Emerald Tidings

December 2015

  1. Messer Re-Elected, Finch and Dooley Elected to Replace Wootten and Hoover

  2. Land Use Plan Update Process Set to Begin

  3. Automatic External Defibrillators Added at Town Facilities

  4. NC Court of Appeals Confirms Public's Right to Use Dry-Sand Beach

  5. "Downtown" Lights and Trees to Be Installed

  6. Ring in the New Year in Emerald Isle!  Check Out Crystal Coast Countdown Festivities!

  7. NCDOT to Install New Guardrails on Emerald Isle Bridge

  8. Beach Access Walkway Replacements Planned

  9. EIPD Launches "R U OK" Program

  10. Controlled Deer Hunt Planned for Early 2016

  11. New Golf Cart License Plates

  12. Carteret Arts Forum Continues Great Local Programming

  13. Start Training for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races! - Saturday, April 9

  14. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Messer Re-Elected, Finch and Dooley Elected to Replace Wootten and Hoover

Mayor Pro-Tem Floyd Messer, Jr. was re-elected to a new 4-year term on the Board of Commissioners in the November municipal election.  Steve Finch (4-year term) and Candace Dooley (2-year term) were also elected to the Board of Commissioners.  They join Mayor Eddie Barber and Commissioners Maripat Wright and Jim Normile to comprise the Town's new governing body.  We look forward to working with them in the future!


Floyd Messer, Jr.                     Steve Finch                Candace Dooley

The Town extends its deepest gratitude to retiring Commissioner John Wootten and Commissioner Tom Hoover, Jr.  Commissioner Wootten has served for 14 years, and Commissioner Hoover has served for 13 years, and both have been instrumental in moving the Town forward during that time. Their efforts are greatly appreciated, and we wish them well in the future!


Tom Hoover, Jr.                        John Wootten

Land Use Plan Update Process Set to Begin

The Town was fortunate to have excellent community participation and input when the Town's current Land Use Plan was developed and ultimately adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2004.  The Town has diligently relied on the 2004 plan to guide various land use and community improvement decisions for the past 11 years, and will soon begin a new process that will culminate in an updated 2017 Land Use Plan.

The Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a contract with a planning consultant in January 2016, and will also appoint a Land Use Plan Steering Committee comprised of Emerald Isle residents, second homeowners, and business owners at that time.  The planning process is expected to begin soon thereafter, with a goal for the Board of Commissioners to adopt a new plan in early 2017.  There will be multiple opportunities for public input during the process, and we hope everyone will share their vision and goals for Emerald Isle in the future.

To learn more about the new process, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/memo-11-10-2015-12 .  To view the Town's 2004 Land Use Plan, as amended, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/cama-land-use-plan .

Automatic External Defibrillators Added at Town Facilities

The Town recently added new automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in key Town facilities to assist individuals experiencing a cardiac event.  The AEDs are quick and easy to use, and could make the difference in saving someone's life.  AEDs are now located in the Community Center (two locations), the Town Administration Building, the Police Station / Town Board Meeting Room, and the new Welcome Center.

NC Court of Appeals Confirms Public's Right to Use Dry-Sand Beach

The NC Court of Appeals recently confirmed the public's right to use the dry-sand beach (the flat area between the base of the dunes and the water) in Emerald Isle and on other NC beaches.  The Town is pleased with the unanimous decision in the Nies v. Emerald Isle case.  To view the ruling, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/court-of-appeals-ruling-nies-v-emerald-isle .

"Downtown" Lights and Trees to Be Installed

The Board of Commissioners recently approved a contract for the installation of 37 new decorative, contemporary street lights along the bike path and sidewalks along NC 58 in the "downtown" area.  The new lights will be installed approximately every 200 feet between the new Welcome Center and the Town Government complex in December and January.  The new lights are funded by private donations, fundraising efforts by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and fundraising proceeds derived from the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races.

The Board also approved the installation of 80 new crape myrtle trees (funded by the NC Department of Transportation) along NC 58.  A total of 47 new trees will be planted in the "downtown" area, and 33 new trees will be added to the NC 58 right of way west of the "downtown" area in December.

Ring in the New Year in Emerald Isle!  Check Out Crystal Coast Countdown Festivities!

New Year's Eve is right around the corner, and what better place to ring in the New Year than Emerald Isle!  Please join us for New Year's Eve fireworks from Bogue Inlet Pier at 9 pm on December 31, along with the "shamrock drop"!

The Crystal Coast Countdown includes numerous special events all around Carteret County in the days leading up to the New Year.  For a complete schedule, please visit  http://www.crystalcoastcountdown.com/ .

