Emerald Tidings

March 2020

The 29th Annual EI St. Patrick's Festival- March 14, 2020!

The 29th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact from 9am-6pm on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking are free. The 2020 festival will feature over 80 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, live music, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Beer tent is open 10am-6pm for 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent. Don’t forget about the Ride Preview Night on Friday, March 13th from 5-10pm. There is a $17.00 armband that will have you riding all of the festival amusement rides unlimitedly all evening! There will be no alcohol sales, arts & crafts, and food vendors on Friday night.

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races - March 28, 2020!

Start training now!  The 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020.  Start your training program now, sign up at:


Set your PR on our flat, fast course, and enjoy a beautiful spring weekend at the beach with family and friends!  

EI Parks & Recreation: Repair process update

Hurricane Florence (Sept 2018) caused severe damage across Emerald Isle.  Since the record setting storm, Town staff has worked tirelessly with FEMA to assess said damage and secure critical funding for infrastructure repairs.   FEMA related repairs continue on reconstruction of the piers at Emerald Isle Woods and Cedar Street Park. Park Street repairs will soon follow. Staff anticipates completion no later than mid-April 2020.

Additional offseason repairs are also underway.  Station Street Park will be closed March 10th for paving. The town anxiously awaits reopening the new and improved parking facility for our residents and visitors that enjoy The Point.

Contracts have been awarded for demolition and construction of James Street, Channel Drive, and Randy’s Way walkways. Work will begin on James Street in the coming weeks with anticipated completion of all access walkways prior to Memorial Day weekend 2020.

Lifeguards Needed: Now hiring for summer 2020!

The Town of Emerald Isle remains focused on beach safety year-round.  A key component to a safe beach season is the recruitment, training and employment of highly qualified lifeguards.   

The Town is currently looking for accomplished swimmers to join our team!  Candidates must be 18-years of age (or older), possess a valid driver’s license, able to swim 500-meters in less than 10 minutes, and have the capacity to successfully complete USLA certified training. 

Learn more about the opportunity and even watch our 15-second advertisement teaser here: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/lifeguards 

Please share the link above and encourage exceptional candidates to apply!

Lifeguard Host Family Program

The Emerald Isle Fire Department Lifeguard Program is currently seeking Host Families for the 2020 summer season.  Hosting a lifeguard makes your family part of our team!

A majority of our USLA certified lifeguards are college students. Some of which, hail from varied locations across the county and have no local connection (or family) in Carteret County.  

A Host Family provides safe, comfortable housing, in a family environment for an Emerald Isle lifeguard. 

As a Host Family, you will provide an invaluable service to the community and positively interact with a dynamic young adult.  Your kindness will directly contribute to the safety of the Emerald Isle beaches. 

To learn more about the program, contact the EIFD at (252) 354-2445 or click here: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/lifeguard-host-family-program

Carteret-Craven Electric: Member Updates Needed

Story provided by Lisa Galizia

Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op will be adding outage messages to member notification options in the coming months. In preparation, the co-op needs to update members’ cell phone numbers and email addresses.  Having updated account information is helpful not only during outages, but also anytime the cooperative needs to pass on important information.

You can submit updates on the CCEC website at.ccemc.com/UpdateAccount, by email to customerservice@ccemc.com or through PowerPay24 (click “accounts” under the Profile tab).

Beach Bird Stewards of Emerald Isle

Story and photos provided by Ed Phillips

Emerald Isle is one of the few locations in the country with a recurring population of breeding Least Terns. They fly thousands of miles from the Caribbean to nest at The Point from April through early August.  A volunteer group, the Beach Bird Stewards of Emerald Isle, erect fencing to protect the nests/chicks and then monitor their progress throughout the summer.  

The Beach Bird Stewards are actively seeking volunteers and no  expertise is required.  They will hold an informal information sharing and training session at 9:00 AM on April 1, 2020 at the Town Hall Board meeting room (7500 Emerald Drive).  All are welcome! 

