Emerald Tidings

May 2016

  1. What is the Town of Emerald Isle All About?
  2. Download the new "Emerald Isle App"!
  3. Deck Evaluation Class - Friday, May 20 - Free, Open to the Public
  4. FY 16-17 Recommended Budget Presented May 10 
  5. Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park Opens May 25 - Dedication Ceremony Scheduled for 11 am - Public Invited
  6. 2016 Marathon Races Raise $52,000!
  7. 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update Continues
  8. Get Your Hurricane Re-Entry Permits Before a Storm Threatens EI!
  9. Beach Equipment Exception Stickers Available Now
  10. Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Available Now
  11. Carteret County E911 Center Recruiting Telecommunicators - Apply Now!
  12. Vacationers - Please Donate Your Leftover Food Before You Leave Emerald Isle!
  13. Purchase Your Own Emerald Isle Logo / Nice Matters T-Shirt!
  14. Did You Know?

What is the Town of Emerald Isle All About?


All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle understand and recognize what a special place Emerald Isle is, and we all work very hard to make it even better!  We strive to continually improve our services, infrastructure, and amenities to promote the highest possible quality of life for our residents, and to position Emerald Isle as a premier tourism, retirement, and second-home destination.  

The Town's efforts are guided by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners' policies and directives, and these policies and directives are ultimately rooted in the entire community's needs, desires, and goals.  The Town relies on input from many sources to address community concerns and move the Town forward, while also adhering to several basic principles that are outlined in two documents that summarize the Town's overall approach:  1) the Town's vision statement outlined in the 2004 CAMA Land Use Plan - located at  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vision-statement---2004-cama-land-use-plan-2.pdf , and  2) the attached memo outlining the Town's "fundamental focus" - located at  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/fundamental-focus.pdf .  If you are a long-time Emerald Isle resident, property owner, or visitor, we hope that you've observed the implementation of these principles over the years.  If you are relatively new to Emerald Isle, we hope that sharing these documents with you will provide a better understanding of exactly what the Town of Emerald Isle is all about, and that we will be able to enrich your experience in Emerald Isle.

From time to time it's important for all of us to pause and reflect on just how incredibly fortunate we are to be in Emerald Isle.  We could not ask for a more beautiful natural environment, the community of people in Emerald Isle is outstanding, and collectively we are blessed with relative wealth and good fortune.  Although our problems and concerns are certainly valid, and our challenges may at times seem significant, it is important to remember just how fortunate we all are compared to many communities in North Carolina, the United States, and the world.  We are all truly blessed to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle!

Download the new "Emerald Isle App"!


The new "Emerald Isle App" is complete, and beginning May 16 it can be downloaded for free at The App Store (for Apple devices) and at Google Play (for Android devices).  The new app is designed to make it easy for our residents and visitors to locate the terrific local businesses in Emerald Isle, find out where to stay, eat, and shop, learn about things to do and special events, and locate beach and sound access points and Town parks. The new app also includes a "postcard" feature --- take a great shot of family and friends in Emerald Isle, add the Emerald Isle frame, and then send it off or post to social media sites! 

The new app is also designed to make it easy for our residents and visitors to learn about and communicate with the Town government.  Special buttons provide the latest Town news, meetings of interest, and other important Town government information.  The new "Let Us Know" button enables our residents and visitors to report concerns to Town staff in a quick and easy format, enables the quick attachment of a photo, and also identifies the location of the concern. We hope that this new tool will make it easier for our residents and visitors to communicate with Town staff, and that it will ultimately enable Town staff to respond more efficiently to concerns. 

Deck Evaluation Class - Friday, May 20 - Free, Open to the Public


As part of "Deck Safety Month" (May 2016), and as part of our ongoing efforts to improve public awareness, the Town of Emerald Isle (in conjunction with Simpson Strong-Tie and Cox Industries) is hosting another special training class by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) to educate and to promote deck safety awareness.  The class is scheduled for Friday, May 20 at 8:30 am in the Town Board Meeting Room.  

This program is targeted at industry professionals, and is also open to the general public interested in learning more about deck safety.  The program will include instruction on techniques to properly evaluate decks, stairs and railings using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals and others as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess deck safety issues.  After the program, individuals will understand how to analyze the following deck components, issues, and more:

  •  Stairs
  •  Footings and Posts
  •  Joists
  •  Joist Connections
  •  Girders
  •  Ledger Connections
  •  Deck Boards
  •  Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  •  Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  •  Assess hardware or material corrosion
  •  Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.

This class is offered free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited to the first 150 people to pre-register!  To pre-register for the course, please visit:


The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to offer this class again, which was originally presented in December 2015.  

FY 16-17 Recommended Budget Presented May 10 


The Town Manager's FY 16-17 Recommended Budget will be formally presented to Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners at the May 10 Town meeting.  The Board will then review the Recommended Budget later in May and June, direct any desired adjustments, and is then expected to adopt the Town's official FY 16-17 budget at the June 14 Town meeting.  

The FY 16-17 Recommended Budget is now available for public review at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/financial/fy-16-17-recommended-budget-full-book-without-cover.pdf.  The total Recommended Budget is $9.45 million, which is 1.9% more than the originally adopted FY 15-16 budget.  The Recommended Budget does not include any property tax or fee increases of any kind, thus keeping the cost of Town government the same in FY 16-17 for our taxpayers.   

Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park Opens May 25 - Dedication Ceremony Scheduled for 11 am - Public Invited


The Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park, located directly adjacent to the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, is nearly complete, and will officially open on Wednesday, May 25.  

