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NC 58 Corridor Study Considering "Roundabouts" for Emerald Isle Intersections 

On behalf of several towns in Carteret County, the Down East Rural Planning Organization (DERPO) and the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have been working over the past several months on a "NC 58 Corridor Study".  The study's purpose is to identify strategies to improve traffic flow along NC 58 from the NC 24 intersection near Cape Carteret and Cedar Point, all through Emerald Isle and other towns along Bogue Banks, and out to the US 70 intersection in Morehead City. Staff from both agencies have been evaluating traffic counts, crash data, and existing traffic system infrastructure to develop recommendations for further consideration by the Carteret County Transportation Committee and the individual towns.  Any potential improvements in Emerald Isle will be presented to the Town's Board of Commissioners for review and comment at a future date.

In an effort to maintain the Town's "family beach image" and "small-town atmosphere", the Town's 2004 Land Use Plan (which will be updated in 2016, with a new plan anticipated to be adopted by the Board of Commissioners in late 2016 or early 2017) includes a very clear policy statement that the Town opposes the future widening of the NC 58 bridge, and that the Town also opposes the future widening of NC 58 all through Emerald Isle.  This policy was developed after significant public input during a lengthy community planning process in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Because of this formal policy, the current "NC 58 Corridor Study" has focused on other intersection improvements along NC 58 in an attempt to promote smoother, more consistent traffic flow along NC 58, particularly during peak traffic periods in the summer.

Emerald Isle currently has 4 signalized intersections along NC 58 --- at Coast Guard Road, at the entrance to Emerald Plantation shopping center, at Mangrove Drive (near CVS), and at Bogue Inlet Drive --- that are perceived to contribute to traffic delays during peak periods.  The DERPO and NCDOT have identified the installation of single-lane traffic "roundabouts" (similar to the photo below from Ocean Isle Beach, NC) as a potential improvement that would reduce traffic backups during peak periods.  The "roundabouts" would be installed at each of the 4 signalized intersections, and because there would no longer be any left-turn movements (all turns from a "roundabout" are right turns) the DERPO and NCDOT believe traffic would flow continuously, with traffic from side streets merging into the "roundabout".  The potential "roundabouts" at the Coast Guard Road, Emerald Plantation, and Mangrove Drive intersections would likely have a diameter in the 125 - 150 ft. range, while the Bogue Inlet Drive intersection would be served by a "mini-roundabout" with a 70 - 80 ft. diameter.  The roundabouts would be designed to insure adequate turning movements for tractor-trailers, recreational vehicles, school buses, and emergency vehicles.

The Board of Commissioners received a presentation on "roundabouts" at its December meeting, and will receive additional presentation(s) at public meetings in early 2016.  For more information, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/memo-12-08-2015-14 .  The Town welcomes constructive input on this issue from our residents, property owners, and visitors, which can be submitted to Frank Rush, Town Manager, at  frush@emeraldisle-nc.org .  The Board of Commissioners is not expected to make a decision on this issue until spring 2016 at the earliest, and perhaps not until later in the year.

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 4, 2016 3:50:00 PM

New Flood Insurance Rate Maps Expected This Spring 

The NC Floodplain Mapping Program, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been working in recent years to update the official flood insurance rate maps used in Emerald Isle. The new maps are nearly complete, and will be released to the public in spring 2016.

Overall, the new maps are expected to be favorable for Emerald Isle as a whole, and will hopefully reduce flood insurance premium costs and regulatory burden for many Emerald Isle property owners. There will, however, likely be some property owners that are negatively impacted by the new maps, and the Town will be publicizing this information when the new maps are released in spring 2016. Please remain attentive to this issue to determine the specific impact on your property.  For more questions about the new flood maps when they are released, please contact Josh Edmondson, Town Planner, at jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 4, 2016 3:40:00 PM

Village West Rezoning Approved 

In an effort to promote quality redevelopment in the vicinity of Islander Drive, the Town's 2004 Land Use Plan and a subsequent 2006 small-area plan designated this area as the "Village West" planning area.  Village West envisions a mixed-use district, with both residential and commercial uses in the same area, on the same parcel, and even in the same structure, and includes very flexible and lucrative zoning regulations. 