For more information, please visit us on Facebook at: Beach Bird Stewards of Emerald Isle

It’s time to prepare for Sea Turtle Season 2020!

Story and photo provided by Valerie Rohrig

Dale Baquer is the Coordinator of the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol. Ruthie Gomez- Stuart is the Co-coordinator.  Kudos to these two as they work tirelessly to make our program the great program that it is!  Both women put in many hours making sure the program runs smoothly. ALL of us in the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol are passionate about all things sea turtle... from members that faithfully walk every day from May 1st until August 31st and thru until the last nest hatches in the Fall. In between, trained members will investigate turtle tracks found by the daily walkers, locate nests and submit reports to the State, and all excitedly sit each nest hoping to see the awesome wonder of seeing tiny hatchlings emerge from each nest and scurry down to the ocean.

If you haven’t already, we invite you to keep up with sea turtles online, visit www.eiseaturtlepatrol.org

While there you can use the link to join our Facebook page. Although we will NEVER post specific information about a nest hatching prior to the event, you can check the Facebook for up-to-date info about nest numbers, and AFTER the nest has hatched, information is posted on Facebook with the number of live hatchings that emerged from the nest and the hatch rate success of each specific nest.

As always, please leave nothing behind on the sand but your footprints!

Carteret Literacy Council Scavenger Hunt

The Carteret Literacy Council is excited to host our Inaugural SCAVENGER HUNT April 1 – April 8, 2020. 

We are not FOOLING around about this event promising to be full of entertainment and fun.

Enter a three person team to compete with your friends or family. Complete as many tasks that you can over eight days to earn points. The winning team earns prizes and bragging rights.

The deadline to enter is March 30th.  The winning team will be announced during a party on April 9th at 1:00 PM. Visit our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/carteretliteracy

For more information call 252-808-2020, visit www.carteretliteracy.org,  or email carteretliteracy@carteretliteracy.org.

2020 Census Jobs are available!

The 2020 Census will be here in just a few weeks, and Census jobs are still available.  We all know how important it is to have an accurate count.  The US Census Bureau released an interactive map showing the recruitment status, and North Carolina is behind.  Click the link below:


Anyone who is interested in a temporary Census job with flexible hours and good pay can apply online at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html .

Golf Cart Safety Classes Offered

The Emerald Isle Police Department began accepting requests for Golf Cart renewals and new registrations for the 2020 calendar year on December 1, 2019.  Remember, all Golf Cart Registrations expire on January 1st each year. To renew, owners are asked to provide current proof of insurance and a payment of $100.00 per cart.

SAVE $25:  Attend a Golf Cart Safety, Rules and Regulations class and receive a discount card good for $25.00 off the price of your 2020 registration. Offered December 2019 – May 2020, all classes are held in the town board meeting room located at 7500 Emerald Drive.   Following is the class schedule:

April 13th 6pm

April 25th 10am

May 2nd 10am

May 4th 6pm

If you have questions or need more information, please call Community Resource Officer, Sandra DeLorme at 252-354-2021.  Thank you and remain safe while operating your golf cart on Emerald Isle!

Beach Nourishment Phase II- Work is underway!

In cooperation with the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, Phase II of the Post-Florence Beach Nourishment project is scheduled to occur this coming winter.   Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has been awarded the $28.1 M project. 

Locally, the western end of Emerald Isle will see approximately 345,000 cubic yards of sand placed on the beach strand. The area to be nourished will encompass the area between Sound of the Sea and the eastern extent of Land’s End.   The dredging process is expected to be on the Emerald Isle section of beach during the month of April 2020.   Information will be shared continuously throughout the process. 

To learn more about the project, please visit http://www.carteretcountync.gov/301/Beach-News or contact Gregory Rudolph (Rudi) at the Shore Protection Office by dialing 252 222-5835 or via email at grudolph@carteretcountync.gov

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, March 9, 2020 1:16:00 PM