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Ordinance Adopted Allows the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages Before Noon on Sundays in Emerald Isle 


The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners at their July 11, 2017 regular meeting adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 12 – Miscellaneous Provisions - of the Code of Ordinances to specifically allow alcohol sales by Emerald Isle businesses as early as 10 am on Sundays.  The amendment was requested in response to recent changes to alcoholic beverage laws by the NC General Assembly. 

North Carolina law currently prohibits alcohol sales earlier than 12 noon on Sundays, however, the recently enacted legislation allows a city or county to specifically allow alcohol sales as early as 10 am on Sundays.  The new legislation is aimed at allowing alcohol sales at permitted restaurants and retail establishments earlier in the day to better serve customers and generate additional sales activity.  Several restaurants and retail establishments in Emerald Isle would likely benefit from the expanded sales hours.

Since the ordinance was adopted any restaurant, hotel, or retail establishment holding the appropriate ABC permit in Emerald Isle will be permitted to sell malt beverages (beer), unfortified wine, fortified wine, and mixed beverages as early as 10 am on Sunday.  The ordinance amendment (and the new legislation) applies to restaurants and retail establishments only, and does not impact the Emerald Isle ABC Store.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:59:00 AM

90-day Appeal Period for Preliminary Flood Maps In The Works 

A year after the release of the preliminary flood maps, Emerald Isle is close to receiving the required Federal Statutory 90-day appeal period start date.  It appears at this time based on correspondence from FEMA and the NC Flood Mapping Program, the 90-day appeal period should start between July 30 – August 15, 2017.  Once the date is finalized, the Town will make this date public.  It is important that if you own property in Emerald Isle and wish to appeal the preliminary maps it is done within this 90 day time-frame. This is your opportunity as a property owner to submit petitions for comments, appeals and data to challenge the preliminary flood risk mapping. View Appeals and Comment Factsheet developed by FEMA. Please contact Town Planner, Josh Edmondson if you have questions or need assistance with this process.




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, July 7, 2017 2:13:00 PM

Town Continues Efforts to Secure 30-Acre Tract Adjacent to Town Government Complex for Natural Area Preservation and Future Park Development 

The Town continues its efforts to secure the 30-acre tract adjacent to the Town government complex, and remains optimistic that this land acquisition will become a reality in the near future. The State budget includes $1.045 million for the land acquisition, and the Board of Commissioners has authorized up to $500,000 of Town funds for the land acquisition.The Town continues to work closely with officials at MCAS Cherry Point to secure up to $1.5 million of Federal funding for the land acquisition, and we remain optimistic that this funding will ultimately be approved later this year. The Town expects to close on the land purchase in late October.

The Town intends to preserve 20 acres in its natural state (with new nature trails weaving throughout the property), and will develop the remaining 10 acres for active recreational facilities in the future. Specific park plans will be developed in the coming months and years, and may include a baseball field, soccer field, tennis courts, pickleball courts, dog park and/or other park amenities as determined by the community and the Board of Commissioners at that time.  

It is important to note that any new park amenities will NOT include ballfield lighting, as this is not consistent with the goals of MCAS Cherry Point. Additionally, in an effort to protect water quality in Archers Creek, any new ballfields will be designed in such a manner that storm water runoff will be diverted away from Archers Creek, and a significant natural buffer will be preserved along Archers Creek. Finally, the Town intends to designate the primary access to the new park from the existing Town government complex (near the Community Center), and does not envision any motor vehicle access to the new park from Sound Drive, Lee Avenue, or Live Oak Street.

The Town views this project as a long-term investment in the environment, the military's preparedness, and the youth of Emerald Isle.The Town has worked diligently over the years to maintain and enhance the beautiful natural environment in and around Emerald Isle, and this project represents yet another beneficial effort. The Town strongly supports our military service personnel, and works to maintain a cooperative and productive relationship with our partners at MCAS Cherry Point and MCALF Bogue to maximize their preparedness and minimize impacts on Emerald Isle. Finally, Emerald Isle, with all of its wonderful amenities, does not currently offer any ballfields for children (and adults) to hit a baseball, kick a soccer ball, toss a football, or participate in other outdoor sports without leaving the island.There are more than 400 school-age children who are permanent residents of Emerald Isle, and thousands more who visit their second home, visit their grandparents, or come for vacation, and the Town looks forward to offering these traditional recreational facilities in the future.The new park will further enhance and promote the Town's family beach image and small-town atmosphere, and result in a more compete community for our residents, property owners, and visitors in the future! 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, July 6, 2017 10:41:00 AM

