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Due to the presence of several remaining sea turtle nests, beach driving will temporarily close at 8 pm daily, until further notice.  We expect to revert back to the daily 9 pm closing after all nests have hatched, likely by October 1.  Thank you for your understanding.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 16, 2016 8:15:00 AM

Police Chief Waters Announces Retirement 

After a 32-year career in the Emerald Isle Police Department, Chief Jeffrey D. Waters has announced his retirement, effective October 31.  Chief Waters has served the Emerald Isle community with dedication, professionalism, and a sincere desire to contribute to the well-being of our residents and visitors, and his leadership will be missed.  

Chief Waters began his career as a patrol officer in 1984, and served in several increasingly responsible positions until his appointment as Chief in 2013.  For the past 3 1/2 years, he has worked tirelessly with the excellent team at the EIPD to build strong community relationships that will benefit the EIPD and the community for years to come.  We thank Chief Waters for his service, and wish him a healthy and fulfilling retirement!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 15, 2016 8:24:00 AM

Record Year for Sea Turtle Nests in Emerald Isle 


Emerald Isle is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers monitoring sea turtle nesting activity in Emerald Isle!  

Volunteers routinely walk every section of the beach daily searching for new nests, and also care for the nest throughout the nesting period, and assist sea turtle hatchlings on their initial journey from the nest to the ocean.  

The 2016 sea turtle season has been a record year in Emerald Isle, with 51 nests along Emerald Isle's 12 miles of beach!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 14, 2016 8:21:00 AM

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Police Sergeant Mark Odom and Police Officer Tom Duty 

Saturday, September 17 - 7 am - 11 am - Emerald Isle EMS Station

Emerald Isle Police Sergeant Mark Odom and Police Officer Tom Duty were seriously injured in an off-duty boating accident on the White Oak River on September 7.  Both men are dedicated officers providing exceptional service to the Emerald Isle community, and there have been numerous inquiries from the community asking how people can help. 

To assist Odom and Duty, Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. is hosting a special Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, September 17 from 7 am - 11 am at the Emerald Isle EMS Station, 7604 Emerald Drive.  If you'd like to help, please come by and enjoy a great breakfast and fellowship with others in our community.  If you can't stay for breakfast, and are so inclined, contributions can be made at the EMS Station that day.

Special fundraising accounts have been established at Sound Bank to assist Odom and Duty.  If you would like to contribute, or know others who would like to contribute, please make checks payable to:

"Officer Tom Duty Benefit Fund"     and/or     "Sergeant Mark Odom Benefit Fund".

  Contributions can be:

  • dropped off at the EMS Station on Saturday, September 17, 
  • sent directly to Sound Bank (1150 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point, NC  28584),
  • dropped off at Sound Bank (just across the bridge from Emerald Isle on NC 24), 
  • sent directly to the Emerald Isle Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC  28594), or
  • dropped off at the Emerald Isle Police Department.   

Thank you for your support and generosity!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:57:00 AM

EI Beach Music Festival T-Shirts Still Available for Purchase 

The return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on August 27 was a huge success, with an estimated crowd of 9,000 people enjoying a full day of great music on the beach!  Special t-shirts commemorating the event are still available, and are on sale now for only $10 at the Town Administration Building and the Emerald Isle Community Center.  Stop by today to get your t-shirt, or contact Town staff at 252-354-3424 or 252-354-6350.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8:23:00 AM

Beach Driving Season Begins September 15 

The beach driving season begins on Thursday, September 15, and will continue through April 30. Beach driving permits are available now at the Town Administration Building, and more information about the program is located at . 


Beach driving is a longstanding tradition in Emerald Isle, and is greatly valued by surf fishermen, surfers, and elderly and handicapped individuals.  The Town wants everyone to be able to enjoy the beach environment in Emerald Isle, and urges beach drivers to respect others using the beach, respect the natural environment (dunes, sea turtle nests, bird habitat), and be safe and alert! 


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8:20:00 AM

Emerald Isle's Fight to Preserve the Public's Right to Use the Beach Continues to the NC Supreme Court 


Please view News Articles "California Attorney Seeking to Limit Public Use of NC Beaches Misleads the Public; His Comments to the Court Reveal True Issues in Case”  and "Guest Column by Nies Attorney – August 10, 2016 Carteret County News-Times – Nies v Emerald Isle”

The case of Nies v. Emerald Isle will be considered by the NC Supreme Court later this year, and the Court's decision could have a profound impact on the public's use of beaches everywhere in North Carolina in the future. 

