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Senator Jean Preston Memorial Playground Closer to Reality 


Fundraising for the new Senator Jean Preston Memorial Playground continues, with nearly $60,000 in cash donations, grants, and in-kind donations committed.  The volunteer fundraising committee's fundraising goal is $75,000.  If you'd like to contribute to this great new playground located on Bogue Sound adjacent to the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, please visit .  We hope to open the new playground on May 25, 2016, on what would have been Senator Preston's 81st birthday.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:06:00 AM

Carteret County Economic Development Survey 

Carteret County Economic Development Survey The Carteret County Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee, as part of its public outreach efforts, requests you to participate in the following survey to assist in identifying our county’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities as they relate to the local economy and our community’s ability to stimulate job creation and economic prosperity.

Carteret County Economic Development Survey

This survey takes approximately 6 minutes to complete.

The survey is designed to be anonymous. This is a public opinion survey. Your participation is voluntary. The cumulative results of the survey will be available as a public record to the media and others. You are not required to answer all the questions. You may skip a question for any reason.

Thank you in advance for participating and sharing your opinion!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 5, 2015 8:24:00 AM

Cherry Point Regional JLUS study survey  

It’s time to be Heard!

By now you know that a joint land use study (JLUS) is underway to enable the mission of MCAS Cherry Point, promote local economic development and preserve the lifestyle we all have come to enjoy.  This is your chance to be heard and get involved in the future development of the JLUS region.  How can you provide meaningful involvement in the planning process?  Attend and participate in one or all of the community engagement meetings listed below:

Pamlico County

Sept 22


Pamlico Community College, Delamar Center


5049 Hwy 306 South, Grantsboro, NC  28529


Craven County Road Show

Sept 22


Township #6 Volunteer Fire Department

109 Carolina Pines Blvd, New Bern, NC 28560

Carteret County

Sept 29


Atlantic School


151 School Drive, Atlantic, NC

Also, please take a minute if you can and complete our survey at

While you are there, take a look around and see what’s going on.  You can also Like our Facebook Page and be a part of the discussion.  You can also share the page with friends and family to get them involved.  Another way to stay informed is to follow the Twitter feed where we will post new information and meeting times.  If you don’t have a Twitter account, that’s ok, just view the feed on the website and Facebook to keep up to date.

We look forward to your involvement in whatever way fits your schedule.  Whether it’s you attending a meeting or listening to your opinions from the survey, Facebook and the comments section of the website.

Timothy Blair Chambers, Jr
Community Development Planner
The Wooten Company
120 North Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603

Project Partners


Monday, October 5, 2015 8:18:00 AM

Emerald Isle Vacation Rental Management Companies Announce Mandatory Deck Inspections Program 


In an effort to promote visitor safety, the 7 vacation rental management companies, in partnership with the Town of Emerald Isle, have initiated a new mandatory deck inspections program for the more than 1,500 vacation rental units managed by these companies in Emerald Isle.


Effective October 1, 2015, all single family and duplex vacation rental units managed by these companies are required to be inspected at least once annually by EITHER a licensed North Carolina general contractor  OR  a licensed North Carolina professional engineer for identification of any safety / structural concerns.  It is anticipated that inspections and repairs will be complete by March 1, 2016.  Vacation rental unit owners will then be required to complete necessary safety / structural repairs identified during the annual inspection, and failure to complete the necessary safety / structural repairs will result in the vacation rental unit being suspended from the vacation rental companies' management programs until the repairs are complete.  Angelfish Properties, Bluewater Real Estate, CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty, Emerald Isle Realty, Shorewood Real Estate, Spinnakers Reach Realty, and Sun-Surf Realty all place the highest priority on our visitors' safety, and have enthusiastically committed to this new program.


The Town of Emerald Isle will assist the vacation rental management companies in this effort by inspecting serious deficiencies reported to the vacation rental unit owner but not yet repaired. Under NC law, the Town's inspectors (contracted through Carteret County) are authorized to inspect existing decks upon receipt of a complaint, and the 7 vacation rental management companies will continue to work closely with the Town by reporting such deficiencies.  Town inspectors will determine if the vacation rental unit's decks are safe for human occupancy, and any unsafe decks will be posted accordingly and may not be utilized until corrective action is taken.


All 7 of the vacation rental management companies and the Town of Emerald Isle pride ourselves on our family beach image and small-town atmosphere, and remain committed to providing the highest quality, safest beach vacation experience for our visitors.  The 7 companies and the Town have been working hard since two unfortunate deck collapse incidents this past summer to promote deck safety, including numerous inspections, repairs, educational initiatives, and more.  The new mandatory deck inspections program represents a more formal concerted effort to promote the safety of our visitors.


While all of us in Emerald Isle are working hard to promote deck safety, we also remind our visitors to be mindful of the number of guests occupying a deck structure.  Lifelong family and group memories are made every day in Emerald Isle, and we encourage everyone to document these memories with safety in mind!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Carteret County Sheriff's Office Issues News Release 

Croatan High School Rumor

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office has issued the following News Release regarding the Croatan High School Rumor.


News Release dated September 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 10:33:00 AM

Carteret County Providing Text to 911 

Carteret County Emergency Services now offers text to 9-­1-­1 capabilities from four major US cell phone carriers.  Verizon, Sprint, T-­Mobile, and AT&T customers in Carteret County can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 9-­1-­1 for emergency help when unable to make a 9-­1-­1 voice call. This service will be available to any mobile phone customer within range of a cell tower in Carteret County.

View Text to 911 Press Release for full details.

View Text to 911 FAQs

Friday, September 25, 2015 5:17:00 PM

Coyotes in Emerald Isle 


The Town has received reports of coyotes on the island (and they are also becoming more common in many NC cities and towns), and is closely monitoring their proliferation. The Town is consulting with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission on this issue, and thus far the NCWRC recommends no action at this time. Depending on how this issue develops, the Town may take a more active approach.

Below are several articles and fact sheets regarding Coyotes:

View - Coyotes in Towns and Suburbs

View - Coexisting with Coyotes

View - Living with Wildlife - Coyotes



Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:10:00 PM

Beach Driving Permits On Sale Now 

The Town allows driving on the beach strand between September 15 and April 30 for four-wheel drive vehicles with a Town-issued permit.  Permits are now available at the Town Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive). Learn more about the program and complete the permit form. Be safe, respect others enjoying the beach strand, avoid the dunes, and have fun!

Monday, September 14, 2015 2:14:00 PM

Time Warner Cable Set to Transition to All-Digital 

Time Warner Cable, the primary cable television provider in Emerald Isle, has announced a full conversion to digital format beginning on or about October 6, 2015.  For some customers, additional equipment may be necessary to continue receiving Time Warner Cable programming.  To learn more about these changes, please read this letter from Time Warner. To contact Time Warner Cable in our area, please visit  or call 1-800-892-4357.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Emerald Isle Maintains 2nd Lowest Tax Rate Among 21 NC Oceanfront Towns 

Emerald Isle's FY 15-16 General Fund property tax rate of 14.0 cents (plus 1.5 cents specifically for beach nourishment activities; for a total of 15.5 cents) is the second lowest tax rate among the 21 oceanfront towns in North Carolina.



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