Emerald Tidings

June 2007

  1. Police Station Renovation / Expansion Project Underway
  2. New Traffic Signals Explained
  3. Design Work for New EMS Station Nearly Complete
  4. Main Event - 50th Birthday Celebration - Saturday, September 22, 2007
  5. More 50th Birthday Events

Emerald Tidings, composed monthly by Town Manager Frank Rush, is the official newsletter of the Town of Emerald Isle.


Police Station Renovation / Expansion Project Underway

Town Administrative Offices Temporarily Relocated to Town Meeting Room   Work on the renovation and expansion of the Emerald Isle Police Station is now underway, and is expected to be complete later this summer or fall.  BJ & Associates, Morehead City, NC, has been awarded the nearly $200,000 construction contract for this project.    The existing Police Station includes approximately 2,000 sq. ft., and has been in use for nearly 30 years.  The department has operated in severely cramped and outdated conditions for the past several years, and the Town is pleased to be moving forward with this important project.  The newly renovated and expanded Police Station will consist of approximately 5,000 sq. ft. when complete, and is expected to meet the department's needs for many years.      To provide space for the Police Station expansion, the existing Town administrative office space (approximately 3,000 sq. ft.) has been vacated.  Minor renovations will be completed to that area for Police Department use, and new hallways will be installed to connect this area with the existing Police Station, which will be completely gutted and reconstructed.  The result will be a modern, expanded Police Station with improved evidence, property, and records storage areas; dedicated holding areas and interrogation areas; improved office space; and a more customer-friendly public reception area.    The Police Department will continue to provide excellent emergency response and police services throughout construction.       Town administrative staff have been temporarily relocated to the Town Meeting Room to allow for expedient construction of the renovated and expanded Police Station.  The Town Meeting Room is located directly across the foyer from the previous Town administrative offices, and Town staff remain available to provide quality assistance to our customers.   The Town is currently in the design phase for the construction of a new Town Administrative Office Building, to be built on the Town Hall campus between the Police Station and the tennis courts.  Construction of the new building is expected to begin this fall and take approximately 1 year to complete.  Town administrative staff will continue to occupy the Town Meeting Room during that time.  Upon completion of the new Town Administrative Office Building, the Town Meeting Room will be renovated to improve audio and visual capabilities and aesthetics.  In the meantime, the regular monthly meetings of the Board of Commissioners (2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm) and the Planning Board (4th Monday of each month at 6 pm) will be held in the gymnasium at the Community Center.    Town staff strive to provide the best possible service to our customers, and these efforts will continue throughout the construction process.  We appreciate our customers' patience and understanding with the temporary nature of our facilities as we work through this process. 

New Traffic Signals Explained

Why No Protected Left Green Arrow Coming Off of Coast Guard Road?

The NC Department of Transportation has completed the installation of the new closed-loop traffic signal system on NC 58 in Emerald Isle.  The new system includes better coordination of the Town's 4 signals, the installation of new signal heads, the installation of pedestrian signals, and new pavement markings.

The new system includes a new style traffic signal head.  This traffic signal head is intended to improve driver understanding of left-turn traffic signal displays to reduce accidents at signalized intersections.  Emerald Isle is one of the first communities in North Carolina to utilize these new signal heads.  An explanation of the new signal heads is provided below:

NCDOT is interested in receiving feedback on the new signals, and encourages drivers to call 1-877-DOT-4YOU to offer your opinion on the new signals.

The Town often receives requests for the installation of a dedicated left green arrow at the Coast Guard Road / NC 58 intersection.  During the busy summer season, it is often difficult to exit left out of Coast Guard Road due to the presence of oncoming traffic from the north travelling straight onto Coast Guard Road.  The Town has made numerous requests to NCDOT over the past 4 years to add a dedicated green arrow at this intersection, however, NCDOT does not believe that such a feature is justified.  The Town continues to pursue this request, as it is our position that such a feature would be beneficial during peak traffic periods. 

Interested citizens may contact NCDOT directly at their Greenville office at 252-830-3490. 

