Emerald Tidings

April 2011

  1. New Public Boat Launching Facility Set to Open - April 15
  2. Coast Guard Road Multi-Use Path Extension Nearly Complete
  3. NC 58 Multi-Use Path Extension Delayed Slightly
  4. NC 58 Resurfacing Nearly Complete
  5. Town Continues Work on FY 11-12 Budget
  6. Resident and Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Available
  7. Overnight Beach Equipment Exception Permits Available
  8. Deer-Tolerant Landscaping Seminar Planned
  9. New Prescription Drug Discount Card Available

New Public Boat Launching Facility Set to Open

Public Invited to Attend Grand Opening Ceremony -

Friday, April 15 at 11 am 

The Town of Emerald Isle and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission have partnered together to build the largest public boat launching facility on the NC coast. The project, located on Bogue Sound not far from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, has 4 ramps and parking for 112 vehicle / trailer combinations, and will help to insure that there will always be adequate boating access for Emerald Isle, western Carteret County, and eastern Onslow County residents and visitors in the future.

The project is the result of a great partnership and a lot of hard work by all parties over the past 2 years and 9 months. The Town worked with several State agencies and Carteret County to generate the $4.25 million necessary to purchase the land, which was the very last suitable site for such a facility in Emerald Isle. The Town purchased the land and then made it available to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and they are nearing completion of the construction of this $1 million+ facility. The new facility is a model boat launching facility, and includes exemplary storm water management practices to help protect water quality in Bogue Sound.

We are all very proud of the project, and the great partnership between State and local government.  Funding for the project was provided by the Town of Emerald Isle, Carteret County, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the NC Division of Coastal Management, the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, and the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. 

The project also includes 18 single-vehicle parking spaces, and will be available for public soundside access. The Town plans to construct additional soundside park amenities in the future.

We look forward to the Grand Opening, and hope you can join us on April 15 at 11 am!

Coast Guard Road Multi-Use Path Extension Nearly Complete

A new .3 mile multi-use path extension along Coast Guard Road is nearly complete!  The rock base for the new path has been installed, and paving of the new path should occur by mid-April.     The new segment extends the existing multi-use path from Deer Horn Drive to the entrance to Emerald Isle Woods Park, and brings the Town's total multi-use path network to approximately 4.5 miles along NC 58 and Coast Guard Road.    The Town remains committed to the future extension of the multi-use path along the entire length of NC 58 and Coast Guard Road, as funds become available.  The Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is actively planning additional fundraising activities to expedite construction.  Keep an eye out for future fundraising activities!

NC 58 Multi-Use Path Extension Delayed Slightly

The Town recently received a grant from the NC Department of Transportation to construct an additional .2 miles of multi-use path along NC 58 from Ocean Drive (near the 3000 block) to the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.     A construction contract has been awarded for this project, and the necessary funds are being held in reserve.  The Town initially hoped to complete this segment prior to Easter weekend, however, construction has now been delayed until late April and May.  The Town will be working hard to complete this segment prior to Memorial Day weekend.

NC 58 Resurfacing Nearly Complete

As of April 3, Onslow Grading and Paving, the contractor for the NC Department of Transportation, has completed the resurfacing of all but approximately 1 mile of NC 58 through Emerald Isle.  The last remaining segment is from the intersection of NC 58 / Islander Drive to the base of the Emerald Isle bridge.  This area should be complete by mid-April at the latest.  

NCDOT's contractors have installed temporary pavement markings on the completed portions, and will be returning for the placement of permanent, more durable pavement markings later in April.

The Town greatly appreciates NCDOT completing this work on NC 58 in Emerald Isle!

Town Continues Work on FY 11-12 Budget

Town staff and the Board of Commissioners continue to work on the development of the Town's FY 11-12 budget.  The Town Manager's Recommended Budget will be presented to the Board of Commissioners at their May 10 meeting, and the Board will formally adopt the FY 11-12 budget no later than June 30.    The Town's current General Fund tax rate is 8 cents per $100 of value, based on the old 2007 tax values.  The revenue-neutral tax rate for FY 11-12, based on the new 2011 tax values, is estimated at 11.5 cents per $100 of value.  (The revenue-neutral tax rate is the tax rate based on the new 2011 tax values that will generate exactly the same amount of property tax revenues for the Town next year.)        The Town is facing an approximately $400,000 shortfall in sales tax revenues this year due to the way the sales tax distribution formula is structured.  This amount is equivalent to approximately 1.4 cents on the Town's FY 11-12 tax rate.  Town staff and the Board of Commissioners have been considering several measures (and have already implemented some) to address this shortfall without increasing the General Fund property tax rate above the estimated revenue-neutral rate of 11.5 cents.  As a result of these early budget efforts, the Town remains optimistic that we can maintain the revenue-neutral tax rate without diminishing the quality of Town services.    A complete copy of the Town Manager's Recommended Budget for FY 11-12 will be posted on the Town's website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) by May 10.   

Resident and Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Available

The Town will begin charging a $10 per vehicle per day fee for parking at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access on weekends and holidays ONLY beginning on Saturday, April 16.  The parking fee will not be charged on weekdays, or after 4 pm on weekends and holidays.

Emerald Isle residents and 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 resident or taxpayer, and are not transferable.

Emerald Isle residents and 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. 

All proceeds from the new parking fee are earmarked for Town services at these facilities, including lifeguards, Police protection, custodial services, maintenance activities, and other operating expenses.

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 strand 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 (between the 3000 block and The Point) 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 2011 season.  Please note that the 2010 exception permits are no longer valid.   

Deer-Tolerant Landscaping Seminar Planned

Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm - Town Board Meeting Room

Two area businesses are partnering together to offer a special seminar on deer-tolerant plantings.  Yardworks Landscaping, Inc. and Carolina Home & Garden will present helpful tips on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room.  The seminar is free and open to the public! 

New Prescription Drug Discount Card Available for EI Residents and Taxpayers

As a member of the National League of Cities, a nationwide advocacy group for cities and towns, the Town of Emerald Isle is eligible to offer a free prescription drug discount card to our residents and taxpayers.   

The discount cards may be used by all residents and taxpayers, and have no restrictions based on the resident's age, income level, or existing health coverage. The discount card benefits not only those without insurance, but can also be used by underinsured residents to obtain prescriptions that are excluded from health benefit plans. The NLC card can be used when purchasing prescription drugs at several local pharmacies in our area, as well as at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.

For more details, visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/CommunityNotice-prescriptiondiscount.htm .

Frank A. Rush, Jr. Town Manager Town of Emerald Isle 7500 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle, NC 28594 252-354-3424 frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Friday, April 1, 2011 4:22:00 PM