordinator for their project, will be responsible for the purchase of the plants needed, and will receive guidelines and labor from the Save The Dunes team. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 26, 2016 4:20:00 PM

New Beach Vehicle Ramp Gates Installed 

As part of our efforts to continually improve the aesthetic appearance of the Town, new beach vehicle ramp gates were recently installed at the Ocean Drive "Dog-Leg" ramp, Black Skimmer Drive ramp, and The Point ramp.  The new gates are a more durable and attractive painted steel, and replace older wire / sign gates.  Similar gates are in place at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and the Town hopes to gradually include the new gates at all Town park facilities.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 26, 2016 4:18:00 PM

Request for Proposal - Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park Inclusive Playground 

February 15, 2016

Project Description: The Town of Emerald Isle is constructing a playground at the Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park thanks to a grant from Trillium Heath Resources for an inclusive playground. The new playground will be constructed in an area approximately 50’ x 50’ with possible expansion of play area based on proposed design. Project design must be approved by Trillium by March 15, 2016 with project completion required by April 30, 2016.

Proposal Format:  Qualifying proposals for this RFP must include all items listed in Section A: Inclusive Playground Specifications. All proposals should include detailed cost information according to the specifications as well as all applicable labor, installation, freight, taxes and related appurtenances.

Please be advised that this is a request for proposal process, not a straight bid or quote process. Proposal reviewers will take into account factors such as design, product specification, warranty information and company history with the Town of Emerald Isle in regard to selection. It is our desire to select a product that provides the community with the best value and the most play components while meeting the needs of individuals with varying abilities.

Qualifying proposals must be received by 10am, Thursday, March 3, 2016 at which time they will be opened.

Questions as well as sealed bid proposals should be mailed or hand delivered to:

Alesia Sanderson, Director
Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Phone: 252.354.6350

Section A: Inclusive Playground Specifications

·       Play equipment units for Ages 2 – 5 and for Ages 5 – 12 or one unit that accommodates ages 2 – 12. Play equipment should include play or visual panels where possible to create a more inclusive atmosphere including sensory equipment,.

·       Swings: A combination of 4 – 6 swings that will accommodate tots, youth/adult, and adaptive that will allow for physical support of those with special needs.

·       Play component layout, additional play equipment, height, and design is open to the vendor’s creativity provided the layout and equipment meets all required safety standards.

·       All proposed equipment must be American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) certified, must meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards, must be International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) certified, and must meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

·       No equipment shall include electronics devices due to proximity to harsh salt water environment.

·       No canvas or other umbrella type shade structures should be included due to location of park and incidences of high wind loads that cause safety concern.

·       The surfacing requirement is poured in place rubber with colors to coordinate with equipment. The entire surfacing area should meet all fall requirements.

·       The sub grade should contain appropriate grading for drainage.

·       The play area must be ADA accessible and the play facility must provide a variety of components that will encourage and allow for inclusive play for all individuals and must consider varying ranges of physical and mental abilities.

Minimum required items for proposal:

1.    Detailed product specification and warranty information with color designs

2.    Site plan

3.    Detailed quote for project

4.    Approximate timeline of project from notice to proceed

5.    Proof of Insurance Coverage

Financial Information:

The Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park project is under the scope of a Trillium Health Resources grant in the amount of $225,000. The total project budget, net of North Carolina sales tax, should not exceed $225,000 for all equipment, surfacing, site preparation, installation, shipping, all items listed in Section A: Inclusive Playground Specifications.


·       The Town of Emerald Isle is not responsible for equipment, construction materials, or tools stored at the site during construction.

·       Contractor shall provide all barricades, security, signage, and any other materials necessary to control vehicles and pedestrians and to protect the area while equipment installation and work is in progress. The Contractor shall insure a secure work site at the end of each day to protect the public from potential injury.

·       Employee safety and liability will be the responsibility of the contracting agency. The Town of Emerald Isle will not assume responsibility for employee injuries on the job site.

·       Contractor is responsible for all debris removal from the work site.

 Other park improvements may be occurring at the same time, and we will expect the various subcontractors to cooperate with one another.

·       The Town of Emerald Isle reserves the right to reference the Contractor to determine the capability of the contractor to perform the requirement of the project.

·       Town of Emerald Isle reserves the right to reject any proposal that does not meet the criteria listed herein or through reference lacks the capability to perform the requirements of the project.

