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FY 17-18 Recommended Budget Presented May 9  


The Town Manager's FY 17-18 Recommended Budget was formally presented to Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners at the May 9 regular meeting.

A full copy of the FY 17-18 Recommended Budget is now available for public review.


View the Town Manager Frank Rush's Summary Presentation of the FY 2017-2018

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3:25:00 PM

Town Mourns Passing of Mitsy Overman, Long-Serving Finance Director / Assistant Town Manager 


All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle mourn the passing of Georgia “Mitsy” Overman, and extend our deepest condolences and many prayers to her family.  Mitsy passed away in Morehead City on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 69.  Mitsy served the public dutifully for 41 years, with 22 years of service to the Town of Atlantic Beach followed by nearly 19 years of service to the Town of Emerald Isle prior to her retirement in January 2015.  Mitsy served in numerous roles in each local government, including service as Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Finance Director, Assistant Town Manager, and as Acting Town Manager.  She was a true veteran of local government, and her public service was greatly appreciated by those in both communities.    

Services will be held on May 11 and May 12, and details are located at

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:16:00 AM

Beach Parking Permits Available at the Emerald Isle Community Center 


The Town began charging for parking at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access on Friday, April 14, and will continue charging on weekends and holidays through mid-September.  Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible for two free parking permits, and these can be obtained at the Emerald Isle Community Center during normal business hours. Please make sure you secure your permit before you visit the regional access facilities. To learn more, and to apply online, visit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 5, 2017 5:06:00 PM

Nies Attorneys Submit Petition to US Supreme Court to Review Public Trust Beach Case 


In December 2016, after a 5-year legal process, the NC Supreme Court decided not to review the Nies v. Emerald Isle case, thereby maintaining the NC Court of Appeals' November 2015 decision that affirmed the public's historical right to use the full width of the beach strand in North Carolina. The Nies' attorneys, backed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a California-based organization, have now petitioned the US Supreme Court to review the NC courts' ruling.  A copy of the petition is posted at  The Town's attorneys will submit a response to this petition soon, and the Town will provide additional updates about this case as it evolves. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:36:00 AM

Bogue Inlet Navigation Dredging Completed 


The US Army Corps of Engineers recently completed needed navigation dredging in Bogue Inlet, both through the connecting channel and across the ocean bar.  In an effort to follow the deepest water and most efficient route, and also to promote a stable channel location away from The Point, the official navigation channel has been shifted to a more central alignment.  The US Coast Guard is expected to reset the aids to navigation in early May to more clearly delineate the channel, thereby providing a safer navigation route for area boaters. 

Recent dredging efforts were funded by a combination of State and local funds, and performed by the Corps of Engineers under a memorandum of agreement.  In the absence of Federal funds, the Town of Emerald Isle provided local funding, along with Carteret County, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Swansboro, and Onslow County.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:35:00 AM

FY 17-18 Recommended Budget To Be Presented on May 9 


The Town's FY 17-18 Recommended Budget will be formally presented at the May 9 Board of Commissioners meeting, and the budget will be available at on May 6.  The FY 17-18 Recommended Budget maintains the current property tax rates and solid waste fee, includes sufficient funding to maintain quality services, and invests appropriately in additional community improvements prioritized by Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners. The Board will review the budget during May and June, will consider additional adjustments, and is expected to adopt the FY 17-18 budget at the June 9 regular meeting.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Bogue Inlet Drive Street Improvements, New Bicycle Path Nearly Complete 


The Town's contractor has completed the paving of the realigned Bogue Inlet Drive and the new bicycle path leading from Emerald Drive to Bogue Inlet Pier, and new decorative street lights, pavement markings, and landscaping will be installed in early May.  This project was funded by a combination of fundraising proceeds and General Fund tax revenues, and provides a brand new look for this area of Emerald Isle.  The Town is pleased to improve the appearance of Bogue Inlet Drive and add another segment to the popular bicycle path network - just in time for the busy tourism season!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:34:00 AM

Publix Plans Submitted, Groundbreaking Expected Soon 


Formal building permit applications have been submitted for the new Publix grocery store to be constructed on NC 58 and Crew Drive.  Contractors are expected to break ground in the coming weeks, with a goal to complete and open the new store in spring 2018.  

As part of the project, a new roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of NC 58 and Mallard Drive / Emerald Landing Drive, along with significant street improvements and sidewalks along Emerald Landing Drive and Crew Drive.  These improvements will be constructed during winter 2017-2018 to minimize traffic impacts. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:33:00 AM

Bike The Banks! - Saturday, May 6 

Register today for the 3rd annual Bike The Banks - Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge bicycle rides!

The 2017 event will again feature a 100 mile ride to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and back, a 50 mile ride to Fort Macon State Park and back, and a 10 mile leisure ride on the Town's bicycle path. Rides begin at 7:30 am, and 8:00 am

All proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path network. Join us on May 6 in Emerald Isle!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:08:00 PM

Town Pursues Development of Meeting and Events Center 


In an effort to generate more economic activity in the Town during the fall, winter, and spring months, and also to promote quality redevelopment in the Islander Drive area (known as Village West in the Town's land use plan and zoning regulations), the Town is pursuing the development of a new "meeting and events center" in this area of Emerald Isle. The "meeting and events center" is intended to host trade and professional associations and other large public events in Emerald Isle, and would be constructed and operated in partnership with a commercial partner. 

As the first step toward this goal, the Town has executed a contract for the purchase of a 1.8 acre parcel of land on Islander Drive that is the site of an abandoned go-kart track.  The parcel is located directly adjacent to the Town's Western Ocean Regional Access facility, and the Town intends to combine the parcels (and potentially others) for the future development of the "meeting and events center" at this location.  Specific plans will be developed by Town officials in the coming months, and the Town will ultimately solicit proposals from potential private partners for the construction of the project.  The Town envisions the new facility will include both public and private components, including an enhanced public beach access facility, the new "meeting and events center", and private commercial investment in an attractive and dynamic center of activity in this underutilized area of Emerald Isle.  The Town is seeking economic development funding from Carteret County for this land purchase, and, if funding is awarded, the Town expects to close on the land purchase in June.  The Town's first task will be to clean-up the property shortly after taking ownership in June.

For more information about the land purchase and the proposed "meeting and events center", please visit .

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:57:00 AM
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