The ultimate question in this case is whether the public has a right to use the dry-sand beach in North Carolina.  As argued by the Town's attorneys (the Town's brief can be viewed at ), the Plaintiffs contend the public does not have the right to use the dry-sand beach adjacent to their beach house.  Plaintiffs claim that the public is only entitled to use the wet-sand beach.  No North Carolina Court has ever held that an oceanfront property owner has the right to exclude the public from the dry sand beach. If all North Carolina oceanfront property owners took Plaintiffs' position, the dry-sand beaches of North Carolina would be effectively closed to the public.  This would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the public to enjoy the beach for traditional recreational activities that have occurred on the beach for centuries. 

The Town maintains that NC law clearly allows the public to use the entire flat, dry-sand beach area up to the base of the dunes.  The entire 300+ miles of North Carolina's beaches, in all 8 oceanfront counties and all 21 oceanfront municipalities, have been used by the public and managed with this understanding for centuries.  The NC Superior Court and the NC Court of Appeals have both already ruled in the Town's favor, upholding the long-established and universally-accepted policy and law in North Carolina that the public has the right to use the beach from the base of the dunes to the water.  The NC Supreme Court will now consider this case, and they will make the definitive ruling on this issue.

The Town of Emerald Isle is committed to the principle of public beach access, and has been fighting diligently since this case was initiated in 2011 to defend the public's right to use the entire beach --- wet-sand and dry-sand, between the base of the dunes and the water.  The Town is committed to public beach access in all forms, for enjoyment by all people, for various recreational pursuits.  The Town recognizes that different people enjoy different recreational activities on North Carolina beaches, including sunbathing, swimming, surfing, surf fishing, walking, running, driving, playing volleyball / bocce ball / cornhole / other beach games, flying kites, observing wildlife, and so on and so on.  All of these activities rely to some degree on the public's use of the flat, dry-sand beach, and simply cannot occur solely from the wet-sand beach.  If the NC Supreme Court overturns the NC Court of Appeals ruling, all of these activities are in jeopardy.  The Town also recognizes the paramount importance of unhindered beach access in order to provide critical water rescue and emergency medical assistance when called upon, and the need for reasonable regulations on the beach strand to protect the health, safety, and welfare of everyone on the beach. 

An adverse ruling in this case would have a devastating impact on all coastal communities and the State as a whole.  If the public is no longer entitled to use the dry-sand beach, how desirable is it for a vacationer to rent a 2nd row home or another interior home?  What does that do the North Carolina tourism economy?  What impact does that have on our restaurants and shops that rely on millions of annual visitors to our beaches?  What impact does that have on all NC coastal property values and the coastal real estate market?  Where will people who live in mainland Carteret County or mainland New Hanover County, etc. enjoy the beach experience --- is that not why many people on the mainland choose to live in relative close proximity to the beach?  What kind of message will it send to the rest of the country as those families are planning their future beach vacations, second home purchase, or retirement destination - will it create a perception that "North Carolina's beaches are private, so we don't want to be there"?

Beyond the drastic economic impacts, what about the ability of our dedicated volunteers to relocate sea turtle nests that require a dry-sand beach in order to hatch successfully?  What about the need for emergency services personnel to travel safely and quickly along the beach strand to rescue those in need?  What about the ability for other personnel to remove debris and keep the beach clean and beautiful for all to enjoy?  What about aging and disabled individuals who no longer have the ability to walk on the beach, and need to use a vehicle to access the beach and enjoy the amazing beach experience in the fall and winter months?  What about the thousands of surf fishermen who treasure the opportunity to "land the big one" from the beach strand?  It is human nature to focus first on our own personal form of enjoyment of the beach, but the reality is that everyone's ability to enjoy the beach is what makes the beach experience so special for North Carolinians and the millions of visitors who choose to spend their time and money in North Carolina each year.

The entire North Carolina beach experience is at stake in this case, and the NC Supreme Court's decision could impact all of us in the future.  The Town of Emerald Isle, our legal team, State government, other coastal local governments, and many other groups are fighting hard to preserve the public's right to use the beach in North Carolina for current and future generations, in the same way that prior generations have before us.

To view the NC Court of Appeals ruling, the Town's brief submitted to the NC Supreme Court earlier this week, and several amicus briefs submitted in support of the Town's position, please visit . 



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Hermine On The Way Out; No Issues in Emerald Isle Sunday and Labor Day Expected to Be Beautiful! 

