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RED FLAG Conditions in Emerald Isle 

Public advised to stay out of ocean until further notice
(Posted Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 10:30 pm)

Red Flags in Place in Emerald Isle

Due to dangerous surf conditions in Emerald Isle and nearby areas, the public is advised to stay out of the ocean today.  The entire ~ 12 miles of ocean beach in Emerald Isle are in the process of being marked with RED FLAGS, and these flags will remain in place until conditions improve.  

Red Flags Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will be monitoring conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will be consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.  

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at ), and via text message alerts - sign up at .

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach! 

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit .

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

To learn more about beach safety, please visit . 


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Sunday, July 22, 2018 10:44:00 AM Categories: News

Regional Beach Access Parking Fees Now Collected on Fridays 


For several years, the Town has collected a $10 per vehicle per day parking fee at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and the Western Ocean Regional Access facilities.  Parking fees are collected on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between 7 am and 4 pm, between mid-April and mid-September.

Beginning Friday, July 6, the Town will now begin charging the parking fees on Fridays also.  Free parking will continue to be available on Monday - Thursday at the two regional access facilities, and every day at the 3rd Street Park and Station Street Park.  Free parking is also available at the Town Government Complex on weekends.  

The Town expects to collect approximately $185,000 in regional access parking fees each year, and 100% of these funds are invested in these facilities and the public services provided at these facilities.  The parking fees enable the Town to provide a strong Police presence, provide lifeguard services, keep the facilities clean, and promote a family-friendly and quality beach visit experience for visitors to these facilities. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 29, 2018 5:02:00 PM Categories: News

Planning Underway for Islander Drive Streetscape Improvements, Western Ocean Regional Access Improvements 


Town officials are currently working with adjacent property owners on Islander Drive, Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, and others to identify potential streetscape improvements along Islander Drive and potential improvements to the Western Ocean Regional Access.  These improvements will primarily be funded with proceeds from the sale of Town-owned land on Islander Drive and State grant funds.  

Potential improvements under consideration include the conversion of above-ground utilities to underground, additional on-street public parking, new street lighting, landscaping improvements, improved pedestrian access to the beach strand, bath house improvements, and other functional and attractive improvements.  The Town hopes to finalize the planned improvements later this summer, and construct the improvements this coming winter and spring, with completion prior to the 2019 tourism season. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 29, 2018 5:01:00 PM Categories: News

NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program Currently Being Developed; Town Seeks NC 58 Improvements to Promote More Efficient Traffic Flow 


The Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution requesting that NCDOT include beneficial traffic improvements at the 4 signalized intersections on NC 58 in the new 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  The resolution seeks NCDOT funding and construction of beneficial improvements that will improve traffic flow at the Coast Guard Road, Loon Drive (Emerald Plantation), Mangrove Drive (CVS), and Bogue Inlet Drive intersections. If these projects are included in the new STIP, NCDOT will conduct further analysis and solicit public input before determining the specific improvements at each location in the coming years. Potential improvements may ultimately include traffic signal improvements, additional turn lanes, additional through lanes, roundabout(s), and/or other beneficial improvements.  The Town's resolution also requests that NCDOT consider an elevated interchange at the NC 58 / NC 24 intersection on the mainland.

The Town occasionally receives concerns about peak season traffic congestion along NC 58, and has worked cooperatively with NCDOT over the years to make incremental improvements in the traffic flow.  It is important to note that the majority of people in Emerald Isle are opposed to the widening of NC 58 and the bridge because they believe it would dramatically change the character and small-town atmosphere that is so valued in Emerald Isle, and that it would also create a barrier between the oceanside and the soundside.  The Town's official policies reflect this concern, and therefore it is only possible to pursue smaller, incremental improvements (such as those described above) to improve traffic flow in Emerald Isle during peak periods.  It is also important to note that inclusion in the STIP is critical, as this is the vital first step in addressing traffic concerns at these locations.  If these projects are not included in the STIP for further analysis and evaluation, it is likely that no improvements would ever occur at these locations.

For a full discussion of this issue and the Town's formal request, please visit .  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 29, 2018 5:00:00 PM Categories: News

NCDOT Evaluating Traffic Improvement Options for NC 58 / Bogue Inlet Drive Intersection  


The current 2018-2027 STIP did include funding for incremental improvements to the NC 58 / Bogue Inlet Drive intersection, and NCDOT has been soliciting input and evaluating different options for the past several months. Options currently under consideration include traffic signal improvements, additional turn lanes and through lanes, driveway adjustments, and a roundabout, and NCDOT expects to refine the potential options in the next few months and then schedule public input sessions later this year. 

