Emerald Tidings

January 2020


FEMA: Docks, piers and repairs 'Oh My'


As we begin the first quarter of 2020, much awaited reconstruction is set to take place. The Board of Commissioners and town staff are pleased to share a status update on local post-Florence projects.

In cooperation with FEMA and the NC Department of Public Safety, the following Emerald isle projects are funded and scheduled for completion before the start of the 2020 summer season:

  1. Cedar Street Pier- Complete demolition of damaged pier and construction of a new pier in the existing footprint with concrete slat decking.
  2. Emerald Isle Woods- Complete demolition of damaged pier and construction of a new pier with concrete slat decking, new floating dock and kayak launch.
  3. Park Street Pier-Replacement of a 5'x5' platform, elevation 4', with 8 steps and attachment of new kayak launch to the existing pier.
  4. Bluewater Pier- Demolition of damaged 810' pier.
  5. WORA- Repairs to the bath house, picnic shelter and dune stage.
  6. EORA- Repairs to the bath house  

For further information, please contact Parks & Recreation Director Alesia Sanderson at asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org or by calling (252) 354-6350.

EIFD Needs Your Help- 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!


Based on standards established by the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), Emerald Isle recruits individuals with advanced swimming skills and a devotion to the rigors of open water guarding. A majority of these 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 

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 here:

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 .

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.

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!  

What exactly can I recycle?


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:

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!

American Red Cross- A Chance to Give on EI


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.

Water Heater Savings Ahead: Don't wait until it's too late!


If your electric water heater has been around more than a decade, don't wait until it fails to get a replacement.

CCEC offers a $200 rebate for qualified heat pump water heaters purchased and installed in your home. While these water heaters typically cost $1,000-plus, with the rebate, you will not only save money toward your purchase, you will save energy by replacing an older, energy-hogging water heater.

Rebates are available for appliances purchased on or after Jan.1, 2020. Learn more and get the form at: www.ccemc.com/Rebates


Is your water heater more than 10 years old? Don't let it leave you in the cold. Buy a qualified heat pump water heater and get $200 back from CCEC.

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, January 10, 2020 10:08:00 AM