In recent years, a few properties in the Village West area have been rezoned to the new Village West zoning district, but the remaining properties remained zoned as Business (which does not allow any mixed uses or residential uses).  The Board of Commissioners recently completed the full rezoning of nearly all properties in the Islander Drive, Reed Drive, NC 58, and Crew Drive area to the Village West zoning district.  The Town is actively promoting quality redevelopment in this area, and is eager to work with any and all property owners and potential developers to make the Village West vision a reality in the future.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 4, 2016 3:35:00 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 18th Street, Bryan Street and Nina Street. 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 22nd 2016 at 10:00 am. Work must be complete by March 15th 2016.  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 asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org  with questions or concerns.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 4, 2016 3:35:00 PM

Emerald Isle Welcome Center Offering Tribute/Memorial Rocking Chairs and Benches 

The Emerald Isle Welcome Center is now offering Tribute or Memorial Rocking Chairs and Benches at their new location at 8401 Emerald Drive.  Rocking Chairs with tribute or memorial engraved plates are available now for $295, and benches are $427.

The purchase order form  may be mailed to:
Carteret County Tourism Authority
3409 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC  28557

If any questions please contact Rita LeClair at rita@sunnync.com .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:03:00 AM

Carteret County Notice To All Personal Property Owners 

Please view this notice  as issued by the Carteret County Tax Office regarding 2016 Carteret County Personal Property Listings.

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 29, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Ring in 2016 in Emerald Isle! 

Crystal Coast Countdown 

The Crystal Coast Countdown includes many fun activities all over Carteret County during New Year's Week.  Come on down to Emerald Isle for a great end to 2015 and a great start to 2016!  For a complete list of events, please visit  http://www.crystalcoastcountdown.com/ .

 

Scavenger Hunt

As part of Crystal Coast Countdown, Emerald Isle will host a Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, December 30 beginning at 10 am at the Community Center.  Hidden treasures will be located throughout Emerald Isle, and the winners will receive great prizes!  For more information, please contact the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350.

 

New Year's Eve Fireworks in Emerald Isle!

Please join us for fireworks from Bogue Inlet Pier on New Year's Eve at 9 pm!  A special "Shamrock Drop" is also planned just before 9 pm!

 

Happy New Year!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 28, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Town of Emerald Isle Holiday Schedule

Christmas Week

Town offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 23, Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25 in observance of Christmas. The Community Center will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, but will be open on Wednesday, December 23 and Saturday, December 26.

Recycling WILL be collected everywhere in Town on Wednesday, December 23. Trash will NOT be collected from soundside areas on Thursday, December 24 or from oceanside areas on Friday, December 25.

New Year's Week

Town offices and the Community Center will both be closed on Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day.  The normal trash and recycling collection schedule is in effect for Monday - Thursday of the week, however, trash will NOT be collected from oceanside areas on Friday, January 1.

Crystal Coast Countdown

The Crystal Coast Countdown includes many fun activities all over Carteret County during New Year's Week.  Come on down to the Crystal Coast for a great end to 2015 and a great start to 2016!  For a complete list of events, please visit  http://www.crystalcoastcountdown.com/ .

Scavenger Hunt

As part of Crystal Coast Countdown, Emerald Isle will host a Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, December 30 beginning at 10 am at the Community Center.  Hidden treasures will be located throughout Emerald Isle, and the winners will receive great prizes!  For more information, please contact the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350.

New Year's Eve Fireworks in Emerald Isle!

Please join us for fireworks from Bogue Inlet Pier on New Year's Eve at 9 pm!  A special "Shamrock Drop" is also planned just before 9 pm!

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 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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

We are all so blessed to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 21, 2015 3:07:00 PM

"Downtown" Lights and Trees to Be Installed 

The Board of Commissioners recently approved a contract for the installation of 37 new decorative, contemporary street lights along the bike path and sidewalks along NC 58 in the "downtown" area.  The new lights will be installed approximately every 200 feet between the new Welcome Center and the Town Government complex in December and January.  The new lights are funded by private donations, fundraising efforts by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and fundraising proceeds derived from the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races.

The Board also approved the installation of 80 new crape myrtle trees (funded by the NC Department of Transportation) along NC 58.  A total of 47 new trees will be planted in the "downtown" area, and 33 new trees will be added to the NC 58 right of way west of the "downtown" area in December.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Did You Know? New Town Logo 

The Town's new logo is intended to be more recognizable and to better promote the Emerald Isle "brand". The "arch" over the words "Emerald Isle" represents the Emerald Isle bridge, while the green represents the abundance of trees in Emerald Isle and the blue represents the pristine waters all around Emerald Isle.

The meaning of the "Nice Matters" tag line is two-fold.  Treating our customers, neighbors, and visitors "nice" is the Town's highest priority, and we continuously strive to provide the best possible customer service.  We also know that our success is predicated on keeping Emerald Isle looking as "nice" as possible, and the Town works hard to keep our public beaches, NC 58, and other public areas neat, clean, and attractive.  "Nice" definitely "matters" to us!

NICE MATTERS!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM
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