Emerald Tidings

March 2013

  1. Trash Collection Schedule Change Effective March 18
  2. All Vacation Rental Units Required to Collect and Remit Room Occupancy Taxes
  3. New Website Promotes Emerald Isle Businesses
  4. Resident / Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Now Available
  5. Unattended Beach Equipment Exception Permits Now Available
  6. Beach Nourishment Project Continues
  7. Bicycle Path Projects Underway
  8. NC 58 Bridge Work Continues
  9. New Recycling Container Requirements
  10. Town Looking Forward to a Great Spring and Summer!

Trash Collection Schedule Change Effective March 18

Second Collection of Week Switched  

Effective March 18, the collection day for the second trash collection of each week will change.  The collection day for the first trash collection of each week will NOT change.

The new schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays:  first ocean-side trash collection
  • Tuesdays:  first sound-side trash collection
  • Wednesdays:  entire Town recycling collection
  • Thursdays:  second sound-side trash collection   
  • Fridays:  second ocean-side trash collection.

Ocean-side includes all locations on the south side of NC 58 and Coast Guard Road, and The Point area.  Sound-side includes all locations on the north side of NC 58 and Coast Guard Road.

This change is intended to reduce the amount of ocean-side trash generated right before the weekend when new visitors arrive. 

All Vacation Rental Units Required to Collect and Remit Room Occupancy Taxes

A recent change in NC law now requires vacation rentals managed by the owner, regardless of the number of units managed or the method used to manage the units, to collect the 5% Carteret County room occupancy tax.  This tax did not previously apply to vacation rentals if the owner managed fewer than 5 units, however, this tax must now be collected and remitted to the Carteret County Finance Office on a monthly basis.  The 5% room occupancy tax is in addition to State and local sales taxes that should also be collected and remitted to the NC Department of Revenue.  Proceeds from the 5% room occupancy tax are used to fund tourism marketing campaigns and beach nourishment efforts that are vital to the local tourism economy, and these tax revenues provide direct benefits to the vacation rental industry.

This requirement applies to all vacation rental units - whether they are managed by a local vacation rental agency, offered by the owner on websites such as  www.vrbo.com  or  www.homeaway.com  (or similar sites), or offered privately for rent.  Please contact the Carteret County Finance Office (James Charlesworth) at 252-728-8410 to register your vacation rental unit before the 2013 rental season.  Instructions and forms are available at http://www.carteretcountygov.org/county_forms.aspx .

New Website Promotes Emerald Isle Businesses - www.visitei.org

The Town recently launched a new website, located at  www.visitei.org , that is designed to include information about accommodations, restaurants, activities, gift shops, and other businesses in Emerald Isle.  There is also a prominent link to this page from the Town's homepage at  www.emeraldisle-nc.org .  We hope this will help more potential visitors learn about the opportunities to enjoy Emerald Isle! 

Resident / Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Now Available

Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible for 2 free annual parking permits for the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access.  The parking permits will be granted only for vehicles registered in the name of the taxpayer, and are not transferable.

Emerald Isle taxpayers must display the appropriate permit sticker on their windshield in order to avoid the parking fee.  The permit sticker can not be obtained at the regional beach access facilities, and must be obtained prior to visiting the regional beach access facilities.  To obtain your free parking permit, please visit (7509 Emerald Drive) or call (252-354-3424) the Town Administration Building during normal business hours. 

Please note: Emerald Isle taxpayers will need to bring their vehicle registration(s) with them when applying for their permit. 

Unattended Beach Equipment Exception Permits Now Available

Town ordinances require that all unattended beach equipment (tents, canopies, chairs, volleyball nets, etc.) be removed from the beach between 7 pm and 8 am daily, and Town staff regularly enforce this ordinance.  The penalty for leaving unattended beach equipment out overnight is confiscation, so please make sure you remove all unattended beach equipment at the end of the day.

Oceanfront property owners ONLY are eligible for 2 exception permits, and these exception permits can be obtained by visiting (7509 Emerald Drive) or calling (252-354-3424) the Town Administration Building during normal business hours. 

