Emerald Tidings

May 2017

  1. Nies Attorneys Submit Petition to US Supreme Court to Review Public Trust Beach Case
  2. FY 17-18 Recommended Budget To Be Presented on May 9
  3. Town Executes New Contract with EI EMS, Inc.
  4. Bogue Inlet Navigation Dredging Completed
  5. Bogue Inlet Drive Street Improvements, New Bicycle Path Nearly Complete
  6. Osprey Ridge Storm Water Pump Station Essentially Complete
  7. 2017 Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races Raise $50,000
  8. Publix Plans Submitted, Groundbreaking Expected Soon
  9. Congressman Jones Opposes Proposed New CoBRA Zone, Supports Emerald Isle
  10. Town Staff Gearing Up for a Great Summer in EI!
  11. EmeraldFest Concerts Begin June 15
  12. Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Set for September 30!
  13. Youth Fishing Derby at Bogue Inlet Pier - June 10
  14. Did You Know?

Nies Attorneys Submit Petition to US Supreme Court to Review Public Trust Beach Case

In December 2016, after a 5-year legal process, the NC Supreme Court decided not to review the Nies v. Emerald Isle case, thereby maintaining the NC Court of Appeals' November 2015 decision that affirmed the public's historical right to use the full width of the beach strand in North Carolina. The Nies' attorneys, backed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a California-based organization, have now petitioned the US Supreme Court to review the NC courts' ruling.  A copy of the petition is posted at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/legal/final-nies-cert-petition.pdf.  The Town's attorneys will submit a response to this petition soon, and the Town will provide additional updates about this case as it evolves. 

FY 17-18 Recommended Budget To Be Presented on May 9

The Town's FY 17-18 Recommended Budget will be formally presented at the May 9 Board of Commissioners meeting, and the budget will be available at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ on May 6.  The FY 17-18 Recommended Budget maintains the current property tax rates and solid waste fee, includes sufficient funding to maintain quality services, and invests appropriately in additional community improvements prioritized by Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners. The Board will review the budget during May and June, will consider additional adjustments, and is expected to adopt the FY 17-18 budget at the June 9 regular meeting.  

Town Executes New Contract with EI EMS, Inc.

Emergency medical services in Emerald Isle have been provided by a separate non-profit corporation for many years, under contract to the Town of Emerald Isle.  Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. operates with a total annual budget of approximately $575,000, and is funded by a combination of General Fund tax revenues and EMS call fees.  Services are provided by a fully-paid staff operating at the paramedic level of care, supplemented by dedicated volunteers.  

In recognition of the continued evolution of EMS services in Emerald Isle, the expenditure of a significant sum of public money each year, and a desire for more Town involvement in the governance of EI EMS, Inc., the Town and EI EMS, Inc. recently executed a new contract for emergency medical services.  The new contract includes Town appointments to the 5-member EI EMS, Inc. Board of Directors for the very first time, and includes other provisions aimed at insuring accountability.  The new Board of Directors includes two appointees by the Town, and three appointees by the membership of Emerald Isle EMS.  Emerald Isle residents Dr. Gerald Albright and Jack Bunyan were recently appointed by the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners to serve, and were named as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively by the full Board of Directors. Volunteers Arlayne Calhoun, Angel Hamlin, and Rebecca Gaffney also serve on the new Board of Directors, appointed by the membership of Emerald Isle EMS.  The Town greatly appreciates their willingness to serve, and also greatly appreciates the continued dedication of EI EMS, Inc. employees and volunteers in providing high quality emergency medical services for the residents and visitors of Emerald Isle.

Bogue Inlet Navigation Dredging Completed

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently completed needed navigation dredging in Bogue Inlet, both through the connecting channel and across the ocean bar.  In an effort to follow the deepest water and most efficient route, and also to promote a stable channel location away from The Point, the official navigation channel has been shifted to a more central alignment.  The US Coast Guard is expected to reset the aids to navigation in early May to more clearly delineate the channel, thereby providing a safer navigation route for area boaters. 

Recent dredging efforts were funded by a combination of State and local funds, and performed by the Corps of Engineers under a memorandum of agreement.  In the absence of Federal funds, the Town of Emerald Isle provided local funding, along with Carteret County, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Swansboro, and Onslow County.  

