Emerald Tidings

November 2019

Emerald Isle Bridge Construction Details

N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will begin work to extend the life of the Emerald Isle Bridge during the 2019/2020 off-season.

Beginning November 12, 2019, a lane of N.C. 58 on the Emerald Isle Bridge will be closes as needed. The other lane will remain open for traffic. This work is expected to last through mid-March 2020.

The rehab project includes installation of a two-bar railing and repairs to the girders. This project will extend the life of the bridge for more than 20 years.

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. 

Drivers that travel on the Emerald Isle Bridge should use caution and expect delays.  For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

For additional information, please contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-514-4759 or email Paul Vorwerk at pvorwerk@ncdot.gov. Thank you for your patience, as NCDOT and their contract crews work to maintain and improve this essential infrastructure for Emerald Isle!   

Hurricane Dorian Vegetative Debris

The Mayor, Board of Commissioners, and Town staff wish to thank all Emerald Isle property owners for their assistance related to Hurricane Dorian (September 2019) clean-up efforts. Due to the sheer volume of vegetative material being placed at the street, the debris collection process is taking substantial time and resources. 

FIRST PASS- The EI Public Works department removed 750 tons of vegetative debris during the initial post-Dorian pass around the island. 

SECOND PASS- Town staff estimates that our vegetative removal crews will complete a second pass around the island on/ before Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

THIRD PASS- The Town will communicate and complete a third/final Hurricane Dorian related vegetative debris removal pass on Monday, December 16, 2019. 

The Town of Emerald Isle owns two (2) knuckle-boom service trucks; both trucks have worked 5-6 days per week collecting vegetative debris.  An average of 75-100 stops are being made per day.  We also coordinated with the City of New Bern to rent a third knuckle-boom service truck.  All three trucks are now collecting debris 5-days per week. After December 16, 2019, the Town will return to a normal collection schedule for vegetation. 

We truly appreciate the publics’ patience and understanding.  Together, we will continue to keep Emerald Isle beautiful.

How do I report a street light issue to CCEC?

The Town of Emerald Isle receives its electric power via the Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC).

Use the following form to report any non-immediate request (i.e., a security light out; a broken meter cover).  https://www.ccemc.com/node/18

If you have a need that is serious in nature and/or requires immediate attention, please call the CCEC office to speak with a customer service representative as soon as possible.  The 24-Hour Customer Service Line is 1.800.682.2217 or 252.247.3107. 

2019 Safety Award recipients to be honored Nov. 12, 2019

The Town of Emerald Isle Mayor and Board of Commissioners will recognize recipients of the Emerald Isle Safety Award at their regular monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6pm.  The meeting takes place in the Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive (adjacent to Emerald Isle Police Department). 

These outstanding individuals have been recommended for a Civilian Safety Award and will be publicly recognized for their service to our community, our citizens and our visitors in coming to the aid of distressed swimmers in Emerald Isle this past summer season.  Please plan to attend as we show our appreciation and gratitude to these local heroes:

Luke Brooks

Certification of Appreciation

Jacob Price 

Certification of Appreciation

Michael Conner

Certificate of Commendation

Alexander Lewis

Certificate of Commendation

Rick Scott

Certificate of Commendation

Peyton Weist

Certificate of Commendation

Eric Zaleski

Certificate of Commendation


 The Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019

The 16th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade (sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association) will be held on Saturday, November 30 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!

Also, please join us after the parade for the official Christmas Tree Lighting and cookies with Santa at the Crystal Coast Welcome Center in EI! 

If you'd like to participate in the parade, please follow this link for an entry form: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/parade-entry-2019.pdf   

You may also contact Parade Chairman Don Wells at donaldjwells@gmail.com  or 252-772-3282. 

Beach Nourishment Phase II- Scheduled for winter 2020

In cooperation with the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, Phase II of the Post-Florence Beach Nourishment project is scheduled to occur this coming winter.   Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has been awarded the $28.1 M project. 

Locally, the western end of Emerald Isle will see approximately 345,000 cubic yards of sand placed on the beach strand. The area to be nourished will encompass the area between Sound of the Sea and the eastern extent of Land’s End.  

The dredging process is expected to be on the Emerald Isle section of beach during the months of March and April 2020.   Information will be shared continuously throughout the process. 

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

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races - March 28, 2020!

Start training now!  The 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020.  Start your training program now, sign up at:


Set your PR on our flat, fast course, and enjoy a beautiful spring weekend at the beach with family and friends!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, November 8, 2019 4:34:00 PM