Emerald Tidings

March 2012

  1. EmeraldFest, New Summer Concert Series, Begins in June
  2. FEMA Approves Beach Nourishment Funding
  3. Emergency Federal Funding Provided for Bogue Inlet Dredging
  4. 2012 Controlled Deer Hunt Results
  5. Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Available
  6. Overnight Beach Equipment Exception Permits Available
  7. Bridge Fender Work to Occur This Spring / Summer
  8. Important Solid Waste Collection Information
  9. Bogue Banks Water Corporation Set to Begin Construction of Reverse Osmosis Plant
  10. Chapel By The Sea Pastor Celebrates 25 Years in Emerald Isle

EmeraldFest, New Summer Concert Series, Begins in June

The Seaside Arts Council, in conjunction with the Town of Emerald Isle and others, will be presenting two summer concert series this summer.  EmeraldFest will take place at the Western Ocean Regional Access in Emerald Isle on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings of June, July, August, and September.  SwanFest will take place in Swansboro on Sunday evenings starting in mid-May and running through mid-September.  More information, including a full band lineup, will be posted on the Town's website at www.emeraldisle-nc.org in the coming weeks.  Come on out and enjoy the show!

FEMA Approves Beach Nourishment Funding

The Town recently received formal approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approximately $3.8 million to replace sand lost during Hurricane Irene in August 2011.  The Town and Carteret County will contribute an additional $3 million, and an additional $3 million has been requested from the State of North Carolina for a winter 2012-13 beach nourishment project. 

The Town, in conjunction with the County and the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, is planning a $9.8 million beach nourishment project for approximately 4.6 miles of beach in two locations - one in eastern Emerald Isle and one in western Emerald Isle.  Permits are expected to be in hand later this summer, and nourishment is expected to occur next winter.  Depending on the outcome of the State funding request, the Town hopes to place as much as 675,000 cubic yards of sand along the beach in these areas. 

Emergency Federal Funding Provided for Bogue Inlet Dredging

Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. recently announced the allocation of $500,000 of Federal funding associated with Hurricane Irene impacts for navigation maintenance dredging in Bogue Inlet.  These funds will help to resolve shoaling conditions in the inlet and maintain a safe navigation passageway for area commercial and recreational boaters.  

These one-time Federal funds should enable the US Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Bogue Inlet for the remainder of 2012.  A recent State-local partnership generated approximately $182,000 for Bogue Inlet dredging, and these funds will be reserved for future use in 2013. 

2012 Controlled Deer Hunt Results

The Town's 2012 controlled deer hunt ended on February 29.  A total of 17 deer were removed from 3 locations along Coast Guard Road - wooded areas in the Royall Oaks subdivision, Emerald Isle Woods Park, and the undeveloped Bell Cove Estates subdivision.  

The Town utilized carefully screened volunteer bowhunters to reduce the deer population, which has now reached the highest level ever measured in the Town by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  All hunting operations were conducted safely and smoothly, and all harvested deer meat was donated to the needy and hungry.

The Town will commission an updated deer population count in fall 2012, and the Board of Commissioners will determine the Town's future course of action at that time.

Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Available

Weekend / holiday parking fees will be collected at the Town's Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access beginning Friday, April 6 and will continue through Sunday, September 16th.  A $10 per vehicle parking fee will be charged from 7 am - 4 pm on weekends and holidays only, and all other times will remain free.

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.  Previously issued 2011 parking permits are no longer valid, and a new 2012 parking permit is required.  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.  Parking permits are now available for pickup.

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

Overnight Beach Equipment Exception Permits 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 2012 season.  Please note that the 2011 exception permits are still valid, and can be used again in 2012.   

Bridge Fender Work To Occur This Spring / Summer

The NC Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for work on the bridge fenders under the Emerald Isle bridge.  This work will occur between April 1 and September 30, and is not expected to  have a significant impact on motor vehicle traffic on the bridge.  Materials deliveries may result in occasional delays, but these are not expected to occur often or for a long duration of time.

Recreational boaters will continue to have access under the bridge, however, barges and other work equipment will be on-site.  Larger commercial and recreational vessels will be allowed to pass, but will be required to communicate with the contractor before passing.  A temporary No Wake Zone will also be established. 

Important Solid Waste Collection Information

The Town offers a comprehensive solid waste collection program that includes twice-weekly residential trash collection, weekly residential recycling collection, and continuous on-request yard waste and old appliance collections.  To help us serve you in the most efficient and effective manner, please adhere to the the following:

  • The Town collects only minor amounts of construction debris associated with small household projects typically completed by the owner.  The Town does not collect larger volumes of construction debris, and it is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor to properly dispose of construction debris. 
  • Please do NOT bag loose leaves for collection by the Town's yard waste collectors.  Loose leaves should simply be placed in a pile near the edge of the street for collection by Town staff.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Bogue Banks Water Corporation Set to Begin Construction of Reverse Osmosis Plant

Potable water in Emerald Isle is provided by Bogue Banks Water Corporation (BBWC), a separate non-profit entity governed by a Board of Directors.  Although BBWC is not affiliated with the Town, the Town is fortunate to maintain a cooperative working relationship with BBWC.

BBWC continues its efforts to improve water supply, quality, and reliability in Emerald Isle, and will soon begin construction of a new reverse osmosis plant in Emerald Isle near the intersection of Coast Guard Road and NC 58.  This project should be completed later this summer.

For more information about BBWC, please visit their website at http://boguebankswater.intuitwebsites.com/  or call 252-354-3307.

Chapel By The Sea Pastor Celebrates 25 Years in Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle Chapel By The Sea is an important part of the Emerald Isle community, and will soon celebrate a significant milestone.  Pastor Clay Olsen and his wife Sharon are celebrating 25 years at Chapel By The Sea!  The entire Emerald Isle community is invited to the March 25 service to join in the celebration!  The service begins at 10 am.

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Thursday, March 1, 2012 10:22:00 AM