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Board of Commissioners - June 8, 2021 

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will convene at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 for the regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room at 7500 Emerald Dr. A public hearing on the proposed FY 2021-22 Budget will be held. 

In accordance with CDC and State guidelines, those who are vaccinated against Covid-19 are not required to wear masks. 

June 8, 2021 Agenda

Public Comment Instructions

You can register to watch this meeting online here:


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, June 4, 2021 11:41:00 AM Categories: News

Flash Flood Watch in Effect 

The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include Carteret County through the morning of Friday, June 4. 

There are frequent heavy showers and possible thunderstorms with torrential downpours expected through Friday morning. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected, with isolated amounts of 4 to 5 inches possible, according to the NWS. 

This heavy rainfall will lead to the risk of localized flash flooding from increased runoff of saturated soils.

Everyone is reminded to not drive through flooded areas. Emerald Isle Public Works employees are checking throughout the Town for flooded roadways as of early Friday morning. 



Posted by Anna Smith Friday, June 4, 2021 8:21:00 AM Categories: News

A graduation message from Mayor Eddie Barber 

Emerald Isle Mayor Eddie Barber shares a congratulatory message for all Carteret County graduates of area high schools, Carteret Community College and other colleges and universities across the country.



Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:16:00 PM Categories: News

Parking Issue on May 30-31, 2021 

On Sunday May 30 and Monday, May 31, 2021, the Town of Emerald Isle experienced an issue with its paid parking system.  The Town of Emerald Isle and its subcontractor (NCParking) take this issue very seriously.
Emerald Isle maintains two fully-improved paid public parking facilities; the Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA).  From April 1 through September 30, the town charges for paid parking at these sites between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The hourly rate ranges from $2.00 to $4.00 per hour, based upon the day of week and time of season.  Holiday and peak visitation periods are capped at $4.00 per hour with a 4-hour maximum, or $16.00 for an entire day.
Two of five convenience kiosk machines were programmed to charge $6.00 per hour.  A total of 209 customers were impacted by the unauthorized rate.
Once aware of the programming issue, Emerald Isle officials and its subcontractor (NCParking) took immediate action to rectify the issue.  Each of the 209 impacted customers have been electronically refunded.
Thank you to each and every guest that visited Emerald Isle during the Memorial Day weekend.  In order to assure that no one was incorrectly charged, every paid parking transaction made at the WORA and EORA on May 30-31, 2021 is being refunded at 100 percent.  Thus, a total of 751 customers will receive a full refund for parking at the WORA or EORA on May 30 or May 31, 2021.  
Depending upon the type of credit or debit card used, a refund may take 1-12 days to appear on the respective customer’s transaction history. 
NCParking takes full responsibility for this operational error and has put additional controls and processes in place to ensure that this type of event never happens again.
Again, we sincerely apologize for this issue and the inconvenience it has caused.  In the event you have a question or concern, please contact Town Manager Matt Zapp at or by phone at 252-354-3424.

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:10:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Tidings - June 2021 Edition 

You can view the Emerald Isle - June 2021 Edition here: 



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Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:04:00 PM Categories: News

Offices Closed for Memorial Day 

The Town of Emerald Isle's Administrative Offices and Community Center are closed on Monday, May 31, in recognition of Memorial Day. 

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1. 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, May 31, 2021 8:17:00 AM Categories: News

Respecting Emerald Isle's dunes 

The public is reminded to not walk, sit, lay or play on the dunes, and we need your help to spread the message! Disrupting the dunes is harmful to the new plants, and the sand structures that help protect our coastline. When you are coming onto the beach strand through a public or private access point, remember to walk the straight line and not cut across the new dunes. 

The Florence Renourishment Project - Phase III is wrapping up this week, ahead of schedule, thanks to the hard work of EarthBalance, who has been planting along the new dunes throughout May 2021.

All oceanfront property owners are reminded they will need to contact the Town's Planning Department to receive the proper permit before installing sand fencing along the new dunes. You can contact Josh Edmondson at 252-354-3338 to ensure you have the proper permits.


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:42:00 PM Categories: News

Covid-19 vaccinations available for ages 12-17 

The Carteret County Health Department will offer COVID vaccines to teens ages 12 to 17 to reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19 and prevent virus-related hospitalization and death. Individuals who wish to make an appointment for their teen to receive the vaccine can call 252-728-8550 and select Option 2. Appointments for vaccine clinics will continue to be held on Fridays at the Health Department located at 3820A Bridges Street in Morehead City.

In June, vaccine clinics specifically targeting ages 12 to 17 will take place on Thursdays at the Old K- Mart building located at 4915 Arendell Street in Morehead City. Appointments can be made online at (select Old Kmart) or by calling (252) 728-8550 and selecting Option 2. Appointments for the June clinics will be available beginning Thursday May 27, 2021. While the target age group is individuals ages 12-17, anyone can receive the vaccine on these days by making an appointment.

In clinical trials, the most commonly reported temporary reactions among teens were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, chills, muscle ache, fever, and joint pain. These typically lasted between one to three days and were similar to those reported in clinical trials for participants 16 years of age and older.

The Carteret County Health Department strongly encourages everyone 12 years of age or older to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Public Health Director Nina Oliver stated: “We want everyone in our community to be safe and healthy. Each individual who takes this step supports us all.”

To search for other vaccine providers in the county, please visit

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, May 26, 2021 4:01:00 PM Categories: News

Burn Ban instituted for ENC Counties (Updated) 

Update: As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, the N.C. Forest Service has lifted a ban on all open burning for several counties, including Carteret. 

Original post:

Burn ban issued for 26 North Carolina counties due to hazardous forest fire conditions

RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits for the following North Carolina counties: Anson, Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland and Wayne.

The burning ban went into effect at noon Monday, May 24, and will remain in effect until further notice.

“Our state is getting drier and hotter, and wildfires like those conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These conditions coming during spring wildfire season when wildfire activity and fire risks are already elevated, make this burn ban necessary to protect life and property in North Carolina.”

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $183 court costs. Any person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions. Residents with questions regarding a specific county can contact their N.C. Forest Service county ranger or their county fire marshal’s office.

Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: What is open burning?

A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other nonvegetative material is illegal.

Q: May I still use my grill or barbecue?

A: Yes, if no other local ordinances prohibit their use.

Q: How should I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: How should I report a person who intentionally starts a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: My local fire marshal has also issued a burn ban for my county. What does this mean?

A: The burn ban issued by the N.C. Forest service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The N.C. Forest Service has advised county fire marshals of the burning ban and has asked for their consideration of also implementing a burning ban. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a dwelling escapes containment, a North Carolina forest ranger may take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.

Q: Are there other instances which impact open burning?

A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations may impact open burning. For instance, outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code Red air quality forecasts. Learn more about air quality forecasts at outreach-education/air-quality-forecasts.

Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?

A: Campfires would be considered open burning and are not exempt from the burn ban. During a burn ban, portable gas stoves or grills are alternate methods for cooking food while camping.

Q: What can I do to protect my house against the risk of wildfire?

A: Learn about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the N.C. Forest Service website at or

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, May 24, 2021 4:52:00 PM Categories: News

Donated EMS Subscriptions Available 

Thank you Fortitude Roofing for donating ten Emerald Isle EMS subscriptions to go to households in our community who could benefit from them.

If you are interested in one of these donated subscriptions, please call David Jones, EMS Director, at 252-354-8595. If you are not among the first ten callers, you can easily sign up for this optional subscription service online at

Watch our EMS Subscription video here for more information about the benefits of this program:


Posted by Anna Smith Monday, May 24, 2021 12:29:00 PM Categories: News
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