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"Downtown" Lights and Trees to Be Installed 

The Board of Commissioners recently approved a contract for the installation of 37 new decorative, contemporary street lights along the bike path and sidewalks along NC 58 in the "downtown" area.  The new lights will be installed approximately every 200 feet between the new Welcome Center and the Town Government complex in December and January.  The new lights are funded by private donations, fundraising efforts by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and fundraising proceeds derived from the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races.

The Board also approved the installation of 80 new crape myrtle trees (funded by the NC Department of Transportation) along NC 58.  A total of 47 new trees will be planted in the "downtown" area, and 33 new trees will be added to the NC 58 right of way west of the "downtown" area in December.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Did You Know? New Town Logo 

The Town's new logo is intended to be more recognizable and to better promote the Emerald Isle "brand". The "arch" over the words "Emerald Isle" represents the Emerald Isle bridge, while the green represents the abundance of trees in Emerald Isle and the blue represents the pristine waters all around Emerald Isle.

The meaning of the "Nice Matters" tag line is two-fold.  Treating our customers, neighbors, and visitors "nice" is the Town's highest priority, and we continuously strive to provide the best possible customer service.  We also know that our success is predicated on keeping Emerald Isle looking as "nice" as possible, and the Town works hard to keep our public beaches, NC 58, and other public areas neat, clean, and attractive.  "Nice" definitely "matters" to us!


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Deck Inspection Class - Thursday, December 10 - 8am-12:30pm 

Deck Inspection Class

Thursday, December 10    8 am - 12:30 pm


As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance deck safety, the Town of Emerald Isle (in conjunction with Carteret County, Simpson Strong-Tie, Cox Industries, and Community Lumber) is hosting a special training class by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) to educate and to promote deck safety awareness.


This program is targeted at industry professionals, and will include instruction on techniques to properly evaluate decks, stairs and railings using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck. After the program the professional will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:

  •  Stairs
  •  Footings and Posts
  •  Joists
  •  Joist Connections
  •  Girders
  •  Ledger Connections
  •  Deck Boards
  •  Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  •  Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  •  Assess hardware or material corrosion
  •  Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.

Industry professionals have already registered for the class, and it is now open to the general public, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited!  To pre-register for the course, please visit: .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 7, 2015 1:10:00 PM

NCDOT to Install New Guardrails on Emerald Isle Bridge 

NCDOT is planning to install new, tubular steel guardrails on the NC 58 bridge in 2016, likely in the fall after the 2016 prime tourism season.  These railings will be similar to those in place on the Atlantic Beach - Morehead City bridge.  The current concrete railings are approximately 28 inches high, and the new steel railings will extend an additional 26 inches, resulting in a total guard rail height of 54 inches.  The photo below shows a simulated view with the new guard rails in place.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, December 4, 2015 10:39:00 AM

Special Ceremony to Honor Departing Commissioner Hoover's and Commissioner Wootten's Service on the Board of Commissioners 

Please join us on December 8 at 4 pm at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area (near mile marker 18 on NC 58) to honor the long and dedicated service of Commissioner Tom Hoover, Jr. and Commissioner John Wootten.

Commissioner Wootten has served for 14 years, and is the 2nd longest serving elected official in the history of Emerald Isle.  Commissioner Hoover has served for 13 years, and is the 5th longest serving elected official in the Town's history.  Both have been instrumental in moving the Town forward during their time on the Board of Commissioners, and both have worked hard to balance fiscal responsibility with continued improvement in the quality of life in Emerald Isle.

The Town is pleased to honor their service on December 8, and extends an invitation to the public to join us for this special ceremony.  Hope to see you there!

Tom Hoover, Jr.           John Wootten

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 2, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Land Use Plan Update Process Set to Begin 

The Town was fortunate to have excellent community participation and input when the Town's current Land Use Plan was developed and ultimately adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2004.  The Town has diligently relied on the 2004 plan to guide various land use and community improvement decisions for the past 11 years, and will soon begin a new process that will culminate in an updated 2017 Land Use Plan.

The Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a contract with a planning consultant in January 2016, and will also appoint a Land Use Plan Steering Committee comprised of Emerald Isle residents, second homeowners, and business owners at that time.  The planning process is expected to begin soon thereafter, with a goal for the Board of Commissioners to adopt a new plan in early 2017.  There will be multiple opportunities for public input during the process, and we hope everyone will share their vision and goals for Emerald Isle in the future.

To learn more about the new process, please visit .  To view the Town's 2004 Land Use Plan, as amended, please visit .


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 2, 2015 10:41:00 AM

Controlled Deer Hunt Planned for Early 2016 

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed an updated deer population estimate in Emerald Isle, and has recommended that the Town remove 30 - 50 deer from the local population this winter.  EIPD officers will utilize bow-and-arrow to take deer from public right of ways and other public properties during overnight hours on weeknights only in January (and potentially in February also).  These are the same protocols used successfully in January 2015. All deer meat will be donated to the Hope Mission in Morehead City, and will be used to feed the hungry in our county.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 2, 2015 10:37:00 AM

New Class! Re-Invent Yourself with Goju-Ryu 

A New Class for Retired Folks (50+) (Couples or Individuals welcomed)

This class addresses the issues of aging through purposeful, progressive movement at each individual’s pace.  Expect to become more aware of your body and address the issues of aging as you focus on techniques that not only make you healthier but as a bonus, also assist you with self-defense.  Improve focus, memory, muscle strength and coordination, movement, breathing and balance

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 1, 2015 4:17:00 PM

NC Court of Appeals Confirms Public's Right to Use Dry-Sand Beach 

The NC Court of Appeals recently confirmed the public's right to use the dry-sand beach (the flat area between the base of the dunes and the water) in Emerald Isle and other NC beaches.  The Town is pleased with the unanimous decision in the Nies v. Emerald Isle case.  To view the ruling, please click here.



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, November 25, 2015 11:15:00 AM

EI Police Press Release - Cape Carteret Police Search for Runaways 

Contact: Chief Jeffery Waters

Phone: (252) 354-2021


9 A.M. EDT, November 23,2015

Emerald Isle, NC November 23, 2015:  Emerald Isle Police and Cape Carteret Police are searching for two juveniles that are believed to be together. They are believed to be traveling in Troy’s Mother’s vehicle, a Grey, 4 door, 2012 Honda Civic, North Carolina registration DDA3049 and may be heading to the state of California. Emerald Isle Police are working in conjunction with the Cape Carteret Police Department to bring these children home. Troy was last seen at his home in Emerald Isle at approx. 1015 hrs. on 11/20/2015 and Rayne was last seen at her home in Cape Carteret at approx. 1100hrs. on Friday 11/20/2015.

If anyone has information on the location of either of these two please contact the Emerald Isle Police Department at 252-354-2021, Cape Carteret Police Department at 252-422-3631 or The Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-The-Lost (1-800-843-5678




                          Troy Zane Copley                  Rayne Elizabeth Mitchell


Troy Zane Copley : White male  Age: 17  Height: approx. 6’0” Weight: 130-140 lbs.

 Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue

Rayne Elizabeth Mitchell: White female  Age: 14  Height:  5’3”     Weight: 130 lbs.

Hair: Brown  Eyes: Blue

No other information is being released at this time

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, November 24, 2015 7:59:00 AM
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