Emerald Tidings

June 2011

  1. July 4th Fireworks Return to Bogue Inlet Pier
  2. Status of Proposed Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle
  3. Yard Waste Collection Program Experiencing Significant Workload Volumes
  4. Emerald Isle Boating Access Area is Now Open
  5. Lifeguards / Roving Beach Patrol on Duty
  6. Sea Turtle Nesting and Hatching Season
  7. FY 11-12 Town Budget is Online
  8. US Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle Wins Recreational Boating Safety Award

July 4th Fireworks Return to Bogue Inlet Pier!

The Town and Bogue Inlet Pier are excited to partner together again for July 4th fireworks!  The fireworks will be visible all along the beach strand, and will begin at 9 pm on Monday, July 4.  Enjoy the show!

The Town extends a special thanks to Bogue Inlet Pier for renewing this partnership!

Status of Proposed Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle

The Town and the NC Aquariums continue to work hard on the development of the proposed Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle.  Although the current budget climate will not allow construction to begin as soon as originally hoped, the Town and the NC Aquariums remain committed to the project.

The design team for the project, led by Moffatt & Nichol Engineers and BJAC Architects, continues its work and expects to complete design work later in 2011.  The new pier will be located at the location of the Town's Eastern Ocean Regional Access (site of the old Emerald Isle Pier), and will extend 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean.  The new pier will utilize concrete supports to withstand future storm activity, but will retain the feel of a traditional NC fishing pier with wooden decking and railings.  The pier house will be approximately 12,000 sq. ft., and will be constructed over the flat beach area.  The pier house will include all of the traditional pier house amenities, and will also include educational exhibits and classrooms to enhance the public's understanding of the ocean environment.  The new facility will be owned and managed by the NC Aquariums.

The Town and the NC Aquariums had been targeting the use of Aquariums admissions receipts to fund the bulk of the projected $16 - $18 million construction cost.  Due to the State's current budget challenges, however, the funds that were targeted for construction have been redirected to other budget needs in the Governor's, the House's, and the Senate's budget proposals.  Although this development is disappointing, it is certainly understandable given the current economic situation and the State's budget challenges.  The Town views this development as only a temporary setback, and continues to pursue alternative financing strategies in both the short-term and long-term.  The Town will continue its aggressive pursuit of grant funding, and believes the project will ultimately be realized for the benefit of Emerald Isle's, Carteret County's, and North Carolina's tourism industry and our quality of life.

The Town and the NC Aquariums plan to complete a small, soundside pier in Bogue Sound at the project site later in 2011.  The soundside component will be linked to the ocean fishing pier, providing both an ocean and sound fishing and viewing experience for visitors.

The NC Aquariums intend to construct and operate three ocean fishing piers and educational facilities on the NC coast - one affiliated with each of the 3 aquariums along the northern, central, and southern coast.  The first pier, Jennette's Pier, opened in Nags Head on May 21.  The Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle is number two in the queue, and a third pier is planned in Carolina Beach. 

It will take a little longer than we had initially hoped, but the Town and the NC Aquariums continue to work hard to make this project a reality in the future!

Yard Waste Collection Program Experiencing Significant Workload Volumes

Town Apologizes for Delayed Collections, Working Hard to Get Caught Up

The recent beautiful spring weather has been ideal for doing yard work around the house, and the Town has experienced a significant volume of yard waste this spring that has, unfortunately, led to some delays in collecting yard debris.  The Town sincerely apologizes for these delays and any inconvenience, and Town staff is working hard to get caught up.

The Town maintains one yard waste collection truck, one full-time employee, and one inmate laborer for this program, and offers every day yard waste collection for those who need the service and contact Town offices to be placed on the collection list.  The Town collects yard waste from approximately 7,500 collection points each year, and averages nearly 1000 collection points each month in April, May, and June, which sometimes presents a challenge to stay on the desired collection schedule during this time of year. 

Thank you for your patience as we work through this significant workload.

Emerald Isle Boating Access Area is Now Open

No Wake Zone in Effect Adjacent to Archers Point 

The new Emerald Isle Boating Access Area is now open to the public.  The new facility is located on Bogue Sound near mile marker 18 on NC 58 (adjacent to Chapel By The Sea), and has a clearly marked channel to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  

As noted on the graphic below, please note that there is an approximately 1,000 ft. long No Wake Zone in effect in the marked channel adjacent to Archers Point.    

The new boating access area has 4 launch ramps and parking for 112 vehicle / trailer combinations.  The new facility is open every day, and there is no charge to launch a boat. 

Enjoy your boating and fishing adventures!

Lifeguards / Roving Beach Patrol On Duty

Fixed lifeguards are on duty every day of the summer at the Town's Western Ocean Regional Access and Eastern Ocean Regional Access from 10 am until 5 pm.  The guarded areas are clearly marked with yellow and red flags.  The Town also has two Beach Patrol members (trained lifeguards) roving the Town's approximately 12 miles of ocean beach on an all-terrain vehicle from 10 am until 5 pm daily.  

The Town provides lifeguard and Beach Patrol services to be helpful to our residents and visitors, but these services are in addition to, and do not take the place of careful observation by parents, family, and friends.  The Town of Emerald Isle wants everyone to enjoy the beach, but everyone should recognize that the ocean can sometimes be a potentially dangerous place.  Please be vigilant in watching after your children's safety, and your family's and friends' safety!

Sea Turtle Nesting and Hatching Season - May 1 - October 31

Emerald Isle's beach is home to numerous sea turtle nests each year, and the Town is fortunate to have an active volunteer Sea Turtle Protection Program.  Volunteers patrol the beach daily in search of new nests, and tend to the nests to promote their survival until hatching later in the summer and fall.

Please respect the nests on the beach, which are clearly marked with posts and tape.  Please help our sea turtles and dedicated volunteers by filling in all beach holes, removing unattended beach equipment each night, keeping outside lights turned off on the beach side, and picking up trash.  All of these actions will help to promote sea turtle nesting in Emerald Isle and/or promote the survival of newly hatched turtles.  Additionally, in addition to being illegal in NC, fireworks can also have a negative impact on sea turtle nesting.

For more information, or to get involved in the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Protection Program, please contact Jim Craig (252-354-4001; jcraig2@ec.rr.com) or Pam Minnick (252-354-4288, paminn@aol.com).

Thanks for your consideration of and respect for our sea turtles!

FY 11-12 Town Budget is Online

The Town's FY 11-12 budget is available for review at www.emeraldisle-nc.org.  The budget includes a frugal spending plan, a revenue-neutral General Fund tax rate of 11.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, and also includes new, lower special district taxes to fund the Town's future beach nourishment activities. 

Please direct any comments or concerns about the FY 11-12 budget to Town Manager Frank Rush at 252-354-3424 or frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

US Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle Wins Recreational Boating Safety Award

The Town is fortunate to have the service of US Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle, located at The Point adjacent to Bogue Inlet.

USCG Station Emerald Isle works hard to keep our waterways safe and promote boating safety, and they were recently recognized with the 5th District Recreational Boating Safety Award for their law enforcement, public education and outreach, boating under the influence prevention, and other boating safety efforts.  Congratulations to USCG Station Emerald Isle!

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Wednesday, June 1, 2011 4:14:00 PM