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Lifeguards Needed: Now Hiring for Summer 2021 

The Town of Emerald Isle remains focused on beach safety year-round. A key component to a safe beach season is the recruitment, training and employment of highly qualified lifeguards. The Town is currently looking for accomplished swimmers to join our team. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, possess a valid driver's license, able to swim 500-meters in less than 10 minutes and have the capacity to successfully complete USLA certified training. 

Watch our advertisement teaser here

Please share this link and encourage exceptional candidates to apply!

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 1, 2021 1:13:00 PM

Bruce Norman honored for service 

Bruce Norman, a captain with the Emerald Isle Fire Department, was recently recognized for his 30 years of service to the Town of Emerald Isle. Watch this video and join us in thanking Bruce for his ongoing hard work and dedication!


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:20:00 PM Categories: News

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

Carteret County COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Press Release 

Carteret County, NC – On Thursday January 7, 2021, the Carteret County Health Department will begin scheduling appointments for those persons in Phase 1b, Group 1 who are 75 years and older and wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination clinics for persons 75 and older will begin on Monday, January 11, 2021. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment only at the Carteret County Health Department. No walk-ins will be accepted at this time.

The Health Department also continues to vaccinate those in Phase 1a which includes healthcare workers working with COVID patients, healthcare workers administering vaccines, and long-term care staff and residents. If you fall into Phase 1a or Phase 1b (Group 1 -75 years and older), please call 252-728-8550 (option 2) to make an appointment. Due to the volume of calls anticipated, you may need to leave a message and a staff member will call you back for an appointment time.
The Health Department is following guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for distribution and vaccination order. We will not be vaccinating persons outside of Phase 1a and Phase 1b (Group 1- 75 years or older) at this time due to limited vaccines. It will likely take weeks to ensure individuals in these phases have received their vaccination. We ask for the public’s patience as we navigate this vaccination rollout. Rest assured you have a spot. To learn just where you fall in the vaccination plan, visit

As the State approves for other groups or Phases to be vaccinated, the Health Department will post information on the County website and Facebook pages, in addition to sending out press releases. For more information on the North Carolina vaccine distribution process, please visit:


Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, January 8, 2021 2:47:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle hires Public Information and Media Director  

EMERALD ISLE, NC — Town Manager Matt Zapp announced this week that the Town of Emerald Isle will welcome Anna Smith as the Public Information and Media Director. The new role will be responsible for Town communication and community outreach.

“We are extremely fortunate that such a wonderful pool of candidates applied for the new role,” said Matt Zapp, Town Manager. “Anna Smith brings a balance of technical training, professional experience, and a heartfelt desire to share the story of Emerald Isle with our global community.”

The Public Information and Media Director position was approved last year by the Board of Commissioners for Fiscal Year 2020-21, and Mrs. Smith begins her new role on Monday, January 11. Her salary will start at $46,615.

Mrs. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism, with a minor in Spanish, from The Pennsylvania State University. Following her graduation, she moved to the area and spent more than five years as a Municipal Government Reporter and Social Media Editor for the Carteret County News-Times, where she covered all issues related to the Town of Emerald Isle and neighboring municipalities. Since July 2017, Mrs. Smith has worked at the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, first as the Director of Administrative Services, and most recently as the Program Manager.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the great team at Emerald Isle,” said Mrs. Smith. “For several years I have hoped the Town would create this position, as it would allow me to have a local government communications role that I have missed since my days as a reporter. I look forward to improving the communication foundation the Town has honed over time, and working alongside a terrific staff.”

In her spare time, Mrs. Smith enjoys baking, reading and exploring the state with her husband. She is a sitting member on the Carteret County Library Board of Trustees, and has been a part of the hospitality team at One Harbor Church in Morehead City for several years.

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:52:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Accomplishments List for 2020 

Emerald Isle Accomplishments List

Calendar year 2020 is certainly one for the record books.  Despite pandemic challenges and disruptions, the Town of Emerald Isle persevered. 

Thank you to every resident, business and guest of Emerald Isle!

A comprehensive list of 2020 Town of Emerald Isle accomplishments were reviewed at the December 8, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting.  To view the list, please click here.


Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, January 4, 2021 2:04:00 PM Categories: News

Regional Beach Parking  

Regional Beach Parking


Paid parking at the Regional Accesses begins approximately Memorial Day weekend and runs through September (These dates are subject to change.).  Parking permits are not necessary until paid parking begins.  Registration for parking permits will open in April of 2021.

Please check back periodically in the spring for exact dates!


Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, December 30, 2020 9:53:00 AM Categories: News

Passing of Sgt. Major Peter Leo 

The Town is saddened by the passing of Sgt. Major Peter Leo. He served Emerald Isle faithfully as a Commissioner. The Mayor and Board truly appreciate his service to our citizens.

Sgt. Major Peter Leo, (USMC Ret.), 92, of Emerald Isle, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Carteret Health Care.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Peter was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on May 3, 1928 to the late Salvator and Nancy Leo. He retired from the United States Marine Corps after 24 years of service. Peter was a member of Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Hadley Leo of the home; daughters, Nancy Wright and Ann Bailey both of Jacksonville; sons, Jimmy Leo of Greenville and Joe Leo of Wilmington; sisters, Phyllis Canale of Braintree, MA and Nancy Leo of Florida; seven grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church, 100 Yaupon Drive, Cape Carteret, NC 28584.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, December 14, 2020 12:09:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle EMS Video 

We are so thankful for our EMS crew! 



Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, December 11, 2020 8:09:00 AM Categories: News

Passing of Dorothy "Doje" Marks  

The Town is saddened by the passing of Doje Marks. She served Emerald Isle faithfully as a Commissioner and was an active volunteer of the Emerald Isle EMS for many years. The Mayor and Board truly appreciate her service to our citizens and her work with the EMS Department over the years. 

Dorothy “Doje” Marks, 87, of Emerald Isle, passed away Friday, December 4, 2020, at Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Doje was born on June 20, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Harold and Dorothy Wessel. In 1955, she married the love of her life, Ronald Marks, and they began their journey together. For over 20 years, Doje had the joy of working as a librarian in the Port Byron, NY School System where she extended her kindness to numerous eager minds over the years.

As an active Girl Scout Leader, she used the skills she learned, as well as her love of nature, to hike the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondack Mountains, seeing views and beauty that she often spoke of.

In 1989, she and Ronald relocated to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, making their new home in Emerald Isle. As an active community member, she worked hard at developing the volunteer ambulance service in Emerald Isle and later held the honored position of Emerald Isle Commissioner where she served the community with grace and strength.

She is survived by Ronald Marks of the home; daughter, Nancy Marks of Jordan, NY; son, Doug Marks and wife Cindy of Naperville, IL; brother, Ken Wessel and wife Nancy of Ocala, FL; and grandchildren, Jeff George and wife Jessica of Rohrersville, MD, Terri DeBois and husband Nick of Weedsport, NY; Jenni Farrell and husband Jason of Naperville, IL, Branden Marks of Chicago, IL, and Kelsey Frazier and husband William of Portland, OR.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in Morehead City, NC. 

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: News

Public Comment Information – December 8, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting 

The December 8, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 the public may attend the meeting but space will be limited to ensure social distancing.  

The meeting will be available for audio by registering at this link (click here) for attendees  -  If you wish to call in using your phone, you may dial  (562) 247-8422 and enter 359-740-443 when prompted.


Submitting General Public Comments and Public Hearing Comments To The Town Board of Commissioner During COVID19 Meeting Restrictions:

At the Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meetings, citizens are provided with an opportunity to make general public comments to the Town Board as well as comments during any public hearings.  It is important for the Town’s citizens to continue to have this opportunity despite the COVID-19 public health emergency, but public safety considerations are also important.

Until it is deemed safe for everyone to gather as a community again, public comments may be submitted in advance of Town Board meetings subject to the following guidance:

  1. Public comments should be limited to three minutes in length (approximately 450 words).
  2. Public Comments timely received will be read into the record of the meeting during the general public comment period or the applicable public hearing period.  Please specify whether your comment is general or pertains to a specific public hearing on the agenda.
  3. Public comments may be submitted as follows:
  • By emailing the Town Clerk Sarah Williams at
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Sarah Williams at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 8, 2020)

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as the Town’s elected officials and staff work to continue to provide governmental services to the best of our ability during this time.

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, December 4, 2020 9:02:00 AM Categories: News
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