Bogue Inlet Drive Street Improvements, New Bicycle Path Nearly Complete

The Town's contractor has completed the paving of the realigned Bogue Inlet Drive and the new bicycle path leading from Emerald Drive to Bogue Inlet Pier, and new decorative street lights, pavement markings, and landscaping will be installed in early May.  This project was funded by a combination of fundraising proceeds and General Fund tax revenues, and provides a brand new look for this area of Emerald Isle.  The Town is pleased to improve the appearance of Bogue Inlet Drive and add another segment to the popular bicycle path network - just in time for the busy tourism season!

Osprey Ridge Storm Water Pump Station Essentially Complete

The new storm water pump station serving the Osprey Ridge neighborhood is now essentially complete, and will help to prevent and abate future nuisance flooding in this area.  The new pump station is located directly adjacent to Osprey Ridge in Emerald Isle Woods Park, is connected to Osprey Ridge via a surface water connection, and will discharge into the overall storm water management system in Emerald Isle Woods Park.  The Town is pleased to resolve these concerns for residents and property owners in this area. 

2017 Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races Raise $50,000  

The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K races were held on March 25, with more than 1,000 runners participating in the races on a beautiful spring day in EI!  The races generated a total of $50,000 for two great causes - bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast Autism Center.  The races have raised a total of $202,000 for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and various charities over the first 4 years. 

Publix Plans Submitted, Groundbreaking Expected Soon

Formal building permit applications have been submitted for the new Publix grocery store to be constructed on NC 58 and Crew Drive.  Contractors are expected to break ground in the coming weeks, with a goal to complete and open the new store in spring 2018.  

As part of the project, a new roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of NC 58 and Mallard Drive / Emerald Landing Drive, along with significant street improvements and sidewalks along Emerald Landing Drive and Crew Drive.  These improvements will be constructed during winter 2017-2018 to minimize traffic impacts. 

Congressman Jones Opposes Proposed New CoBRA Zone, Supports Emerald Isle

Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. recently communicated his opposition to a proposed new CoBRA (Coastal Barrier Resources Act) zone in Bogue Inlet adjacent to Emerald Isle to Congressional leaders.  The Town is concerned that a new CoBRA zone proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service could negatively impact future dredging and inlet stabilization efforts in Bogue Inlet, and greatly appreciates Congressman Jones' assistance on this issue!    

Town Staff Gearing Up for a Great Summer in EI!

Town staff are hard at work to prepare the Town for a great summer season in Emerald Isle. Beneficial off-season projects have been completed, and efforts continue to have Emerald Isle looking good and ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors!  Additional law enforcement officers, lifeguards, and maintenance staff are gearing up, and all of us at the Town look forward to providing the best possible visitor experience this summer!

EmeraldFest Concerts Begin June 15

The popular EmeraldFest concert series is back for 2017, with the first concert scheduled for Thursday, June 15 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  Weekly outdoor concerts will be held each Thursday evening through August 17.  For a full lineup, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/emeraldfest-1 .  Also, check out SwanFest every Sunday night in downtown Swansboro, beginning on May 21 - http://www.seasideartscouncil.com/ !

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Set for September 30!

Make plans now to be in Emerald Isle on September 30 for the renewed Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival!  Another great lineup will perform all day long on the beach at the Western Ocean Regional Access!   

Youth Fishing Derby at Bogue Inlet Pier - June 10  

The Town's annual Youth Fishing Derby will be held from 9 am - 11 am on Saturday, June 10 at Bogue Inlet Pier!  This great annual event is free, and is open to children ages 5 - 12.  Great prizes will be awarded in categories ranging from Most Unique Fish Caught to Largest Fish Caught.  Rods and reels will not be provided.  Bait will be provided (while supplies last) or bring your own.  Pre-registration is required (limited to 100 youth) and runs from May 8 - June 8.  To register, please visit the Community Center, call 252-354-6350, or email coordinator Sheila Lowe at slowe@emeraldisle-nc.org.

Did You Know?

All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle work hard to provide the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost for our residents and property owners. Through the hard work of many, and as a direct result of the Mayor and Board of Commissioners' discipline and commitment, the Town of Emerald Isle has either maintained the same property tax rate or lowered the property tax rate in 12 of the last 16 years.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, May 1, 2017 11:04:00 AM

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