NCDOT to Install New Guardrails on Emerald Isle Bridge

NCDOT is planning to install new, tubular steel guardrails on the NC 58 bridge in 2016, likely in the fall after the 2016 prime tourism season.  These railings will be similar to those in place on the Atlantic Beach - Morehead City bridge.  The current concrete railings are approximately 28 inches high, and the new steel railings will extend an additional 26 inches, resulting in a total guard rail height of 54 inches.  The photo below shows a simulated view with the new guard rails in place.

Beach Access Walkway Replacements Planned

The Town will soon contract for the replacement of three existing beach access walkways at 18th Street, Bryan Street, and Nina Street.  Work is expected to occur this winter and spring, with completion prior to the 2016 tourism season.  The Town maintains a comprehensive inventory of the condition of all beach access walkways, and strives to replace the three most deteriorated walkways each year.

EIPD Launches "R U OK" Program

The Emerald Isle Police Department has implemented the new "R U OK" program to provide regular automated welfare checks on individuals in Emerald Isle who request the service. Participants in the "R U OK" program will receive a regular automated phone call at the time and frequency requested, and if the person does not acknowledge the call then the person's family members will be notified and, if necessary, EIPD will respond to check on the individual's welfare. To sign up for the new program, please contact the Emerald Isle Police Department at 252-354-2021.

Controlled Deer Hunt Planned for Early 2016

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed an updated deer population estimate in Emerald Isle, and has recommended that the Town remove 30 - 50 deer from the local population this winter.  EIPD officers will utilize bow-and-arrow to take deer from public right of ways and other public properties during overnight hours on weeknights only in January (and potentially in February also).  These are the same protocols used successfully in January 2015. All deer meat will be donated to the Hope Mission in Morehead City, and will be used to feed the hungry in our county.

New Golf Cart License Plates

Annual golf cart registrations must be renewed in January for 2016.  Please contact the Town Administration Building at 252-354-3424 or visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/golf-card-registration-program to renew.  In an effort to improve the visibility of plate numbers, the Town will issue new license plates for 2016 (pictured below).  Enjoy your golf cart!


Carteret Arts Forum Continues Great Local Programming

The Carteret Arts Forum (CAF) continues to offer a variety of arts programs, including a performance by James Michael (Baritone) at the Coral Bay Club in Atlantic Beach on Thursday, December 10, and a performance by author Al Sheppard (former NYPD Police Officer in Emergency Services Unit) at the Elks Lodge in Morehead City on Thursday, January 21.  For more information, and a complete lineup of upcoming CAF events, please visit http://www.carteretartsforum.com/products-services .

Start Training for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races! - Saturday, April 9

The 3rd annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  The full Marathon begins at 6:15 am, followed by the Half-Marathon at 8:15 am, and the 5K race begins at 8:30 am.  The 2015 races attracted nearly 1600 runners and raised $50,000 for heart charities and the Emerald Isle bike path, and we hope to surpass those totals in 2016!  Start your training now, and sign up at http://www.emeraldislerun.com/ .

Sponsorship opportunities are also available --- please contact Race Director Candace Dooley at doolsgirl@gmail.com if you'd like to be a sponsor!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to everyone who lives in, owns property, visits regularly, or just loves Emerald Isle!  We are all incredibly fortunate to be able to enjoy this special place!

Town offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 23, Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.  The Community Center will be open on Wednesday, December 23 and Saturday, December 26, but will be closed on December 24 and 25.

Recycling will be collected on Wednesday, December 23.  Trash will NOT be collected on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25.  The regular collection schedule will resume on Monday, December 28.

Town offices and the Community Center will be closed on Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day.  Trash will NOT be collected on Friday, January 1, and the regular collection schedule will resume on Monday, January 4.

Did You Know?

The Town's new logo is intended to be more recognizable and to better promote the Emerald Isle "brand". The "arch" over the words "Emerald Isle" represents the Emerald Isle bridge, while the green represents the abundance of trees in Emerald Isle and the blue represents the pristine waters all around Emerald Isle.

  • The meaning of the "Nice Matters" tag line is two-fold.  Treating our customers, neighbors, and visitors "nice" is the Town's highest priority, and we continuously strive to provide the best possible customer service.  We also know that our success is predicated on keeping Emerald Isle looking as "nice" as possible, and the Town works hard to keep our public beaches, NC 58, and other public areas neat, clean, and attractive.  "Nice" definitely "matters" to us!

NICE MATTERS!

 

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594
252-354-3424
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org
www.emeraldisle-nc.org

Nice Matters!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, December 2, 2015 10:33:00 AM

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