- Join Us for the 11th Annual EI Christmas Parade
- Town Remains Engaged in Homeowners Insurance Rate Issue
- Yard Debris Collection
- Eastern Ocean Regional Access To Be Closed During Parking Area Improvements
- Town Formally Requests Funding for New Traffic Signal Poles
- Plans Approved for New Mixed-Use Building at The Islander Suites
- Jean Preston Memorial Playground Fundraising Continues
- "A Second Helping" A Success in First Year!
- Fireworks Planned for New Year's Eve
- Did You Know?
Join Us for the 11th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - Saturday, November 29 @ 3 pm!
The 11th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 29 at 3 pm along NC 58 between the Town Government Complex and Mangrove Drive.
In an effort to improve traffic flow, the parade route has been reversed this year, and the parade will begin at the Town Government Complex and travel west. Normal traffic will continue to be detoured along Lee Avenue, Sound Drive, Old Ferry Road, and Woodpecker Lane for approximately 1 hour during the parade.
Please come out and enjoy this great annual tradition in Emerald Isle!
Town Remains Engaged in Homeowners Insurance Rate Issue
Emerald Isle and Carteret County elected and appointed officials recently traveled to the official hearings on the requested insurance rate increases to communicate our opposition to the requested 35% rate increase. The NC Commissioner of Insurance will soon determine the amount of any rate increase, and we remain hopeful that Commissioner Goodwin will reject the requested rate increase outright.
An actuarial analysis commissioned by the NC Department of Insurance actually indicated that rates should be decreased by up to 13% Statewide, and we are encouraged by the results of this analysis. Emerald Isle property owners (and others on NC barrier islands) have endured repeated double-digit rate increases in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2013 that now result in EI property owners paying premiums as much as 5 times higher than many other areas of NC.
The Town remains engaged in this issue, and will continue to work with other coastal communities to promote a fairer rate structure in the future.
Yard Debris Collection - Please Help Us Be Efficient and Safe!
The Town's Public Works staff works hard to collect yard debris in a timely and quality manner, despite an ever-increasing workload. The number of collection points has approximately doubled in recent years, and the volume has increased by increased by more than 35%.
Please help us be as efficient as possible, and also keep our staff safe by following these guidelines when placing debris at the curb:
- avoid placement directly under power lines,
- avoid placement near mailboxes and other obstructions,
- limit tree segments to less than 8 ft. long, and
- do not mix construction and demolition debris with yard debris.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Eastern Ocean Regional Access To Be Closed During Parking Area Improvements
The Town has awarded a contract for the construction of parking area and storm water management improvements at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (site of a planned future new ocean fishing pier), and this facility will be closed for the entire winter.
Construction is expected to begin in late November or early December, and continue through March. The Town hopes to reopen the facility by April 1.
Town Formally Requests Funding for New Traffic Signal Poles
The Town has submitted funding requests to the NC General Assembly and the NCDOT for the installation of new steel traffic signal poles at the Town's 4 signalized intersections along NC 58. The Town is seeking approximately $700,000 in State funds for this project.
The Town's signalized intersections currently include signals supported by creosote poles and wire, and the new steel poles will be more durable and better withstand hurricane impacts. The new poles will also improve aesthetics along NC 58.
Plans Approved for New Mixed-Use Building at The Islander Suites
The Board of Commissioners recently granted final approval for the construction of a new mixed-use building at The Islander Suites. The new building will include additional condo-tel units available for short-term accommodations, and also traditional condo units. A new banquet / meeting facility will be included on the ground floor, making The Islander Suites a better venue for weddings, group meetings, and other gatherings.
The Town is pleased to see the new building moving forward, and continues to work to promote new development and redevelopment in the Village West zoning area along Islander Drive.
Construction is expected to begin after the 2015 summer season.
Jean Preston Memorial Playground Fundraising Continues
A volunteer committee continues its fundraising efforts for the development of a new playground facility in memory of the late State Senator and Emerald Isle resident Jean Preston. The committee's fundraising goal is $75,000, and they are currently approaching $10,000 in contributions.
The Town recently completed the purchase (with significant State grant funding) of an additional vacant lot adjacent to the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, and will combine this lot with an adjacent lot already owned by the Town to provide approximately 1 acre of upland area on Bogue Sound for the new playground.
To contribute to this effort, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Playground/default.htm !
"A Second Helping" a Success in First Year!
Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, under the leadership of Emerald Isle resident George Gardner, "A Second Helping" collected more than 3,000 lbs of leftover food from departing vacationers this past summer. The donated food was delivered to The Hem of His Garment (White Oak Ecumenical Outreach Ministries) in Swansboro.
"A Second Helping" expects to be back in summer 2015, and all departing vacationers are encouraged to drop off their leftover food when leaving Emerald Isle each Saturday!
Fireworks Planned for New Year's Eve!
Ring in the new year in Emerald Isle this year! As part of the area-wide "Crystal Coast Countdown", fireworks will be displayed over Bogue Inlet Pier at midnight!
Did You Know?
The Town of Emerald Isle currently provides all municipal services with a total of 57 full-time positions. Ten years ago, the Town operated with a total of 59 full-time positions.