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Please Be Safe and Courteous While Driving on the Beach! 


Fall brings absolutely gorgeous weather to Emerald Isle, and the beaches are often crowded with sunbathers, swimmers, and fishermen enjoying the beach!  Beach driving season is now underway, and it's important for beach drivers to be safe and courteous when driving on the beach so that all beach user groups can have an enjoyable experience.  The Town's ordinances are carefully crafted to promote safety and balance the interests of all user groups, and include the following key provisions:

  • a beach driving permit is required, and can be purchased at the Town Administration Building, 
  • only vehicles equipped with 4-wheel drive are permitted on the beach strand, 
  • be alert for other beach users, including small children and individuals who may be laying down on the beach, 
  • the speed limit on the beach is 20 mph, but please drive slower around other beach users, 
  • please stay away from the dunes and avoid sea turtle nests, and 
  • please do not litter!

Enjoy the beach........and catch a lot of fish!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 2, 2017 9:23:00 AM Categories: News

Please Lock Your Car Doors! 


Overall, Emerald Isle is a very safe place and enjoys a very low crime rate, thanks in large part to the great efforts of the Emerald Isle Police Department and the Neighborhood Watch program. One of the most common crimes in Emerald Isle, however, is larceny from a motor vehicle, and this crime is easily prevented by simply locking your car doors and not leaving valuables in the vehicle!  In nearly every instance in Emerald Isle, the larceny involves a vehicle with unlocked doors, and the perpetrator simply opens the car door and takes the desired items.  Don't be a victim - please lock your car doors! 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 2, 2017 9:21:00 AM Categories: News

2017 EI Beach Music Festival T-Shirts! Get Yours Now! 

Get your 2017 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival T-Shirts on sale now for $20!

Please visit the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Community Center  to purchase! 

Cash or check please!


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, September 25, 2017 3:50:00 PM

Join us for the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival! - Saturday, September 30 

The Town of Emerald Isle, the Carteret County Tourism Development Authority, presenting sponsor Transportation Impact, and many other great EI sponsors hope to see you at the 2017 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on Saturday, September 30!  This year's free concert will again take place on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access from 11 am - 5:30 pm, and promises to be another great Emerald Isle event! 


This year's lineup includes:

  • Sammy O'Banion (MC and performing),
  • The Fantastic Shakers,
  • Band of Oz,
  • Too Much Sylvia,
  • The Embers, and 
  • Ken Knox and Chairmen of the Board.

The 2016 event attracted an estimated crowd of 9,000 people, and we hope to duplicate and exceed that total on September 30!  For more information, please visit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, September 25, 2017 3:45:00 PM

Hurricane Maria Expected to Pass Offshore of Emerald Isle 


According to the September 25 forecast, the center of Hurricane Maria is expected to pass approximately 225 miles east of Emerald Isle overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.  Based on this forecast track, the Town does not anticipate significant wind or rain impacts from Maria, however, rough surf conditions are expected for the next few days.  

Although a change in this forecast track is not expected, the Town encourages everyone to continue to monitor Maria's path in case of a shift in the track closer to Emerald Isle.  If such a shift occurs, the Town will post appropriate guidance on our various digital platforms:

- the Town's website ( ),

- the Town's email newsletter ( sign up at ),

- the Town's text message alert system ( sign up at ),

- the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC),

- the Town's Twitter account (@townemeraldisle), and 

- on the Emerald Isle APP, including Push notifications (search for "emerald isle nc" on Google Play and the APP Store).

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, September 25, 2017 3:43:00 PM

Presentation - Islander Drive Redevelopment – Possibilities, Parameters, and Public Input – Sept 19, 2017 


View the "Islander Drive Redevelopment - Possibilities, Parameters, and Public Input" presentation as provided during the Special Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners, Tuesday, September 19, 2017.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Outstanding Community Support For Hurricane Relief Efforts 

Encounter 61 (an Emerald Isle based church) just finished filling a 24' box truck and wish to express their appreciation for the great showing of support by the Emerald Isle community!

The Town recently partnered with two different groups to collect supplies for victims of both Hurricane Harvey ( partner is Encounter 61, an Emerald Isle-based church - and Hurricane Irma (partner is the Swansboro Rotary Club, a respected local service organization - both collections received tremendous community support!

The Town of Emerald Isle is very thankful to our community for their generosity and for the efforts of Encounter 61, Swansboro Rotary, and Town staff coordinating the relief collection for victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, September 18, 2017 4:45:00 PM

New NC 58 Traffic Roundabout to Be Constructed This Winter 


The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has approved plans for a new NC 58 roundabout to be constructed at the intersection of Mallard Drive / Emerald Landing Drive, and the new roundabout will be constructed this winter.  The new roundabout is being financed and constructed by the new Publix grocery store that is expected to open in spring 2018.

