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The case of Nies v. Emerald Isle will be considered by the NC Supreme Court later this year, and 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 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 on this page.

NC Court of Appeals Opinion – November 2015

Please view the entire news series from the Outer Banks Voice

Town of Emerald Isle Statements Re:  Nies v. Emerald Isle

Town of Emerald Isle Legal Brief to NC Supreme Court / Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Emerald Isle

NC Editorials / Guest Columns

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:05:00 PM

13th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 3pm 

Don't Miss the 2016 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade!

The 13th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 3 pm along NC 58 through the middle of Emerald Isle. 


Please join us for this great annual tradition in Emerald Isle!  Also join us for Christmas carols, cider and snacks, Christmas tree lighting, and a visit with Santa Claus at the Welcome Center immediately after the parade! 


Print/View Parade Entry Form!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:56:00 AM

Second Round of Public Input Meetings Planned by Carteret County Waterways Management Committee 


(View Press Release Issued by Carteret County Waterways Management Committee)

The Carteret County Waterways Management Committee was formed earlier this year by the County Commissioners. The Committee consists of eight Board Members, one member from each County Commissioners’ District and one County Commissioner. The County Commissioners realize that the waterways of Carteret County are crucial to the future of development and maritime life. The charge of the Waterways Management Committee is to ensure the health and maintenance of the County’s waterways and continue to promote commerce and recreational opportunities.

Citizens and other interested parties are encouraged to attend and learn more about this Committee and the planning process that is currently underway. Additionally, with the November 8th election quickly approaching this will serve as an opportunity for both elected officials and county staff to answer questions concerning the ¼ Cent Sales Tax Referendum appearing on the ballot.

Because of the importance of this planning process and to ensure our citizens are receiving accurate information the Waterways Management Committee of Carteret County is holding a second series of public input meetings at the following locations:

  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum – 1785 Harkers Island Road, Harkers Island on November 1st at 6:00 p.m.

  • Cape Carteret Town Hall – 102 Dolphin Street, Cape Carteret on November 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

  • Crystal Coast Civic Center – 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City on September November 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

    Please make plans to attend and help us shape the waterways management program for Carteret County for years to come!

    For more information please contact:

    Gene Foxworth
    General Services Department
    Carteret County

Carteret County Courthouse ·  302 Courthouse Square · Beaufort, NC 28516-1898

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 25, 2016 8:12:00 AM

Carteret County One Stop Early Voting dates 

Carteret County Board of Elections

Press Release Issued- Sept. 13, 2016

For all Carteret County registered voters, the One Stop Early Voting dates, locations and hours of operation for each site are the following.

October 20 – November 5

Closed on Sundays


Carteret County Board of Elections- 1702 Live Oak Street, Beaufort
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Western Park Community Center – 275 Old Highway 58, Cedar Point
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Morehead City Parks and Recreation – 1600 Fisher Street, Morehead City
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Fort Benjamin Recreation Center- 100 McQueen Avenue, Newport
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Davis Fire Department- 595 Hwy 70 Davis, Davis
Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Voters who are not registered in the county by the voter registration deadline on October 14, 2016 may register and vote during one stop early voting only, and will be required to provide documentation of their identity and residence.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carteret County Board of Elections at (252) 728-8460 or .

The Carteret County Board of Elections is the county agency charged with the local responsibility for administration of the elections process and campaign finance disclosure in Carteret County.  The office of the Carteret County board of Elections works in conjunction with the State Board of Elections office to ensure that elections are conducted lawfully and fairly.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 24, 2016 3:37:00 PM

Public Reception to Honor Retiring Chief Waters 

After a 32-year career in the Emerald Isle Police Department, Chief Jeffrey D. Waters has announced his retirement, effective October 31. Chief Waters has served the Emerald Isle community with dedication, professionalism, and a sincere desire to contribute to the well-being of our residents and visitors, and his leadership will be missed.  

The Town is hosting a special reception to honor Chief Waters, express our appreciation for his service, and wish him well in retirement. The reception will be held at the Emerald Isle Community Center on Thursday, October 27 from 6 pm - 8 pm.  The public is invited to drop in and say goodbye to Chief Waters.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 21, 2016 8:06:00 PM

Emerald Isle's Halloween Carnival - Friday, October 28, 2016 - 6-8pm at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Community Center 

Fun for the whole family includes creating a glow in the dark mural, face painting, photo booth, cake walk, ID kits by the EI Police Dept.,and more! Admission fee to carnival is two bags of candy per child. Sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. Please call 252-354-6350.

Also,the Town of Emerald Isle will officially observe Halloween Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31st from 6-8:30pm. Please think SAFETY at all times when taking children Trick-or-Treating

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:11:00 AM

Message from Bogue Banks Water Corporation Regarding Repair Work 

BBWC will be working on the fire hydrants on Conch Ct. tomorrow, Thursday, October 20th. The water service will be temporarily shut down during this process. Repairs are expected to take place between 9 am and 12 pm. Upon restoration of water service, a precautionary "Boil Water Advisory" will be in place for residents on Conch Ct. for 24 hours. After a negative bacteriological sample result is received, this advisory will be lifted. This is usually a 24 hour time frame. Please call BBWC with any questions. 252 354 3307.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:56:00 AM

Travelling to / from Emerald Isle? Check Road Conditions First Catastrophic River / Creek Flooding in Eastern NC - BE SAFE! 

Eastern NC continues to experience catastrophic river / creek flooding, and several highways and secondary roads remain flooded.  It is still possible to travel to and from Emerald Isle, however, with changing flood conditions over the next several days, certain routes may be open while others are closed.  To learn about the latest road conditions in NC, in real time, visit .  Use the interactive map to zoom in on certain areas, learn the specifics of any road closures, and plan the most efficient and safe route for your trip to / from Emerald Isle.  

If you encounter water across a roadway, DO NOT try to drive through it.  The depth and current may be greater than you realize, and there may also be a road washout that is not visible. Sadly, there have already been several fatalities resulting from people trying to drive through floodwaters, and these incidents are entirely preventable if you simply do not drive through those conditions.

BE SAFE, and take your time!






Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 14, 2016 3:52:00 PM

Donate Supplies for Eastern NC Flood Victims Now Through Monday, October 17 @ Town Board Meeting Room;(next to Police Department) 7500 Emerald Drive 

Eastern NC continues to experience catastrophic river / creek flooding, and the Town is coordinating the collection and delivery of donated supplies for flood victims.  Please consider a donation of the following items:

  • water

  • juices
  • wrapped snacks
  • toiletries
  • diapers
  • baby formula
  • rubber gloves
  • sponges
  • mops 
  • buckets.

For financial donations please visit the following website -

These items can be dropped off daily between 8 am and 9 pm at the Town Board Meeting Room, adjacent to the Emerald Isle Police Station at 7500 Emerald Drive.  Items will be collected now through Monday, October 17, and the Town will arrange delivery to flood victims. 

Please enter through the main entrance, and simply drop off donated items in the designated area in the Town Board Meeting Room, and we'll handle the rest.




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:02:00 AM

Message from Bogue Banks Water Corporation 

We are NOT under Boil Water Alert

Our service area made it through Hurricane Matthew with minimal damage, and we are extremely grateful for that! Here at Bogue Banks Water Corporation there was no damage, and our water has not been compromised. We are not part of Carteret County that is under the "Boil Water Advisory" so drink up and enjoy!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:42:00 AM
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