A special dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11 am on May 25, which would have been Senator Preston's 81st birthday.  The public is invited to attend and help us celebrate Senator Preston's legacy and this great new soundfront playground in Emerald Isle!  

2016 Marathon Races Raise $52,000!

The 2016 Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K races were held in Emerald Isle on Saturday, April 9, with approximately 1,400 runners registered.  Thanks to the hard work of Race Director Candace Dooley, the volunteer Race Committee, many dedicated volunteers, and our great sponsors, the races netted a total profit of $52,000, the most ever in the 3-year history of the races.  A total of $26,000 will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the remaining $26,000 will be earmarked for future bicycle path and pedestrian improvements in Emerald Isle.  

Mark your calendar now for the 2017 races -- Saturday, March 25!

2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update Continues

Work continues on the development of the Town's 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update.  A special website for the planning effort allows our residents, property owners, and visitors to follow the progress and offer input into the development of the plan, and can be viewed at a link from http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ or directly at http://www.planei.org/ .  The special website will include all information associated with the new plan, including meeting dates, meeting minutes, draft policies and maps, and more.  

The Town will be conducting an online survey in the coming weeks, and we urge everyone who cares about the future of Emerald Isle to participate. More details will be provided in future editions of Emerald Tidings.    

Get Your Hurricane Re-Entry Permits Before a Storm Threatens EI!


The Town works hard to be prepared for and respond to potential threats, and is ready for the 2016 hurricane season (although we all hope and pray that we don't need to put our plans into action!).

The Town's website, http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information , includes a lot of good information about Town policies and personal preparedness, and timely notices are posted regularly when a hurricane is threatening and impacting Emerald Isle.  For the most accurate and updated information about Emerald Isle, please visit the Town's website, subscribe to the Town's email newsletter, and follow us on Facebook (Town of Emerald Isle, NC) and/or Twitter (@townemeraldisle).  We will also be sending out "push" notifications on the new Emerald Isle App this summer.

If you don't already have your hurricane re-entry permit (used to allow property owners and residents back onto the island in the event of significant damage and prolonged closure of Emerald Isle to the general public), please make sure you visit (7509 Emerald Drive) or call the Town Administration Building (252-354-3424) long before a storm threatens Emerald Isle.  Re-entry permits are available for $25 each. 

Be prepared, be safe, and heed the warnings of Town, County, and State officials!

Beach Equipment Exception Stickers Available Now

Town ordinances prohibit unattended beach equipment from being left on the public trust beach area overnight between 8 pm and 8 am.  

Oceanfront property owners are eligible for up to 2 special exception stickers to enable them to leave equipment out overnight if desired. The stickers are for oceanfront owners only and will not be issued to guests.  Oceanfront property owners should contact Town Administration Building staff at 252-354-3424 for details.  To access a copy of the application, please visit 

http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-regulations-information- . 

The Town has previously issued special exception stickers to many oceanfront property owners, and previously issued stickers will be honored by Town staff enforcing this ordinance during summer 2016.

Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Available Now


Due to the significant Town investment to acquire the land and construct the two regional beach access facilities, Town property taxpayers are eligible for 2 free annual parking permits for the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access.  

The parking permits will be granted only for vehicles registered in the name of the taxpayer, and are not transferable.  Town taxpayers must display the appropriate permit sticker on their windshield in order to avoid the parking fee.  The permit sticker can not be obtained at the regional beach access facilities, and must be obtained prior to visiting the regional beach access facilities. To obtain your free parking permit, please visit (7509 Emerald Drive) or call (252-354-3424) the Town Administration Building during normal business hours.

Please note that you will need to bring your vehicle registration(s) with you when applying for your permit.  To access a copy of the application, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-regulations-information- . 

Carteret County E911 Center Recruiting Telecommunicators - Apply Now!

Emerald Isle, along with all other municipalities in the County, is served by the Carteret County E911 Center located in Morehead City, and they provide essential telecommunications services for the public, Police, Fire, and EMS personnel.  There are currently vacancies in the E911 Center, and Carteret County is accepting applications for this important role.  To learn more and apply, please visit  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/carteretcounty/default.cfm . 

Vacationers - Please Donate Your Leftover Food Before You Leave Emerald Isle!

Please don't waste that leftover food when your vacation ends and you leave Emerald Isle.  There are two great volunteer programs that will collect leftover food and provide it to those in need in our area. 

"A Second Helping" collects leftover food from roadside locations along Coast Guard Road and NC 58 on Saturdays during the summer, and more information is available at http://www.asecondhelping-emeraldisle.com/ . 

The Carteret County Domestic Violence Program offers the "Charity Food Drop Program", which collects leftover food from departing guests at their Emerald Isle vacation rental agency at check-out time.  For more information about this program, please contact the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program at 252-726-2336 or  ccdvp@bizec.rr.com , or contact your vacation rental agency.  

Purchase Your Own Emerald Isle Logo / Nice Matters T-Shirt!


The Town has received a very positive response to the new Emerald Isle logo and the new "Nice Matters" tag line.  If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt with the new logo and tag line, please visit the Town Administration Building at 7509 Emerald Drive.  T-shirts are $15 each, and are available now for purchase. Show your EI pride!


Did You Know?

The Town has permitted 27 new homes during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, and this is largest number of new homes permitted over the course of an entire fiscal year in the last 10 years. The Town permitted a total of 43 new homes in FY 06-07, and had permitted as many as 127 new homes in FY 03-04.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, May 16, 2016 10:39:00 AM