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Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Awards Four Scholarships 

At the June 8, 2021, Board of Commissioners meeting, the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Committee awarded four $3,000 scholarships to area high school students who have been accepted into a college or university and plan to study aspects of Marine or Coastal Science and Engineering.


The scholarship honorees are: Christian Gillikin, an East Carteret High School student who will be attending N.C. State University; Caitlin Mahnke, a Croatan High School student attending Carteret Community College; Morgan Clerkin, a Swansboro High School student who will be attending Mars Hill University; and Tatihana Loya, a Swansboro High School student who will be attending UNC-Charlotte.


Congratulations to these hardworking individuals, and best of luck in your future plans!


You can find more information about the Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament online at The 2021 tournament will be held on September 18. 

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:01:00 PM Categories: News

Business by the Beach Spotlights Available 

Do you own a brick and mortar business in Emerald Isle you would like to see featured in our Business by the Beach series? Email Anna Smith, Public Information and Media Director, at for more information on this free opportunity.

If you do not own a local business, but would like to see your favorite places featured, you can encourage their management to reach out to Anna Smith about Business by the Beach spotlights. 


Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, June 8, 2021 10:58:00 AM Categories: News

Donate Blood, and You Could Save a Life 

Emerald Isle Lifeguards, Firefighters, Police and EMS help our community and save lives, and you can too, by donating blood.

The next American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 2-6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18 at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Gymnasium. You can find full details and sign up for an appointment here: Or, you can visit the American Red Cross website directly. 



Posted by Anna Smith Monday, June 7, 2021 4:01:00 PM Categories: News

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: 



If you are not already signed up for the Town's email list, you can do so here.


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
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