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Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12! 

Please join us for Emerald Isle's signature event on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at Emerald Plantation Shopping Center!  


The 25th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 12th from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking are free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent.

The Little Ms. & Mr. Leprechaun Contest will take place on the main stage at 9am.  The contest is for 20 children, boys and girls ages 2-3 and 4-5 and requires pre-registration by noon on March 10th.

NEW this year! To celebrate the 25th year of the St. Patrick’s Festival we will be starting the fun early! We will open the rides on Friday, March 11th from 5-10pm! Pay one price for an arm band that keeps you riding unlimitedly all evening! At 6:30pm on Friday, March 11th, bring the family in the main tent to see Hip Pocket Band presented by SALT Ultra Lounge! There will be no alcohol sales on Friday night!

Special thanks to Transportation Impact and all of our great local sponsors for helping to make this event better than ever!  We are expecting crowds in excess of 20,000 people in Emerald Isle for the 25th annual event!

Please print/view all St. Patrick's Festival 2016 event applications below!

Arts & Crafts Vendor Application

Children's Booth Vendor Application

Food Vendor Contract

Little Ms. & Mr. Leprechaun Contest Application

Non-Profit Vendor Application

Sponsorship Form




Print Festival Map

Call 252-354-6350 if more info needed!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:13:00 AM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K - April 9, 2016 

Sign Up Now - Prices Increase on February 1


The 3rd annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, and offer flat and fast courses, a great weekend destination, and will benefit two great causes!  Learn more, and sign up for each race at today!  Prices increase on February 1, so sign up now and save $10!

We hope to see you on April 9!  There's not a better place anywhere to run a race!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 1, 2016 8:51:00 AM

Purchase Your Own Emerald Isle Logo / Nice Matters T-Shirt! 


The Town has received a very positive response to the new Emerald Isle logo and the new "Nice Matters" tag line.  If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt with the new logo and tag line, please visit the Town Administration Building at 7509 Emerald Drive.  T-shirts are $15 each.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, January 29, 2016 1:25:00 PM

New Regional Beach Access Food Vendor Opportunities! 

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to offer a new "Regional Beach Access Food Vendor Program" this summer of 2016 allowing Emerald Isle food establishments (only those with a “brick and mortar” presence in EI) to offer food at the Town’s two regional beach access facilities.  The Town is offering this opportunity to provide an additional convenience for patrons of these facilities, to provide additional business opportunities for EI food establishments, and to generate additional revenue to enable the Town to improve these facilities in the future.

Emerald Isle food establishments interested in pursuing this opportunity should please complete this simple 1-page application form and return it to Alesia Sanderson, Parks & Recreation Director, at or in person at the Community Center no later than 12 noon on February 29, 2016.  Please note that if you do not apply by the February 29, 2016 deadline that you will need to wait until the 2017 season to participate in this program.

Please view a copy of the program regulations (which were developed with input from EI food establishments and others), as well as a summary memo prepared for the Board  of Commissioners (who have endorsed this program).




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:39:00 PM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K - April 9, 2016 

Sign up now, and make it your New Year's Resolution!

You Can Do This!  It's a brand new year, and with a little more than 3 months until race day, now is the time to start your training program!  The 3rd annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, and offer flat and fast courses, a great weekend destination, and will benefit two great causes!  Learn more, and sign up for each race at today!

More than 1500 runners registered for the 2015 races, and we are hoping to exceed that total in 2016.  There's no better place to achieve your running goals than in Emerald Isle on a beautiful spring morning.  Bring your family and friends, and make it a great weekend at the beach!

The 2016 race proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Emerald Isle bicycle path!

Race Day Volunteers Needed

This great event would not be possible without the tremendous assistance of many volunteers on race day!  If your family, school group, company, or civic group is interested in volunteering on race day, we'd love to have your help assisting the runners out on the course.  To learn more, please contact Race Director Candace Dooley through the website.  
Sponsorship Opportunities Available 

Is your company interested in sponsoring the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Race?  If so, please contact Race Director Candace Dooley through the website.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, January 7, 2016 8:51:00 PM

Christmas Tree Curb-Side Collection 

Please place old, natural Christmas trees at the curb-side for collection by Town staff.  Trees will be collected as part of the Town's weekly yard debris collection service from all neighborhoods.  (Trees may no longer be discarded at the former Merchants Park / new Welcome Center facility.)

Oceanfront residents are permitted to place old, natural Christmas trees in the dunes to promote sand accretion, and are welcome to collect their neighbors' old trees from the curb-side for placement in the dunes. Please be careful not to impede public access or vehicular access on the beach strand.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, January 5, 2016 8:25:00 AM

NC 58 Corridor Study Considering "Roundabouts" for Emerald Isle Intersections 

On behalf of several towns in Carteret County, the Down East Rural Planning Organization (DERPO) and the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have been working over the past several months on a "NC 58 Corridor Study".  The study's purpose is to identify strategies to improve traffic flow along NC 58 from the NC 24 intersection near Cape Carteret and Cedar Point, all through Emerald Isle and other towns along Bogue Banks, and out to the US 70 intersection in Morehead City. Staff from both agencies have been evaluating traffic counts, crash data, and existing traffic system infrastructure to develop recommendations for further consideration by the Carteret County Transportation Committee and the individual towns.  Any potential improvements in Emerald Isle will be presented to the Town's Board of Commissioners for review and comment at a future date.

