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Carteret County Issues Press Release Update #23 

 

Carteret County Issues Press Release Update #23 March 26, 2020 along with NCDHHS Patient Guidance Document. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:30:00 PM Categories: News

Signs of Spring Coming to Emerald Isle! 

 

Several projects have been completed or nearing completion in Emerald Isle to welcome in the spring season and is sure to give us all hope that Spring will be coming our way soon!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:32:00 AM Categories: News

Public Playgrounds in Emerald Isle Closed 

Press Release

March 23, 2020

Emerald Isle Public Playgrounds Closed

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  To further reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19, the Town of Emerald Isle will temporarily close its public playground areas.

Effective today, March 23, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle will close three public playground areas.  Unfortunately, the following playgrounds will remain closed until further notice:

  • Blue Heron Park Playground
  • Ocean Oaks Park Playground
  • Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park Playground

Emerald Isle Officials will review all closures/restrictions and make adjustments to the schedule as needed.   

The Town of Emerald will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites.  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

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For press inquiries, contact:

Alesia Sanderson, Parks & Recreation Director

Emerald Isle, NC

252-354-6350

asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, March 23, 2020 1:07:00 PM Categories: News

Message To Our Emerald Isle Community 

 

Dear Emerald Isle-

As spring arrives and the weather warms, the number of visitors to Emerald Isle will increase. In normal times, this would be a welcomed sight. These are not normal times.

In unison with Carteret County and neighboring towns, Mayor Eddie Barber declared a State of Emergency for Emerald Isle on March 19, 2020. 

Carteret County and the municipality of Emerald Isle released public statements to discourage tourist travel to the Crystal Coast.  For a community anchored in hospitality, this is a very difficult message to send and share. 

Emerald Isle has closed our public beach access parking lots, all public restrooms, and suspended beach driving access until further notice.

A special thank you to those that live, work, and/or own property on Emerald Isle. We are certainly glad you are here.

The highest priority for the Town of Emerald Isle is the health and safety of our community.  So we ask that you adhere to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) recent recommendations.

All North Carolinians can prepare for COVID-19 by getting the latest information directly from reliable sources. The COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by a flood of misinformation from unreliable sources. Be thoughtful about what you read or hear about the virus and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you act. Turn to these sources for reliable information: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

As a community, we understand being prepared for a hurricane.  COVID-19 is our potential silent hurricane of the season.  Social (physical) Distancing is paramount. Together, we can weather a silent Cat 1 storm better than a Cat 5.

Sincerely,

The Town of Emerald Isle

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 20, 2020 5:07:00 PM Categories: News

Beach Driving Suspended in Emerald Isle 

 

EMERALD ISLE- Beach Driving Suspended

March 20, 2020

The highest priority for the Town of Emerald Isle is the health and safety of our community. This includes fulltime residents, part-time residents, businesses and tourists.

The Town of Emerald Isle is diligently working with all federal, state, county, and local officials to reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19.

At this time, Carteret County and Emerald Isle officials are discouraging tourist travel to the coast.

Effective March 20, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle will suspend beach driving: 

  • Emerald Isle will suspend the sale of beach driving permits effective immediately
  • At 9:00 PM on March 20, 2020, beach access gates will close 

Beach driving privileges will be suspended until further notice

Town officials will review the duration of all closures/ restrictions and adjust the schedule as soon as possible.  

The Town of Emerald Isle apologize to our current permit holders for this unforeseen suspension.  We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 

Respectfully,

Matt Zapp

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 20, 2020 10:39:00 AM Categories: News

Press Release - Emerald Isle Public Beach Parking Areas Closed 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2020

Emerald Isle Public Beach Parking Areas Closed

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  To further reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19, the Town of Emerald Isle will temporarily close its public beach parking areas.

Effective at sunset, March 19, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle will close four public beach parking areas.  Parking areas will remain closed through March 31, 2020.  The locations include:

  • The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA)
  • The Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA)
  • Station Street Park
  • Third Street Park 

“Following guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Gov. Roy Cooper, and local health officials, North Carolinians are asked to implement social distancing,” said Matt Zapp, Town Manager.  “Visitors should be aware that travel to the coast is being discouraged at this time.”

Public restrooms remain closed through March 31, 2020 as well.   Officials will review the situation and make adjustments to the schedule as needed.  

