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Beach Driving Permits now on sale at EI Police Department 

 

The 2019-2020 beach driving season begins on September 15, 2019 and will continue through April 30, 2020.  NEW for this year, permits are being sold at the Emerald Isle Police Department located at 7500 Emerald Drive (instead of the Town Administration building).  Applicants can purchase a permit, seven days a week, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 9:00 pm.    Additional beach driving permit information is available here: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 20, 2019 3:44:00 PM Categories: News

Hurricanes, Fishing, Music and more! 

 

Hurricane Florence:

A total of $50 Million in public damage was documented following Hurricane Florence in September 2018.  A series of major repairs remain.  Projects include the replacement of 11 piers/docks, the Kayak Launch area at EI Woods, storm water repairs on Reed Drive and a series of other repairs.  The Town plans to release bids in October 2019. Work is anticipated to take place between November and March.  Completion is expected in time for the summer 2020 season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Dorian:

The Town of Emerald Isle desires to provide our residents, businesses and visitors with an update related to the impact of Hurricane Dorian 2019. 

DEBRIS: The tornado that hit on September 5th caused severe damage across multiple blocks in the area surrounding Islander Drive. The cleanup effort was massive and would not have been possible without the support of the City of New Bern, City of Jacksonville, Lowes Home Improvement, Sunland Builders, Yardworks Inc., The Yard Barber, the American Red Cross and a host of unnamed volunteers/companies.    As of September 20th, a total of 516-tons of C & D debris has been moved from the island. Thank you all for this major effort!

VEGETATION: The Emerald Isle Public Works team is now shifting gears to vegetation removal.  There are two knuckle-boom trucks working 5-days per week, collecting material from the roadway edge.  We ask for your patience, as storm related vegetation is quite heavy in certain sections of town.

 

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament:

The inaugural EI Fishing Tournament takes place this weekend, September 21st.  Join us at the NC Wildlife Boat Launch located at 6800 Emerald Drive.  For more information, visit www.emeraldislefishingtournament.com 

 

Beach Music Festival:

The 4th annual Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival returns September 28th.  We have booked another great lineup for this year's event on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  Performers include the Band of Oz, Too Much Sylvia, Chairmen of the Board, the Embers, and the Tams.  Come on out and enjoy a beautiful weekend in Emerald Isle! Parking will be permitted along the grassy NC 58 right of way. Only handicapped parking will be available at the Western Ocean Regional Access.

Thank you to everyone that helped prepare, respond and recover from Hurricanes Florence and Dorian.   Please know, Emerald Isle is "Open for Business"! 

#EIStrong!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 20, 2019 1:28:00 PM Categories: News

Thank You To Sponsors of the First Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament! 

On Behalf of the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Committee -

Thank you for fishing our tournament! The enthusiasm shown by both our participants and our sponsors alike has been amazing not only going toward scholarships for 2 of our own high school students who wish to go into a marine science, but also towards dredging our beloved sound for everyone to enjoy!

OUR SPONSORS WERE A VITAL PART OF OUR SUCCESS. BY SUPPLYING DONATIONS, FOOD, PRIZES FOR OUR RAFFLES AND ITEMS FOR OUR AUCTION, THEY ASSURED OUR SUCCESS AND AS WELL CREATED AN EVENT TO REMEMBER. THEY WERE ASKED TO DONATE AS BUSINESSES IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THEY GAVE BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED IN OUR CAUSE. WE HAVE SUPPLIED A LIST OF OUR VENDORS ON THE BACK OF THIS PAPER. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF THEIR SERVICES, PLEASE CONSIDER CONTINUING THIS CIRCLE AND SUPPORTING THE ECONOMIC ENGINE THAT KEEPS US LOCAL AND PROUD!

SINCERELY, THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE FIRST ANNUAL EMERALD ISLE FISHING TOURNAMENT

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 20, 2019 12:03:00 PM Categories: News

Western Ocean Regional Access Has Now Reopened 

Please be advised:  The Western Ocean Regional Access has now reopened.  Thank you for your patience!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:59:00 AM Categories: News

Register Now for the First Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament - Saturday, September 21! 

