Emerald Tidings

July 2009

  1. Town Still Working on New Public Boat Launching Facility
  2. New Itinerant Merchants / Satellite Merchants Ordinance Adopted
  3. FY 09-10 Budget Adopted
  4. Hurricane Season is Here
  5. PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building

Town Still Working Hard on New Public Boat Launching Facility

Land Purchase Contract Extended to September 1

The Town continues to work hard to secure necessary Federal, State, and County funding to complete the purchase of a 16-acre tract of land near Chapel By The Sea for the development of a new public boat launching facility. The Town has been awarded a portion of the necessary funds to complete the $4.25 million land purchase, and remaining funding decisions have been delayed until later this summer. The Town's purchase contract originally included a May 31, 2009 partial closing date, however, this date has been extended until September 1, 2009, by which time the Town expects to learn the results of all funding requests.

If the necessary funds are awarded, the Town will purchase the land and combine it with an adjacent 8-acre tract already controlled by the Town. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission will then develop the entire site as the largest public boat launching facility on the NC coast. Conceptual plans indicate up to 125 vehicle / trailer spaces and 4 launching ramps. The Town hopes to make the new facility available for public use within the next year.

There is already great demand for public boating access in our area, and this problem will be greatly exacerbated when the Island Harbor Marina closes later this year. The Town is working hard to insure that the public will always have boating access in Emerald Isle in the future.

Updated Itinerant Merchants / Satellite Merchants Ordinance Adopted

The Board of Commissioners recently adopted an updated ordinance to clarify the Town's rules regarding itinerant merchants and satellite merchants.

Itinerant merchants are defined as businesses or individuals who operate in a public location (street, right-of-way, or beach strand) in a temporary, outside fashion and/or continually move from place to place. The new ordinance makes it clear that these activities are prohibited in Emerald Isle.

Satellite merchants are defined as businesses or individuals who operate in a temporary, outside fashion but associate with an established fixed business in Emerald Isle with permission from the private property owner. Under the new ordinance, satellite merchants are only allowed to operate on commercially-zoned private properties along the oceanfront (no activity is allowed on the beach strand itself) and must register with the Town first. Satellite merchants are prohibited in all other location in Emerald Isle.

The intent of the new ordinance is to promote a fair and competitive business environment in the Town, to promote aesthetically-pleasing and safe business corridors, and to protect the public from unacceptable practices and unscrupulous acts of non-resident merchants and vendors. Because of its reliance on tourism, it is important for the Town to maintain a neat appearance and preserve its small-town atmosphere. It is also important to protect business interests who have invested in the community with fixed establishments, employment opportunities, and tax contributions.

FY 09-10 Budget Adopted

No change in tax rates!

The Board of Commissioners adopted the FY 09-10 Town budget at its June meeting. The adopted budget does not include any increase in the Town's tax rates or major fees. The General Fund tax rate remains at 7 cents, and special district taxes for beach nourishment remain at 16.2 cents and 1.1 cent. The annual solid waste fee is also unchanged, and will remain at $180 for all developed residential properties.

For more information about the Town budget, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/townrecommendedbudgetfy0910.htm.

Hurricane Season Is Here

The 2009 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 Town Hall! 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!

PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building - 218 Cedar Street

The Town is currently offering the old EMS station property for sale as a residential dwelling, and the asking price has been reduced to $397,500. A detailed property listing, including photos, is available for viewing at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/forsale.htm .

The Town has recently completed several interior renovations to improve the interior appearance and functionality of the building.

For more information, please contact Town Manager Frank Rush at 252-354-3424 or frush@emeraldisle-nc.org.

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:34:00 AM