Emerald Tidings

May 2011

  1. Design Team Selected for The Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle
  2. Coast Guard Road Bike Path Extension Complete
  3. NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grants Delayed Due to State Budget Challenges
  4. Summer is Here!
  5. Update - Static Line Exception Rule
  6. July 4th Fireworks at McLean Park!
  7. Staff News
  8. PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building

Design Team Selected for The Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle

Design Work is Underway!  The State Construction Office has selected a design team led by Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, an international firm with a regional office in Raleigh, NC, for the new Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle.    Moffatt & Nichol (www.moffattnichol.com) will be assisted by BJAC Architects (www.bjac.com), offices in Raleigh, NC and Charlotte, NC, and Rivers & Associates (www.riversandassociates.com), offices in Greenville, NC and Raleigh, NC.  The members of the design team have extensive experience in coastal engineering and design, and have completed numerous similar projects in recent years.  The Town has utilized Moffatt & Nichol for various activities associated with the Coast Guard Road Storm Water Project in recent years, and has been very pleased with their work.   The Town and the NC Aquariums are pleased to have the design team on board, and look forward to working with them on this exciting project.  The design team has already conducted an initial meeting with Aquarium and Town personnel, and will meet with the Aquarium Pier Advisory Committee in May.  Design work is expected to continue over the next several months.   A special website about the project has been established at http://www.ncaquariums.com/aquarium-piers/emerald-isle .

Coast Guard Road Bike Path Extension Complete

The Town's contractor (Johnson Contracting, Maysville, NC) and Town staff recently completed an extension of the Town bicycle path along Coast Guard Road from Reed Drive to Deer Horn Drive.  The bike path extension is now open to the public, and creates a safer route for pedestrians and bicyclists in this area.

The Town's bicycle path has now grown to approximately 2.3 miles, and enjoys heavy usage throughout the year.  The Town is committed to providing additional bicycle paths in the future as funds become available.  Future plans include the extension of the path along the entire length of Coast Guard Road to The Point and also along the entire length of NC 58 to the Indian Beach town line.

This $30,000 project was funded by donations, proceeds from the Emerald Isle Triathlon, and restricted Powell Bill revenues.

NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grants Delayed Due to State Budget Challenges

In September 2008, the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) awarded the Town two separate grants to improve water quality and storm water management in Emerald Isle.  The first grant, a total of $97,000, is for the elimination of storm water outfalls along the street ends in eastern Emerald Isle along Bogue Sound.  The project also includes improvements to public access at these locations.  The second grant, a total of $75,000 that will be matched with $25,000 from the Town, is for a comprehensive study of storm water outfalls that drain to Archer's Creek.  The goals of the study are to identify opportunities to eliminate the outfalls altogether or install best management practices to cleanse storm water before entering the creek.   The Town was preparing to initiate work on these projects in early 2009 when it was informed (along with all other grantees) that grant awards would be delayed indefinitely due to the State's budget challenges.  As a result, these projects are on hold until the State releases the grant funds.  The Town is optimistic that the grant funds will be released later this year, and work will begin soon after the grant funds are released.    

Summer is Here!

Help Us Keep Emerald Isle Safe and Enjoyable for Everyone!

Summer is here, and all of us at the Town look forward to the influx of visitors over the next several months! 

All of us at the Town want everyone to have a great time in Emerald Isle.  We also want everyone to be cognizant of important Town regulations designed to keep Emerald Isle safe and enjoyable for everyone.  Here are a few friendly reminders:

  • Please deposit trash and recyclables in the appropriate containers.  Keep Emerald Isle's beach and neighborhoods clean and green!
  • Please keep all dogs on a leash, and remove your dog's feces from the beach and other locations.   
  • Please stay off the dunes and any exposed sandbags!
  • No open fires are permitted on the beach, or anywhere else in Emerald Isle!
  • If you dig holes on the beach strand, please fill them in when you are done so they aren't a safety hazard for others!
  • Please remove shade tents from the beach strand each night so they aren't a safety hazard and don't create problems for sea turtles.  They also litter the beach during unexpected storms!
  • Most fireworks are illegal in North Carolina!

Thanks for your cooperation!  Enjoy Emerald Isle!

Update - Static Line Exception Rule

In September 2008, the NC Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) approved a new rule that would create a "static line exception".  The Town, along with others, worked hard to promote the new rule, as it will potentially enable oceanfront homes and lots in eastern Emerald Isle to become conforming again.

The new rule was grouped with another rule change pertaining to oceanfront setbacks for large structures, and that portion of the rule met with resistance from some interests in coastal NC.  The new rule, including the "static line exception", has been appealed to the NC General Assembly, and is currently "on hold" pending legislative review. 

There does not appear to be any opposition to the "static line exception" component of the rule, and the Town is optimistic that the "static line exception" rule will survive legislative review and become effective later this summer or fall.  In the meantime, the Town will be working to develop a formal 25-year beach nourishment plan to hopefully qualify for the "static line exception".  If all goes well, the Town will likely submit its plan later in 2009. 

If Emerald Isle is eventually granted a static line exception, homes and lots in eastern Emerald Isle could potentially become conforming again if they can meet the required 60 ft. setback from the first line of actual stable vegetation.  Any reconstruction or new construction could not be located further seaward than adjacent structures and could not exceed 2,500 heated sq. ft. 

More details will be provided as this issue develops.

July 4th Fireworks at McLean Park!

The owner of Bogue Inlet Pier has indicated that he is no longer interested in partnering with the Town for July 4th fireworks, thus they will not be fired from the Pier this year.

The Town has made alternative arrangements, and will set off fireworks from McLean Park, the Town's new soundfront park located adjacent to Chapel By The Sea near mile marker 18 on NC 58. 

Additional information with recommended viewing locations, parking information, etc. will be forthcoming!

Staff News

Kevin Reed, Planning and Inspections Director, recently completed the UNC School of Government's Municipal Administration Course.  The Municipal Administration course is the premier in-service training opportunity for local government professionals in North Carolina, and provides broad instruction in all facets of local government management.   "I am pleased that Kevin was able to complete the course.  The knowledge and perspective that Kevin has gained will provide significant benefits for the Town of Emerald Isle and for Kevin, and I look forward to Kevin's future contributions to the Town organization", said Town Manager Frank Rush.    Kevin joins Parks and Recreation Director Alesia Sanderson and Town Manager Frank Rush as graduates of the Municipal Administration course.  The Town hopes to enroll additional staff in the course in the future.  

PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building - 218 Cedar Street

The Town is currently offering the old EMS station property for sale as a residential dwelling, and the asking price has been reduced to $397,500.  A detailed property listing, including photos, is available for viewing at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/forsale.htm .    The Town has recently completed several interior renovations to improve the interior appearance and functionality of the building.       For more information, please contact Town Manager Frank Rush at 252-354-3424 or frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Sunday, May 1, 2011 4:21:00 PM