Emerald Tidings

June 2010

  1. Hurricane Season is Here - Be Prepared!
  2. New "Residents & Visitors Guide" Available
  3. Mayor Schools, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Organize Raffle for Additional Bike Paths
  4. Local Volunteers Help Keep Emerald Isle Clean!
  5. Unattedned Beach Equipment Must Be Removed Nightly
  6. July 4th Fireworks at Chapel By The Sea

Hurricane Season is Here - Be Prepared!

The 2010 hurricane season is now upon us.  Please consider the following to be better prepared for a storm this year:   Don't Wait to Get Your Hurricane Re-Entry Permit The Town utilizes a hurricane re-entry permit system to assign priority for returning to the island if the Town is closed as a result of hurricane damage.  The Town previously issued permanent hurricane re-entry permits to all property owners in Emerald Isle, and these permits allow residents and property owners to return to the island earlier than the general public if the island is temporarily closed after a hurricane.    
The Town's re-entry permits are permanent permits, and are intended to be transferred with the property.  If you sell your property, the re-entry permit should be transferred to the new owner.  If you are purchasing property, please make sure the permit is transferred to you at the closing.  If you are a long-term renter, please contact your landlord for the re-entry permit for your rental unit.  If you do not have a permit, a replacement permit can be obtained from Town Hall at a cost of $25.00.  Conclusive proof of property ownership or residency (for renters) is required in order to secure a replacement permit. 
The Town urges all residents and property owners to make sure that you have the necessary re-entry permit well in advance of an approaching hurricane.  Town staff are always extremely busy preparing for an approaching hurricane, and at some point it becomes necessary to stop the issuance of hurricane re-entry permits.  Prior to previous hurricanes, there were numerous residents and property owners who waited until the last minute to secure re-entry permits, and these individuals were unable to secure a re-entry permit.  Although recent storms did not result in a prolonged closure of the Town, future storms may require the temporary closure of the Town. 
Please don't wait to get your re-entry permit!  If you don't have a re-entry permit, please obtain one now at the Town Administration Building located at 7509 Emerald Drive.  We're open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

Sign Up For Code RED! Code RED is an automated system that enables Carteret County and/or the Town of Emerald Isle to telephone each phone number in Emerald Isle to provide important emergency information, including evacuation notices and information on the reopening of the island after a hurricane.  This service is free, and residents and property owners can sign up for this service by visiting 

http://www.carteretcountygov.org/departments/emergency.asp  or by calling Carteret County Emergency Services at 252-728-8471.  All Carteret County landlines should already be entered into the system, but mobile phone numbers must be entered manually through this website.  

Do you have special needs?

If you have special medical needs or need transportation to evacuate to a hurricane shelter, help is available.  Carteret County and the Town of Emerald Isle maintain a database of individuals with special needs and can provide assistance prior to a storm event.  Please visit http://www.carteretcountygov.org/departments/ems/SpecialNeedsRegistry.pdf to lean more and register for this program.  The Emerald Isle Fire Department can also register you for this program, and they can be reached at 252-354-2445. Stay Informed with the Town's E-Mail Newsletter and the Town's Website
The Town of Emerald Isle publishes regular updates about hurricane issues prior to and during hurricanes affecting Emerald Isle.  To sign up, click on the
"Join Our List" link at the top of this page, or visit the Town's website at

www.emeraldisle-nc.org and click on the "Join Our Email List"  link in the top right hand corner.  The Town strives to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed about hurricane issues.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips The Town's website includes many helpful hurricane preparedness tips.  This information is available at

http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricanepreparedness.htm .

Stay safe, and let's all hope Emerald Isle can avoid any significant hurricane threats this year!

New "Residents & Visitors Guide" Available

As part of our continuing efforts to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed about Town government, services, and regulations, the Town has published a new, updated "Residents & Visitors Guide".    Copies of the new guide have been distributed to all vacation rental agencies for placement in each vacation rental unit, and are also available for the general public to pick-up at various Town facilities.  An electronic copy of the new "Residents & Visitors Guide" is available at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/pdfs/Residents-VisitorsGuide.pdf.

Mayor Schools, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Organize Raffle for Additional Bike Paths

Win a Free 1-Week Stay in Emerald Isle!

With the assistance of Mayor Schools, the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is sponsoring a raffle to raise funds for future bicycle path projects in Emerald Isle.  

Tickets are $10 each, and a total of nine (9) one-week stays at premier vacation rental properties will be raffled on September 7.  You don't need to be present to win, and tickets are on sale now through September.  Tickets can be purchased at several locations in Emerald Isle, or by mail.  Visit www.eiraffle.com for complete information!

The week-long stays at the 9 vacation rental properties were donated by Emerald Isle Realty, Bluewater GMAC Real Estate, and Spinnakers Reach Realty.  The Town extends a special thanks to these local businesses!

Local Volunteers Help Keep Emerald Isle Clean!

Local Surfers' "Litter Patrol" and Crystal Coast Civitan Club Are a Great Help to the Town

Town staff work hard to keep the entire Town clean, with special emphasis on the beach strand and the NC 58 right of way.  In addition to the efforts of Town staff, we are fortunate to have some great volunteer help!

A group of local surfers, led by Darren Bell and Ron Butler, recently formed the "Litter Patrol" to help keep the beach strand clean.  The group will be making regular patrols on the beach strand to educate the public and remove litter from the beach strand.  The group has also produced an outstanding public service message, which can be seen at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/CommunityNotice12.htm .

The Crystal Coast Civitan Club, led by Steve Finch, formed in 2009, and has invested hundreds of man-hours to pick up litter from the NC 58 right of way.  You can usually find the club members out and about early on Monday mornings along NC 58!

The Town greatly appreciates the efforts of both of these groups!

Unattended Beach Equipment Must Be Removed Nightly

Also new requirement to fill in holes on the beach strand!   In an effort to improve public safety and aesthetics, and due to sea turtle nesting concerns, the Board of Commissioners recently adopted a new ordinance that requires all unattended beach equipment (including shade tents, canopies, volleyball nets, and other equipment) to be removed from the beach strand each night.  All unattended items left on the beach between 7 pm and 8 am are now illegal, and will be confiscated and removed by Town staff.  (Oceanfront property owners may qualify for a special exception, and should contact Town staff at 252-354-3424.)    Additionally, the Town has a new requirement that all holes dug on the beach that are greater than 12 inches deep must be filled in when the person leaves the beach strand.  Deep holes left on on the beach strand are a safety hazard for children, adults, and Town personnel providing services on the beach strand.    Town staff have begun enforcing these new rules, and your cooperation and compliance is greatly appreciated!

July 4th Fireworks at Chapel By The Sea!

The Town will again present July 4th fireworks over Bogue Sound at the Chapel By The Sea this year!  Fireworks will begin at 9 pm on Sunday, July 4. 

The fireworks can be viewed at the Chapel By The Sea and the adjacent site of the new public boat launch facility (6800 block of Emerald Drive), and from nearby neighborhoods.   Parking will be available along NC 58 and nearby streets.  The fireworks will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. 

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:26:00 PM