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Presentation - FY 2018-2019 Recommended Budget 


View the Town Manager Frank Rush's Summary Presentation of the FY 2018-2019 Recommended Budget

View the entire FY 2018-2019 Recommended Budget as presented to the Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on May 8, 2018.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, May 19, 2018 3:07:00 PM Categories: News

Bike the Banks Event - A Great Turnout & Fun Time! 

The Bike the Banks Event took place on Saturday, May 5 with 164 riders turning out for a beautiful Emerald Isle day!  Of the 164 riders - 44 rode the 100 mile Century to the Lookout and back, 90 rode 50 miles to Fort Macon and back, and 30 did the 10-mile fun ride on the Emerald Path.  All funds from the event go towards bicycle and pedestrian activities and improvements to the Emerald Path. Thanks to all who participated and volunteered!


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:35:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Garden Club Thanks Participating Businesses! 


The Emerald Isle Garden Club wanted to thank the following businesses for participating in their first annual "Bikes and Blooms" event that took place leading up to the May 5th Bike the Banks event.  They look forward to another great "Bikes and Blooms" event again next year with more great displays!

Participating businesses with "Bike's and Blooms" displays:

Ace Hardware

Beaufort Olive Oil

Bert's - Emerald Isle

Bluewater Realty

Captain Willis Seafood

Century 21

Dairy Queen

Dragonfly Imports

Emerald Isle Realty


Highway 58 Bikes

Irish Pirate Trading Post

Isle Fry Seafood

Jackie's Grill

Just Hair

K9s and Coffee

Magic Touch Flooring

Petal Pushers

Reel Outdoors

Rucker Johns

Sun & Surf Realty

Village Market

Shorewood Realty

As well as:  Town of Emerald Isle at Parks & Recreation, and Town Administration Building

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:52:00 AM Categories: News

Town Seeks Committee Members for New Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament  


Under the leadership of Commissioner Mark Taylor, the Town is working to establish a new Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament in 2019.  The new tournament is tentatively planned for late summer / early fall 2019, primarily as a boat-based tournament targeting spanish mackerel and flounder, with event proceeds dedicated for future Bogue Inlet dredging efforts and college scholarships.  The goal for the new tournament is to develop a successful and enjoyable fishing tournament for fishermen in our community, and also to lure additional visitors to Emerald Isle.  

The Town is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the organizing committee.  If you are interested in serving, please email Rhonda Ferebee, Town Clerk, at  to express your interest no later than May 25.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 1, 2018 2:46:00 PM Categories: News

NC Commissioner of Insurance Approves 5.5% Homeowners Insurance Rate Increase for Emerald Isle 


The NC Rate Bureau (the entity representing insurance companies in North Carolina) requested a 25% (homeowners) and 40% (tenants and condominiums) increase in insurance premiums for permanent homes in Emerald Isle in late 2017.  After reviewing the request and considering significant public input (thank you to those who commented!), NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey approved a 5.5% (homeowners) and 12% (tenants and condominiums) rate increase for Emerald Isle on April 18. 

The Town is pleased that the approved rate increase is significantly lower than requested (5.5% and 12% is certainly better than 25% and 40%), but continues to have concerns about the overall unfair rate structure used in North Carolina.  Because Commissioner Causey essentially approved a similar increase for nearly all areas of NC, Emerald Isle property owners (and those in other barrier island communities) will continue to pay insurance premiums that are 4 - 5 times higher than many other communities in NC.  The Town recently hosted top staff from the NC Department of Insurance in Emerald Isle, reiterated these concerns, and again requested that Commissioner Causey work with the NC General Assembly and others to implement a fairer rate structure.  

A separate rate increase request for second homes and vacation rental units (nearly 40%) is still pending a final decision by Commissioner Causey.  The Town, and many of our property owners, recently submitted comments to Commissioner Causey in March, and the Town remains hopeful that this requested increase will also be rejected or significantly reduced.  A final decision on this request is expected sometime in the coming months.

Emerald Isle property owners are advised to carefully review their insurance renewal notices to determine the amount of any premium increases.  Some insurance companies utilize a procedure known as "Consent to Rate", which allows the insurance companies to charge higher rates than those approved by the NC Insurance Commissioner (with your voluntary consent that may be provided unknowingly).  If you experience larger increases, please contact your insurance agent and/or shop around for the most affordable coverage, as there may be multiple options available.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 1, 2018 2:45:00 PM Categories: News

Dog Park Development Committee Reviews Potential Locations 


The Town's new Dog Park Development Committee has been hard at work in recent months, and has been evaluating 5 Town-owned sites for a potential new dog park.  

The committee has reviewed potential locations at Emerald Isle Woods Park, at the new McLean-Spell Park, near the Blue Heron Park tennis courts, at Senator Jean Preston Memorial Playground, and adjacent to the Town Administration Building.  After considering all 5 locations, the committee is now focusing on a 1 - 2 acre area in the new McLean-Spell Park, and will be working to identify the specific location in the coming weeks.

After the location is approved by the Board of Commissioners, the committee will begin identifying desired design features and begin fundraising efforts.  The committee is eager to make a dog park a reality in Emerald Isle within the next 1 - 2 years.  Stay tuned for more information on how you can contribute to these efforts!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 1, 2018 2:44:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Fire Department Offers Free Residential Fire Inspections 


Emerald Isle is fortunate to be served by a quality team of firefighters, and they do much more than respond to fire calls!  As required, EIFD inspectors complete hundreds of commercial fire inspections each year as part of our overall fire prevention efforts.  Although not required by law, EIFD also offers voluntary residential fire inspections to any homeowner who requests this service.  To take advantage of this free service, please contact EIFD at 252-354-2445 or Fire Chief Walker at . EIFD will be happy to visit, identify potential threats, and offer hepful recommendations to keep your home and family safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, May 1, 2018 2:43:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Holds Annual Meeting on May 3 


Free food, a gift for registered members, special demonstrations and displays, and a chance to win cash, free electricity and a pickup truck – that’s what is in store for the CCEC Annual Meeting on May 3 at Glad Tidings Church in Morehead City.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the first 600 registered members will receive a pair of silicone oven mitts. All co-op members who attend and register will get a ticket for drawings at the close of the meeting. Those drawings include cash prizes, up to $1,000 in free electricity (for bills mailed July through December, 2018) and a Ford Ranger pickup truck retired from the cooperative's fleet.

Attendees can learn more about energy safety and our newer account payment and management technologies. Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation board members will be on hand to sign up members for our Operation RoundUP® program. Those who aren’t participating, but choose to sign up for the nonprofit humanitarian grant program, will be entered in a drawing for a gift bag full of goodies. The co-op’s Relay for Life team will host a free hotdog dinner served up by employee volunteers.

Entertainment by talented students from West Carteret High School’s Jazz Band and Chorus will be featured in the church sanctuary just prior to the opening of the business meeting.

In addition to those activities, co-op members will learn about the organization's operation over the past year, plans for the future, and more.

The terms for directors from Districts 1, 3 and 4 expire this year. All three candidates were unopposed. They are: District 1 Director Deloria Irby, District 3 Director Arland Bell and District 4 Director Fred Fulcher.

“We encourage members to attend and learn more about their cooperative,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “After all, our co-op members are actually the owners of the organization, and they have a say in what we do.”

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative provides power to more than 33,000 members in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Onslow counties and is part of Touchstone Energy®, a nationwide family of co-ops exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:05:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races Raise $36,000 for Two Great Causes 


The 5th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races were held on March 10, with a total of 725 finishers on a beautiful spring day in Emerald Isle.  Thanks to a great turnout, great sponsors, and great volunteers, the races generated total net proceeds of $36,000 that have been distributed to two great causes.

At the April 10 Town meeting, Race Director (and Town Commissioner) Candace Dooley and Race Committee members presented a check for $18,000 (50% of race proceeds) to the Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for future bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Emerald Isle. 

Dooley and the Race Committee members also presented a check for $18,000 (50% of race proceeds) to Little Pink Houses of Hope, a breast cancer charity that routinely provides vacation opportunities for breast cancer victims in Emerald Isle. 

Since its inception in 2014, the races have raised approximately $240,000 for bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Emerald Isle and various health charities.  Thank you to all who have participated, supported, and volunteered for this great annual event over the past 5 years!  


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, April 16, 2018 9:45:00 AM Categories: News

Bike The Banks! - Saturday, May 5 


Register today for the 4th annual Bike The Banks event, with 3 great bicycle rides in our beautiful coastal environment! 

The 2018 event will again feature a 100 mile ride to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and back, a 50 mile ride to Fort Macon State Park and back, and a 10 mile leisure ride on the Town's bicycle path.  Rides begin at 7:30 am (100 mile ride) and 8:00 am (50 mile ride) and 8:15 am (10 mile ride). 

All proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path network. Please join us on May 5 in Emerald Isle!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, April 13, 2018 10:26:00 AM Categories: News
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