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Board of Commissioners to Consider Grocery Store Plans 

The Board of Commissioners will formally consider plans for a new grocery store in Emerald Isle at its October 11 meeting.  The approximately 31,000 sq. ft. new store is proposed for an approximately 6 acre tract of land on NC 58 between Emerald Landing Drive and Emerald Plantation Shopping Center.  

 The proposed site is zoned Business (and has been for many years), and a grocery store (along with many other commercial uses) is a permitted use by right.  Under NC zoning law, if the applicant meets the Town's zoning requirements, the Board of Commissioners has limited discretion in its review of development plans.  This is in stark contrast to a rezoning or special use permit request, which provide the Board of Commissioners with significant discretion. Additionally, several questions have been raised regarding the perceived need / demand for a second grocery store in Emerald Isle.  These are legitimate questions, however, it is not the Town government's place to answer those questions.  The appropriate answer to those questions is dictated by the free market, and the Town does not have a role in deciding which particular business initiative is needed or should be afforded the opportunity to compete with existing businesses.  

 The proposed plans include a request to formally close, redesignate, and improve a 510 linear ft. segment of Crew Drive on the proposed site.  The developer is requesting these actions in order to achieve a site layout that minimizes impacts on the neighboring Emerald Landing neighborhood and to preserve habitat for nesting egrets along the adjacent canal.  It is important to note that the existing road would be replaced in the same location with an improved road, with new pavement, new curb & gutter, sidewalks, storm water features, and landscaping.  The proposal includes adequate legal protections to insure that the improved road remains open for public use in perpetuity, and there is no ability for any private owner to restrict use of the roadway.  The road would continue to function in the same manner as it has historically, and perhaps better.  The Town would not even consider any proposal that does not include perpetual public use of the road in the future.  

 The Board of Commissioners has significant discretion in reviewing the road request, and is thoughtfully considering the pros and cons associated with this request.  The developer has indicated that he intends to construct the new grocery store at this location regardless of the Town's decision regarding Crew Drive, and an alternate plan has been provided that maintains the current condition of Crew Drive.  For various regulatory reasons, the alternate plan would require the proposed new store to be located closer to the Emerald Landing neighborhood, with potentially undesirable features (loading docks, generators, trash facilities, rear access) located closer to existing homes, and would not preserve as much egret habitat.  The developer prefers the original plan (graphic below) over the alternate plan, and thus has requested the formal closing, redesignation, and improvement of the 510 linear ft. segment of Crew Drive. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 30, 2016 3:03:00 PM

Proposed Carteret County 1/4% Sales Tax Increase Would Provide Navigation Dredging Funding 

Carteret County is conducting a referendum on a proposed 1/4% sales tax increase on November 8.  The new sales tax would increase the total sales tax rate in Carteret County from 6 3/4% to 7%, and would result in an additional 25 cents of sales tax paid on a $100 purchase.  If approved by the voters, proceeds from the new sales tax are expected to be more than $2.5 million annually.  

 It is anticipated that this additional funding will enable the County and the Town to better address navigation dredging needs in the future, and also remove this funding burden from property taxpayers.  Local dredging costs have historically been borne by property tax revenues, and, if approved, these costs would be covered with proceeds from the new 1/4% sales tax in the future. Near Emerald Isle, it is anticipated that Bogue Inlet and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway would receive funding from this revenue source, and that it may also be available to assist with other dredging needs in and around Emerald Isle.

 The Board of Commissioners has formally endorsed the proposed 1/4% sales tax, and encourages our residents and property owners to learn more about the proposal.  Additional information is available at .  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 30, 2016 3:02:00 PM

OPEN HOUSE - Emerald Isle Fire Department - Saturday, October 1 from 11 am - 2 pm at Fire Station 1 

Emerald Isle is fortunate to be served by a dedicated group of firefighters providing quality fire and emergency medical services for our residents, property owners, and visitors.  Come out this Saturday and meet the guys, learn more about Fire safety, tour the station, check out the trucks and equipment, let the kids enjoy activities, and grab a hot dog!