 

Plan to attend the inaugural Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2019.  The Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament will be held at the NC Wildlife Public Boat Ramp in Emerald Isle and includes three separate divisions: King and Spanish Mackerel, Surf and Kayak. There will also be contests for the kids, a silent auction, and other activities. The event will be fun for the whole family! 

Please visit the official tournament website for all additional details. https://emeraldislefishingtournament.com/  

Follow the Tournament on Facebook for opportunities to win prizes leading up to the big day! https://www.facebook.com/EIFishing/  

Register Now!  

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 12, 2019 3:29:00 PM Categories: News

Hurricane Dorian: Recovery is Underway 

A picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth even more!

Take 2-minutes to watch how “Neighbors are helping Neighbors” within the Town of Emerald Isle.  

Thank you to each of our municipal partners, volunteers and local businesses.  We could not do this without you!

Beyond Grateful-

The entire Town of Emerald Isle

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:58:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Cleanup is Underway! 

 

There’s a great story to be had on Emerald Isle today.

The local cities of New Bern and Jacksonville have sent a series of trucks, operators, and equipment to help with our disaster recovery effort!

Sunland Builders (a local contractor) has donated an excavator. http://sunlandbuilders.com/contact.php

Lowes Home Improvement donated materials (gloves, totes, buckets, safety glasses, etc.)!  . 

Emerald Isle residents are rallying to donate lunch.  What a gracious offering to all of our public workers!

If you have a desire to donate to Hurricane Dorian cleanup efforts, we encourage you to consider American Red Cross.  Red Cross supplied meals to those worst hit on the island and other support in the tornado area.  https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-dorian-donations.html/

We truly appreciate everyone’s help.

Mayor Eddie Barber,

The Board of Commissioners &

Emerald Isle Town Staff

#EIStrong

#NiceMatters!

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:03:00 AM Categories: News

Western Ocean Regional Access Temporarily Closed 

Please be advised:  The Western Ocean Regional Access has been temporarily closed until further notice due to large equipment deployed in the area cleaning tornado debris.  Thank you for your patience!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:10:00 AM Categories: News

Parks Reopen Following Hurricane Dorian 

 

The Western Ocean Regional Access and Emerald Isle Woods Park have both now reopened to the public following Hurricane Dorian. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 10, 2019 11:13:00 AM Categories: News

Final Hurricane Dorian Update #12- Fri., Sept. 6, 2019 (5:00 PM) 

 

As a whole, the Town of Emerald Isle fared quite well during Hurricane Dorian.  We have many reasons to be thankful.


Our thoughts, prayers, and support remain with those negatively impacted by the storm.   As of today's assessment, approximately 62 residential and 5 business properties were damaged during Thursday's tornado.  


Tornado/ Hurricane Debris
Sections of roadway near the Boardwalk RV Park will remain closed, as crews  secure tornado related debris.  Contractors are scheduled to begin debris removal, from the public right of way only, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.  For safety reasons, please avoid Louise Ave (between Islander Drive and Boardwalk) until further notice.  


Safety and Policing
The Emerald Isle Police Department has additional road officers on partrol, focusing on security measures related to Hurricane Dorian.  As always, if you see suspicious activity please report it immediately by dialing 9-1-1. 


Parks and Recreation News

The Community Center will resume normal hours of operation on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

There will be no charge for public parking at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.  

Due to damage in the immediate area, the Western Ocean Regional Access will be closed until further notice.    Additionally, Emerald Isle Woods Park remains closed to the public.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

General Administration
All other town related offices and services will resume normal operation on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. 

Curbside Trash/ Recycling
Simmons & Simmons will resume the normal schedule for trash and recycling collection on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. 


Unless conditions change, this will be the final Hurricane Dorian Update for the weekend.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 6, 2019 5:36:00 PM Categories: News
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