Emerald Tidings

November 2010

  1. New Golf Cart Program Effective January 1, 2011
  2. Construction Underway for New Public Boat Launching Facility
  3. NC 58 Resurfacing to Begin Soon
  4. Wood Island Munitions Removal Underway
  5. Island Harbor Marina Plans Delayed
  6. Rain Sensors on Irrigation Systems Can Help Save Water and Money!
  7. Planning Underway for Next Beach Nourishment Project in Eastern Emerald Isle
  8. Don't Miss the 7th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade
  9. New Start Time for Town Board Meetings

New Golf Cart Program Effective January 1, 2011

Effective January 1, 2011, the use of golf carts will be allowed on most public streets in Emerald Isle if they are registered with the Town and meet certain safety standards.

Under relatively new authority from the NC General Assembly, the Board of Commissioners adopted a Town golf cart ordinance at their meeting in October.  The new ordinance allows the operation of golf carts on all public streets in Emerald Isle, with the exception of NC 58 and Coast Guard Road.  Golf carts will be allowed to cross directly over NC 58 and Coast Guard Road, but golf carts will not be allowed to travel on these two busy roads. 

In order to register a golf cart in the Town's program, the golf cart must include certain required safety equipment, including headlights, tail lights, blinkers, brake lights, windshields, seatbelts, and others.  The golf cart must be registered to an Emerald Isle address, and the operator must be a licensed driver AND at least 18 years of age.  The Emerald Isle Police Department will vigorously enforce the prohibition on underage golf cart drivers, and will also pursue charges against any adult who allows an underage golf cart driver. 

Golf carts will be subject to all other NC motor vehicle laws and regulations, and will be subject to the same parking regulations as traditional motor vehicles.  The Town will, however, be creating special "golf-cart only" parking spaces at select public beach access locations in the future on a case-by-case basis.

The new ordinance does not apply to "street-legal" golf carts registered with the NC Division of Motor Vehicles, as these vehicles are treated in the same manner as a traditional motor vehicle.  The new ordinance also does not apply to golf carts used by handicapped individuals as a mobility device, provided the operator has a valid handicapped placard and card in his / her possession.  
The new ordinance is intended to provide an alternative, fuel-efficient, and convenient transportation option for Emerald Isle residents, property owners, and visitors.  The Town will begin registering golf carts in the Town's program on December 1, 2010, and the new ordinance is effective January 1, 2011.

For a more detailed explanation of the new program, and a copy of the new ordinance, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Emerald%20Isle%20Golf%20Cart%20Ordinance%20-%20Oct%202010.htm .

Construction Underway for New Public Boat Launching Facility

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NC WRC) has begun construction of the new public boat launching facility in Emerald Isle. 
  NC WRC staff are currently working on the construction of docks and the actual ramps.  SunLand Development and Construction, Cape Carteret, NC, has been selected to construct the parking area and storm water management features, and is expected to begin work very soon.  Their contract requires all work to be complete within 4 months.

The new facility is expected to be open to the public by early spring 2011.

NC 58 Resurfacing to Begin Soon

The NC Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Onslow Grading and Paving, Jacksonville, NC, for the resurfacing of NC 58 along its entire length in Emerald Isle.  Work is expected to occur between December 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011.  The project also includes the construction of a new left turn lane at the entrance to the new public boat launching facility and Scotch Bonnet Drive.

The Town will provide additional updates at www.emeraldisle-nc.org as the project progresses this winter and spring.

Wood Island Munitions Removal Underway

MCAS Cherry Point and the US Navy have begun munitions removal efforts from the Wood Island bomb target used in the 1940s and 1950s.  Wood Island, also known as Cat Island, is located in Bogue Sound approximately 1/2 mile offshore from 23rd Street in Emerald Isle. 

MCAS Cherry Point and the US Navy will be locating and removing old munitions-related items, fragments, and other metallic items from the surface of Wood Island over the next couple of months.  Any items that can not be safely removed from Wood Island will be destroyed on-site in controlled detonation events, and Emerald Isle residents may hear these controlled explosions.

To ensure public safety, public access to the portions of Bogue Sound near Wood Island is restricted while this work is completed.  Wood Island is posted with danger signs, and boaters should not anchor near Wood Island or go on the island at any time.

MCAS Cherry Point and the US Navy expect this work to occur during to be complete by early 2011.   

Island Harbor Marina Plans Delayed

The owners of Island Harbor Marina recently informed the Town that they have delayed plans for the redevelopment of Island Harbor Marina, and will continue to operate the existing wet slips, boat launching facility, dry storage yard, and ship's store indefinitely.

The Board of Commissioners formally approved site and building plans for the proposed redevelopment of Island Harbor Marina in March 2010.  The plans included a reconfiguration of wet slips, construction of a 250-boat dry stack storage facility, a new ship's store, restaurant, and pool.  The planned new facility has an attractive design, and should be an asset to the entire Emerald Isle area when eventually completed.

For the most current information about Island Harbor Marina, please direct all inquiries to their management at 252-354-3106 or visit  www.islandharbormarinanc.com .

Rain Sensors on Irrigation Systems Can Help Save Water and Money!

Bogue Banks Water Corporation, the separate non-profit corporation that provides drinking water for Emerald Isle, encourages its customers to consider installing a rain sensor on irrigation systems. 

A rain sensor protects your lawn from over-watering, lowers your water bill, shortens the time your irrigation system operates, conserves valuable water resources, and reduces the amount of run-off from your home.  Rain sensors can be easily installed by the homeowner or a landscaping contractor.  Prices start around $18. 

Bogue Banks Water Corporation also notes that the rain sensor also prevents the embarrassment of having sprinklers going off in the rain!

For more information, please contact Bogue Banks Water Corporation at 252-354-3307.   

Planning Underway for Next Beach Nourishment Project in Eastern Emerald Isle

The Town, in conjunction with the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, is actively working on a new beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle.  The exact project boundaries have not yet been finalized, but will be located within the area between the Indian Beach town line and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.

This area is still protected by a significant dune structure and small flat beach area width, but will be in need of additional nourishment in the next few years.  According to our annual beach profile monitoring data, this area has experienced the most erosion in Emerald Isle in recent years and has the greatest need for additional nourishment.

The Town and the County are pursuing the use of dredge spoils from the Morehead City Harbor Federal Navigation Dredging Project in 2012 to nourish the beach in this area.  Permit applications will be submitted in the coming weeks, and the Town is seeking State funding in FY 2011-12 through the Water Resources Development Project Grant Program to fund a portion of project costs.  If the necessary State funds can be secured, the remaining project costs would be funded by Federal navigation dredging funds, County room occupancy tax funds, and Town beach district tax funds. 

Don't Miss the 7th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

The 7th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 27 along NC 58 between Mangrove Drive (near CVS Pharmacy) and Black Skimmer Drive (near the Town Government Complex).  This year's parade begins an hour earlier at 3 pm! 
  Please join us for this great annual tradition in Emerald Isle!  Also join us for Christmas carols, cider and snacks, and a visit with Santa Claus at Merchants Park immediately after the parade!

New Start Time for Town Board Meetings

The Town Board of Commissioners conducts its regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month in the Town Board Meeting Room located adjacent to the Police Station at 7500 Emerald Drive.  All regular Town Board meetings now begin at 7:00 pm

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend all Town Board meetings.  Complete Town Board meeting agenda materials are posted online at www.emeraldisle-nc.org on the Friday evening prior to the Town Board meeting on the second Tuesday each month.

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Monday, November 1, 2010 4:24:00 PM