The Town of Emerald will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites.  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

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For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:15:00 PM Categories: News

PRESS RELEASE - Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 State of Emergency 

Press Release

March 19, 2020

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 State of Emergency - (View State of Emergency Proclamation)

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-   Effective today, March 19, 2020, Mayor Eddie Barber has issued the attached State of Emergency for the Town of Emerald Isle.

Town Manager Matt Zapp states, “The Town of Emerald Isle is partnering with the appropriate federal, state, county, and local officials to reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19. In alignment with Carteret County, the Town of Emerald Isle discourages travel to the coast at this time.”

Emerald Isle officials call on all citizens and businesses to voluntarily follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS):

  • Reduce the risk of person-to person transmission by practicing social distancing measures which decrease the frequency of contact and increase physical distance between persons.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  •  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Individuals who are sick should always cover their coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of their elbow.
  • Individuals who are sick should stay home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, the Town urges citizens to reference and use the following credible sources:

  • COVID-19 Information Call In Line at the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS): 866-462-3821 or the Coronavirus Response in North Carolina (NCDHHS): http://ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://coronavirus.gov

The Town of Emerald continues to maintain a continuity of operations.    Town officials will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites.  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

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For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 19, 2020 1:26:00 PM Categories: News

North Carolina to Close Restaurants and Bars for Dine-In Customers, Allow Takeout and Delivery to Continue 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:09:00 PM Categories: News

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Safety Measures 

PRESS RELEASE

March 15, 2020
 

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Safety measures

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-   The highest priority for the Town of Emerald Isle is the health and safety of our community.  Following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Gov. Roy Cooper, and local health officials, we will implement a social distancing service model beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. 

As a precaution to combat the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we will temporarily restrict non-essential walk-in traffic at the Town Administration Building and the Police Department until further notice.

Residents, guests, and contractors are asked to use online or telephone service options to secure permits, make tax payments, or submit service requests. Normal hours of operation will continue at the Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive) and Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive). 

For the protection of all members and guests, the Parks and Recreation Community Center (7500 Emerald Drive) will be closed to the public until further notice.   We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. 

If you need additional assistance, please contact the appropriate office via telephone or email:

Planning, Inspections and Permits

Josh Edmondson, Town Planner

jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-3424

Accounts Payable/ Receivable/ Taxes

Laura Rotchford, Finance Director

lrotchford@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-3424

Non-Emergency Police Department Services

Tony Reese, Chief of Police

treese@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-2021

Parks and Recreation Services

Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreations Director

 asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org

 252-354-6350

 

Public Works: Solid waste/ Yard Debris/ Roads

Artie Dunn, Public Works Director

adunn@emeraldisle-nc.org

252-354-4450

The Town of Emerald will maintain a continuity of operations.    Town officials will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide regular updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites.  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

 

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For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

Town of Emerald Isle

7500 Emerald Drive

Emerald Isle, NC  28594

252-354-3424

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

www.emeraldisle-nc.org

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:19:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races Postponed 

PRESS RELEASE

March 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Postponed

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-   In direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K is officially postponed.  To protect all race participants, volunteers, spectators and the Emerald Isle community, we must comply with instructions outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Roy Cooper’s recommendation to cancel events that assemble more than 100 people.

Rescheduled Date:  We share deeply in the disappointment felt by our athletes and desire to make the most of this very unfortunate situation.  As a result, Emerald Isle will host our race on Saturday, October 31, 2020 and employ a Halloween theme.  Volunteers will be dressed in costume and racers are encouraged to do the same!

Weather Forecast:  Late October is absolutely beautiful upon Emerald Isle, with average temperatures ranging from 45-55 degrees during race hours.  Daylight savings time ends that night too, so every racer receives an extra hour of sleep for working hard!

Participant Options: We understand that the rescheduled date may not work for everyone, so we will offer the following options:

1- Automatic deferment to October 31, 2020

2- Deferment to March 27, 2021

3- Full refund

All current registrations will automatically be deferred to October 31, 2020. If you would like to be deferred to March 27, 2021 or receive a refund, please email emeraldislerun@gmail.com.  Due to a high volume of email traffic, please allow 7-10 days for a response.

You have trained hard, made travel arrangements, dreamt of the finish line and put blood, sweat and tears into your preparation for race day.  Your hard work and dedication is admirable. You’re amazing for what you have accomplished and this is just part of the journey. Please join us in October 2020 (or March 2021) and make your dream a reality! 

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For press inquiries, contact:

Candace Dooley, EI Race Director

emeraldislerun@gmail.com

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 13, 2020 5:24:00 PM Categories: News
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