Emerald Tidings

May 2020


Public Safety Announcement: COVID-19 on Emerald Isle

Our nation, state, county and town are living through an unprecedented historic challenge known as COVID-19.  In Carteret County and across the Bogue Banks, concerns are high.  Locally, the pandemic is impacting our normally relaxed way of life in Emerald Isle. 




Evidence gathering and data sharing is critical in times like these.  For the most up-to-date information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org, follow the Town’s official page on Facebook, Twitter, and download the Emerald Isle app.  It is also important to monitor Carteret County’s official outlets, including https://www.carteretcountync.gov/

Every decision made by Town of Emerald Isle is based upon the health and safety of our community. This includes fulltime residents, part-time residents, businesses and tourists.

Not a single restriction, nor policy made, has been easy or popular.   


The Town of Emerald Isle has taken progressive steps to help reduce the spread and local exposure of COVID-19.  Following is an update regarding local restrictions:

  • The voluntary 14-day self-quarantine was lifted on April 29, 2020.
  • Beach driving concluded for the season on April 30, 2020.
  • Short Term rental restrictions on Emerald Isle were lifted on May 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM. 
  • Rental property owners/managers are legally permitted to take bookings effective May 9, 2020.
  • The Town of Emerald Isle opened public beach parking access at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA), Third Street and Station Street lots on May 9, 2020.
  • The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) remains closed due to construction. The Town plans to open this site once construction in complete.
  • The Town of Emerald Isle public restrooms remain closed at this time.
  • Non-essential walk-in traffic restrictions at the Town Administration Building and the Police Department remains in place at this time.
  • For the protection of all members and guests, the Parks and Recreation Community Center (7500 Emerald Drive) remains closed at this time.    


Emerald Isle officials call on all citizens to voluntarily follow Gov. Cooper’s phased re-opening plan.  For more information, visit: https://www.nc.gov/covid19

When you go outdoors for essential reasons, follow the recommendations set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).  Please reduce the risk of person-to person transmission by practicing social distancing measures, which decrease the frequency of contact and increase physical distance between persons.


We recognize the unprecedented disruption to our normal way of life.  A special thank you to those that live, work, and/or own property on Emerald Isle. We are certainly glad you are here. 

Again, please take every precaution to protect you and yours.  Together, we will get past the COVID-19 threat and enjoy the wonder and beauty of Emerald Isle soon!

2020 Census: Be sure you are counted!

It is not too late, and it only takes minutes.  Please encourage family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to complete the 2020 Census at: https://my2020census.gov/

How can I dispose of Brush & Yard Debris?

The Town of Emerald Isle’s yard waste collection service team utilizes automated brush trucks.  The yard waste collection service is provided as follows:

The Public Works Department will make a continuous pass through all streets in the Town.  Staff begins each week on NC 58 and the eastern limits of Town, and work west toward The Point.  The Town's goal is to collect all yard debris within one week of placement at the edge of the street.  During periods with extremely high yard debris volumes and collection points, it may take as much as two weeks to collect all yard debris.

The guidelines allow for maximum 8 ft. long segments with no limit on the diameter.  The automated brush truck is able to pick up the large yard waste items with no difficulty.

Please note that yard debris, leaves, and sticks must be placed loosely in neat separate piles. Yard debris must not be bagged. 

Please place all piles on your own property, near the street, and NOT in the roadway. 

The Town's service is available for developed lots only.  The yard waste collection service is funded 100% by the Town’s annual solid waste fee, and this fee is paid by the owners of developed lots only.

The Town does not collect construction debris.  This type of debris can be disposed of at the West Firetower Road site (off Highway 58) or the Newport Transfer Station on Hibbs Road (between US 70 and NC 24) in Newport.

Thank you for keeping your property and all of Emerald Isle beautiful!

Nuisance regulations and abatement within Emerald Isle

With summer approaching, the Emerald Isle Planning Department wants to share the Town’s nuisance regulations. Please adhere to steps and avoid the removal of property and/or fines.

