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Start Training for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races! 


The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  Start your training now, and sign up at !  

The 2016 races attracted nearly 1500 runners and raised more than $60,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Emerald Isle bike path, and we hope to surpass those totals in 2017!  The 2017 races will benefit the Crystal Coast Autism Center and the Emerald Isle bike path.  

Sponsorship opportunities are also available --- please contact Race Director Candace Dooley at if you'd like to be a sponsor!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 14, 2016 2:06:00 PM

Tony Reese Appointed Interim Police Chief 


With the recent retirement of Chief Jeff Waters, Tony Reese has been appointed Interim Police Chief in Emerald Isle.  Interim Chief Reese began his service with the EIPD in 2000, and has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2013.  His career also includes service in the Greenville (NC) Police Department and the United States Marine Corps.  

Interim Chief Reese has been heavily involved in all aspects of the EIPD in recent years, and will continue the Police Department's emphasis on positive community relationships and outreach. Please don't hesitate to contact Interim Chief Reese at 252-354-2021 or  for any assistance with Police matters. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:20:00 PM

Plans for New Grocery Store Approved 


Plans for the construction of a new grocery store in Emerald Isle were formally approved by the Board of Commissioners at its November meeting.  The new store is expected to begin construction in the coming months, with a goal to open in spring 2018.

The new, ~ 31,000 sq. ft. store will be constructed on a mostly vacant 6-acre tract located on NC 58 and Crew Drive in front of the Emerald Landing subdivision.  (An existing small building located on the corner of NC 58 and Mallard Drive will be demolished as part of the project.)  As part of the project, the developer has committed to make significant road and sidewalk improvements along Crew Drive (that will remain a public street) and Mallard Drive, and will also construct a new traffic roundabout on NC 58 at its intersection with Mallard Drive. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:15:00 PM

Time to Renew Golf Cart Registrations - Now Administered by EIPD 


The Town's golf cart program continues to grow, with more than 650 golf carts now registered under the program.  The 2016 registrations expire on December 31, and it is now time to renew. 

The administration of the Town's golf cart program has been transferred to the Emerald Isle Police Department, and EIPD staff will now handle all aspects of the registration and inspection process.  (Please visit the Emerald Isle Police Station, and not the Town Administration Building, for all golf cart assistance.)  For more information, please contact EIPD at 252-354-2021 or visit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:14:00 PM

NC Supreme Court Set to Consider Important Public Beach Access Case 


The NC Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Nies v. Emerald Isle case on January 10, 2017, and is expected to issue its decision later this winter or spring.  The Court's decision could have a profound impact on the public's use of beaches everywhere in North Carolina in the future.

The ultimate questions in this case are  1) whether the public has, and has always had, the right to use the entire width of the flat, dry-sand beach in North Carolina, and  2) whether or not an oceanfront property owner has the right to exclude others from the entire width of the flat, dry-sand beach.  The area in question in this case involves only the flat, sandy beach between the base of the dunes and the ocean --- the area that has been enjoyed by the public everywhere in North Carolina, forever.  The case does not involve any portion of oceanfront property located landward of the base of the dune.

This case was first initiated in 2011, and thus far the Town has prevailed in Carteret County Superior Court and the NC Court of Appeals.  The NC Court of Appeals ruling affirmed the public's access to and use of the entire width of the flat-sandy beach, from the base of the dunes to the water, and is now the definitive law on this issue in North Carolina.  The Nies have appealed the NC Court of Appeals ruling to the NC Supreme Court, and the upcoming decision of the NC Supreme Court will eventually become the definitive law in North Carolina when issued.   

The Town of Emerald Isle, with great support from many other interested parties, has been working hard to preserve the public's right to access and use the entire width of the flat, sandy beach in North Carolina.  To learn more about this seminal case, please visit the links at .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:13:00 PM

New Bicycle Path Planned for Bogue Inlet Drive 


Town staff continue to develop plans for the construction of a new bicycle path along Bogue Inlet Drive this winter and spring, with a goal to open the new path prior to the 2017 tourism season. The new bicycle path will be constructed entirely in the public street right of way, on the west side of Bogue Inlet Drive.  Town officials are also considering additional street improvements as part of this project.  The project is partially funded by fundraising proceeds generated by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:06:00 PM

Condominium Deck Inspection Program Being Developed 


The Town continues to support the deck inspection program implemented by the 7 vacation rental companies in Emerald Isle in 2015.  That program insures that vacation rental unit decks are inspected annually and that necessary repairs are completed, in order to promote visitor safety.  

The program has not previously included condominium units, and Town staff are now working with Emerald Isle condominium complexes and management groups to hopefully expand the program to all condominium complexes in Emerald Isle.  Town Planner Josh Edmondson is leading this effort for the Town, and he can be contacted at 252-354-3338 or .  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, December 6, 2016 4:18:00 PM

Carteret County Notice To All Personal Property Owners 


Please view this notice  as issued by the Carteret County Tax Office regarding 2017 Carteret County Personal Property Listings.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:55:00 AM

Town Implements Coyote Trapping Program 


The Town of Emerald Isle has implemented a Coyote Trapping Program.  Residents and property owners are now authorized to utilize licensed trappers to trap coyotes in Emerald Isle. The authorized trapping season begins December 1, 2016 and extends through February 28, 2017.

Click here for full details of the program. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, November 14, 2016 5:16:00 PM

Retired Chief of Police Jeff Waters Issues Thank You Message To Community 

I would like to take this moment and personally thank everyone for the emails, cards, phone calls, and personal contact I have received since the notice of my retirement from chief of police of the greatest police department, the Emerald Isle Police Department. There are not enough words to express my gratitude other than to say “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart.

It has truly been an honor and privilege to have been part of a department that takes pride in serving and protecting such a great community.  The support from the citizens and local businesses could not have been any better.  Their unwavering commitment to me and my staff will be not forgotten, and I praise them for their continuing support.

The backing from the police department staff and town staff could not have been any more encouraging during my tenure as chief of police. They have truly been an aid to all; especially to me.

What an overwhelming honor to have received so many acknowledgments and accolades throughout my retirement process and during my retirement ceremony. I am still humbled by receiving The Order of the Long Leaf Pine! Wow!  I could not have accomplished my vision for the police department and town without the support of the team I had surrounding me. I would love to name names, but there is not enough “ink in my quill”.

I would like to express my sincere love and appreciation for my wife, Niki. She has been such a wonderful helpmate to me and my career. The surprise ceremony given by her was a great finale. To my two sons, Chandler and Chase, I am so proud of the men they have become. Their continuous support, through the years of serving as an officer, helped me to accomplish my goals and stand where I am today. To my family, friends, and co-workers “Thank you”. I love you all and would not be where I am today if I did not have your unwavering support.

Again, I am so humbled and thankful for the privilege to have served you for 32 years. May the Lord bless and keep Emerald Isle in His hands.

God bless you all!



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, November 14, 2016 8:26:00 AM
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