The new roundabout is specifically designed to promote the efficient movement of traffic instead of a new traffic signal, and includes design features approved by NCDOT to enhance safety, allow pedestrian crossings in a safe manner, and create "breaks" in traffic flow to allow for side-street traffic to enter the roundabout.  The roundabout construction will be supplemented with additional street and sidewalk improvements along Emerald Landing Drive and Crew Drive. 

NCDOT has recommended the installation of roundabouts at 4 other NC 58 intersections in Emerald Isle.  The new Publix roundabout was endorsed by the Board of Commissioners as a "pilot project" to enable the community and the Board to further evaluate the effectiveness of roundabouts for the other proposed locations in Emerald Isle in the future.  Town officials expect to continue to work with NCDOT in the coming years to implement traffic improvements along NC 58 in Emerald Isle, potentially including the additional roundabouts recommended by NCDOT -- if the new Publix roundabout is effective.  Essentially, the Town's experience with the new Publix roundabout will likely guide future decisions regarding roundabouts in Emerald Isle. 

The Town's Comprehensive Land Use Plan, adopted by the Board of Commissioners after more than a year-long process to gather public input, notes that the Town does not support traffic improvements that will hinder safe and convenient access between the ocean side and sound side, and the widening of NC 58 and the Emerald Isle bridge from the current 2 and 3 lanes to 4 or 5 lanes is contrary to this policy.  This has been the Town's official position since at least 2004, and is also based on significant public input that the character of Emerald Isle would be harmed if a 4 or 5 lane road divided the ocean and sound sides of the Town.  In the absence of additional lanes, there are limited options available to promote the more efficient movement of traffic along NC 58, and NCDOT believes that the proposed roundabouts can lead to incremental improvement in traffic flow in Emerald Isle.  

Of course, no solution, including additional lanes, will ever fully eliminate traffic congestion in Emerald Isle, as it continues to be a highly desirable residential and tourism destination. However, the Town, in partnership with NCDOT, continues to work hard to identify any incremental improvements that can be helpful in the future.  The new Publix roundabout is a part of this ongoing effort.    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 8, 2017 4:10:00 PM

EI Fire Department Awarded Grant for Additional Personnel 


The Emerald Isle Fire Department was recently awarded approximately $300,000 in Federal grant funding for 3 additional firefighter positions. The additional grant funding will enable the EIFD to increase staffing on each shift from 4 to 5 personnel, and will promote a more effective response, promote greater firefighter safety, and enable the Town to maintain its excellent "4" ISO rating in the future.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 8, 2017 4:09:00 PM

Golf Cart Safety Classes, Registration Fee Changes, and Future Golf Cart Path Construction 


In an effort to promote golf cart safety and to establish a reliable source of funding for future golf cart accessibility improvements, the Board of Commissioners recently endorsed several new golf cart program initiatives.  

The Emerald Isle Police Department will be offering several new golf cart safety classes later this year and in early 2018 to better educate golf cart operators about safe use and the Town's regulations.  The new golf cart safety classes are scheduled for a variety of days and times, and will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room:

  • Tuesday, September 19 @ 10 am, 
  • Monday, December 4 @ 6 pm,
  • Saturday, December 9 @10 am,
  • Saturday, January 13 @10 am,
  • Friday, January 19 @ 6 pm,
  • Friday, February 2 @ 6 pm, and
  • Saturday, February 3 @10 am. 

Attendance at one of these golf cart safety classes will entitle the attendee to a $25 discount on the annual golf cart registration fee for the following year.  This discount will essentially negate a recently approved $25 increase in the annual golf cart registration fee, from $75 annually to a new fee of $100 annually, effective for 2018 registrations.  Those who attend one of these golf cart safety classes will incur a $75 registration fee, while those who do not will be responsible for the new $100 fee. 

The Emerald Isle golf cart program continues to grow, with more than 800 golf carts now registered in the Town's program.  Due to the geography of Emerald Isle, certain areas of Emerald Isle are not accessible to golf carts, and the Town will be working to construct special golf cart paths to improve accessibility in the future.  All additional golf cart registration fee revenues generated from the recent fee increase will be reserved to fund a portion of future golf cart paths in areas where the benefiting neighborhood is willing to bear a portion of the cost of improvements. 

A "pilot project" for the construction of a new golf cart path to benefit the Olde Cove Road neighborhood was recently approved by the Board of Commissioners, and will be constructed later this fall or winter.  The new golf cart path will link the neighborhood with a nearby Town street on the ocean side of NC 58, thereby allowing the legal use of golf carts by residents in the Olde Cove Road area.  If this project is successful, the Town will consider other similar improvements in the future upon request. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 8, 2017 4:08:00 PM
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