Emerald Tidings

March 2017

Don't Miss the 2017 Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - March 10 & 11

 

The Town of Emerald Isle's signature annual event is back for its 26th year!  Make plans now to be in Emerald Isle for a great spring weekend featuring great music, arts and crafts, kids amusements, great food, and lots of fun! 

The festival will be in full gear from 9 am - 6 pm on Saturday, March 11 at Emerald Plantation Shopping Center.  Kids amusements will also be open to the public on Friday, March 10 from 5 pm - 10 pm, with one all-inclusive price for all rides.  

Come on down to Emerald Isle, and help us kick off the 2017 beach season in style! 

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races - Saturday, March 25

You can do it - sign up today and achieve your running goals in Emerald Isle! The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  The Marathon kicks off at 7 am, followed by the Half-Marathon at 8:30 am, and the 5K at 8:45 am. 

All proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path network and the Crystal Coast Autism Center. For more information, please visit http://www.emeraldislerun.com/ . 

New Sales Tax Bill Would Harm Emerald Isle, Carteret County

 

A new bill introduced in the NC Senate, S126, would reduce sales tax revenues distributed to Emerald Isle, Carteret County, and all other municipalities in Carteret County.  If ultimately approved, Emerald Isle is expected to lose an estimated $64,000 - $83,000 of sales tax revenue annually. Carteret County stands to lose an estimated $756,000 - $913,000 annually. Other tourism-dependent communities that have a significant seasonal population would also be harmed by this new bill, including other beach and mountain communities.  

Proposed S126 would establish new adjustment factors for the distribution of a portion of local sales tax revenue, and seeks to allocate additional revenue to poorer, rural counties in North Carolina. The Town appreciates and applauds this goal, but believes that such efforts should be funded by the State of North Carolina rather than certain other North Carolina counties and municipalities. The Town is currently working with other municipal and county officials and our representatives in the NC General Assembly on this issue, and seeks to promote State revenue distribution formulae that recognize the significant economic contributions, significant tax payments, and significant service demands associated with seasonal residents and visitors. 

Proposed Expansion of Coastal Barrier Resources System Could Negatively Impact Emerald Isle

 

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a significant expansion of the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) in and along Bogue Inlet that has the potential to negatively impact the Town's future inlet management and beach nourishment programs.  The inclusion of the entire Bogue Inlet complex and the land area at The Point in the CBRS program could make it more difficult to secure Federal and State permits for these critical projects, and could also eliminate the Town and County's ability to secure Federal funding for these activities in the future. 

The proposed CBRS expansion is expected to be considered by Congress later this year.  Town and County officials are currently communicating our concerns to the Trump Administration, Senator Burr, Senator Tillis, and Representative Jones, and we remain hopeful that Congress will reject the proposed expansion.    

New Sidewalk, Traffic Island Installed at CVS

 

The Town recently installed a new sidewalk segment and traffic island in front of the CVS store on Mangrove Drive.  The new sidewalk segment is part of a larger planned project to extend the sidewalk from NC 58 to Canal Drive, and the remainder of the sidewalk will be constructed later in 2017.  The new island was installed to better delineate the CVS driveways to improve traffic safety at this location.  Prior to the installation of the new island, traffic moved in multiple directions over a large area in front of CVS.   

Regional Beach Access Parking Permits Available Now at Community Center  

The Town will begin charging parking fees at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access on weekends and holidays beginning Friday, April 14 (Good Friday holiday).  The parking fee is $10 per vehicle per day.  There is no parking fee on weekdays or at the Town's other beach access facilities at 3rd Street and Station Street.

Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible to receive 2 annual free parking permits for the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access. The parking permits are granted only for vehicles registered in the name of the taxpayer and are not transferable.  Permits are not available at the regional beach access facilities, and must be secured before attempting to access the facilities.  To apply for your permit, please visit the Emerald Isle Community Center or call 252-354-6350. Additional information is available at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/application-for-regional-access-parking-permit . 

