Emerald Tidings

December 2019

E.I. Holiday Schedule- Christmas and New Years


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

Town offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, Wednesday, December 25, and Thursday, December 26 in observance of Christmas.  

The Community Center will be closing early at 5pm on Tuesday, December 24, closed Wednesday, December 25, and open on Thursday, December 26.  

Trash / Recycling will NOT be collected on Tuesday, December 24 or Wednesday, December 25. The regular collection schedule will resume on Thursday, December 26. 

Town offices and the Community Center will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day.  

Recycling WILL be collected on Wednesday, January 1.  Happy New Year! 

Shop Local this Holiday Season!


Shopping local is always a great investment.  Say thank you to our neighbors and friends by supporting Emerald Isle businesses that remain open year round.  Per NCDOT, bridge construction is not scheduled to occur between the week of Christmas and New Year’s.  So spend the holidays on the island and frequent our local merchants! 

Emerald Isle Bridge Construction Details


N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews are working to extend the life of the Emerald Isle Bridge during the 2019/2020 off-season.

As of December 2, 2019, a lane of N.C. 58 on the Emerald Isle Bridge will be closed weekdays (Monday through Friday) between 9 am and 3 pm.  A lane of the bridge will also be closed on weekends, as needed. One lane of the bridge will remain open for traffic flow.

The rehab project includes installation of a two-bar railing and repairs to the girders. This project will extend the life of the bridge for more than 20 years. Work is expected to last through mid-March 2020.

The new guardrails will have a similar appearance as those 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 guardrail height of 54 inches. 

Drivers that travel on the Emerald Isle Bridge should use caution and expect delays.  For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov and follow NCDOT on social media (Twitter).

For additional information, please contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-514-4759 or email Paul Vorwerk at pvorwerk@ncdot.gov hank you for your patience, as NCDOT and their contract crews work to maintain and improve this essential infrastructure for Emerald Isle!  

Please separate recyclables from Household Trash

The Town of Emerald Isle invests significant resources in our curb-side recycling program.  Annually, Emerald Isle's residents and visitors recycle approximately 800 tons of waste!  

Please make sure that recycling containers include only clean recyclable items.  When mixed with household trash, recyclables will be rejected by our processing center.  So please do your part to keep the recycle stream clean. 

In Emerald Isle, recycling is collected year-long, each and every Wednesday.  For a summary of the Town's trash and recycling program, please visit:  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/garbage-recycling-2

Golf Cart Safety Classes Offered


The Emerald Isle Police Department began accepting requests for Golf Cart renewals and new registrations for the 2020 calendar year on December 1, 2019.  Remember, all Golf Cart Registrations expire on January 1st each year. To renew, owners are asked to provide current proof of insurance and a payment of $100.00 per cart.

SAVE $25:  Attend a Golf Cart Safety, Rules and Regulations class and receive a discount card good for $25.00 off the price of your 2020 registration. Offered December 2019 – May 2020, all classes are held in the town board meeting room located at 7500 Emerald Drive.   Following is the class schedule:

December 2nd  6pm

December 7th 10am

January 6th 6pm

January 11th 10am

February 3rd 6pm

February 22nd 10am

March 2nd 6pm

March 7th 10am

April 13th 6pm

April 25th 10am

May 2nd 10am

May 4th 6pm

If you have questions or need more information, please call Community Resource Officer, Sandra DeLorme at 252-354-2021.  Thank you and remain safe while operating your golf cart on Emerald Isle!

Hurricane Dorian Vegetative Debris- Final Pass December 16th


The Mayor, Board of Commissioners, and Town staff wish to thank all Emerald Isle property owners for their assistance related to Hurricane Dorian (September 2019) clean-up efforts. Due to the sheer volume of vegetative material placed at the street, the debris collection process has taken substantial time and resources. 

As a reminder, the Town will complete a third and final Hurricane Dorian related vegetative debris removal pass on Monday, December 16, 2019. 

The Town of Emerald Isle owns two (2) knuckle-boom service trucks; both trucks have worked 5-6 days per week collecting vegetative debris.  An average of 75-100 stops are being made per day.  We also coordinated with the City of New Bern to rent a third knuckle-boom service truck.  All three trucks have collected debris 5-days per week. After December 16, 2019, the Town will return to a normal collection schedule for vegetation. 

We truly appreciate the publics’ patience and understanding.  Together, we will continue to keep Emerald Isle beautiful.

Beach Nourishment Phase II- Scheduled for winter 2020


In cooperation with the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, Phase II of the Post-Florence Beach Nourishment project is scheduled to occur this coming winter.   Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has been awarded the $28.1 M project. 

Locally, the western end of Emerald Isle will see approximately 345,000 cubic yards of sand placed on the beach strand. The area to be nourished will encompass the area between Sound of the Sea and the eastern extent of Land’s End.  

The dredging process is expected to be on the Emerald Isle section of beach during the months of March and April 2020.   Information will be shared continuously throughout the process. 

To learn more about the project, please visit http://www.carteretcountync.gov/301/Beach-News or contact Gregory Rudolph (Rudi) at the Shore Protection Office by dialing 252 222-5835 or via email at grudolph@carteretcountync.gov

Vendor Applications Now Being Accepted for the 29th Annual EI St. Patrick's Festival!


The 29th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival on Saturday, March 14th, is now accepting vendor applications. There are Arts & Crafts, Non-Profit, and Food Vendor applications available. Please be sure to read and complete your application thoroughly. Applications and fees must be turned at the Emerald Isle Community Center, 203 Leisure Lane.  For questions please contact Whitney Smith, Program Supervisor at 252-354-6350.

Arts & Crafts Vendor Application

Non-Profit Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races - March 28, 2020!


Start training now!  The 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020.  Start your training program now, sign up at:


Set your PR on our flat, fast course, and enjoy a beautiful spring weekend at the beach with family and friends!  


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, December 6, 2019 4:07:00 PM