Emerald Tidings

July 2019

  1. Emerald Isle Welcomes Town Manager Matt Zapp
  2. Join Us For July 4 Fireworks in Emerald Isle!
  3. NCDOT Repair Work Continues on Emerald Isle Bridge
  4. Peak Hurricane Season is Fast Approaching - Be Prepared!
  5. The Inaugural Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament - Saturday, September 21, 2019
  6. The Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Saturday, September 28, 2019!


Emerald Isle welcomes Town Manager Matt Zapp

On June 12, 2019, I was fortunate to begin working for the Town of Emerald Isle.  The physical beauty of the island, experienced Town staff, and overall kindness of the community have proven to be more than anticipated.

The excellent leadership exhibited by former Town Manager Frank Rush, combined with the professionalism and assistance of Interim Town Manager Randy Martin, have made my transition quite smooth.  Going forward, the Board of Commissioners, staff, and I are dedicated to maintaining the exceptional customer service level historically recognized throughout the Town of Emerald Isle. 

After hours, you may find me along the water or at the go-cart track with my wife and six children.  Another way to identify the Zapp family will be a strand of 6-8 bicyclists on the Town’s Bike and Ped trails.

As we move through the summer, please stop by Town Hall to say hello and share any input you may have.  If it is more convenient, I can also be reached via email at mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org.  

Thank you all for the opportunity to share in and serve Emerald Isle. I look forward to meeting you and yours soon.

Join us for July 4 Fireworks in Emerald Isle!


In partnership with the Bogue Inlet Pier, the Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to present the annual July 4 fireworks show over the ocean.  Please join us Thursday, July 4 at 9 pm on the beach!



NCDOT repair work continues on Emerald Isle Bridge

NCDOT's repair work on the Emerald Isle bridge substructure remains ongoing.  You may have noticed the installation of temporary (chain link) construction fence on both sides of the bridge.  NCDOT installed additional “No Parking” signs, reminding motorists that the area at the base of the bridge is a restricted Right of Way.  Please let visitors and guests know that parking along the bridge, or at the base of the bridge, is not permitted.    

Following the summer season, contractors should begin installing the new guardrails.  As a reminder, 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. 

Please contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-514-4759 with any questions. Thank you for your patience as NCDOT contractors work to maintain and improve this essential infrastructure for Emerald Isle!

Peak hurricane season is fast approaching- Be prepared!

Please note that August and September are the most active hurricane months for Emerald Isle. Town staff will closely monitor potential threats to Emerald Isle as they develop.  We work hard to keep our residents and property owners well-informed, and offer several digital platforms.  

To receive the most current and accurate information about potential storm threats and actual impacts in Emerald Isle, please look for the appropriate guidance at:

- the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ),

- the Town's email newsletter (sign up at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications),

- the Town's text message alert system ( sign up at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications),

- the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC),

- the Town's Twitter account (@townemeraldisle), and 

- on the Emerald Isle APP, including Push notifications (search for "emerald isle nc" on Google Play and the APP Store).

For general hurricane preparedness information, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information-1 .  

If you don't have your Town-issued hurricane re-entry permit, please don't wait until the storm is threatening Emerald Isle, as the lines are often long and Town staff are focused on essential storm preparations at that time.  Please visit the Town Administration Building during normal business hours to secure your re-entry permit, or visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information-1 to complete the online application.

Be prepared, and be safe!

The Inaugural Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament- Saturday, September 21, 2019!

Plan ahead and attend the inaugural Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2019.  The Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament will be held at the NC Wildlife Public Boat Ramp in Emerald Isle and includes three separate divisions: King and Spanish Mackerel, Surf and Kayak. There will also be contests for the kids, a silent auction, and other activities. The event will be fun for the whole family! 

Please visit the official tournament website for all additional details. https://emeraldis...lefishingtournament.com/

Follow the Tournament on Facebook for opportunities to win prizes leading up to the big day! https://www.facebook.com/EIFishing/





The Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival- Saturday, September 28, 2019!

The Town is excited for the return of the 4th annual Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on September 28.  We have booked another great lineup for this year's event on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  Performers include the Band of Oz, Too Much Sylvia, Chairmen of the Board, the Embers, and the Tams.  Come on out and enjoy a beautiful weekend in Emerald Isle! 

Parking will be permitted along the grassy NC 58 right of way. Only handicapped parking will be available at the Western Ocean Regional Access.

Don’t miss out as sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2019 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival.  Please contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, at asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252-354-6350 if you are interested in sponsoring the event or have additional questions.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 1, 2019 8:37:00 AM