·       This Request for Proposal does not commit the Town of Emerald Isle to award a contract for services, or to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal package.

Qualifying proposals must be received by 10am, Thursday, March 3, 2016 at which time they will be opened.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 15, 2016 4:07:00 PM

“Presentation – Roundabouts” by Jim Dunlop, NCDOT Congestion Management Engineer.  


Please view the NC DOT Presentation "Roundabouts"  as presented by Jim Dunlop, NCDOT Congestion Management Engineer during the February 9, 2016 Board of Commissioners regular monthly meeting.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:29:00 AM

Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12! 

Please join us for Emerald Isle's signature event on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at Emerald Plantation Shopping Center!  


The 25th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 12th from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking are free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent.

The Little Ms. & Mr. Leprechaun Contest will take place on the main stage at 9am.  The contest is for 20 children, boys and girls ages 2-3 and 4-5 and requires pre-registration by noon on March 10th.

NEW this year! To celebrate the 25th year of the St. Patrick’s Festival we will be starting the fun early! We will open the rides on Friday, March 11th from 5-10pm! Pay one price for an arm band that keeps you riding unlimitedly all evening! At 6:30pm on Friday, March 11th, bring the family in the main tent to see Hip Pocket Band presented by SALT Ultra Lounge! There will be no alcohol sales on Friday night!

Special thanks to Transportation Impact and all of our great local sponsors for helping to make this event better than ever!  We are expecting crowds in excess of 20,000 people in Emerald Isle for the 25th annual event!

Please print/view all St. Patrick's Festival 2016 event applications below!

Arts & Crafts Vendor Application

Children's Booth Vendor Application

Food Vendor Contract

Little Ms. & Mr. Leprechaun Contest Application

Non-Profit Vendor Application

Sponsorship Form




Print Festival Map

Call 252-354-6350 if more info needed!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:13:00 AM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K - April 9, 2016 

Sign Up Now - Prices Increase on February 1


The 3rd annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, and offer flat and fast courses, a great weekend destination, and will benefit two great causes!  Learn more, and sign up for each race at today!  Prices increase on February 1, so sign up now and save $10!

We hope to see you on April 9!  There's not a better place anywhere to run a race!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 1, 2016 8:51:00 AM

Purchase Your Own Emerald Isle Logo / Nice Matters T-Shirt! 


The Town has received a very positive response to the new Emerald Isle logo and the new "Nice Matters" tag line.  If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt with the new logo and tag line, please visit the Town Administration Building at 7509 Emerald Drive.  T-shirts are $15 each.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, January 29, 2016 1:25:00 PM

New Regional Beach Access Food Vendor Opportunities! 

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to offer a new "Regional Beach Access Food Vendor Program" this summer of 2016 allowing Emerald Isle food establishments (only those with a “brick and mortar” presence in EI) to offer food at the Town’s two regional beach access facilities.  The Town is offering this opportunity to provide an additional convenience for patrons of these facilities, to provide additional business opportunities for EI food establishments, and to generate additional revenue to enable the Town to improve these facilities in the future.

Emerald Isle food establishments interested in pursuing this opportunity should please complete this simple 1-page application form and return it to Alesia Sanderson, Parks & Recreation Director, at or in person at the Community Center no later than 12 noon on February 29, 2016.  Please note that if you do not apply by the February 29, 2016 deadline that you will need to wait until the 2017 season to participate in this program.

Please view a copy of the program regulations (which were developed with input from EI food establishments and others), as well as a summary memo prepared for the Board  of Commissioners (who have endorsed this program).




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:39:00 PM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K - April 9, 2016 

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

You Can Do This!  It's a brand new year, and with a little more than 3 months until race day, now is the time to start your training program!  The 3rd annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, and offer flat and fast courses, a great weekend destination, and will benefit two great causes!  Learn more, and sign up for each race at today!

More than 1500 runners registered for the 2015 races, and we are hoping to exceed that total in 2016.  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!

The 2016 race proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Emerald Isle bicycle path!

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 through the website.  
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 through the website.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, January 7, 2016 8:51:00 PM

Christmas Tree Curb-Side Collection 

Please place old, natural Christmas trees at the curb-side for collection by Town staff.  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 trees 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 Tuesday, January 5, 2016 8:25:00 AM
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