Design Work for New EMS Station Nearly Complete

The Town and the non-profit Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. continue to work toward the construction of a new EMS station.  A joint committee of EMS personnel, Town Commissioners, and the Town Manager have been working together with EDA-Morehead Architects, Morehead City, NC, over the past several months and is nearing completion of the building design.   The new EMS station will be located on Town-owned property at the corner of NC 58 and Live Oak Street, directly adjacent to Fire Station #1.  The new station will replace Emerald Isle EMS' long-time station on Cedar Street with a new, modern facility designed to maintain and enhance the quality of emergency medical care in Emerald Isle.    The new station is expected to be put out for construction bids later this summer, with construction beginning soon thereafter.  Construction is expected to last for approximately 1 year.  The new station will be funded jointly by the Town of Emerald Isle and the non-profit Emerald Isle EMS, Inc.   The existing EMS station on Cedar Street, located on the oceanside, will be available for sale upon completion of the new building.  Interested buyers should contact Emerald Isle EMS at 354-2249 or the Town Manager at 354-3424. 

Main Event - 50th Birthday Celebration - Saturday, September 22, 2007


Plans for the Town's grand 50th Birthday celebration are coming together!  Save the date - September 22, 2007 - all day long!   The Town has requested permission to close off the vast NC 58 right-of-way near Emerald Plantation Shopping Center for a great day of live, outdoor musical entertainment representing the past 50 years!  Confirmed acts include The Impressions (Motown sound), The Breakfast Club (80s cover band), the Backbeat (Beatles cover band), Captain Cook and the Coconutz (Jimmy Buffett and more) and Sammy O'Banion and Mardi Gras (beach music).  The Town continues its excellent working relationship with NEXT Media (assisted with previous concerts, including Josh Turner and Kellie Pickler), and will announce the headliner act, and up-and-coming artist to represent today's music, in the near future.    The event will also include amusement rides, food vendors, a beer garden, magicians, and other kids activities.  The day's activities also include a classic car show and a beach volleyball tournament!  The celebration will conclude with an astounding fireworks display that night!   Don't miss the grand celebration of this milestone in Emerald Isle's history!  We are all so fortunate to enjoy this special place!

More 50th Birthday Events!



The Town of Emerald Isle is 50 years old in 2007, and many great events are planned to commemorate this milestone! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events commemorating the Town's 50th Birthday:

    LIMITED EDITION Commemorative 50th Birthday Lapel Pins Available Now!  The Town has commissioned the design of the official 50th Birthday commemorative pin, and these pins are available now at retail establishments in Emerald Isle and at the Emerald Isle Community Center.  Cost is $5 per pin.  Keep an eye out for its attractive design!   50th Birthday Pictorial Coffee Table Book Coming Soon!

The Town has also commissioned the creation of a special 50th Birthday coffee table book highlighting the pictorial history of Emerald Isle.  Book design is in final stages, and the first copies are expected to arrive in July.  Local retail establishments will carry the book, and it will also be available at the Emerald Isle Community Center and Town Hall.  The Town is also working to establish an online purchase system for the new book, which is sure to be in high demand!  Cost is $19.57 per book!  Look for more details in the coming weeks. 

  Emerald Isle "As You Know It" Photography Contest March 1, 2007 - August 10, 2007 (Entry Deadline)Photographers are invited to submit images that capture the true spirit of Emerald Isle.  Entry fee is $10 per photo submitted, individuals may submit up to three photographs in one division only.  Divisions are as follows: Professional, Amateur/Adult, Amateur/Youth (ages 6-17).  Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third in each division; only one prize per household.  Photos MUST be accompanied by an official entry form.  Contact Laura Lee Davis at ldavis@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252.354.6350 for an official entry form.  Official entry forms and complete contest rules can be downloaded at www.emeraldisle-nc.org.   All entries must be postmarked by August 3, 2007.    Fabulous Fifties Drive-In Diner June 7, 2007  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Community Center Emerald Isle and Andy's Cheeseburgers and Cheesesteaks celebrate the romance of drive-in restaurants with a "Car Hop and Car Service" dinner event.  Enjoy the flavor and the feeling of days gone by with fifties music and a classic soda fountain-style meal delivered by roller skating waiters!  Bring the kids on their last day of school or just drive in with your sweetie for a truly memorable evening.  The menu includes some of Andy's favorites like cheeseburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and their famous milkshakes, lemonade, and orangeade.  No rain date.    Family Fun Day - Special Beach Jive After Five July 19, 2007  11:00 am until ? Western Ocean Regional Access Special day includes fun for the whole family, including horseshoes, bocce ball, hula hoop contest, limbo, sandcastle contest, and kite demo.  Enjoy live music and the tranquil ocean breeze!  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, even dinner!  No rain date.     Additional information about future events will be published in upcoming editions of Emerald Tidings. For more information about the entire 50th Birthday celebration, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350 or visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org.  


Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Friday, June 1, 2007 11:31:00 AM