After receiving public input and additional input from the Board of Commissioners, NCDOT will then consider the best course forward at that time.  (A similar process will be used for other NC 58 intersections in Emerald Isle if they are ultimately included in the new 2020-2029 STIP discussed above.)  Any new improvements at the NC 58 / Bogue Inlet Drive intersection could potentially be constructed in the next 2 - 4 years, depending on State funding availability.    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 29, 2018 4:58:00 PM Categories: News

Town Budget Maintains Current Tax Rate, High Service Quality 


The Town Manager's FY 18-19 Recommended Budget was presented to and reviewed by the Board of Commissioners in May, and was adopted in June.  The total budget is approximately $10 million, and includes funding for all Town services, programs, and planned improvements.

The FY 18-19 budget maintains the Town's current property tax rate of 15.5 cents (14 cents for general services and 1.5 cents for beach nourishment) and the annual solid waste fee of $228 (or $19 per month).  The budget includes sufficient funding to maintain the high quality of Town services and invests appropriately in strategic service enhancements, capital replacement needs, and Town staff.  The budget also anticipates a significant beach nourishment project in eastern Emerald Isle, significant streetscape improvements along Islander Drive, and limited initial development of the new McLean-Spell Park in FY 18-19, among other improvements.  

The entire FY 18-19 Recommended Budget and a summary presentation are available for public review at .  Mayor Barber, the Board of Commissioners, the Town Manager, and Town staff all work very hard to provide quality services at the lowest possible cost to our taxpayers! 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:49:00 PM Categories: News

Help us Keep Emerald Isle Clean - Adopt a Street and/or Adopt a Beach!  


The Board of Commissioners recently approved new Adopt a Street and Adopt a Beach programs, and the Town is currently accepting applications for these new programs.  The new programs, modeled after similar successful programs managed by NCDOT and other municipalities, allow interested Emerald Isle businesses, individuals, and community groups to volunteer to clean a Town street segment or beach access and adjacent beach strand segment. The selected areas must be cleaned 4 times per year, and the Town will provide all necessary support and supplies to the volunteers.  Participating businesses, individuals, and community groups will be publicly recognized with signs in the selected areas.  

For more information, please visit  and/or contact Josh Edmondson, Town Planner, at  or 252-354-3424. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:48:00 PM Categories: News

Nice Matters in Emerald Isle! 


Nice Matters is the Town's official tag line, and clearly and succintly summarizes what the Town of Emerald Isle continually strives for in our beautiful community!  

Nice Matters in every way in Emerald Isle --- 

1) keep the entire town looking as "nice" as possible so that everyone can enjoy a special experience in a truly special place, and enhance the Town's desirability for all groups,   

2) treat our customers (that's all of you! --- our permanent residents, our second home owners, our property investors, our businesses, and our visitors) as "nice" as possible, with a helpful customer service approach because all 5 of these groups help make Emerald Isle the special place that it is, and  

3) most importantly, promote the ideal that everyone in our community should simply treat others "nice" - the way you want to be treated by others!  All of us are truly blessed to enjoy Emerald Isle, and we strive for a friendly, helpful, and caring community of people!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:47:00 PM Categories: News

Work Continues for 2019 Beach Nourishment Project 


The Town continues working with the Carteret County Beach Commission / Shore Protection Office on a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle during winter - spring 2019.  Tentative plans call for the placement of up to 500,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach between the Indian Beach town limits and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.  This area has been identified in previous annual beach profile surveys as the area with the greatest need for beach nourishment.  

The ~$9.2 million project relies on requested State funding ($4.6 million, or 50%), previously reserved County room occupancy tax funding ($3.45 million, or 37.5%), and previously reserved Town special district property taxes ($1.15 million, or 12.5%).  The Town expects to have a definitive decision on requested State funding later this summer, and if this funding is approved the Town will solicit construction bids this fall.  All work would likely occur between January - March 2019.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:46:00 PM Categories: News

Town Mourns Passing of Former Commissioner Tom Hoover, Jr. 

Former Town Commissioner Tom Hoover, Jr. passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Friday, June 1, 2018.  He was 75 years old.  All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle are saddened by his passing, and will miss his deep care and concern for our wonderful community.

Commissioner Hoover served the Town of Emerald Isle diligently for many years, beginning with a term on the Planning Board (1993 - 1995), followed by his initial service on the Board of Commissioners (1995-1999).  He then returned to the Board of Commissioners in 2006, serving for 9 more years (2006 - 2015).  Commissioner Hoover made numerous valuable contributions to the Town over the years, most notably a prominent role in the initiation and development of the County's and the Town's beach nourishment efforts. Emerald Isle is a much better place as a result of Commissioner Hoover's thoughtful insights, wisdom, and dedicated service.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized, but will be provided by Munden Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC - .    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 1, 2018 4:53:00 PM Categories: News
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