Emerald Tidings

November 2018

  1. Thank You Emerald Isle, and Farewell!
  2. Join Us for the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - Saturday, November 24!
  3. Debris Collection Nearing Completion
  4. Beach Nourishment Bids Due November 20
  5. Bogue Inlet Navigation Channels In Good Shape After Florence
  6. Randy Martin Begins Work as Interim Town Manager
  7. Board of Commissioners Begins Process for Recruitment of New Town Manager
  8. Coyote Trapping Efforts Set To Resume
  9. North Carolina Coastal Federation Promotes Living Shorelines
  10. Start Training for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races - Saturday, March 30!
  11. Did You Know?


Thank You Emerald Isle, and Farewell!

This edition is the final Emerald Tidings newsletter composed by Town Manager Frank Rush, as I will be leaving my position on November 21 after nearly 17 ½ years of service to the Town of Emerald Isle.  It has been an honor and privilege to have served you all these years, and I am grateful for my experiences and relationships in Emerald Isle. Thank you for your kindness and support over the years!    

The past 17 ½ years have been the most rewarding time of my life, both personally and professionally, and I will cherish my time in Emerald Isle forever.  I came here as a young newlywed with my wife Suzanne, we brought both of our boys into the world in Emerald Isle, and I had the privilege of living in and working for an exceptional community.  As I've said many times before, "there are far worse places you can be than Emerald Isle, North Carolina", and I realize how incredibly blessed I have been to live in this beautiful environment, working for dedicated elected officials, with a caring and quality Town staff, and for a wonderful community of people who are fortunate to enjoy Emerald Isle.  You have deeply enriched my experience in Emerald Isle, taught me valuable lessons about life and local government, and have inspired me to devote my energies toward making Emerald Isle an even better place than it already is.  

I will be continuing my career as the new City Manager of South Lake Tahoe, California.  Like Emerald Isle, South Lake Tahoe is a popular resort community located in a beautiful natural environment.  Although the subject matter may differ from our beach community, the dynamics of both communities are likely very similar.  I am excited about the opportunity to learn new things, face new challenges, experience a different region of the country, meet new people, and continue my life's work in a resort environment.  South Lake Tahoe is slightly larger than Emerald Isle, is a year-round resort community with activities and visitors in every season, and is one of the very few communities that I have ever considered worthy of leaving Emerald Isle.  I have been incredibly blessed to serve the Town of Emerald Isle, and I know that I will miss everything about Emerald Isle.  All good things must come to an end at some point, however, and it is simply time for me to enter the next chapter of my career and my life.  The Town is in excellent hands under the leadership of Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners, and with the efforts of a great Town staff and your continued support for this community, I am confident that Emerald Isle will continue to thrive in the future.

I am thankful for so much during my time in Emerald Isle.  I've been blessed to work for truly exceptional people who have served as your elected officials during my entire career in Emerald Isle.  Each of them has truly worked hard, for the right reasons, to make Emerald Isle a better place for all of us to enjoy.  I am also thankful for our incredible Town staff - each of them are dedicated and committed to serving our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors to make your experience in Emerald Isle a little better and a little easier.  I am also eternally thankful for the support from so many in our community over the years, especially in response to my wife's unexpected heart transplant in 2011.  Words can never express my gratitude for the community support that my family received during the most trying time of our lives.

Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners are hosting a special reception on Thursday, November 15 from 5 pm - 7 pm in the Community Center, and I hope to say goodbye personally to as many people as I can at that event or while I am out and about in Emerald Isle between now and November 21.  

My final hope is that each of you will know how deeply I cared for, and still care about Emerald Isle.  I hope that my hard work over the years has enriched your lives at least a fraction of the amount that you have enriched my life.  Thank you again, and farewell Emerald Isle!

Join Us for the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - Saturday, November 24!  

The 15th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade (sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association) will be held on Saturday, November 24 at 3 pm along NC 58 between Mangrove Drive (near CVS and K&V Plaza) and the Town Government Complex.  Please join us for this great annual event as we celebrate the holiday season and our many blessings in Emerald Isle!

If you'd like to enter a float in the parade, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/parade-entry-2018.pdf  , and/or contact Parade Chairman Don Wells at donaldjwells@gmail.com or 252-772-3282.  

Debris Collection Nearing Completion 

Town staff and the Town's debris contractor continue to work hard to collect the remaining Hurricane Florence debris in Emerald Isle.  As of November 1, nearly 190,000 cubic yards of construction & demolition (C & D) and vegetative debris have been collected in Emerald Isle. 

The Town continues to gradually certify completion and release the debris contractor from C & D collection responsibilities on various streets on a daily basis.  Once these streets are certified as complete, the Town will no longer collect C&D debris from the street edge, and debris collection and disposal will become the practical and financial responsibility of the property owner.  Please do not place additional C & D debris at the street edge.  If you still have C & D debris that was not placed at the street edge by the previously announced October 28 deadline, there are two options available:  1) you may transport your own debris to a temporary County disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point, and there is no fee for disposal, or  2) your personal contractor may transport your debris to the County transfer station off Hibbs Road in Newport, and applicable disposal fees will be charged.  

The Town expects to fully release the debris contractor from vegetative debris collection responsibilities in early or mid-November.  The Town's Public Works Department will then resume normal vegetative debris collection efforts.  Public Works operates two 24-cubic yard capacity trucks year-round, with a goal of collecting all vegetative debris in the Town each week.

The Town is aware of all remaining C & D debris that needs collection.  If you placed your debris at the street edge prior to the October 28 deadline, the Town's contractor will definitely collect your C & D debris in the coming days, and all vegetative debris will be collected by either the Town's contractor or by Public Works.  

