Emerald Tidings

August 2009

  1. Pending CBRS Changes Could Impact Future Dredging, Beach Nourishment, and Access Projects
  2. NC 58 Bicycle Path Construction Delayed
  3. Update - Status of The Point
  4. Town Administrative Offices Moving
  5. Proper Solid Waste Procedures
  6. Please Don't Litter!
  7. PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building

Pending Coastal Barrier Resources System Mapping Changes Could Impact Future Dredging, Beach Nourishment, and Access Projects in Western Emerald Isle

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently released a draft report that outlines planned mapping changes associated with the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS).  The draft report to the US Congress includes recommendations for a new digital mapping system for CBRS units and "Otherwise Protected Areas" (OPAs) around the country, and also makes notable changes to the existing boundaries of CBRS units and OPAs.   These changes are especially significant for Emerald Isle.  The USFWS has proposed the creation of a new CBRS unit that encompasses all of Bogue Inlet and all of Bogue Sound west of the Emerald Isle bridge.  The creation of this new CBRS unit, if approved by the US Congress next year, would prohibit future Federal funding for certain dredging activities in Bogue Inlet, associated beach nourishment, the replacement or expansion of the Emerald Isle bridge, or public access improvements along Bogue Sound or Bogue Inlet.  The creation of this new CBRS unit could also prohibit the Town from dredging in Bogue Inlet for beach nourishment and inlet stabilization purposes even if no Federal funding is involved.  At this point, we don't believe that any private property owners in Emerald Isle will be adversely impacted by the creation of the new CBRS unit, however, there is some fear that flood insurance could be denied to certain vacant soundfront properties west of the Emerald Isle bridge.    The Board of Commissioners has approved a letter to the USFWS outlining the Town's concerns and has expressly requested that the proposed new CBRS unit not be created.  The USFWS will be considering the Town's comments over the coming months before releasing a revised report and presenting its recommendations to the US Congress next year.    The Town continues to monitor this issue closely.

NC 58 Bicycle Path Construction Delayed

Tentatively Planned to Begin in Late 2009

The Town's engineers, Withers & Ravenel, have nearly completed the design for the Town's new bicycle path extension along NC 58.  The new bicycle path will extend the existing bicycle path from its terminus at Black Skimmer Drive (mile marker 19 on NC 58) to the east as far as funds permit, up to a maximum distance of 4 miles.

The Town had hoped to begin construction in August or September, however, construction has been delayed and will not begin until November or December 2009.  The Town's goal will be to finish the bicycle path extension prior to Easter weekend 2010.

The new path will be a 10 ft wide dedicated asphalt bicycle path constructed along the south side of NC 58.  The entire path will be located within existing NC 58 right of way and will not be located on private property.  Any disturbance to private property during construction will be minimal, and will be restored by the Town's contractors to an acceptable condition.

If you'd like to view the plans, please contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director (asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252-354-6350) or Town Manager Frank Rush (frush@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252-354-3424) and we'll be happy to share them with you.

Update - Status of The Point

The Point continues to evolve, and unfortunately we are currently experiencing oceanfront erosion in the area immediately east of The Point again.  The current situation appears nearly identical to the erosion experienced in 2007 that subsequently corrected itself in 2008.  The oceanfront erosion is believed to be associated with the continuing on-shore migration of offshore shoals that are forcing a marginal flood channel against the island.    This erosion is cause for concern, but is not as bad as was experienced in 2007.  The new episode of oceanfront erosion has begun further west than in 2007, affecting fewer homes, and the recently eroded area has already begun experiencing accretion again.  The Town expects this accretion, which occurred in 2008 after the last episode, to restore this area again in the near future.  Additionally, the Town is scheduled to receive dredge spoils from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway dredging in November and December, and this sand will help to expedite recovery.    The main navigation (ebb) channel in Bogue Inlet remains far from Emerald Isle, roughly in the same location as dredged by the Town in 2005.  The current oceanfront erosion is far less severe and far more manageable than previous concerns at The Point, but is frustrating nonetheless.   The Town continues to monitor the situation closely and looks forward to expected recovery and additional sand placement later this year.

Town Administrative Offices Moving

Effective August 17, 2009   The new Town Administration Building is nearing completion and will open for business on Monday, August 17.    Individuals interested in doing business with the Mayor, Commissioners, Town Manager, Finance Office, Tax Office, and Town Clerk, as well as general inquiries of Town government, should visit the new building as of August 17.   The new building is located on NC 58, directly west of Emerald Isle Realty, and directly across NC 58 (Emerald Drive) from the Town government complex.   Parking is available on the west side of the new building. 

Proper Solid Waste Procedures

Town staff and our contractors, Simmons & Simmons Management and Waste Industries, work hard to remove solid waste in a timely and cost-effective manner to insure that Emerald Isle maintains a neat and attractive appearance. 

Please adhere to the following regulations regarding solid waste storage and collection:

  • all vacation rental units are required to utilize a minimum of one 90 gallon roll-out trash container for every 3 bedrooms, and more if necessary to adequately contain residential trash generated at the vacation rental unit;
  • all vacation rental units are required to utilize a minimum of one 40 gallon roll-out recycling container;
  • all permanent homes and second homes (non-vacation rental units) are required to utilize at least one 90 gallon roll-out container per unit;
  • all permanent homes and second homes (non-vacation rental units) are required to utilize either an 18-gallon open recycling container or a 40-gallon roll-out container;
  • residential trash is collected twice per week year round, with oceanside areas collected on Mondays and Thursdays, and soundside areas collected on Tuesdays and Fridays;
  • recyclables are collected once per week year round on Wednesdays in all areas;
  • any brand of 90 gallon roll-out container is acceptable for residential trash, however, the Town has determined that containers with metal bars are the most durable and long-lasting;
  • except for collection days, residential trash containers and recycling containers must be permanently stored adjacent to the home or at least 30 feet from the street right of way line;
  • residential trash containers and recycling containers should not be placed at the street right of way earlier than 3 pm the day before collection;
  • Simmons & Simmons personnel will roll back all containers to a location at least 30 feet from the right of way line after collection;
  • condominium unit owners utilize dumpster services provided by Waste Industries, and are not subject to the roll-out container requirements.

Please note that State law prohibits the placement of plastic and aluminum in landfills, thus requiring recycling of these items.  Please help to do your part by recycling these items!

Thank you for your cooperation!

Please Don't Litter On The Beach!

The Town invests a great deal of resources to keep the beach strand and other public areas as clean as possible.  We try as hard as we can to keep the Town looking good, but we need your help!    Please don't litter!  Trash on the beach is unsightly, can present health hazards for young children, and can harm the wildlife on our beach and in our waters.  Please use our conveniently located trash receptacles, and when possible, please recycle!  If you are a smoker, please don't leave your cigarette butts on the beach strand. Cigarette butts are nearly impossible to clean up in any efficient manner, and are among the most unsightly and harmful forms of litter.   Thanks for your cooperation!

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Saturday, August 1, 2009 7:32:00 AM