- Emerald Isle Voters Elect New Mayor, Re-Elect Incumbent Commissioners
- NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension Under Construction
- Flood Insurance Reform Information on Town's Website
- Ocean Fishing Pier Grant Funds Released to Town
- Police Department Offering Two New Programs
- Clarification - Status of Island Harbor Marina
- Holiday Schedule
Emerald Isle Voters Elect New Mayor, Re-Elect Incumbent Commissioners
Eddie Barber was elected as the new Mayor of Emerald Isle on November 5, and will begin his 4-year term on December 10. Barber replaces Mayor Art Schools, who did not seek re-election.
Incumbent Town Commissioners Nita Hedreen and Maripat Wright were re-elected for new 4-year terms. Incumbent Commissioner John Wootten was re-elected for a new 2-year term.
NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension Under Construction - Fairfax Road to Ocean Drive Dog-Leg
Construction of a new 1.4 mile segment of bicycle path along NC 58 between Fairfax Road and the Ocean Drive "dog-leg" has begun, and is expected to be complete by February. Thomas Simpson Construction, Morehead City, NC, was awarded a $360,000 contract for this work.
This new segment is the first of 3 planned bicycle path projects funded by the 2013 "community improvements package". The Town hopes to begin construction of a new 2.6 mile segment along NC 58 between the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and the Indian Beach town limits in February, with a goal to complete that segment by Memorial Day 2014. The Town also hopes to begin construction of a new 1.0 mile segment along Coast Guard Road between Dolphin Ridge and Ring Street in March or April, with a goal to also complete that segment by Memorial Day 2014.
Thank you for your patience as we complete these important projects. The Town and its contractors are working hard to complete these projects with minimal disruption, and we are striving to have the Town looking good for the 2014 tourism season.
Flood Insurance Reform Information on Town's Website
The effects of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) are beginning to be felt by flood insurance policy holders, and this has generated significant concern in coastal North Carolina and around the United States.
Although there are many important provisions in BW-12, there are two main provisions that have the potential to affect some Emerald Isle property owners. First, the elimination of "grandfathering" for pre-FIRM properties (in general, homes constructed before 1977 that have flood insurance) has already been implemented, and this provision could result in significant flood insurance premium increases (potentially several thousand dollars more annually) for 56 of the approximately 3,100 flood insurance policy holders in Emerald Isle. (There are approximately 7,000 structures in Emerald Isle). Second, the elimination of "grandfathering" for properties that were constructed to the appropriate flood standards at the time of construction but whose flood maps have since changed, is scheduled to be implemented later in 2014. This second provision has greater potential to affect more flood insurance policy holders in Emerald Isle, who could now pay significantly higher flood insurance premiums (potentially several thousand dollars more annually). The Town has posted a more detailed explanation of this issue at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/CommunityNotice/floodinsurancereform.htm .
Property owners are encouraged to contact their flood insurance company for more specific information regarding the impact of BW-12 on their annual flood insurance premiums, but may also contact Kevin Reed, Emerald Isle Planning and Inspections Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-354-3338, or Frank Rush, Town Manager, at email@example.com or 252-354-3424 for more information.
Concerns about the impact of BW-12 have prompted the introduction of a new Federal bill to require FEMA to revisit the affordability of flood insurance, and would result in an approximately 4-year delay of the full implementation of BW-12. The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners has adopted a resolution in support of the new bill, which is co-sponsored by our Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC).
Ocean Fishing Pier Grant Funds Released to Town
The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources has approved the use of $726,000 of grant funding for site improvements associated with a future new ocean fishing pier in Emerald Isle. These grant funds were previously awarded to the NC Aquariums, in partnership with the Town, but are now being released to the Town due to the termination of the State partnership.
Design work for the new ocean fishing pier is complete, and project plans have been transferred from the State to the Town for future use. The Town will utilize these grant funds for parking lot and storm water improvements at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (the future site of the new ocean fishing pier) that were originally expected to be constructed by the State. The Town expects to construct these improvements in late 2014 / early 2015.
Despite the termination of the State partnership, the Town remains committed to the future construction of a new 1,000 ft. concrete ocean fishing pier at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access. The construction of these site improvements represents an important step toward the realization of this important long-term goal for the Town. The Town continues to pursue funding for the construction of the new ocean fishing pier.
Police Department Offering Two New Programs
The Emerald Isle Police Department is launching two new programs in 2014, and we encourage the public to take advantage of these new programs.
The new "Police Educating the Public" information program ("PEP") will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 10 am in the Town Board Meeting Room, and is aimed at increasing public awareness and educating our residents about crime prevention strategies. The first session will be held on January 21, and will focus on "Neighborhood Watch and Community Mobilization". The February 18 session will focus on "Financial Crimes / Avoiding Identity Theft", and the March 18 session will focus on "Store Security". Future sessions will focus on topics such as "Road Rage", "Hurricane Preparedness", "Gun Safety", and others.
The new "Coffee With a Cop" program will include scheduled times for our residents to meet with EIPD officers in various local businesses to talk about various issues and build better relationships. The schedule has not yet been released, but will be publicized and posted on the Town's website in the future.
For more information about these programs and other Police issues, please contact Chief Jeff Waters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-354-2021.
Clarification - Status of Island Harbor Marina
Island Harbor Marina continues to operate as a private membership facility offering wet slips and dry storage to its customers. The boat launching ramps at Island Harbor Marina are no longer open for daily launching.
To inquire about membership, or for more information on the services offered at Island Harbor Marina, please contact their management at 252-354-2373.
Town offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, Wednesday, December 25, and Thursday, December 26 in observance of Christmas. The Community Center will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, but will be open on Thursday, December 26.
Trash will NOT be collected from soundside areas on Tuesday, December 24. Recycling will NOT be collected anywhere in Town on Wednesday, December 25, but WILL instead be collected on Thursday, December 26. Normal trash collection schedules remain in effect for Monday, December 23, Thursday, December 26, and Friday, December 27.
Town offices and the Community Center will both be closed on Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Recycling will NOT be collected anywhere in Town on Wednesday, January 1, but WILL instead be collected on Thursday, January 2. Normal trash collection schedules remain in effect for Monday, December 30, Tuesday, December 31, Thursday, January 2, and Friday, January 3.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are all so blessed to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle!