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New Signs Identify Public Access Locations for Kayakers and Stand-Up Paddleboarders in Bogue Sound 

With the increasing popularity of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding in Bogue Sound, the Town has installed new, large, triangular signs visible from the water at that Town's public access locations on Bogue Sound.  These signs are intended to make it easier to identify the public access locations from the water.  

The new signs are installed on Town piers located at Park Street (near Eastern Ocean Regional Access, 2700 block - sign "27"), the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area (6800 block, sign "68"), the Bluewater Drive pier (7000 block, sign "70"), Cedar Street Park (7700 block, sign "77"), and Emerald Isle Woods Park (9400 block, two piers - signs "94" and "94A").    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 6, 2016 4:19:00 PM

The Return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival!  

Saturday, August 27    11 am - 5:30 pm - On The Beach at Western Ocean Regional Access!! (next to The Islander)  

The Town of Emerald Isle is excited to announce the return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival this August 27!  It's been 17 years since the last Beach Music Festival was held in Emerald Isle, and the new 2016 event promises to match the great times of the festivals of the 1980s and 1990s!

We've got a great lineup of top performers planned, including:

  • Sammy O'Banion
  • Spare Change
  • Hip Pocket
  • Too Much Sylvia
  • The Tams
  • Jim Quick & Coastline.

Mark your calendars now, and make plans to be back in Emerald Isle for the return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on August 27!  

More details will be announced soon, and posted at .  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:05:00 PM

Public Dedication - Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park  

Wednesday, May 25 at 11 am - 6800 Emerald Drive, Adjacent to Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to publicly dedicate the new Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 25, which would have been the late Senator's 81st birthday.  

The public is invited to attend and help us celebrate this beautiful new park that honors the legacy of Senator Preston!

We hope to see you there!






Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:46:00 PM

Emerald Isle Fire Department & Emerald Isle EMS Offering "Heart Saver CPR - AED Class" 

Monday, May 23 at EMS Station - 7604 Emerald Drive

Class 1: 9 am -1 pm   OR  

Class 2: 6 pm - 10 pm

Sign up now for this new low-cost training opportunity that may help save a life someday! The Emerald Isle Fire Department and Emerald Isle EMS are pleased to offer a new CPR - AED class to Emerald Isle residents, visitors, and others in the surrounding area.

The cost for Emerald Isle residents, taxpayers, and people who work in Emerald Isle is $5 per class.  The cost for all others is $40 per class.  It is necessary to pre-register by contacting Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249.  

Future classes will be offered, and will be scheduled in the near future.  For more information, please contact Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249 or Emerald Isle Fire Department at 252-354-2445.   



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Volunteers Needed - Save the Dunes Initiative! 

On an overcast and cool May 4, 2016, a group of volunteers and Emerald Isle residents planted 1,500 sea-oat seedlings at The Point in a record two-hours as part of the Save the Dunes Initiative. Volunteers included members of the Emerald Isle Garden Club, the Turtle Patrol, and The Point/Wyndtree Property Owners Association. Paul Schwartz and Carl Klee coordinated The Point 2016 project on behalf of the Initiative, spearheaded and led by Carla Stevens and Kevin Geraghty, with support from Emerald Isle’s Town Manager, Frank Rush, and a donation  by Dr. Charles Mess, who owns the octagonal house by The Point's entrance ramp.                   

Save the Dunes Initiative originated in 2011 when the Aquarium asked for volunteers to plant sea oats at the Western Beach Access. About 500 unused plants were given to Carla Stevens to be planted in front of Lands End eastern walkway. Two years later, the seedlings helped to build a sizable frontal dune. With this success in mind, in January of 2015 Kevin Geraghty and Carla Stevens proposed a sea oats planting project for Emerald Isle. Frank Rush suggested the beach access at The Point.

Save the Dunes Initiative aims to: rebuild dune structure where needed and raise awareness of how dunes protect our beaches. Emerald Isle must safeguard its greatest asset - its crystal blue waters and beautiful beaches – with environment-friendly efforts like this one.

Volunteering for the Initiative is easy, lots of fun, a great way to catch up with neighbors and make new friends. It takes two minutes to learn what to do, and at end of a planting session, Carla Stevens offers scrumptious, home-made chocolate chip cookies. It’s also a terrific way to learn about ocean-dune preservation, a hands-on opportunity for the young and young-at-heart alike.

The ideal time for planting sea oats is early May for successful growth, according to Steve Mercer of Coastal Transplants, although planting can be done as late as October.

In addition to The Point planting (the first took place in 2015), a number of oceanfront homeowners have asked to be considered for 2016 plantings. Many have erected sand fences, a good first step. Save the Dunes Initiative will prioritize plantings, starting with the Town of Emerald Isle, followed by Home Owners Associations (HOAs), and then individual homeowners’ oceanfront properties, depending on the availability of resources and volunteers.

Costs for plantings include the purchase of sea oats for about $.60/plant delivered, with a minimum order of three hundred plants, plus slow-release fertilizer and signage.  Projects will be funded by the Town of Emerald Isle, HOAs, property owners, and private donations.

Why should we help build and protect dune structures? Emerald Isle is built on rock with a Continental Shelf that slopes at a very slight angle away from our beaches, one of the Island’s great advantages. Since the size of a wave is directly proportional to the depth of the water, a shallow slope matters a lot when it comes to wave erosion. For example, a forty foot depth can generate a thirty-five to forty foot wave, depending on tides and winds. Fortunately, here such depths occur several miles from shore. By the time large waves arrive on shore, they dwindle down to a range of two to four feet. The slope of our Continental Shelf is our first line of defense against storm damage.