The center of Hermine passed just north of Emerald Isle around 3 am Saturday, and is now approaching the Outer Banks area.  The rain has mostly ended, with only light sprinkles that should end by mid-morning.  Windy conditions are expected throughout the day, with winds of approximately 20 mph gradually winding down throughout the afternoon and evening.  The forecast for Sunday and Monday is beautiful, with high temperatures in the mid 80s, lower humidity, and sunny conditions both days.

Fortunately, there are no issues in Emerald Isle resulting from Hermine.  The maximum winds were in the 30 - 35 mph range overnight, and total rainfall at the Town government complex was 4.1 inches.  There are no significant nuisance flooding issues, and no known power outages.

Enjoy what looks to be a beautiful rest of the Labor Day weekend in Emerald Isle!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, September 3, 2016 6:28:00 AM

Carteret County Sheriff’s Office warns of “Jury Duty” scam 

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about jury duty scam.

A caller posing as a Carteret County Deputy has been accused of calling unsuspecting victims claiming they have missed jury duty in Carteret County and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller will then request your personal information and attempt to confirm your address. The caller’s demeanor will be authoritative and persistent.

The caller will then attempt to get his victims to wire money and he will "take care" of the warrant by paying this fine. The caller will further attempt to convince you to proceed to a local business and purchase Green Dot Prepaid Cards in the amount of the stated fine.

Detectives warn to be suspicious whenever you're told you can only pay for something using a Green Dot Prepaid Cards. Getting these calls in general should act as a red flag because the Carteret County Sheriff's Office will never call you over the phone to request money for a fine.

If you have missed jury duty, a judge will issue a show cause order with a date to appear in court. If anyone attempts to gain money or your personal information simply hang up the phone and report the matter to your local law enforcement agency.





You can now text your Crime Stoppers Tip to (252) 241-0946

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:26:00 PM

Emerald Isle Fortunate to Be Served by Outstanding Police Department 

The Emerald Isle Police Department, led by Chief Jeff Waters, continues to provide excellent service to our residents, property owners, and visitors.  EIPD staff work hard to proactively patrol our neighborhoods, prevent and solve crimes, build relationships with the community, and respond to emergency calls as quickly as possible, all in a highly professional manner.  In the wake of recent Police tragedy and criticism in our country, all of us at the Town of Emerald Isle are reminded of how fortunate we are to have the dedicated and outstanding service of each officer in the EIPD.

Current full-time members of the Emerald Isle Police Department include:

Chief Jeff Waters, serving EIPD since 1985

Major Tony Reese, serving EIPD since 2000

Captain Paul Cheshire, serving EIPD since 1994

Lieutenant Bill Bailey, serving EIPD since 1991

Sergeant Nick Gottuso, serving EIPD since 2002 (previous service from 1995-2000)

Sergeant David Ketchum, serving EIPD since 2004

Sergeant Mark Odom, serving EIPD since 2006

Sergeant Clayton Pittman, serving EIPD since 2009

Investigator Sandra DeLorme, serving EIPD since 2007

Officer Tyler Biskup, serving EIPD since 2009

Officer Truitt Blalock, serving EIPD since 2010

Officer Kerry Caldwell, serving EIPD since 2015

Officer Tom Duty, serving EIPD since 2014

Officer Tim Long, serving EIPD since 1988

Officer Bill Morris, serving EIPD since 2013

Officer Bobby Reeves, serving EIPD since 2011

Officer Jacob Smith, serving EIPD since 2014.

Current reserve members of the Emerald Isle Police Department include:

Officer Jonathan Barratt, serving EIPD since 2014

Officer Christopher Burroughs, serving EIPD since 2014

Officer Brian Probst, serving EIPD since 2016

Officer Kenny Castro, serving EIPD since 2016

Officer Jeffrey Edgerton, serving EIPD since 2016

Officer Ashley Gilley, serving EIPD since 2016

Officer Ronnie Hall, serving EIPD since 2013

Officer David Halsey, serving EIPD since 2014

Officer Amin Lopez, serving EIPD since 1999

Officer Jessica Newman, serving EIPD since 2014

Officer Christina Norman, serving EIPD since 2013

Officer Mike Panzarella, serving EIPD since 2015

Officer Tony Romano, serving EIPD since 2013

Officer Craig Shafer, serving EIPD since 2015

Officer Richard Sherin, serving EIPD since 2015.

Support staff in the Emerald Isle Police Department include:

Records Administrator Julie O'Neil, serving since 2015

Customer Service Assistant Charlie Rock, serving since 1999

Customer Service Assistant Peter Rybak, serving since 2008

Customer Service Assistant Carol Wendt, serving since 2012.

Please take a moment to express your thanks to our officers the next time you see them!  


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, August 1, 2016 8:43:00 AM
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