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Update on Town Projects and Issues - February 27, 2017 


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 27, 2017 2:58:00 PM

Don't Miss the 2017 Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - March 10 & 11 

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There's no better way to spend a beautiful spring weekend than at the annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival!  Emerald Isle's signature event is back for its 26th year, gets started on Friday night, and continues all day long on Saturday!

Kids rides will operate from 5 pm - 10 pm on Friday night, with a low, all-inclusive fee of $15 per rider.  Come back on Saturday for all the traditional live music, kids rides, arts and crafts vendors, specialty foods, beer tent, and much more from 9 am - 6 pm!

The weather is expected to be beautiful in Emerald Isle this weekend, with sunny skies and temperatures approaching 70 degrees forecast for Saturday. Bring your family and friends, and head to the beach this weekend!

The Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival is also pleased to host "Team Raleigh", which will participate in the 505 mile Law Enforcement United bicycle ride from Raleigh, NC to Chesapeake, VA to Washington, DC in May.  Please stop by their setup at the festival to learn more about this great charity that provides support for the children of fallen law enforcement officers.  

Click here for printable flyer!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 27, 2017 1:48:00 PM

Town of Emerald Isle Seeking Applicants to Serve on the Emerald Isle Planning Board 


The Town of Emerald Isle is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the Emerald Isle Planning Board.   A well-rounded education and work experience are helpful, but the most important qualities are care and concern for our community, a sincere desire to contribute, and a willingness to work hard.  All interested Emerald Isle residents are encouraged to apply. 

If you are interested, please send your letter of interest or resume to the attention of Rhonda Ferebee, Town Clerk at by 5pm on Thursday, March 9, 2017.  If mailing, please send to Attn:  Rhonda Ferebee, Town Clerk, Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:57:00 AM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races - Saturday, March 25 

You can do it - sign up today and achieve your running goals in Emerald Isle - there's no better place than Emerald Isle for a great spring race!  Bring your family and friends, sign up for the race of your choice, and then enjoy the rest of the weekend at the beach! 

The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  The Marathon kicks off at 7 am, followed by the Half-Marathon at 8:30 am, and the 5K at 8:45 am.  

All proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path network and the Crystal Coast Autism Center.  

For more information, please visit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM

Munitions Removal Scheduled for Wood Island 

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C (Feb 6, 2017) - MCAS Cherry Point contractors are scheduled to remove old munitions-related debris from the surface of Wood Island, formerly known as Cat Island, beginning Feb. 21.  The project is scheduled to last nearly three weeks.

The island, which is located in Bogue Sound about a half mile from the eastern side of Emerald Isle, N.C., is the site of former Bomb Target 2 and was used to train military pilots in the 1940s-1950s.

Since 1957, the Navy has conducted multiple cleanup operations on the island.  In the fall of 2010, 3,885 pounds of inert munitions debris was removed from Wood Island. Another 4,600 pounds of munitions debris was removed during the most recent cleanup in 2014, including the in-place destruction of a single 100-pound high-explosive bomb.  This year's project aims to locate and remove any additional munitions-related debris that may have surfaced or washed onto the island since 2014.

In the very unlikely event that a munition is found and cannot be safely removed from Wood Island for disposal, it will be safely destroyed onsite in a controlled detonation. Residents of Emerald Isle near Wood Island might hear a muffled explosion.

To ensure public safety, public access will be restricted within a 1,833-foot radius around the island in all directions while cleanup operations are underway. The location of the restricted area will be communicated through a notice to mariners and by safety support boats stationed in Bogue Sound to alert boaters during cleanup operations.

Wood Island is U.S. Government property and is posted with danger and no trespassing signs.  In the interest of safety, the public should not anchor boats near Wood Island, or go onto the island at any time.

