Emerald Tidings

August 2014

  1. Parking Improvements Planned for Eastern Ocean Regional Access / Future Ocean Fishing Pier Site
  2. State, County, and Town Working To Transfer Bogue Inlet Navigation Dredging Permits to Insure Future Maintenance
  3. Coast Guard Road Resurfacing Planned
  4. Status of NC 58 Bicycle Path - Eastern Segment
  5. Register Your Bicycle!
  6. Town Staff Working Hard to Collect Yard Debris
  7. Beach Driving Season Begins September 15
  8. Emerald Isle Triathlon- Saturday, October 18
  9. Thank You from Mayor Barber
  10. Did You Know?

Parking Improvements Planned for Eastern Ocean Regional Access / Future Ocean Fishing Pier Site

The Town will soon solicit bids for comprehensive parking and storm water improvements at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, the site of a planned future ocean fishing pier.  This project involves the installation of significant sub-surface storm water management features, the paving of the entire parking area, and use of pervious pavers. Construction is expected to begin this fall and continue through the winter.  Our goal is to complete all improvements by April 2015.

The project is funded by a grant from the NC Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund that was originally awarded to the NC Aquariums and the Town for the planned new ocean fishing pier.  Although the State of NC is no longer a partner on the future fishing pier project, the Town continues to work toward this project as a long-term goal. The completion of these parking and storm water improvements will make it easier for the Town to ultimately achieve the long-term goal, and we are anxious to move forward with this project.     


State, County, and Town Working to Transfer Bogue Inlet Navigation Dredging Permits to Insure Future Maintenance

The US Army Corps of Engineers is the current permit holder for routine navigation dredging activities in Bogue Inlet, and there continues to be concern that the Federal government may someday abandon its navigation dredging program in Bogue Inlet.  In order to be prepared for this possible future scenario, the State of North Carolina is currently leading efforts, with assistance from Carteret County and the Town of Emerald Isle, to also grant permitting authority for future navigation dredging activities to Carteret County.  (The State is also working with local governments adjacent to 4 other shallow draft inlets in NC.)

This process is complicated, with significant environmental permitting issues requiring a great deal of coordination.  We expect that the end result will be the issuance of the required permits to Carteret County, ideally with the capability of using more efficient and effective dredging equipment and beneficial sand placement on the beach in Emerald Isle in the future.  Although Bogue Inlet is a Federally-authorized navigation channel, and was once routinely funded by the Federal government, no annual Federal appropriations have been approved in a decade, and State and local governments have funded these activities by the US Army Corps of Engineers (with occasional supplemental Federal hurricane appropriations) since the mid-2000s. The current effort to "transfer" the necessary permits to local government builds upon the State-local funding partnership, and is a proactive effort to meet future dredging needs if the Federal government eventually decides to abandon its shallow-draft inlet program altogether.  

We are thankful for the State's leadership on this issue, and look forward to securing the necessary permits in the next year or so.  In the meantime, sufficient State-local funds are expected to be available to meet routine navigation dredging needs for the next year under the current arrangement with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Coast Guard Road Resurfacing Planned

The Town will soon solicit bids for the resurfacing of Coast Guard Road between Dolphin Ridge and Ring Street, and resurfacing is expected to occur in October or November.  

The planned resurfacing will center the vehicle travel lanes on the existing asphalt surface, and new pavement markings will be installed to result in equal ~ 1 1/2 ft. wide shoulders along each vehicle travel lane.  

We look forward to completing this project to improve ride quality and aesthetics on this main Town road!

Status of NC 58 Bicycle Path - Eastern Segment

Unfortunately, the Town has experienced a wetter than normal summer, with numerous significant rainfall events.  These heavy downpours resulted in washouts in a few areas of the new 2.7 mile bicycle path segment along NC 58 between the Indian Beach town limits and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and Town staff and our contractor are working to repair these areas in the most effective manner as soon as possible.  The vast majority of the new bicycle path is open, however, bicycle path users should use caution in areas marked as closed.

Register Your Bicycle!

In an effort to help bicycle owners in Emerald Isle locate their missing or stolen bicycles, the Emerald Isle Police Department offers a bicycle registration program.  For more information, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/eipd/pdbicycleregistration.htm , visit the Police Station, or call 252-354-2021.

Town Staff Working Hard to Collect Yard Debris

Thank you for your patience!

Town staff continue work hard to collect yard debris in a timely manner, and we apologize for recent delayed collections.  Hurricane Arthur has resulted in higher than normal service demands, and unfortunately the Town's yard debris collection truck has experienced significant mechanical issues in recent weeks, resulting in a less efficient collection method (backhoe and dump trucks instead of specially equipped boom truck) and delayed collection times. 

The Town strives to pick up all yard debris in the Town once each week. Town staff make a continuous cycle through the entire Town, moving from east to west, and then starting again in the east and so forth. We have not met this target in recent weeks, and apologize for any inconvenience.  We expect to have the Town's yard debris collection truck back in service very soon, which should get us back on schedule in the near future.  We appreciate our customers' patience and understanding on this issue!

Beach Driving Season Begins September 15

Please Be Safe, and Respect Others' Enjoyment of the Beach Strand

The 2014-15 beach driving season begins on Monday, September 15 and continues through Thursday, April 30.  Driving on the beach is allowed by permit only, and permits will be available for sale at the Town Administration Building beginning Wednesday, August 20.

The Town offers annual beach driving permits only, and permit fees are $50 for Emerald Isle residents and taxpayers and $100 for all others.  (Emerald Isle residents and taxpayers over age 65 are eligible for a free permit.) 

Beach drivers:  Please be safe driving on the beach, and respect other beach visitors!  Please drive slowly, stay away from the frontal dunes, and stay away from any remaining sea turtle nests!

Emerald Isle Triathlon - Saturday, October 18

Register Now!  

The 11th annual Emerald Isle Triathlon will take place on Saturday, October 18 at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.  The race starts at 8 am, and includes a 750 m swim, 19.3 km bike, and 5 km run.  

To register, please visit:

http://www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/triathlon/races/emerald-isle-triathlon-2014?int= .

Start your training program now!  The weather is absolutely beautiful in Emerald Isle in October.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a great weekend at the beach!

Thank You from Mayor Barber

I would like to thank the fine people of Emerald Isle for their many acts of kindness shown to my family and I during my recent surgery and hospitalization in Greenville. Thanks for the food, the flowers, your prayers, all your kind words and telephone calls and e-mails.  Your kindness and concern has meant so much to me and made the healing process so much less painful. Thank you so much for thinking of me. Each and every person is a special blessing to me and my family.

Did You Know?

The Town permitted the construction of 24 new residential homes in FY 13-14 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).  This represents a slight increase from the previous year (18), but is still below the long-term historical average of 50 - 60 new homes per year. 

Despite a common misconception, Emerald Isle is not "built out"! More than 800 vacant lots remain for future residential construction in Emerald Isle, and this total does not include any potential redevelopment that may occur in the future.


Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Friday, August 1, 2014 10:51:00 AM