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Update - 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Races 

Race Director Candace Dooley issued the following statement earlier today to all registered participants of the upcoming Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K races.

Good afternoon athletes,

We are now 16 days from race day! We know that COVID-19 is heavy on everyone’s minds. 

We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak both globally and locally. Our top priority is the health and wellness of our participants, volunteers and spectators. We will continue to monitor this closely and seek guidance from our state and local officials. 

In the event of any change or cancellation of the race, we will notify you via email and will update all social media channels as soon as a decision is made.

With great thought,

Candace Dooley
Race Director

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:59:00 PM Categories: News

Press Release - Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival Cancelled 


Press Release - March 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival Canceled

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  Given the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Town of Emerald Isle and its partners have reviewed all options related to the 2020 Emerald Isle St.  Patrick’s festival.   In alignment with NC DHHS recommendations of mass gathering events (that may draw high-risk persons), the festival is officially CANCELED.

The list of NC DHHS recommendations can be accessed here:

We apologize to all patrons, sponsors, vendors and the community for the timing of such a critical decision.  The potential public safety risks (COVID-19) associated with hosting the function are increasing by the minute.

For additional information about the Emerald Isle St.  Patrick’s festival, visit or call the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350.


For press inquiries, contact:

Alesia Sanderson, Parks & Recreation Director

Emerald Isle, NC


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:47:00 AM Categories: News

Join the 2020 Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Team! 

Key Requirements

  • Must be US Citizen
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License
  • Must swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes to meet USLA Certification Requirements

Apply Here


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:40:00 AM Categories: News

Bathhouse at Western Ocean Regional Access has Re-opened Following Construction 


UPDATE - Bathhouse facility at the Western Ocean Regional Access has reopened following water line construction.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 28, 2020 2:47:00 PM Categories: News

Station Street Park Paving Planned on March 10 

Please be advised that Station Street Park will be closed for paving on Tuesday, March 10. There is a possibility that it may remain closed on March 11 as well.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:48:00 AM Categories: News

Town Manager Matt Zapp Attends Hurricane Preparedness for Decision Makers at National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL 

Town Manager Matt Zapp is at the National Hurricane Center (Miami, FL) in a week long training course via a FEMA grant. He is learning best management practices to further enhance Emerald Isle’s emergency preparedness for our residents, businesses and guests.



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:18:00 AM Categories: News

Request for Bids - Demolition & Repair Eastern Ocean Regional Access Handicap Walkway/Ramp - Hurricane Florence Damages 


All bids are requested by Friday, March 6th no later than 12:00 pm (EST).

Interested bidders may submit written bids to the attention of: Alesia Sanderson.

Written bids may be submitted in the following methods:

Mailing Address:                  Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Physical Deliveries:             Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

View Full Bid Document

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 21, 2020 2:47:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament to Award Two Scholarships 




Emerald Isle, NC — Thanks to the success of the First Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament, the tournament committee is pleased to announce a new college scholarship opportunity in 2020 for one graduating senior from both Croatan High School and Swansboro High School planning to earn a degree in an area of Marine or Coastal Science or Engineering.

“Our hope is that the successful scholarship recipients might return to Eastern/Coastal North Carolina to pursue their post-graduate careers,” said Ron Dimock, Member of the Executive Committee of the Fishing Tournament. The two $3000 merit-based scholarships will be awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and essay. The application process opens on February 24th.  All applications and supporting documents must be turned in to Ms. Nicole Rains (Swansboro) or Ms. Jessica Sadler (Croatan) no later than April 20, 2020.  Scholarship winners will be announced at the annual awards programs in May at each high school. Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited 2-year community or technical college, or a 4-year college or university where they plan to major in marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries biology, geology, environmental science, climate change, marine policy, ocean engineering/ship-building/maintenance, or the chemistry or physics of the ocean. The scholarship application is available through the high schools’ guidance office or may be downloaded here.

About the Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament

The Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament is a non-profit organization that promotes the responsible use of our precious marine resources through education and sponsorship of community events, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of ocean stewards through scholarships for post-secondary education.

Thank you to the generous sponsors below for making our first fishing tournament such a success and providing this new scholarship opportunity!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 21, 2020 10:34:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle’s 2020 Beach Safety Initatives 


The Town of Emerald Isle remains focused on beach safety year-round. Increased investments in personnel, equipment, and communication efforts will be even more visible for the 2020 summer season.

Flag System

Emerald Isle utilizes the nationally/ internationally recognized ocean condition flag system.  In alignment with seasonal notifications provided by the National Weather Services (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Town will fly beach condition flags between April 1 and October 31.  A total of 25 large flags, measuring 4-feet by 6-feet each, will be placed along the Emerald Isle beach strand. 


A key component to a safe beach season are highly qualified lifeguards.   Under the command of the Emerald Isle Fire Department, a fulltime Ocean Rescue Supervisor will oversee the administration of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) accredited lifeguard program. 

The Town currently seeks 20 accomplished swimmers to join our team!  Candidates must be 18-years of age (or older), possess a valid driver’s license, swim 500-meters in less than 10 minutes, and have the capacity to successfully complete USLA certified training.  Staff permitting, the Town will place lifeguards on the beach strand between May 1 and September 30. 

Candidates can learn more about the opportunity and watch a 15-second advertisement teaser here:


Emerald Isle lifeguards are often college students that hail from varied locations across the county and have no local connection (or family) in Carteret County.  Finding affordable housing can be a challenge.

We are seeking Host Families for the 2020 summer season.  A Host Family provides safe, comfortable housing, in a family environment for an Emerald Isle lifeguard. When you Adopt-A-Guard, you are helping to save lives!

To learn more about the program, contact the Fire Department at (252) 354-2445 or click here:


Two stationary lifeguard stations will again be located at the Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA).  The beach strand will also be subdivided into service zones, where mobile lifeguards will patrol the strand in four overlapping sectors. 

Via the Enterprise Municipal Fleet Lease Program, the Town was able to secure three red Jeep Wranglers for use by lifeguards on the beach.  Additionally, the Police Department has leased a white Jeep Wrangler. 



Weather permitting, trained members of the Fire Department will also utilize drone technology on ocean rescue calls.  Drones will be utilized to serve as a secondary set of eyes in the sky. 


Stationary iPads, pre-loaded with RIP Current educational videos, will be made available to the public.  Stations will be placed at the Carteret County Visitors Center on Emerald Isle and other key locations throughout Town.  Guests will be able to watch a video and learn more about the power of the ocean.

For additional information about the Town of Emerald Isle, visit or call 252-354-3424.


For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

Emerald Isle, NC


NOTE: Emerald Isle adheres to the USLA minimum recommended standards for the training, equipping, and preparedness of those assigned to prevent drowning and other injury in the open water environment.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:11:00 PM Categories: News

Requests for Bids - Reed Drive Stormwater Pipe & Appurtenance Repairs - Hurricane Florence Damages 

All bids are requested by March 4, 2020, no later than 5:00 pm (EST).

Interested bidders may submit written bids to the attention of: Artie Dunn, Public Works Director. Written bids may be submitted in the following methods:

Mailing Address:                  Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Physical Deliveries:             Town of Emerald Isle, 7509 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Email:                            (must obtain receipt confirmation prior to bid cut-off)

View Full Bid Document

View Addendum 1

View Addendum 1 - Schematic

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:01:00 PM Categories: News
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