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Board of Commissioners Meeting - May 11, 2021 

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will convene at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 for the regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room at 7500 Emerald Dr.

Covid-19 safety protocols, including social distancing and masks, will be in place for this meeting. 

April 13, 2021 Agenda

Public Comment Instructions during Covid-19

You can register to watch this meeting online here:


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, May 7, 2021 11:39:00 AM Categories: News

UDO Request for Proposal 

Unified Development Ordinance Update Request for Proposal


The Town of Emerald Isle invites qualified consulting firms to respond to a Request for Proposals to update the Town's Unified Development Ordinance. The current UDO, since adoption, has been amended numerous times to meet community needs, further the goals of the Town's Landuse Plan and provide consistency with changes in North Carolina General Statues. The primary objectives of this update is to address formatting and structure of the UDO, redundant review procedures and requirement and dated development standards. The Town is seeking the services of a team with considerable experience analyzing existing development ordinances, and drafting and preparing ordinances in coastal communities.  

Click here to view the RFP. Please note, this was updated on May 11, 2021.

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, May 7, 2021 9:31:00 AM Categories: News

2021 Hurricane Season Message - No. 3 

In the third 2021 Hurricane Preparedness Message, Emerald Isle Chief of Police Tony Reese discusses the status of the bridge during a named storm, the difference between voluntary and mandatory evacuations, and the importance of Town residents having their disaster re-entry permit before the hurricane season begins on June 1. You can apply for the re-entry permit here:

Watch Hurricane Preparedness Message No. 1 with Meteorologist Les Still here:

Watch Hurricane Preparedness Message No. 2 with Emerald Isle EMS here:


Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:00:00 PM Categories: News

Temporary yard debris pickups; New truck tracker available online 

Town residents can anticipate yard debris pickup delays in the coming days due to the normal dump site in Bogue being full. Rather than delivering to the regular site, which is four miles away, the two Emerald Isle yard debris trucks will temporarily have to travel to a location on Lake Road near Havelock, which is 28 miles away, in one direction. As a result, normal operations will be slowed down for several days. 

“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding with our yard debris collection in the coming days, as the change in location will lead to longer trips,” said Public Works Director Artie Dunn. “We look forward to returning to our normal schedule after the Bogue site has reopened.” 

Starting this week, the Town has unveiled a new truck tracker system, which allows residents to see for themselves where the trucks are currently located.  

The Emerald Isle Public Works Department has rolled out technology that gives Town residents a bird’s eye view where the yard debris trucks are along their routes. The system will allow residents to view the truck routes and see when their yard debris may be picked up by Public Works staff. Depending on various factors, such as distance traveled and the size of yard debris piles, times may vary. 

This new service was created by Greg Flinn, an independent contractor who has been working with the Town.

The new technology can be viewed by the public by clicking this link on the Town’s website:

“This new system will improve our level of customer service, and will aid our staff when filing yard debris pickup reports,” said Dunn. 

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:23:00 AM Categories: News

May 2021 Emerald Tidings 

Follow the link below to view our Emerald Tidings - May 2021 Electronic Edition.



Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:03:00 AM Categories: News

CCEC Outage Alert - May 3 

The following message was disseminated by Carteret-Craven Electric Coop on Monday, May 3, 2021: 

Crews are working to identify the issue with one of our main transmission lines causing blinks from Maysville to Pine Knoll Shores starting at about 3 a.m. You may experience a few more blinks throughout the day as they work to correct the problem.

Additionally, crews are replacing a pole and transformer that caught fire in the area of Black Skimmer Road on Emerald Isle. Power will be off for about three hours while that replacement takes place.

You can find the CCEC Facebook page here.


Posted by Anna Smith Monday, May 3, 2021 8:38:00 AM Categories: News

2021 Bike the Banks 

The 6th annual Bike the Banks is underway on Saturday, May 1, and we ask that you respect the road and the riders throughout Carteret County.

More than 250 bicyclists are participating in this year's Bike the Banks, which offers a 10, 50 or 100 mile ride. Riders will be on the road throughout Emerald Isle, along the length of Bogue Banks, and through Morehead City to Harkers Island, and back.



Posted by Anna Smith Saturday, May 1, 2021 8:57:00 AM Categories: News

2021 Hurricane Season Message - No. 2 

The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season starts on June 1, but now is the time to consider how prepared you are for a potential storm. Over the six weeks leading up to the start of the season, the Town of Emerald Isle will release a series of videos about tropical storm and hurricane preparedness.

In this installment, Emerald Isle EMS Paramedic Kelee Norris explains how Town residents can register for the Medically Fragile List before a disaster, including a named storm, strikes. 

You can sign up to be on this list online at or by calling the EMS Department at 252-354-2249. Watch the video below for more information. 



Posted by Anna Smith Friday, April 30, 2021 8:32:00 AM Categories: News

Beach Driving season ends April 30th 

The Emerald Isle beach driving season ends on Friday, April 30 for the public.

Please remember you will see Town vehicles, including Beach Patrol, Lifeguards, the Fire Department and Public Works throughout the year along the beach strand.

The 2021-22 beach driving season will begin in mid-September, with permits going on sale in August through the Police Department.

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, April 29, 2021 2:47:00 PM Categories: News

Beach Nourishment Project Complete; Plants installed soon 

The Carteret County Shore Protection Office has announced that the bulk of the Beach Nourishment Project is now complete. You can read the latest update below:

On Monday, April 26, the hopper dredge Liberty Island delivered the last load of sand around 6 a.m. to tie in just east of the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, with the beach fill of the Ellis Island, which was completed Sunday evening.

That’s roughly 220 and 115 total loads of sand for the Liberty Island and Ellis Island, respectively. We have completed the dredging/pumping phase of the project a few days ahead schedule – 9.4 linear miles of beach and over 2,015,000 cubic yards of sand since February 27, 2021, across far western and central/east Emerald Isle. A dump truck holds roughly 12 cubic yards, as a mental image.

Please note demobilization of pipe, bulldozers and other yellow steel, sleds, sheds, and even the CRAB is in full swing and will be tightly staged on the beach at the “Dog-Leg” 4WD Access as this equipment is removed from the beach at this point via flatbed trucks. This should take a week or two to fully complete. Dune plantings start next week.

A big thank you to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock for their commitment to the project and professionalism (for 3 years in a row!). A huge pat on the back as well to property owners, residents, visitors, our friends at Bogue Inlet Pier, and our great local real estate companies for your understanding during the project – we’re very cognizant of the impacts of a 24-hours/7-days-a-week oceanfront construction project.

Oceanfront property owners are reminded that the dune plantings must be complete before sand fencing can be installed. You will need to reach out to the Planning and Inspections Department beforehand to get the proper permit. Town Planning Director Josh Edmondson can be reached at 252-354-8548. View our Sand Fencing PSA here


Posted by Anna Smith Monday, April 26, 2021 1:55:00 PM Categories: News
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