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Emerald Isle Nominated as Great Place in NC for Healthy Living! 


Emerald Isle has been nominated in the Great Place for Healthy Living People's Choice award contest.  Remember you can vote once a day (every 24 hours)!

Voting ends 5pm on April 27!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, April 10, 2018 9:50:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Named "Best Beach in North Carolina"! 


USA TODAY 10 Best Reader's Choice Awards has named Emerald Isle as "Best North Carolina Beach"!


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 9, 2018 9:39:00 AM Categories: News

Disc Golf Tournament at Emerald Isle Woods Park Rescheduled! 

Please note the Disc Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at 10am has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 14  - 10am for singles/ lunch/ then teams.  Any questions or concerns, text the event coordinator at 919-697-3794.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, April 6, 2018 10:30:00 AM Categories: News

Board Selects Proposal for Sale and Redevelopment of Islander Drive Tract, Will Utilize Profit and State Grant Funds for Streetscape and Beach Access Improvements 


The Board of Commissioners has selected a proposal from A-Team Enterprises LLC (a group that includes principals from the adjacent Islander Hotel) for the sale and redevelopment of the abandoned go-kart track / bumper boat property on Islander Drive.  A-Team would purchase the 1.846 acre tract for $804,000, and plans to construct a mixed-use development on this tract and an additional adjacent tract.  

The planned development includes multiple 3-story buildings with approximately 30 residential units and several ground floor retail units.  The A-Team proposal also includes construction of a public walkway and additional public parking spaces along Islander Drive and Louise Avenue. The total projected investment by A-Team is approximately $8 million. Pending the execution of a formal development agreement in the coming weeks, the sale would be finalized later this summer, and construction would begin in January 2019.

The Town purchased the 1.846 acre tract in June 2017, and invested approximately $689,000 in the land purchase and subsequent clean-up of the property.  Thus, the Town expects to realize a significant profit from the sale, and the Board of Commissioners has committed to use all profits for additional streetscape improvements along Islander Drive and beach access improvements at the adjacent Western Ocean Regional Access. In addition to the land sale profit, the Town has also been awarded a $100,000 State grant for the revitalization of the Islander Drive area.  In total, the Town expects to re-invest approximately $265,000 in beneficial public improvements in this area.     

The Town is pleased to have fostered the clean-up and redevelopment of this underutilized area, and looks forward to a quality development project by A-Team.  The proposed development is consistent with the Town's land use plans and current development regulations, is comparable to other existing development in Emerald Isle, and will result in significant public improvements at minimal or no cost to the Town's taxpayers.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:27:00 AM Categories: News

Town, County Moving Closer to Final Approval of Beach Nourishment / Bogue Inlet Master Plan EIS / Permits 


The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the long-term (50 years) nourishment of Bogue Banks beaches (including Emerald Isle's ~ 12 miles of beach) and the management of a stable main channel in Bogue Inlet (and protection of The Point) is nearing approval, and we expect formal Federal and State permits to be issued this summer.  This effort, led by the Carteret County Beach Commission / Shore Protection Office on behalf of Emerald Isle and other towns, will greatly simplify and expedite the permitting for future beach nourishment and inlet management projects.  

The Town hopes to utilize the new Federal and State permits for a new beach nourishment project in winter 2018-19, depending on the availability of State funding assistance.  Design work is currently underway for an approximately 3 mile beach nourishment project in eastern Emerald Isle, roughly between the Indian Beach town line and the Town's Eastern Ocean Regional Access.  If State funding is awarded, work should occur in winter 2018-19. If State funding is not awarded, the project will be delayed until winter 2019-20, pending another State funding request.

The Town is pleased to see this effort come to a beneficial conclusion, and appreciates the hard work of all involved! 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:25:00 AM Categories: News

Learn More About Emerald Isle, and our Issues and Projects! 


We all love Emerald Isle, and all of us realize how blessed we all are to enjoy this special place! Whether you've been here for many years, or only recently found us, we want to make sure you know as much as possible about our great town!  The Town prepares and updates several general information documents, and you can easily access this information at the Town's website:

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:24:00 AM Categories: News

Enjoy Your Golf Cart, But Be Safe and Follow the Rules! 


There are now approximately 900 golf carts registered in the Town's local golf cart program, and the program continues to grow.  The Town is pleased to offer this additional mode of convenient transportation for our residents and property owners, and urges all golf cart operators to be safe and follow the rules.  The most significant regulations are as follows:

  • all golf carts must be registered with the Town annually, 
  • all registered golf carts must be equipped with specified safety equipment, including seatbelts, headlights, tail lights, blinkers, and more, 
  • golf cart operators must possess a drivers license, and be at least 18 years old, 
  • golf carts are not permitted to be operated on NC 58 and Coast Guard Road, however, drivers may cross over these roads, 
  • golf carts are not permitted to be operated on the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bicycle paths, 
  • open containers of alcohol are prohibited, and golf cart operators driving under the influence will be arrested. 

A full description of the program and regulations is located at .  It is important to note that these regulations do not apply to any golf cart with North Carolina license plates or to golf carts operated solely on private streets in private subdivisions.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:23:00 AM Categories: News

URGENT - Action Required TODAY - Proposed Dwelling Insurance Increase for Second Homes and Vacation Rental Units 


Submit Your Comments to the NC Department of Insurance by the end of today!

The NC Rate Bureau, the entity representing NC insurance companies, has filed for ANOTHER significant rate increase (39.6%) for dwelling insurance policies that cover wind damages to second homes and vacation rental units.  This requested increase is different and separate from a previously requested 25% - 40% increase for homeowners and condominium unit owners insurance that was requested by the Rate Bureau in late 2017, was initially denied by NC Insurance Commissioner Causey, and will be subject to further negotiations later in 2018. 

ACTION on the new requested rate increase for second homes and vacation rental units is required TODAY, as the deadline for comments is at the end of business today (March 23). Please take a quick moment to cut and paste the comment below, and email it to: .

Dear Commissioner Causey:

I am writing to you as a property owner in Emerald Isle to request that you completely reject the requested 39.6% increase in wind premiums for dwellings in Territory #120, and that you also work toward a fairer rate structure for wind insurance in coastal North Carolina.

Dwelling policy holders in Emerald Isle and other coastal areas already pay unreasonably high premiums for wind insurance, and the requested 39.6% increase for our area will further increase the disparity between the coastal region and other areas of North Carolina.  The requested increase will place additional economic burdens on us, and will harm the coastal tourism economy that is vital to our Town, region, and the entire State of North Carolina.

We greatly appreciate your consideration of our concerns, and again request that the NC Department of Insurance undertake serious efforts to develop a fairer rate structure for wind insurance in coastal North Carolina. 

Thank you for your concern and attention to this issue.




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To learn more, and to review a copy of the NC Rate Bureau filing, please visit .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 23, 2018 10:11:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Roundabout – Lane Usage 


NCDOT has prepared the attached graphic to better illustrate proper lane usage in the new NC 58 roundabout at Mallard Drive in Emerald Isle.  Drive safely!”


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 22, 2018 2:54:00 PM Categories: News

Vote Emerald Isle - EVERY DAY! USA Today Poll of Favorite NC Beaches! 



USA TODAY 10 Best Reader's Choice Awards has nominated Emerald Isle as a "Favorite Beach in North Carolina", and we are currently in first place! 

Please help keep us in the top spot by voting each and every day at the link below!  The poll closes on April 2.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, March 19, 2018 11:22:00 AM Categories: News
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