- Beach Nourishment Project Set to Begin
- Town Contniues Pursuit of a New Ocean Fishing Pier
- NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension Construction Expected This Spring
- Coast Guard Road Bicycle Path Extension Under Construction
- #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Car and Petty Family Foundation Join the 22nd Annual St. Patrick's Festival
- NC 58 Bridge Work Continues
- Trash Collection Schedule Change Effective March 18
- New Recycling Container Requirements Effective March 18
- New Reverse Osmosis Water Plant Now Online
- Town Mourns Passing of Jean Preston
Beach Nourishment Project Set to Begin
The Town's latest beach nourishment project, intended to replace sand lost during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, is set to begin in late February. The dredging contractor, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Chicago, IL, is tentatively scheduled to begin sand placement in two different reaches of eastern Emerald Isle and western Emerald Isle on or about February 25.
Two dredges will be providing sand for the eastern Emerald Isle reach (5th Street to Pier Pointe condominiums), and one large dredge will be providing sand for the western Emerald Isle reach (Myrtle Drive to Ocean Oaks Drive). 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.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock is currently working in Pine Knoll Shores, and will then move to Emerald Isle later this month. For updates throughout construction, please visit http://www.emeraldislenc.org/CommunityNotice/
Town Continues Pursuit of a New Ocean Fishing Pier
State No Longer a Partner
Despite the State's withdrawal from "The Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle" project, the Board of Commissioners recently affirmed the Town's continued efforts toward a new ocean fishing pier in Emerald Isle in the future. The Town will continue to pursue the development and construction of a new 1,000 ft. long concrete ocean fishing pier at the site of the Eastern Ocean Regional Access as a Town-only project.
The Town is disappointed in the loss of the NC Aquariums as a partner on this project, but remains committed to insuring the perpetual existence of an ocean fishing pier in Emerald Isle in the long-term. Fortunately, the privately owned Bogue Inlet Pier is expected to continue operating for the foreseeable future, however, the Town seeks to provide the new facility at such time that Bogue Inlet Pier may cease to exist in the future. The Town believes that an ocean fishing pier is an important amenity for the Town's heritage, the tourism industry, and the enjoyment of its residents, and the Town will continue to pursue this long-term goal.
The Town is currently seeking State approval to utilize approximately $700,000 of remaining grant funds awarded to the NC Aquariums and the Town in 2008 for initial site improvements at the pier site. The Town will be working to assemble the necessary funding over the next several years for the actual construction of the new ocean fishing pier. The site currently serves as a popular beach access location, and also includes a beautiful new soundside pier.
NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension Construction Expected This Spring
The Town is currently soliciting construction bids for the NC 58 bicycle path extension from Hurst Drive to Fairfax Road, and hopes to award a construction contract in March. The Town's goal is to complete this 0.4 mile segment prior to Memorial Day weekend.
The Town received a $100,000 grant from NCDOT for this project, which will extend the Town's total bicycle path network to approximately 5.5 miles. The Town continues to work toward its ultimate goal of extending the bicycle path the entire length of NC 58 and Coast Guard Road.
Coast Guard Road Bicycle Path Extension Under Construction
Work is currently underway on the extension of the Coast Guard Road bicycle path from Ocean Oaks Drive to Dolphin Ridge. Initial clearing and grading is complete, and retaining walls are being constructed. The new 10 ft. wide asphalt path will be installed in the coming weeks, and is expected to be open to the public in March.
#43 Richard Petty Motorsports Car and Petty Family Foundation Join the 22nd Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival
Saturday, March 16 - 9 am - 6 pm - Emerald Plantation Shopping Center
Please join us for the 22nd annual St. Patrick's Festival on Saturday, March 16 at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center! This ever-popular event is expected to draw more than 20,000 people to Emerald Isle, and is always a great kickoff to the season. Bring the whole family, and enjoy live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids' rides, a beer garden, plenty of good food, and (hopefully) a beautiful sunny day in Emerald Isle!
The Town and the Emerald Isle Business Association are pleased to have a terrific primary sponsor in Transportation Impact, a local company providing parcel shipping negotiation services for companies all over the United States. Transportation Impact is also a sponsor of the the #43 NASCAR entry owned by Richard Petty Motorsports, and has arranged for the #43 car to be on display at the St. Patrick's Festival this year.
Plenty of great NASCAR-themed prizes will be raffled off to benefit the Petty Family Foundation, which supports many charitable causes in North Carolina, including Victory Junction Camp. In addition, Transportation Impact will be hosting a special charitable function for the Petty Family Foundation, with an opportunity for donors to be considered for unique opportunities to spend time with Richard Petty and secure all access passes to the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte in May. For more details on these special donor opportunities, please contact Brandon Staton at Transportation Impact at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 919-619-3397.
NC 58 Bridge Work Continues
NCDOT and their contractor, Penhall Company, continue their work on the NC 58 bridge, and are making good progress. 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.
One lane of the bridge will be closed 24 hours every day until Friday, March 8. One lane will then be closed 24 hours every day from March 10 - 15, with both lanes open for St. Patrick's Day weekend. After St. Patrick's Day weekend, only nighttime lane closures are planned. All work is expected to be complete before Memorial Day.
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.
The Board approved this change at their December 11 meeting, and the change is intended to reduce the amount of ocean-side trash generated right before the weekend when new visitors arrive.
New Recycling Container Requirements Effective March 18
Special Sale Price on New Containers at Sound ACE Hardware
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, effective March 18. 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 for a limited time while supplies last. 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).
The Town will not be selling the containers, and they should be purchased at Sound ACE Hardware, located in the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center.
New Reverse Osmosis Water Plant Now Online
Bogue Banks Water Corporation's (BBWC) new reverse osmosis (RO) plant is now online. Designed to produce high quality water, the RO plant was constructed to address salt water intrusion in the Castle Hayne aquifer in western Emerald Isle.
The treatment plant is capable of producing up to 1.5 MGD of drinking water. Also in operation at the new plant is a Siemens de-gasifier system that will remove up to 99% of the hydrogen sulfide from the water (the leading cause of smelly water).
The water produced from the RO plant is significantly softer than the other water pumped into BBWC's system. Water currently pumped from the Castle Hayne aquifer and sent directly into BBWC's lines has a hardness of around 290 mg/L, or 17 grains per gallon. The hardness of the water run through the RO plant will be between 50-60 mg/L, or 3-3.5 grains per gallon. Customers with water softeners, particularly in western Emerald Isle, will want to have their systems checked and possibly adjusted. Water that is too "soft" can lead to the leaching of metals from your plumbing into the water over time.
A new underwater discharge line for the RO plant was installed just east of the NC 58 bridge in Bogue Sound. You may, on occasion, see water swelling or even bubbling at the surface. The discharge is marked with 3 buoys, and BBWC requests that no boat anchors be placed within 50' of the site to prevent any possible damage to the diffusers.
If you have any questions about the plant, the hardness, or the RO process, please call BBWC at 252-354-3307 or visit their website at www.boguebankswater.com .
Town Mourns Passing of Former NC Senator Jean Preston
Jean Preston, a long-time Emerald Isle resident who served a total of 7 terms in the NC House of Representatives and 3 terms in the NC Senate, passed away on January 10, 2013 at the age of 77.
Senator Preston was a dedicated public servant, and a true friend to Emerald Isle. A career educator, she was especially committed to education advancements in her 20 years in the NC General Assembly. She will be sorely missed by all of us at the Town of Emerald Isle.