Thank you for your patience!

Beach Nourishment Bids Due November 20

The Town's engineers, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, have released the bid solicitation for the nourishment of approximately 3 miles of ocean beach in eastern Emerald Isle.  Construction bids are due on Tuesday, November 20, and the Town is hopeful that 3 bids will be received.  If fewer than 3 bids are received, NC law will require the Town to re-advertise for an additional period of time, after which any bids may be opened and considered.  Assuming a reasonable bid, the Board may award a construction contract in December, with work beginning sometime in early 2019.  

This project covers the same area previously planned for nourishment this winter (between the Indian Beach town limits and the 3000 block; before Florence impacted Emerald Isle), but the scope now includes the replacement of the approximately 617,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.  A new ~ 25 ft. wide dune will be constructed in this area, and the flat beach berm will be widened by an additional 40 - 60 feet.  Dune vegetation will also be planted as part of this project.    

If the Town does not receive reasonable bids in November, it is likely that this project will be delayed until winter 2019-2020 and combined with a larger project that would also include central and western Emerald Isle. 

In total, the Town is seeking approximately $56 million (revised from a previous estimate) from FEMA and the NC Division of Emergency Management to replace approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost from the Town's 12 miles of ocean beach during Hurricane Florence. 

Bogue Inlet Navigation Channels In Good Shape After Florence

The US Army Corps of Engineers has completed new surveys of the Bogue Inlet ocean bar, connecting channel, and AIWW crossing, and these navigation channels remain in relatively good shape despite the impacts of Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael.  These surveys are available for public review at http://saw-nav.usace.army.mil/INLETS/BOGUE/Bogue_Inlet_OB.pdf (ocean bar) and at  http://saw-nav.usace.army.mil/INLETS/BOGUE/Bogue_Inlet_Inside.pdf (connecting channel and AIWW crossing).  

At the request of the Town, the US Army Corps of Engineers completed maintenance dredging in Bogue Inlet in late August and early September.  This dredging effort, with a total cost of nearly $200,000, was jointly funded by the State of North Carolina, the Town of Emerald Isle, Carteret County, Onslow County, and the towns of Swansboro, Cedar Point, and Cape Carteret.  The Town has been fortunate to enjoy a cooperative relationship with each of these government entities, and is thankful for their partnership.

Randy Martin Begins Work as Interim Town Manager

The Board of Commissioners has appointed Randy Martin as Interim Town Manager of Emerald Isle.  Randy will begin work on November 12, and will work with departing Town Manager Frank Rush until November 21 in order to promote a smooth transition. 

Randy Martin has 34 years of experience as a City Manager, and recently retired as the City Manager of Franklin, VA, where he served since 2012.  From 1995 - 2012, Randy served as the City Manager of Morehead City, NC, and he still resides in Morehead City.  His career also includes service as the City Manager of King, NC from 1984 - 1995. The Board is pleased to have someone of Randy's caliber and local knowledge at the helm of the Town organization for the next several months while the Board recruits a new Town Manager.  

Board of Commissioners Begins Process for Recruitment of New Town Manager 

The Board of Commissioners has solicited proposals from consulting firms for the recruitment and selection of the next Town Manager, and is expected to enter into a contract with the selected firm by mid-November.  (A copy of the RFP is available at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/2018-rfp-search-firm-for-town-manager---issued-october-24-2018.pdf .)  The consulting firm will assist the Board with all aspects of the recruitment and selection process over the next few months, with a goal to appoint a new Town Manager sometime in spring 2019.  

Coyote Trapping Efforts Set To Resume

Due to continuing concerns about coyotes, the Town will again implement a coyote trapping program this winter.  The Town has coordinated coyote trapping efforts for the past two winters, and has removed a total of 26 coyotes from various locations in Emerald Isle. Despite these efforts, there are still believed to be several coyote families living in Emerald Isle, in several areas.  

Beginning December 1, interested property owners can retain the services of a licensed trapper on their property at no or minimal cost, and should contact Emerald Isle Police Chief Tony Reese at 252-354-2021 or treese@emeraldisle-nc.org for more information.  Under the Town's program, trappers are required to notify the Emerald Isle Police Department when and where traps are set and when coyotes are actually trapped.  Coyote traps will also be set on various Town-owned properties in areas not frequented by the public.  The Town's program is consistent with NC Wildlife Resources Commission regulations, and will be in effect from December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019. 

North Carolina Coastal Federation Promotes Living Shorelines 

The North Carolina Coastal Federation, based off of NC 24 across Bogue Sound from Emerald Isle, is a strong advocate for living shorelines.  Living shorelines are an economic and environmentally-friendly alternative to bulkheads that absorb wave energy through the use of more natural approaches such as restored salt marsh grasses and oyster reefs.  While many property owners are rebuilding after the storm, the North Carolina Coastal Federation encourages homeowners to consider installing a living shoreline on their property.  For more information on living shorelines, please visit  https://www.nccoast.org/protect-the-coast/estuarine-shorelines/ .

Start Training for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races - Saturday, March 30!

The 6th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019.  Start your training program now, sign up at  https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/EmeraldIsle/marathonhalfmarathonand5k , set your PR on our flat, fast course, and enjoy a beautiful spring weekend at the beach with family and friends!  

Did You Know?

Despite all of our everyday challenges in life, we are all incredibly blessed to be able to enjoy this special place that is Emerald Isle.  Truly, Nice Matters - in every way!  Please take a moment to reflect on your own good fortune to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle, cherish the special moments and memories with your family and friends in Emerald Isle, and treat everyone "nice".   

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:12:00 PM