Fast Facts, Update on Town Projects and Issues Available

 

We all love Emerald Isle, but there's probably alot most people don't realize about Emerald Isle. To get a quick understanding about the Town of Emerald Isle, check out our "Fast Facts" sheet located at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/2017-fast-facts---february.pdf . 

Do you want a more in-depth update on various Town projects and issues?  Check out the annual Update on Town Projects and Issues document located at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/20170227-updatetownprojectsissues.pdf .  

Street Resurfacing Completed

 

Taking advantage of the recent great weather, the Town's contractor recently completed the resurfacing of 1.2 miles of Town streets.  Streets recently resurfaced include 9th Street, 10th Street, Fredeen Street / Fredeen Court, Old Ferry Road / Mangrove Drive, OceanView Drive, and Fairview Drive. The entrance to the Western Ocean Regional Access will also be resurfaced later this spring.  

The Town assesses all street segments each winter, and awards an annual street resurfacing contract at the beginning of each year.  Street resurfacing work is funded by the Town's annual Powell Bill distribution, derived from motor vehicle fuel taxes and sales tax on new vehicles, and distributed by the State to NC municipalities.   

Bogue Inlet Drive Street Improvements Underway

 

The Board of Commissioners recently awarded a $135,000 contract for comprehensive street improvements along Bogue Inlet Drive between NC 58 and Bogue Inlet Pier.  Planned improvements include the realignment of the vehicle lanes, street resurfacing, construction of a new 10 ft. bicycle path, the installation of a new storm water swale, and the installation of decorative lights.  The end product will be a brand new streetscape in this popular area of Emerald Isle!  All work is expected to be complete by the end of April, in time for the busy summer season.    

2017 Coyote Trapping Program Complete

The Town's new coyote trapping program ended on February 28, and resulted in the removal of 14 coyotes from various locations in Emerald Isle.  The program was closely monitored by the Emerald Isle Police Department, and was conducted safely during the months of December, January, and February (the authorized NC coyote trapping season).  Town officials will continue to monitor the coyote population in Emerald Isle, and will reassess this issue in fall 2017.

Wood Island Munitions Removal Underway

 

MCAS Cherry Point contractors are currently removing old munitions-related debris from the surface of Wood Island, formerly known as Cat Island, and will continue this work during March.  

The island, which is located in Bogue Sound about a half mile from shore in eastern Emerald Isle, is the site of former Bomb Target 2 and was used to train military pilots in the 1940s-1950s.

Since 1957, the Navy has conducted multiple cleanup operations on the island.  In the fall of 2010, 3,885 pounds of inert munitions debris was removed from Wood Island.  Another 4,600 pounds of munitions debris was removed during the most recent cleanup in 2014, including the in-place destruction of a single 100-pound high-explosive bomb.  This year's project aims to locate and remove any additional munitions-related debris that may have surfaced or washed onto the island since 2014.

Wood Island is US government property and is posted with danger and no trespassing signs.  In the interest of safety, the public should not anchor boats near Wood Island, or go onto the island at any time.

A detailed fact sheet describing the history and current actions at Wood Island is available at the MCAS Cherry Point website at http://go.usa.gov/x9FTN.

Emerald Isle EMS Offers Heart Saver CPR-AED Class

 

Emerald Isle EMS, the non-profit corporation under contract to the Town to provide emergency medical services, is again offering the Heart Saver CPR-AED class this spring.  The course will be offered again on March 16 and April 27, with morning classes at 9 am and evening classes at 6 pm.  To pre-register (required) or to learn more, please contact Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249.

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Set for September 30

 

After a highly successful reboot of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival in 2016, the Town is bringing back the event again in 2017!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 30, and come out to the beach strand from 11 am - 6 pm!  This year's lineup includes Sammy O'Banion, Too Much Sylvia, Band of Oz, Chairmen of the Board, The Embers, and The Fantastic Shakers.

Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday, April 9

 

The Town's annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Community Center on Sunday, April 9, beginning at 12 noon.  The Easter Bunny will be in attendance, and there will be plenty of kids activities for children ages 4 - 12.  For more information, please contact Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350 or Sarah Cutillo, Program Supervisor, at scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org .  

Summer Day Camp Registration Lottery - Submit by April 28

 

The Parks and Recreation Department's popular Summer Day Camp program will offer eight one-week camp experiences for children ages 6 - 12 this summer.  Demand for the limited camp slots is very high, and the Town uses a lottery procedure to assign priority.  Registration forms will be available on Monday, April 24 at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ and must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, April 28.  The lottery drawing will occur on Monday, May 1.  For more information, please contact Emerald Isle Parks and Recreatio nat 252-354-6350 or Sarah Cutillo, Program Superviso, at scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org.  

Save The Dunes Initiative Seeking Volunteers

The Save The Dunes Initiative is a local volunteer effort aimed at enhancing the vital dune field in Emerald Isle by planting additional vegetation.  The next Save The Dunes planting event will be held on Wednesday, May 10 at 9 am at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  Volunteers will plant sea oats and bitter panicum to bolster the dunes at the Town's flagship beach access facility.  To volunteer, please contact Carla Stevens at carlastvns@icloud.com or (252) 764-2160 or Kevin Geraghty at kevin.e.geraghty@gmail.com or (919) 697-7636. Easy and fun, all you need are a gloves and a trowel.  Thank you to all those who volunteer their time for this beneficial initiative!

Water Tower Park Now Part of NCWF Butterfly Gardens

 

Water Tower Park, a colorful garden utilizing native plant species, is located next to the water tower adjacent to the Emerald Isle Police Station.  The park's garden is specifically designed to attract pollinators and birds, and is now a part of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation's Butterfly Gardens.  Volunteers, including children, are invited to help care for and learn more about this area of natural heritage.  For more information, to volunteer, or to donate to the care of the garden, please contact Dr. Joyce Trafton at studioryukyu@hotmail.com  or at 252-622-0401.

Take the Cougar Plunge - Saturday, March 18

The Cougar Plunge, a fundraiser for Croatan High School's Project Graduation, dares you to plunge into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, March 18 at 10 am at the Western Ocean Regional Access!  For more information and to register, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/croatan-high-school-class-of-2017-project-graduation-fundraiser%E2%80%94take-the-cougar-plunge-2017-03-18 . 

Did You Know?

 

The Town places a high priority on keeping our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed about the Town's services, projects, and issues.  There are more than 7,200 subscribers to the Town's email newsletter, more than 600,000 unique visits to the Town's website each year, more than 16,000 "likes" of the Town's facebook page, nearly 2,800 Twitter followers, and more than 5,000 downloads of the Emerald Isle App.

  1. Don't Miss the 2017 Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - March 10 & 11
  2. Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races - Saturday, March 25
  3. New Sales Tax Bill Would Harm Emerald Isle, Carteret County
  4. Proposed Expansion of Coastal Barrier Resources System Could Negatively Impact Emerald Isle
  5. New Sidewalk, Traffic Island Installed at CVS
  6. Regional Beach Access Parking Permits Available Now at Community Center
  7. Fast Facts, Update on Town Projects and Issues Available
  8. Street Resurfacing Completed
  9. Bogue Inlet Drive Street Improvements Underway
  10. 2017 Coyote Trapping Program Complete
  11. Wood Island Munitions Removal Underway
  12. Emerald Isle EMS Offers Heart Saver CPR-AED Class
  13. Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Set for September 30
  14. Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday, April 9
  15. Summer Day Camp Registration Lottery - Submit by April 28
  16. Save The Dunes Initiative Seeking Volunteers
  17. Water Tower Park Now Part of NCWF Butterfly Gardens
  18. Take the Cougar Plunge - Saturday, March 18
  19. Did You Know?
Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 3, 2017 2:20:00 PM

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