Emerald Tidings

January 2015

  1. NC Commissioner of Insurance Orders Homeowners Insurance Rate Decrease for Emerald Isle and Other Barrier Islands
  2. New Floating Kayak Launch Installed at Emerald Isle Woods Park
  3. Tennis Courts and Basketball Court Resurfaced at Blue Heron Park
  4. Neighborhood Watch Program Now Certified
  5. Hurricane Re-Entry Pass Policy Streamlined
  6. Bicycle Path Corrections Underway
  7. Carteret County Performing Building Inspections for Emerald Isle
  8. Coast Guard Road Resurfacing Delayed Until Spring
  9. NC Coastal Resources Commission Working Diligently on Sea Level Rise, Static Line Issues
  10. Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races - March 28, 2015
  11. Did You Know?

NC Commissioner of Insurance Orders Homeowners Insurance Rate Decrease for Emerald Isle and Other Barrier Island Communities

NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has rejected the requested homeowners insurance rate increase put forward by the NC Rate Bureau, and has actually ordered a 5.8% decrease for Emerald Isle (and other beach communities in our area)!
Commissioner Goodwin's press release and supporting information can be viewed at 

http://www.ncdoi.com/media/news2/year/2014/121914.asp .

The new rates will take effect in June 2015.  

The Town of Emerald Isle extends its sincere thanks to Commissioner Goodwin and his staff at the NC Department of Insurance for a thorough review of this issue.  The Town also extends its sincere thanks to NC Representative Pat McElraft, NC Senator Norm Sanderson, the Carteret County Board of Commissioners, and other regional and local officials for their efforts to promote a fair homeowners insurance rate structure for our area.

New Floating Kayak Launch Installed at Emerald Isle Woods Park

Thanks to a grant from the NC Division of Coastal Management, the Town recently installed a new floating kayak launch at Emerald Isle Woods Park.  The new launch makes it much easier to board and launch a kayak from the adjacent floating dock, and will hopefully lure more kayakers to the beautiful waters of Bogue Sound off of Emerald Isle Woods Park.  

The Town also hopes to install a similar floating kayak launch at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area later this spring.  


Tennis Courts and Basketball Court Resurfaced at Blue Heron Park

The Town's contractors recently completed the resurfacing of the tennis courts and basketball courts at Blue Heron Park, providing an improved playing surface for both sports. Grab your racquet and / or your basketball and check out the improved facilities!


Neighborhood Watch Program Now Certified

Thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and EIPD staff to secure participation from various Town streets, the Town's Neighborhood Watch Program is now officially certified. New signs commemorating the Town's program will be installed in the coming weeks, and we look forward to continuing and improving the program in the future. 

The Town greatly appreciates the diligence of our residents and property owners in keeping an eye out for suspicious activity and reporting it promptly by calling 911.  With your help, the EIPD will be that much more successful in promoting and maintaining a safe, family-friendly environment in Emerald Isle!  

For more information about the Neighborhood Watch Program, please contact Chief Waters at 252-354-2021 or jwaters@emeraldisle-nc.org .    

Hurricane Re-Entry Pass Policy Streamlined

The Town has for many years, and continues to utilize a hurricane re-entry pass system to enable residents and property owners to return to Emerald Isle in the event of significant destruction from a hurricane.  The Town's hurricane re-entry passes are permanent passes, and should be transferred with a property upon sale.  If a hurricane re-entry pass is lost or if additional passes are needed, they can be purchased for $25 each at the Town Administration Building during normal business hours.  

In the past, the Town provided free passes to property owners who had not previously received a free pass.  Over the last 15 years, nearly everyone who was eligible for a free pass had secured it, thus negating the need for future maintenance of this database.  In the future, the Town will simply charge $25 for each hurricane re-entry pass issued.  This change will eliminate a cumbersome step in the re-entry pass issuance process, and will enable Town staff to serve our customers much more quickly and efficiently when a hurricane threatens Emerald Isle.

If you don't already have your hurricane re-entry pass, or can't find it, please don't wait until the last minute.  The Town issues hurricane re-entry passes all year long.  For more information about the program, please visit the Town's website at www.emeraldisle-nc.org . 

Bicycle Path Corrections Underway

The Town's contractor is currently working to correct design deficiencies in certain sections of the new NC 58 bicycle path between the Indian Beach town limits and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.  Previously placed concrete structures are being removed, and these areas will be resurfaced with asphalt in the coming weeks.