Exception permits are available now, and are valid for the entire 2013 season.  Please note that the 2011 and 2012 exception permits are still valid, and can be used again in 2013.   

Beach Nourishment Project Continues

The Town's latest beach nourishment project, intended to replace sand lost during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, continues through the month of March. 

As of March 12, the dredging contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, Chicago, IL, has completed nearly 50% of the nourishment of approximately 4.2 miles of the Town's ocean beach.  All work is expected to be complete by March 31. 

This ~$10 million project is being funded by a combination of FEMA funding, County room occupancy tax revenues, and Town special district property taxes.  For updates throughout construction, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/CommunityNotice/

postirenebeachnourishmentproject.htm .

Bicycle Path Projects Underway

The extension of the Coast Guard Road bicycle path from Ocean Oaks Drive to Dolphin Ridge is now substantially complete, and is usable by the public.  Town contractors will install additional retaining walls and Town staff will add landscaping features later in March.  The Town is pleased to complete this new segment, which now leaves us a little more than 1 mile from The Pointe!

The Town will open construction bids for the NC 58 bicycle path extension from Hurst Drive to Fairfax Road on March 25, and the Board of Commissioners is expected to award a contract at its April meeting.  The Town's goal is to complete this 0.4 mile segment prior to Memorial Day weekend.  

NC 58 Bridge Work Continues

NCDOT and their contractor, Penhall Company, continue their work on the NC 58 bridge.  The project involves the resurfacing of the bridge decking and the replacement of all bridge joints, and is intended to extend the life of the bridge for an additional 30-40 years or more.

The resurfacing of the bridge decking is now complete, however, additional surface treatment will be completed late in the project.  Current work involves the replacement of all bridge joints. 

One lane of the bridge is expected to be closed weekdays only, 24 hours per day, from March 18 - 29.  Both lanes will be open on the weekends.  Both lanes will also be open during the entire Easter weekend and following week, from 7 am on March 29 through 7 pm on April 7.  After April 7, only weekday nighttime lane closures are expected.  All work is expected to be complete before Memorial Day.  

Although this work has been an inconvenience for all, it is necessary and it is obviously best completed during the offseason months.  NCDOT and Penhall Company have done a good job at managing the traffic delays, with most waits now less than 5 minutes. 

New Recycling Container Requirements

The Town has experienced a significant increase in the volume of recyclables collected over the past few years, and has experienced more instances of overflowing recyclables.  

The Town discontinued the sale of the 18-gallon open recycling bins in late 2012, and all permanent residents and second homes are now required to utilize a minimum of one 40-gallon (or larger) roll-out recycling container.  Vacation rental units are now required to utilize a minimum of one 90-gallon roll-out recycling container for each 3 bedrooms in the vacation rental unit.  

In an effort to reduce the cost for our property owners, the Town has partnered with Sound ACE Hardware to offer both the 40-gallon and 90-gallon roll-out recycling containers at a reduced price.  Sound ACE is offering the 40-gallon roll-out recycling containers for $69.99 each (as opposed to the regular price of $84.99), and is offering the 90-gallon roll-out recycling containers for $74.99 (as opposed to the regular price of $99.99).  

Demand for the new containers has been high, and Sound Ace has been out of the 40-gallon containers for the past few weeks.  Additional shipments are expected in early April, and will continue to be offered at the special sale price by Sound Ace while supplies last.      

Town Looking Forward to a Great Spring and Summer!

No Better Place to Be Than Emerald Isle!

Town staff have been working hard to prepare for what we hope will be a great spring and summer in Emerald Isle!  Several beneficial projects are underway or already complete, and we will be working hard to have Emerald Isle looking great for the season. 

We are also currently recruiting for many seasonal positions, including reserve Police Officers, lifeguards and beach patrol personnel, and summer laborers.  If you are interested in applying or know someone who may be, please contact us at 252-354-3424.

We are all very blessed to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle!  There's truly no better place!  

Posted by VC3 Admin Friday, March 1, 2013 11:46:00 AM