In the November elections, I was elected to be your Mayor for the next four years, Pete Allen and John Wootten were elected to serve as your Commissioners for the next four years, and Maripat Wright was elected to be your Commissioner for the next two years. We all thank you for your confidence and hope to live up to your expectations. Please contact any of us as you have comments and concerns.
November was another great month to be in Emerald Isle. Century 21 Coastland held their 2nd Lunchtime Barbecue with the proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity. It was a true community event. Century 21 Coastland cooked a lot more barbecue than they did the first year, and still sold out in a little over an hour. It was a true community event with many volunteers participating. Some volunteers baked cakes/cookies/brownies, some sold tickets ahead of time, some helped serve, and others helped deliver lunches. All seemed to have a great time, and the event raised over $3,200 for Habitat for Humanity. Thanks to everyone that involved.
Thanksgiving weekend, we had our 2nd Holiday Parade, which was a huge success. I hope many of you had a chance to enjoy it. There were 75+ entries (some even entered about an hour before the parade started) with a wide variety of entries. Kids, horses, motorcycles, boats, miniature fighter planes from our friends at Cherry Point, Shriner mini-cars, decorated golf carts, several Red hat groups, several musical entries, fire trucks, and Mayor Pro Tem Floyd Messer's recently restored 1976 Corvette. Of course, at the end of the parade, Santa talked to all of the kids at Merchants Park where cookies and cider were also being served. If you saw the parade, I know you will be back next year; and if you weren't here, I encourage you to attend as a spectator or entry. Everyone had a great time, so mark your calendars to be in Emerald Isle the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2006.
The parade was organized by the Town of Emerald Isle and the Emerald Isle Business Association. This was another tremendous volunteer effort, and thanks go to all that helped, especially the Co-chairs Diane Schools and Karen Preston. They had a lot of help, but it was their determination that got the show on the road.
I wish everyone a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON and a very happy and prosperous NEW YEAR. I look forward to seeing all of you next year.