The Town will also be installing additional drainage features along the new NC 58 bicycle path between 14th St. and 15th St. in the coming weeks.  We will be working hard to complete all of this work before the beautiful spring weather returns. 

Thank you for your patience as we resolve these issues!  We are pleased to now offer a dedicated asphalt bicycle path along the entire length of Emerald Isle for our residents and visitors!

Carteret County Performing Building Inspections for Emerald Isle

Due to a key vacancy in the Town's Planning and Inspections Department, the Town has contracted with the Carteret County Planning and Inspections Department to perform building inspections in Emerald Isle since early November.  The building permit and inspections process has not changed, and is still coordinated by Town staff, however, the inspectors performing the work are Carteret County employees who also provide inspections services in other areas of western Carteret County.  

The Town greatly appreciates the assistance of Carteret County during this period, and expects to rely on Carteret County for at least the next several weeks.  The Town continues to consider the best long-term structure for planning and inspections services in Emerald Isle, and is considering a return to in-house services, a continued relationship with Carteret County, or some combination of both.  

Our customers' feedback (property owners and contractors) is very important to us, and we welcome any comments and suggestions as we evaluate options going forward.  To share your feedback, please contact Town Manager Frank Rush at 252-354-3424 or frush@emeraldisle-nc.org .  

Coast Guard Road Resurfacing Delayed Until Spring

The Town has executed a contract for the resurfacing of Coast Guard Road between Dolphin Ridge and Ring Street, and initially expected this work to be complete this past fall. Due to weather issues and scheduling conflicts, this work did not occur, but will be completed this spring when temperatures are high enough to enable resurfacing.  The new resurfacing will provide a smoother ride and better appearance for the Town's second busiest road. New pavement markings will also be installed.


NC Coastal Resources Commission Working Diligently on Sea Level Rise, Static Line Issues

The NC Coastal Resources Commission (CRC), the State-level policy making body that regulates development in the 20 coastal counties, has been working diligently in recent months on two key issues that impact Emerald Isle.  Fortunately, the CRC appears to be working toward reasonable policies that strike a careful balance among property rights, responsible development, and environmental preservation.

The CRC is currently reviewing draft sea level rise predictions for the next 30 years (prepared by its Science Panel), and is considering both historically observed rates and global guidance that suggests that the rate of sea level rise may increase in the future.  The Science Panel recently presented various projections for each region of the NC coast, and these projections will soon be vetted by an outside 3rd party consultant before the CRC considers official estimates later in 2015 or 2016.  The CRC appears to be taking a very measured, methodical, and logical approach toward this issue. 

The CRC is also poised to amend its oceanfront setback rules that apply to beaches that have been nourished.  Concepts currently being considered include the elimination of the 2,500 sq. ft. size limit on structures built in areas with a static line exception (in Emerald Isle, this currently affects the section of beach between the Indian Beach town limits and Pier Pointe condominiums), and also the establishment of a new "development line" that is generally in line with existing structures, seaward of which no new structures could be located.  Both of these concepts would result in favorable regulations for the Town's oceanfront property owners and the Town as a whole, and represent a significant improvement over current regulations.

For more information about the CRC and its policies, please visit http://www.nccoastalmanagement.net/ .

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races - March 28, 2015

The inaugural Emerald Isle Marathon (26.2 miles), and the 2nd annual Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) races will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015!  Learn more and sign up today at  http://www.emeraldislerun.com/ , and start your training program now!

Last year's event (Half-Marathon and 5K only) raised a total of $42,000 for bicycle path improvements in Emerald Isle, and this year's event is expected to surpass that total with the addition of a full marathon.  Proceeds from the 2015 event will be shared equally between the American Heart Association and the Town's bicycle path network.  

The Marathon and Half-Marathon are each limited to 1,000 runners, and the 5K is capped at 500 runners.  The earlier you sign up, the better your chances of getting in, and the lower the registration fee!  We hope to see you on March 28 on what we hope will be a beautiful spring day in Emerald Isle.  Bring your family and friends along for a great early beach weekend! 

Did You Know?

The annual Town tax bill (including the annual solid waste fee) for the average-value property in Emerald Isle is approximately $768, or $64 per month.  These revenues support high-quality Town services, including law enforcement, fire protection, solid waste collection, beach maintenance, street maintenance, storm water management, recreation amenities, and much more!


Posted by VC3 Admin Thursday, January 1, 2015 10:02:00 AM