Representative McElraft's Efforts Pay Off for Emerald Isle 

The NC General Assembly recently approved the FY 17-18 State budget, which includes two significant items for Emerald Isle.Thanks to the hard work of State Representative Pat McElraft, the budget includes a total of $1.045 million of grant funding to match significant Federal funding for the acquisition of a vacant 30-acre tract adjacent to the Town government complex for natural area conservation and future park development. Additionally, the State budget includes a total of $100,000 to aid the Town in revitalization efforts in the Islander Drive area.The Town appreciates Representative McElraft's great support for the Town of Emerald Isle!


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, July 6, 2017 10:35:00 AM

Sign Up for New Emerald Isle Text Message Alerts 

The Town of Emerald Isle works hard to keep our residents, property owners, visitors, and businesses well-informed about Town issues and initiatives, and provides information via numerous platforms. Town information is regularly posted on our website at , on the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the OFFICIAL Town government page), via our Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Town's email list (sign up at ), via the Emerald Isle APP and associated 'push' notifications (available for download - search for Town of Emerald Isle, NC), and via the monthly Island Review print magazine.  

In an effort to reach more people and make it easier to stay informed, the Town has implemented a new text message alert system.  Subscribers to the new alerts can sign up at .  With the heart of hurricane season soon approaching, these platforms are the easiest and most accurate way to stay informed about conditions in Emerald Isle, and will also keep you well-informed about all of the other Town issues and initiatives.  


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, July 6, 2017 10:25:00 AM

July 4 Fireworks - Over the Ocean from Bogue Inlet Pier - 9 pm! 

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to again partner with Bogue Inlet Pier to offer July 4th fireworks over the ocean!  

The show begins at 9 pm, and will be visible from miles away on the beach!  

Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 3, 2017 10:55:00 AM

Normal Trash Collection Week of July 4 

Normal trash collection schedule in effect for July 4 week.

Also, check out fireworks over the ocean from Bogue Inlet Pier - 9 pm Tuesday!

Have a great 4th of July in Emerald Isle!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Police Department Rolls Out New Crime Mapping Program   

The Emerald Isle Police Department has partnered with to provide up to date crime information to the public.  This service is free to the public and is provided directly from crime reports filed with the police department.  Through this service, residents and property owners are also able to sign up for email alerts notifying them when crimes are reported in their neighborhood.  We are very excited about this program and believe that it is just one more way that we can work together as a community to reduce crime in Emerald Isle. 

View Emerald Isle Crime Info Here: 

Check out this video on how to use the services: 


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Emerald Isle Featured in Our State Magazine 

 View printable version of the featured article!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 26, 2017 10:16:00 AM

Emerald Isle Beach Conditions Improve Red Flags Removed 

Ocean Open for Public Use Caution Still Advised (Thursday, June 22 - 8 am)

RED FLAGS Removed, Ocean Open for Public Use

Beach conditions have improved, and Emerald Isle officials have removed the RED FLAGs that had been in place since Sunday, June 18.  The ocean is open for public use.

Emerald Isle has returned to YELLOW FLAG status, which is the Town's normal beach status. YELLOW FLAGs indicate moderate hazards, and the public should continue to use caution in the ocean.  

The Town's lifeguards will be stationed at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, the Western Ocean Regional Access, and on 4 all-terrain vehicles patrolling the Town's ~ 12 miles of ocean beach.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am - 5 pm daily, and may be on duty earlier or later in the day if conditions warrant.  In response to recent and current threats, the Town has added an additional roving lifeguard to improve patrol coverage and response time.

Sign Up for New Emerald Isle Text Alerts 

The Town has implemented a new text message alert system to better inform our residents and visitors about the Town's issues and initiatives.  To sign up, please visit . 

Additional Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents Information Sessions Scheduled

Saturday, June 24 at 9 am & Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm

The Town has scheduled two additional information sessions on Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents.  The Emerald Isle Fire Department will present this helpful information on Saturday, June 24 at 9 am, and Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room (7500 Emerald Drive).  Please plan to attend!

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 Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:06:00 AM
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