Emerald Tidings

April 2010

  1. Development Plans Approved for Expanded and Improved Island Harbor Marina Facility
  2. Static Line Exception Approved by NC CRC
  3. NCDOT To Resurface Entire Length of NC 58 in Emerald Isle
  4. Unattended Beach Equipment Must Be Removed from the Beach Each Night
  5. Census 2010 - Make Sure You're Counted!

Development Plans Approved for Expanded and Improved Island Harbor Marina Facility

Development plans for the planned improvement and expansion of Island Harbor Marina were formally approved by the Board of Commissioners in March, and the owners are moving forward with the project.    The improved and expanded marina facility will include a new wet slip configuration, a new dry stack boat storage facility, a new retail store, swimming pool, and water-side restaurant.  The project will be constructed in phases beginning later this year.  The new facility will be a great addition to Emerald Isle, and the Town looks forward to having this new facility in Emerald Isle to serve area boaters and visitors.  For more information about Island Harbor Marina, visit their website at www.islandharbormarinanc.com .    The new marina facility will not have a daily public boat launch facility, however, the owners have agreed to keep the existing launch facility open to the public until later in 2010 when the Town's new public boat launch facility opens adjacent to Chapel By The Sea.   

Static Line Exception Approved by NC CRC

The NC Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) recently approved the Town's static line exception request, which will now allow oceanfront properties in eastern Emerald Isle to use the actual first line of stable vegetation to determine oceanfront setbacks rather than the static line that has been in place since 2003.  The result is that many (but likely not all) of the oceanfront homes and vacant lots in this area may be considered conforming again, which would allow for reconstruction of existing homes and construction of new homes on vacant lots. 

Properties in this area of town will be required to meet a 60 ft. setback from the actual first line of stable vegetation on the beach and a 30 ft. setback from the street-side right of way.  The area remaining on the lot is the available "building envelope" where an existing structure can be located and be considered conforming, or where a new structure could be located.  The new CRC rules require that any new homes in this area not be located closer to the ocean than the two adjacent structures, and also limit the size of any new home to 2,500 sq. ft.  These requirements are more stringent than other oceanfront areas in Emerald Isle, but are much more favorable for eastern Emerald Isle oceanfront property owners than the use of the static line.

Please contact the Town's Planning and Inspections Department at 252-354-3338 to have the actual first line of stable vegetation delineated on your property.  Once that line is delineated, a surveyor can determine if the structure and/or the lot is conforming. 

The Town, along with other NC beach towns, worked hard over the past few years to promote this rule change, and is pleased that the Town's static line exception request was approved by the NC CRC.  

NCDOT To Resurface Entire Length of NC 58 in Emerald Isle

The Town was recently informed by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that they plan to resurface the entire length of NC 58 (from Coast Guard Road to the Indian Beach town line) through Emerald Isle later this year.  The Town was excited to learn of these plans, having previously requested a comprehensive resurfacing.   With the exception of short segments in certain areas, NC 58 has not had a comprehensive resurfacing in approximately 30 years.  NCDOT plans to also construct a new dedicated left-turn lane into the new public boat launch facility adjacent to Chapel By The Sea as part of this project.  Work is expected to occur later this fall.   The Town has enjoyed a cooperative and productive relationship with NCDOT in recent years, and greatly appreciates the upcoming resurfacing.  Previous positive improvements involving NCDOT include a new turn lane at Lee Street, approximately 4 miles of dedicated bicycle path on NC 58, new sidewalks, a new synchronized traffic signal system, and a longer turn lane onto Coast Guard Road.   

Unattended Beach Equipment Must Be Removed From the Beach Each Night

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.  Enforcement activities will begin on May 17 and continue throughout the summer and beyond.   The new ordinance includes a special exception for oceanfront property owners whose land extends to the high water mark, and these property owners should visit Town Hall after April 26 to secure a special sticker for placement on their equipment.  Due to differences in oceanfront property boundaries, the exception is only available for oceanfront property owners located west of the Ocean Drive "dog-leg" vehicle ramp (3000 block and up).    

Census 2010 - Make Sure You're Counted!

Census 2010 questionnaires have been distributed, and it's extremely important that everyone in Emerald Isle participate!  PLEASE make sure you complete the questionnaire and return it in a timely manner. 

The 2010 Census questionnaire should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  An accurate count for Emerald Isle is essential, and helps to insure that Emerald Isle receives its fair share of Federal and State funding, and provides businesses and government with reliable data on which to make important decisions. 

For more information about the 2010 Census, visit www.2010census.nc.gov !

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Thursday, April 1, 2010 4:27:00 PM