Emerald Tidings

July 2017

  1. Stay Informed! Sign Up for New Emerald Isle Text Massage Alerts
  2. Clean Up Of Islander Drive Property Nearly Complete
  3. Representative McElraft's Efforts Pay Off for Emerald Isle
  4. Town Continues Efforts to Secure 30-Acre Tract Adjacent to Town Government Complex 
  5. Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Sponorship, Food Vendor Opportunities Available 
  6. Bogue Inlet Navigation Aids in Place in New Channel
  7. Board Adopts FY 17-18 Town Budget
  8. Know What to Do In a Rip Current, Understand Beach Warning Flags
  9. Town Enhances Lifeguard Coverage, Adds Courtesy Life Jackets
  10. Golf Carts Also Subject to No Parking Signs
  11. Condominium Deck Safety Program Implemented
  12. Emerald Isle Featured in Our State Magazine
  13. "A Second Helping" Collecting Leftover Food From Departing Vacationers
  14. FREE EmeraldFest Concerts Every Thursday Evening
  15. Did You Know? 

Stay Informed!  Sign Up for New Emerald Isle Text Message Alerts

The Town of Emerald Isle works hard to keep our residents, property owners, visitors, and businesses well-informed about Town issues and initiatives, and provides information via numerous platforms.  Town information is regularly posted on our website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , on the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the OFFICIAL Town government page), via our Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Town's email list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications ), via the Emerald Isle APP and associated 'push' notifications (available for download - search for Town of Emerald Isle, NC), and via the monthly Island Review print magazine.  

In an effort to reach more people and make it easier to stay informed, the Town has implemented a new text message alert system.  Subscribers to the new alerts can sign up at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .  With the heart of hurricane season soon approaching, these platforms are the easiest and most accurate way to stay informed about conditions in Emerald Isle, and will also keep you well-informed about all of the other Town issues and initiatives.

Clean Up of Islander Drive Property Nearly Complete 

The Town's contractor, Watson Land Clearing, has nearly completed the removal of all concrete and debris from the abandoned go-kart track property on Islander Drive that was recently purchased by the Town.  The property will be maintained as a vacant, grassy area in the short-term while the Town develops plans for the future development of a meeting and events center in this area.  The Town is pleased to improve the appearance of this area of Emerald Isle! 

Representative McElraft's Efforts Pay Off for Emerald Isle

The NC General Assembly recently approved the FY 17-18 State budget, which includes two significant items for Emerald Isle.  Thanks to the hard work of State Representative Pat McElraft, the budget includes a total of $1.045 million of grant funding to match significant Federal funding for the acquisition of a vacant 30-acre tract adjacent to the Town government complex for natural area conservation and future park development.  Additionally, the State budget includes a total of $100,000 to aid the Town in revitalization efforts in the Islander Drive area.  The Town appreciates Representative McElraft's great support for the Town of Emerald Isle!

Town Continues Efforts to Secure 30-Acre Tract Adjacent to Town Government Complex for Natural Area Preservation and Future Park Development

The Town continues its efforts to secure the 30-acre tract adjacent to the Town government complex, and remains optimistic that this land acquisition will become a reality in the near future. The State budget includes $1.045 million for the land acquisition, and the Board of Commissioners has authorized up to $500,000 of Town funds for the land acquisition.  The Town continues to work closely with officials at MCAS Cherry Point to secure up to $1.5 million of Federal funding for the land acquisition, and we remain optimistic that this funding will ultimately be approved later this year. The Town expects to close on the land purchase in late October.

The Town intends to preserve 20 acres in its natural state (with new nature trails weaving throughout the property), and will develop the remaining 10 acres for active recreational facilities in the future.  Specific park plans will be developed in the coming months and years, and may include a baseball field, soccer field, tennis courts, pickleball courts, dog park and/or other park amenities as determined by the community and the Board of Commissioners at that time.  