For more information please contact Chief Bill Walker at 252-354-2445.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:18:00 AM

Message from Police Officer Tom Duty and his wife Liz 

My wife and I want to thank everyone, from our family and friends to concerned citizens, for the generous support and prayers that we have received during this difficult time.  I am working hard every day to regain strength and mobility, working with physical therapy and occupational therapy. I currently have sensation in my whole body now, but do not have mobility in the lower half of my body yet.  We have a long road ahead, but we have faith and we are determined that I will recover, walk again and have as normal a life as I possibly can.  We also want to thank Vidant Medical Center for the excellent medical care I have received during my stay here.  Everyone's continued thoughts and prayers have not gone unnoticed. Thank you all so much again.

Tom and Liz Duty

Please continue to keep Officer Duty, his wife Liz and family in your prayers for his continued improvement and full recovery.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 23, 2016 5:50:00 PM


Due to the presence of several remaining sea turtle nests, beach driving will temporarily close at 8 pm daily, until further notice.  We expect to revert back to the daily 9 pm closing after all nests have hatched, likely by October 1.  Thank you for your understanding.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 16, 2016 8:15:00 AM

Police Chief Waters Announces Retirement 

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.  

Chief Waters began his career as a patrol officer in 1984, and served in several increasingly responsible positions until his appointment as Chief in 2013.  For the past 3 1/2 years, he has worked tirelessly with the excellent team at the EIPD to build strong community relationships that will benefit the EIPD and the community for years to come.  We thank Chief Waters for his service, and wish him a healthy and fulfilling retirement!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 15, 2016 8:24:00 AM

Record Year for Sea Turtle Nests in Emerald Isle 


Emerald Isle is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers monitoring sea turtle nesting activity in Emerald Isle!  

Volunteers routinely walk every section of the beach daily searching for new nests, and also care for the nest throughout the nesting period, and assist sea turtle hatchlings on their initial journey from the nest to the ocean.  

The 2016 sea turtle season has been a record year in Emerald Isle, with 51 nests along Emerald Isle's 12 miles of beach!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 14, 2016 8:21:00 AM

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Police Sergeant Mark Odom and Police Officer Tom Duty 

Saturday, September 17 - 7 am - 11 am - Emerald Isle EMS Station

Emerald Isle Police Sergeant Mark Odom and Police Officer Tom Duty were seriously injured in an off-duty boating accident on the White Oak River on September 7.  Both men are dedicated officers providing exceptional service to the Emerald Isle community, and there have been numerous inquiries from the community asking how people can help. 

To assist Odom and Duty, Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. is hosting a special Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, September 17 from 7 am - 11 am at the Emerald Isle EMS Station, 7604 Emerald Drive.  If you'd like to help, please come by and enjoy a great breakfast and fellowship with others in our community.  If you can't stay for breakfast, and are so inclined, contributions can be made at the EMS Station that day.

Special fundraising accounts have been established at Sound Bank to assist Odom and Duty.  If you would like to contribute, or know others who would like to contribute, please make checks payable to:

"Officer Tom Duty Benefit Fund"     and/or     "Sergeant Mark Odom Benefit Fund".

  Contributions can be:

  • dropped off at the EMS Station on Saturday, September 17, 
  • sent directly to Sound Bank (1150 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point, NC  28584),
  • dropped off at Sound Bank (just across the bridge from Emerald Isle on NC 24), 
  • sent directly to the Emerald Isle Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC  28594), or
  • dropped off at the Emerald Isle Police Department.   

Thank you for your support and generosity!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:57:00 AM

EI Beach Music Festival T-Shirts Still Available for Purchase 

The return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on August 27 was a huge success, with an estimated crowd of 9,000 people enjoying a full day of great music on the beach!  Special t-shirts commemorating the event are still available, and are on sale now for only $10 at the Town Administration Building and the Emerald Isle Community Center.  Stop by today to get your t-shirt, or contact Town staff at 252-354-3424 or 252-354-6350.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8:23:00 AM

Beach Driving Season Begins September 15 

The beach driving season begins on Thursday, September 15, and will continue through April 30. Beach driving permits are available now at the Town Administration Building, and more information about the program is located at . 


Beach driving is a longstanding tradition in Emerald Isle, and is greatly valued by surf fishermen, surfers, and elderly and handicapped individuals.  The Town wants everyone to be able to enjoy the beach environment in Emerald Isle, and urges beach drivers to respect others using the beach, respect the natural environment (dunes, sea turtle nests, bird habitat), and be safe and alert! 


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8:20:00 AM
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