Emerald Tidings

February 2020

Lifeguards Needed: Now hiring for summer 2020!

The Town of Emerald Isle remains focused on beach safety year-round.  A key component to a safe beach season is the recruitment, training and employment of highly qualified lifeguards.   

The Town is currently looking for accomplished swimmers to join our team!  Candidates must be 18-years of age (or older), possess a valid driver’s license, able to swim 500-meters in less than 10 minutes, and have the capacity to successfully complete USLA certified training. 

Learn more about the opportunity and even watch our 15-second advertisement teaser here: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/lifeguards 

Please share the link above and encourage exceptional candidates to apply!

Lifeguard Host Family Program

The Emerald Isle Fire Department Lifeguard Program is currently seeking Host Families for the 2020 summer season.  Hosting a lifeguard makes your family part of our team!

A majority of our USLA certified lifeguards are college students. Some of which, hail from varied locations across the county and have no local connection (or family) in Carteret County.  

A Host Family provides safe, comfortable housing, in a family environment for an Emerald Isle lifeguard. 

As a Host Family, you will provide an invaluable service to the community and positively interact with a dynamic young adult.  Your kindness will directly contribute to the safety of the Emerald Isle beaches. 

To learn more about the program, contact the EIFD at (252) 354-2445 or click here: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/lifeguard-host-family-program

American Red Cross- Donate Blood on Emerald Isle

The next American Red Cross blood drive on Emerald Isle will be Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Emerald Isle Recreation Center from 2-7pm!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact Kristin Willis via email at kristin.willis@redcross.org or by calling 252-341-1325. 

E.I. Garden Club: Card & Games Party Fundraiser

Join the E.I. Garden Club on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 1-4pm for a Card and Games Party Fundraiser.  The event will be held at Emerald Isle Community Center (7500 Emerald Drive). Play your favorite card, board or table game. Tickets are $18 and includes a light buffet, desserts, beverages and a chance at a door prize. Tickets for raffle items and a cash drawing will also be sold during the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 252-764-0420 or emailing eigardenclub@gmail.com

Polar Plunge: Monday March 2, 2020

Transportation Impact, First Flight Solutions, Caribsea and the American Heart Association team up for the 3rd year in a row for the 2020 Crystal Coast Polar Plunge to benefit the mission of the American Heart Association.  The goal is to raise money for a great organization and have fun!  

The Transportation Impact team is the lead and this year, the team is hoping to expand efforts and the fun into more businesses. Two members of the Emerald Isle town staff are participating; Police Officer Sandra Delorme and Town Manager Matt Zapp. 

Learn more here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/2020PBPlunge

The Polar Bear Plunge will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 4pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) located off Islander Drive.  Reach out and become involved today!

The 29th Annual EI St. Patrick's Festival- March 14, 2020!

The 29th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact. The Festival is on Saturday, March 14th 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation. Join us for a fun filled day for the whole family. There will be amusement rides, Irish food and drink specials and over 80 local craft vendors. There are two stages of live music, see the flyer for the full lineup. The beer garden is open 10am-5pm for 21+ only .Everyone's Irish on the 14th! All vendor spots are full, but we are currently looking for sponsorship's. For questions please call 252-354-6350.

2020 St. Patrick's Festival Entertainment Lineup

Sponsorship Form

Ride Preview Night- Fri, March 13th 5-10pm at Emerald Plantation

Come out and enjoy Unlimited Amusement Rides with the purchase of a $17 armband as a part of the St Patrick's Festival.

There will be no food vendors, arts & crafts vendors or alcohol sales on Friday night. For more details call 252-354-6350

View Ride Preview Flyer!

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!  

Carteret Literacy Council Scavenger Hunt

The Carteret Literacy Council is excited to host our Inaugural SCAVENGER HUNT April 1 – April 8, 2020. 

We are not FOOLING around about this event promising to be full of entertainment and fun.

Enter a three person team to compete with your friends or family. Complete as many tasks that you can over eight days to earn points. The winning team earns prizes and bragging rights.

The deadline to enter is March 30th.  The winning team will be announced during a party on April 9th at 1:00 PM. Visit our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/carteretliteracy

For more information call 252-808-2020, visit www.carteretliteracy.org,  or email carteretliteracy@carteretliteracy.org.

2020 Census Jobs are available!

The 2020 Census will be here in just a few weeks, and Census jobs are still available.  We all know how important it is to have an accurate count.  The US Census Bureau released an interactive map showing the recruitment status, and North Carolina is behind.  Click the link below:


Anyone who is interested in a temporary Census job with flexible hours and good pay can apply online at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html .

Turtle Patrol: Cold Stun/Stranding Season

Unfortunately, this time of year sea turtles can wash up onto the local beach. Seeing a sea turtle on the sand, especially one with barnacles on it, is indication of a sick sea turtle. 

Even if the sea turtle you find is not moving, please contact Sea Turtle Patrol immediately.   

SEA TURTLE PATROL CONTACT: You can reach Sea Turtle Patrol Program Coordinator, Dale Baquer, at (252) 646-8292 or call the Emerald Isle Police Department via the non-emergency number line at 252-354-2091.   Members of the response team will report to the location and collect the turtle. Nest Response Team members will deliver the turtle to CMAST in Morehead City and/or transport it to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Surf City.

A special “Thank You” to these beach walkers who have recently called about turtles on the beach:
-Tom, Patsy and Chris Fry (12/30/19) and Sandy Fifer (1/14/2020)

For further information Sea Turtle Patrol, please visit us online at: eiseaturtlepatrol.org

Emerald Isle Bridge Construction Continues

N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews are working to extend the life of the Emerald Isle Bridge during the 2020 off-season.  New railing has been installed on the western side of the bridge.  Crews are now working on the eastern half of the bridge. 

Repairs are anticipated to occur 7-days per week, through late-March 2020.  At minimum, one lane of the bridge will remain open for traffic flow during the entire construction period.

A lane of N.C. 58 on the Emerald Isle Bridge will be closed weekdays (Monday through Friday) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  A lane of the bridge will also be closed on weekends as needed.  Weekend work is expected to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday and last through 5 p.m. Sunday.

Please anticipate delays and plan ahead.  For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov and follow NCDOT on social media (Twitter).

Contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-649-6520 or email Paul Vorwerk at pvorwerk@ncdot.gov for additional information. Thank you for your patience as NCDOT and their contract crews work to maintain and improve this essential infrastructure for Emerald Isle!  

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:

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!

Beach Nourishment Phase II- Work is underway!

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

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 12, 2020 9:49:00 AM