It is important to note that any new park amenities will NOT include ballfield lighting, as this is not consistent with the goals of MCAS Cherry Point.  Additionally, in an effort to protect water quality in Archers Creek, any new ballfields will be designed in such a manner that storm water runoff will be diverted away from Archers Creek, and a significant natural buffer will be preserved along Archers Creek. Finally, the Town intends to designate the primary access to the new park from the existing Town government complex (near the Community Center), and does not envision any motor vehicle access to the new park from Sound Drive, Lee Avenue, or Live Oak Street.

The Town views this project as a long-term investment in the environment, the military's preparedness, and the youth of Emerald Isle.  The Town has worked diligently over the years to maintain and enhance the beautiful natural environment in and around Emerald Isle, and this project represents yet another beneficial effort.  The Town strongly supports our military service personnel, and works to maintain a cooperative and productive relationship with our partners at MCAS Cherry Point and MCALF Bogue to maximize their preparedness and minimize impacts on Emerald Isle.  Finally, Emerald Isle, with all of its wonderful amenities, does not currently offer any ballfields for children (and adults) to hit a baseball, kick a soccer ball, toss a football, or participate in other outdoor sports without leaving the island.  There are more than 400 school-age children who are permanent residents of Emerald Isle, and thousands more who visit their second home, visit their grandparents, or come for vacation, and the Town looks forward to offering these traditional recreational facilities in the future.  The new park will further enhance and promote the Town's family beach image and small-town atmosphere, and result in a more compete community for our residents, property owners, and visitors in the future! 

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Sponsorship, Food Vendor Opportunities Available

The Town is pleased to present the 2017 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access on September 30!  The return of this iconic Emerald Isle event in 2016 was a great success, with an estimated 9,000+/- people in attendance, and the Town hopes to match and exceed that crowd this year.  

There are many great sponsorship opportunities available, and sponsorship forms are available at https://www.emeraldislenc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/parksandrecreation/2017officialsponsorshipformeibmf.pdf . Please note that the sponsorship deadline is July 7 in order to be included in all promotional materials.

The event will also include food vendors operating in the parking area at the Western Ocean Regional Access, and food vendor opportunities are also available. To learn more, please visit http://www.emeraldislenc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/parksandrecreation/2017eibeachmusicfestival-foodvendorapp.pdf

Bogue Inlet Navigation Aids In Place In New Channel 

The US Army Corps of Engineers completed additional dredging in early June, and the US Coast Guard has placed navigation aids in the new navigation channel.  The dredging work was organized by the Town, and was jointly funded by the State of NC, Carteret County, Onslow County, Swansboro, Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, and Emerald Isle. 

The newly marked route is generally indicated in red.Be safe, and enjoy the boating and fishing in and around Emerald Isle! 

Board Adopts FY 17-18 Town Budget

The Board of Commissioners adopted the FY 17-18 Town budget at its June 13 meeting.The total Town budget for FY 17-18 is nearly $9.9 million, and includes funding for high quality services and strategic capital initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life and the quality of the visitor experience in Emerald Isle.  

The FY 17-18 General Fund property tax rate remains at 15.5 cents (14 cents for general services and 1.5 cents for beach nourishment) per $100 of assessed value, and the Primary Benefit District (oceanfront and inlet-front) property tax rate remains at 4 cents.The annual solid waste fee ($228 per developed residential unit per year) remains unchanged.  

Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners place the highest priority on providing quality services at the lowest possible cost to our taxpayers, and the Town is pleased to maintain the same property tax rate again in FY 17-18.  

Know What to Do in a Rip Current, Understand Beach Warning Flags

The Town's website includes helpful information about beach safety, including advice for surviving rip currents and an explanation of the Town's beach warning flag system.To learn more, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  

If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm and allow it to carry you for what will only be a relatively short distance.To escape the rip current, do not fight it, and instead swim parallel to the shoreline until you are out of the current, and then swim back to shore.Be safe! 