The second line is the frontal dune structure, which protects all the vegetation zones and benefits the entire island. As fine sand catches onto sea oat reeds, it builds up dunes. Each season dune width and height increase in a seaward direction toward the source of blowing sand. Sea oats are native to our coast and produce rhizomes or runners that allow new plants to multiply and grow. This is how they catch more sand and continue to build the dunes. Everyone who uses the beach can leave a smaller footprint by staying off the dunes.

A second planting of 600 sea oats will take place on May 18th at Lands End Clubhouse. Volunteers are needed. Bring your trowels and your garden gloves. A third planting of 450 sea oats will take place on May 28th at 9 am near the Lands End east walkway.  Please contact Carla Stevens ( to volunteer.

Homeowner’s associations and individual homeowners interested in rebuilding their immediate dunes in 2017 should contact Carla Stevens or Kevin Geraghty. The HOA or the individual homeowner acts as project coordinator for their project and will be responsible for the purchase of the plants. They will receive guidelines and help from the Save the Dunes team. Please contact Carla Stevens ( (252 764 2160) or Kevin Geraghty ( 697-7636) if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer. Remember: it’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s the best way to keep our Crystal Coast beautiful for years to come.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:46:00 AM

Please take Our Brief Survey, and Help Us Plan Emerald Isle's Future! 


Work continues on the development of the Town's 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update, and we want to know your thoughts on Emerald Isle's future!  

The Town is conducting a brief, online survey, and we urge everyone who cares about the future of Emerald Isle to participate.  Please visit  to share your thoughts!

To learn more about the 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update, please visit our special website that allows our residents, property owners, and visitors to follow the progress and offer additional input into the development of the plan.  The special website can be viewed at a link from or directly at .  The special website will include all information associated with the new plan, including meeting dates, meeting minutes, draft policies and maps, and more.  

Thank you!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 13, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Bathhouse at Public Boat Launch Access Temporarily Closed During Construction 


Please be advised that the bathhouse located at the Public Boat Launch Access will be closed temporarily beginning the morning of Thursday, May 12 while construction work is completed by pavers and Bogue Banks Water Corporation installs the water fountain for the Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park playground.




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:34:00 PM

Download the new "Emerald Isle App"!  


The new "Emerald Isle App" is complete, and can be downloaded for free at The App Store (for Apple devices) and at Google Play (for Android devices).  The new app is designed to make it easy for our residents and visitors to locate the terrific local businesses in Emerald Isle, find out where to stay, eat, and shop, learn about things to do and special events, and locate beach and sound access points and Town parks. The new app also includes a "postcard" feature --- take a great shot of family and friends in Emerald Isle, add the Emerald Isle frame, and then send it off or post to social media sites! 

The new app is also designed to make it easy for our residents and visitors to learn about and communicate with the Town government.  Special buttons provide the latest Town news, meetings of interest, and other important Town government information.  The new "Let Us Know" button enables our residents and visitors to report concerns to Town staff in a quick and easy format, enables the quick attachment of a photo, and also identifies the location of the concern. We hope that this new tool will make it easier for our residents and visitors to communicate with Town staff, and that it will ultimately enable Town staff to respond more efficiently to concerns. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 10, 2016 4:44:00 PM

What is the Town of Emerald Isle All About? 


All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle understand and recognize what a special place Emerald Isle is, and we all work very hard to make it even better!  We strive to continually improve our services, infrastructure, and amenities to promote the highest possible quality of life for our residents, and to position Emerald Isle as a premier tourism, retirement, and second-home destination.  

The Town's efforts are guided by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners' policies and directives, and these policies and directives are ultimately rooted in the entire community's needs, desires, and goals.  The Town relies on input from many sources to address community concerns and move the Town forward, while also adhering to several basic principles that are outlined in two documents that summarize the Town's overall approach:  1) the Town's vision statement outlined in the 2004 CAMA Land Use Plan - located at , and  2) the attached memo outlining the Town's "fundamental focus" - located at .  If you are a long-time Emerald Isle resident, property owner, or visitor, we hope that you've observed the implementation of these principles over the years.  If you are relatively new to Emerald Isle, we hope that sharing these documents with you will provide a better understanding of exactly what the Town of Emerald Isle is all about, and that we will be able to enrich your experience in Emerald Isle.

From time to time it's important for all of us to pause and reflect on just how incredibly fortunate we are to be in Emerald Isle.  We could not ask for a more beautiful natural environment, the community of people in Emerald Isle is outstanding, and collectively we are blessed with relative wealth and good fortune.  Although our problems and concerns are certainly valid, and our challenges may at times seem significant, it is important to remember just how fortunate we all are compared to many communities in North Carolina, the United States, and the world.  We are all truly blessed to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle!



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:50:00 PM

FY 16-17 Recommended Budget Presented May 10  


The Town Manager's FY 16-17 Recommended Budget will be formally presented to Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners at the May 10 Town meeting.  The Board will then review the Recommended Budget later in May and June, direct any desired adjustments, and is then expected to adopt the Town's official FY 16-17 budget at the June 14 Town meeting.  

The FY 16-17 Recommended Budget is now available for public review at  The total Recommended Budget is $9.45 million, which is 1.9% more than the originally adopted FY 15-16 budget.  The Recommended Budget does not include any property tax or fee increases of any kind, thus keeping the cost of Town government the same in FY 16-17 for our taxpayers.   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:47:00 PM
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