Christmas Parade on Saturday after Thanksgiving was a big success again this year. 106+ entries (not sure of exact count because some were added at last minute) and lots of parade watchers. For many residents, second home owners, and others, it has become a “don’t miss” event. Next years parade is Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30, so mark your calendars now.
In October, I had the honor of being elected President of the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) for the upcoming year. NCLM is an organization of 544 municipalities in North Carolina from all over the state. The purpose of the League is to lobby the State Legislature for legislation favorable to municipalities; keep municipalities informed of legislation being considered that will affect municipalities; provide insurance pools for health, property, and workmen's compensation; and to provide educational classes for local government elected officials.
I have served as a director of the League for 5 years and appreciate the many services that the League provides. My reason for staying involved with the League is to help the League to continue providing those services and to bring recognition to Eastern North Carolina and especially Carteret County and Emerald Isle.
In November, the NCLM Directors’ meeting was held in Emerald Isle. It was a two day meeting and was attended by 25 of the 28 directors and 10 NCLM staff members. Director's meetings are normally held at large hotels with meeting rooms and restaurants on site in a business setting. My goal for the meeting in Emerald Isle was to meet in an informal setting and to showcase as many businesses as possible. The participants stayed at Islander Suites, meetings were held at Emerald Isle Beach Club, had dinner at Portofino's; and Village Market, 4 J's Coffee and Bakery, and Chowdaheads provided breakfast, lunch, and break snacks etc. I was really proud of the service provided by our local businesses and all participants left with a good feeling about Emerald Isle. Gail Knapp a member of Town Staff did an excellent job coordinating all of the activities. I put out the word ahead of time that “all neckties would be collected at the door and destroyed”. That set the tone for a great informal networking session for two days.
I expect to be busy this year with League activities, but my number one responsibility is still as mayor of Emerald Isle. Fortunately, Mayor Protem Floyd Messer enjoys filling in for me at functions when I am not available and does a great job.
I hope you get to spend some time in Emerald Isle this holiday season, and if not I look forward to seeing you in the spring.