Town Enhances Lifeguard Coverage, Adds Courtesy Life Jackets

In response to high rip current risks during June, the Town has added one additional roving lifeguard on the beach strand to provide additional patrol coverage and reduce response times. The Town's lifeguard program now typically includes 6 lifeguards on the beach strand each day, with one fixed lifeguard at both the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and the Western Ocean Regional Access, and now 4 roving lifeguards on all-terrain vehicles.  

Additionally, the Town now offers courtesy life jackets, free of charge, for loan (on a first come, first served basis) to visitors at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access. The courtesy life jackets are available at each lifeguard stand.Enjoy the beach, and please be safe!

Golf Carts Also Subject to No Parking Signs; Must Park in Designated Golf Cart Parking Spaces

The Town's golf cart program continues to be very popular, with more than 700 golf carts registered in the program.  The Town has installed more than 50 golf-cart-only parking spaces at various public beach accesses in Emerald Isle, and routinely adds more upon request if they can be located on public right-of-way in a manner that is unobtrusive for nearby residents.   

Please note that golf carts may only be parked in authorized golf cart-only or motor vehicle parking spaces, and should not be parked in a No Parking Zone.  Golf carts that are not parked in an authorized parking space are illegally parked, and will be subject to enforcement action by the Emerald Isle Police Department. 

The Town is pleased to offer the local golf cart program, but also reminds golf cart operators to show appropriate courtesy and respect for our property owners located near the Town's public beach access locations. 

Condominium Deck Safety Program Implemented

Town Planner Josh Edmondson and representatives of Emerald Isle condominium complexes have developed and implemented a new condominium deck safety program, which in now in effect.  

The condominium deck safety program is modeled after the deck inspection program implemented by Emerald Isle vacation rental agencies in 2015, but recognizes the collective nature of decks and walkways in condominium complexes, the different management structures and legal responsibilities, and the historical practices of the various condominium complexes in Emerald Isle. Thus, the new condominium deck safety program does not include rigid requirements, but instead establishes guidelines, including the use of a professional engineer, record keeping, routine maintenance staff inspections, and annual reviews by the governing body of each condominium complex.

For more information, please contact Town Planner Josh Edmondson at jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252-354-3338, or contact the leadership of your condominium owners association.

Emerald Isle Featured in Our State Magazine

Emerald Isle and Emerald Isle Realty were recently featured in the popular Our State magazine. We are pleased to see Emerald Isle highlighted in this quality publication, with a photo of the beautiful Emerald Isle beach gracing the cover of the June issue. To read the article, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/emerald-isle-featured-in-our-state-magazine . 

"A Second Helping" Collecting Leftover Food from Departing Vacationers   

Volunteers from "A Second Helping" are again collecting leftover food from vacationers departing Emerald Isle, and will be delivering this food to the hungry in our area.  Please don't waste your leftover vacation food - bring it to the "A Second Helping" volunteers each Saturday between 8 am and 11 am at Stir It Up Coffee Shop (Emerald Plantation Shopping Center) or near Bert's Surf Shop (Islander Drive location).  For more information, please visit http://www.asecondhelping-emeraldisle.com/index.html . 

FREE EmeraldFest Concerts Every Thursday Evening

The popular EmeraldFest concert series is back for 2017, and weekly outdoor concerts are scheduled for each Thursday evening through August 17.  The free concerts begin at 6:30 pm, and are presented at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  For a full lineup, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/emeraldfest-1 .  Also, check out SwanFest every Sunday night in downtown Swansboro - http://www.seasideartscouncil.com/ !

Did You Know?

Room occupancy taxes (6% on all short-term rental accommodations) levied by Carteret County generate nearly $7 million annually for tourism promotion and beach nourishment activities in Carteret County.  Of this total, more than 60% is generated solely within Emerald Isle!  



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 3, 2017 2:13:00 PM