In an effort to maintain the Town's "family beach image" and "small-town atmosphere", the Town's 2004 Land Use Plan (which will be updated in 2016, with a new plan anticipated to be adopted by the Board of Commissioners in late 2016 or early 2017) includes a very clear policy statement that the Town opposes the future widening of the NC 58 bridge, and that the Town also opposes the future widening of NC 58 all through Emerald Isle.  This policy was developed after significant public input during a lengthy community planning process in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Because of this formal policy, the current "NC 58 Corridor Study" has focused on other intersection improvements along NC 58 in an attempt to promote smoother, more consistent traffic flow along NC 58, particularly during peak traffic periods in the summer.

Emerald Isle currently has 4 signalized intersections along NC 58 --- at Coast Guard Road, at the entrance to Emerald Plantation shopping center, at Mangrove Drive (near CVS), and at Bogue Inlet Drive --- that are perceived to contribute to traffic delays during peak periods.  The DERPO and NCDOT have identified the installation of single-lane traffic "roundabouts" (similar to the photo below from Ocean Isle Beach, NC) as a potential improvement that would reduce traffic backups during peak periods.  The "roundabouts" would be installed at each of the 4 signalized intersections, and because there would no longer be any left-turn movements (all turns from a "roundabout" are right turns) the DERPO and NCDOT believe traffic would flow continuously, with traffic from side streets merging into the "roundabout".  The potential "roundabouts" at the Coast Guard Road, Emerald Plantation, and Mangrove Drive intersections would likely have a diameter in the 125 - 150 ft. range, while the Bogue Inlet Drive intersection would be served by a "mini-roundabout" with a 70 - 80 ft. diameter.  The roundabouts would be designed to insure adequate turning movements for tractor-trailers, recreational vehicles, school buses, and emergency vehicles.

The Board of Commissioners received a presentation on "roundabouts" at its December meeting, and will receive additional presentation(s) at public meetings in early 2016.  For more information, please visit .  The Town welcomes constructive input on this issue from our residents, property owners, and visitors, which can be submitted to Frank Rush, Town Manager, at .  The Board of Commissioners is not expected to make a decision on this issue until spring 2016 at the earliest, and perhaps not until later in the year.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 4, 2016 3:50:00 PM

New Flood Insurance Rate Maps Expected This Spring 

The NC Floodplain Mapping Program, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been working in recent years to update the official flood insurance rate maps used in Emerald Isle. The new maps are nearly complete, and will be released to the public in spring 2016.

Overall, the new maps are expected to be favorable for Emerald Isle as a whole, and will hopefully reduce flood insurance premium costs and regulatory burden for many Emerald Isle property owners. There will, however, likely be some property owners that are negatively impacted by the new maps, and the Town will be publicizing this information when the new maps are released in spring 2016. Please remain attentive to this issue to determine the specific impact on your property.  For more questions about the new flood maps when they are released, please contact Josh Edmondson, Town Planner, at .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 4, 2016 3:40:00 PM

Village West Rezoning Approved 

In an effort to promote quality redevelopment in the vicinity of Islander Drive, the Town's 2004 Land Use Plan and a subsequent 2006 small-area plan designated this area as the "Village West" planning area.  Village West envisions a mixed-use district, with both residential and commercial uses in the same area, on the same parcel, and even in the same structure, and includes very flexible and lucrative zoning regulations. 

In recent years, a few properties in the Village West area have been rezoned to the new Village West zoning district, but the remaining properties remained zoned as Business (which does not allow any mixed uses or residential uses).  The Board of Commissioners recently completed the full rezoning of nearly all properties in the Islander Drive, Reed Drive, NC 58, and Crew Drive area to the Village West zoning district.  The Town is actively promoting quality redevelopment in this area, and is eager to work with any and all property owners and potential developers to make the Village West vision a reality in the future.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 4, 2016 3:35:00 PM

Request for Price Quotes 

Demolition and Reconstruction of Public Walkways

The Town of Emerald Isle is currently accepting bids for the demolition and reconstruction of public ocean access walkways located at 18th Street, Bryan Street and Nina Street. Contractors are hereby notified that they must provide proof of insurance and Workman’s Compensation. A separate bid must be submitted for each walkway.

Plans and specifications are available at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC.  Interested contractors may obtain a set of plans M-F, 8am-9pm.  All bids must be accompanied by no less than three (3) work references for services performed within the last eighteen (18) months, Proof of Insurance and completed  e-verify. Price quotes must be submitted to the attention of Alesia Sanderson at the address above no later than January 22nd 2016 at 10:00 am. Work must be complete by March 15th 2016.  The Town reserves the right to reject any and all proposals or to award the Contract that is in its’ best interest. Please contact Alesia Sanderson at 252-354-6350 or  with questions or concerns.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 4, 2016 3:35:00 PM
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