A detailed fact sheet describing the history and current actions at Wood Island is available at the MCAS Cherry Point website at

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:21:00 PM

Comprehensive Land Use Plan To Be Formally Considered in January and February 


After nearly a year of hard work reviewing data, gathering public input, developing a vision for the continued growth of Emerald Isle, and considering specific land use goals and policies, the Board-appointed Steering Committee has completed its work on the Town's 2017 Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  The draft plan (which will be updated again in January) will now be presented to the Planning Board and the Board of Commissioners for formal review and additional amendments, with final approval tentatively scheduled for February.

The draft 2017 plan maintains a similar overall vision for Emerald Isle as the current (2004) plan, and continues to place a high priority on preserving Emerald Isle's "small-town atmosphere" and its "family beach" image for our residents, property owners, and visitors.  The draft 2017 plan also continues to assign a high priority to public access to the beach and sound, beach nourishment and inlet management activities, attractive community aesthetics, preservation of water quality, low building heights, low building densities, natural vegetation preservation, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  

Recognizing the need / desire for quality new development in certain areas of Emerald Isle, the plan also specifically promotes new commercial and mixed use development (and favorable policies for such) in the "downtown" area (centered on the Bogue Inlet Drive / NC 58 intersection), the Islander Drive area, the marina area, and along the main NC 58 corridor between Coast Guard Road and the Town Government complex.  The draft policies promote more flexible development regulations, small scale wastewater treatment facilities intended to serve these targeted areas, buildings with both commercial and residential components - located closer to the street, and the future development of an appropriately-scaled meeting and events facility in Emerald Isle to host quality events year-round and additional visitor groups in the fall, winter, and spring months.

The draft 2017 plan is approximately 140 pages long, and includes much more information about Emerald Isle and outlines all of the Town's development goals and policies.  The Town has received a great deal of thoughtful public input over the past year, and there are still opportunities to comment.  If you'd like to provide input, please email Town Manager Frank Rush ( and/or Town Planner Josh Edmondson (, or plan to attend a special joint meeting of the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners on January 18 at 3 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room, or attend the regular Planning Board (January 23 at 6 pm) and/or Board of Commissioners (February 14 at 6 pm) meetings. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:56:00 PM

Emerald Isle Police Department Now Managing All Aspects of Golf Cart Program 


The Town's local golf cart program continues to be very popular, with nearly 700 golf carts registered in 2016.  For 2017, the Town has transferred all aspects of the program to the Emerald Isle Police Department (instead of Town staff in the Town Administration Building).  

It's now time to renew your golf cart registration, and all inquiries should be directed to EIPD staff at 252-354-2021 or at the Police Station.  In an effort to make the registration / renewal process easier, it is now possible to apply, attach insurance information, and pay the registration fee online at .  

Please make plans to renew your registration and schedule your golf cart inspection sooner rather than later, as there are often numerous requests in the week leading up to the St. Patrick's Festival. To make sure you're all ready for the big weekend, please initiate the registration / renewal process now.  Enjoy your golf cart!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 10:14:00 AM

Special Reception for New Police Chief Tony Reese 

The Town of Emerald Isle will host a reception for Police Chief Tony Reese beginning at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in the Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive.  The reception will be followed by the Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting at 6pm when Chief Reese will take his official Oath of Office.  Please join us as we welcome and congratulate Tony as our new Chief of Police!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:26:00 AM

Comprehensive Land Use Plan – Summary Presentation – January 18, 2017 


Please view the Comprehensive Land Use Plan - Summary Presentation - January 18, 2017.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 6, 2017 8:56:00 AM

Effective Date for New Flood Maps Delayed 


As reported earlier, new draft flood maps for Carteret County are very favorable for many Emerald Isle property owners, with many properties removed from the more restrictive and higher premium VE zones.  Due, in part, to concerns from other communities in Carteret County that are negatively impacted by the new maps and the expected lengthy appeals process, the new maps are not likely to be effective until sometime in 2019.  If you have questions about how your property is impacted, please contact Town Planner Josh Edmondson at 252-354-3338 or .   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:13:00 AM
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