We encourage residents to control the following:

The uncontrolled growth of noxious weeds or grass to a height in excess of twenty-four (24) inches, or that is causing or threatening to cause a hazard detrimental to the public health or safety;

Any accumulation of rubbish, trash, construction debris or materials or junk causing or threatening to cause a fire hazard, stagnant water, the inhabitation therein of rats, mice, snakes, or vermin of any kind which is or may be dangerous or prejudicial to the public health;

Any accumulation of animal or vegetable matter that is offensive by virtue of odors or vapors or by the inhabitation therein of rats, mice, snakes, or vermin of any kind which is or may be dangerous or prejudicial to the public health;

Any accumulation of furniture, appliances, and/or other similar household items, motor vehicle parts, boats without trailers, and/or boats with trailers where the boat is not seaworthy or the trailer tires are flat.

For further details, please Review Emerald Isle’s Complete Code of  Ordinances - Nuisances

Dune and Vegetation Regulations

Also, please be reminded the Town’s dune and vegetation regulations require 35% of every lot to remain in a natural state.  Any tree removal with a diameter of 3” or greater should receive approval from the Town prior to removal.  Routine maintenance of nuisance vegetation (or that less than 3”) is allowed without prior approval. 

For more information, please see the following: https://library.municode.com/nc/emerald_isle/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=APXAUNDEOR_CH6DEST_6.4DUVEPR

Beach Nourishment Phase II

PROJECT COMPLETE! Great Lakes Dredge & Dock's hopper dredge, the Ellis Island delivered the last load of sand to West Emerald Isle ("reach 2") at approximately 1:30 pm, on April 29, 2020, signifying the conclusion of the beach nourishment phase of the project (See 4/29/2020 PROGRESS MAP). 

DRONE VIDEOS - 4/27/2020, (courtesy of Greg Flinn) 

VIDEO 1 - Line 7 Progressing East

VIDEO 2 - Line 7 Panoramic

VIDEO 3 - Line 7 Progressing West

DUNE PLANTING- The planting, fertilization, and initial watering of well over 500,000 sea oats on top and mostly down the entire slope of the newly constructed dune.  The planting process includes the use of a light vehicle, mechanical planter apparatus on top of the dune, followed by hand planting on the slope.   Installation of sand fencing before the mechanical planter is employed greatly inhibits the use of the mechanical planter and impedes the overall progress of the planting phase.   

Please wait until AFTER the mechanical dune planting phase is complete, if you do wish to install sand fencing.  You must follow these sand fencing GUIDELINES and contact our Local Permit Officer beforehand (Josh Edmondson at jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org).  Please Note: The planting phase may occur weeks or even months after the pumping and grading phase has been completed.

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

Islander Drive redevelopment continues

The public-private-partnership and redevelopment occurring along Islander Drive remains on schedule.  Local investors (The A-Team) are completing a privately funded mixed-use commercial development at the northwest corner of Louise Ave and Islander Drive. The development will consist of lower level retail sales sites and second floor residential units. 

Along the public roadway, reconstruction of Islander Drive is underway.  New curbing, parking spaces, sidewalks, roadway and underground electric service are underway.  The near $750,000 public project includes grant funding and private investment dollars.   

The roadway portion of the project is on schedule for completion near Memorial Day 2020.  For further details, please contact Matt Zapp at mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

James Street Golf Cart Parking Area

During the weekend of May 2-3, 2020, beach activity was high due to warm and beautiful weather.  As a result, many citizens attempted to use the Golf Cart parking area at James Street & Ocean Drive.

Unfortunately, construction improvements at this site are not 100% complete.  The Town of Emerald Isle apologizes for the inconvenience.

Replacement of the wooden boardwalk is delayed.   The contractor is behind schedule, due in part to CV-19, and the impacted availability of certain hardware. 


The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department installed temporary post and rope markers on Monday May 4, 2020.

NOTE: This step is only a stop-gap measure, to reduce illegal golf-cart parking. 


The Town of Emerald Isle will work to complete the project as designed, to include: 

7 regular parking spaces, 1 handicap space, a bike rack, public trash receptacle, and post-n-rope barrier to separate the sidewalk and golf cart parking.

The project was originally scheduled for completion during the winter months of 2020. 

The adjusted target completion goal is June 1, 2020.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your cooperation when using the James Street Golf Cart parking area. 

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races – Oct. 31, 2020!

Normally held every spring, the 2020 Emerald Isle Marathon was postponed due to COVID-19.  The 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020.  Find a silver lining and start training now! 

Set your personal record on our flat, fast course, and enjoy a beautiful fall weekend at the beach with family and friends!   For more information and to register, please visit:



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, May 13, 2020 7:08:00 PM