- Join Us for the the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Saturday, September 29! Sponsored by Transportation Impact
- US Army Corps of Engineers Dredging Bogue Inlet and Coast Guard Channel
- The Point Remains Stable 13 Years After Channel Relocation
- NCDOT Contractor Begins Work on Underside of Emerald Isle Bridge
- Town Considering Islander Drive and Western Ocean Regional Access Improvements
- Town Pursuing Archers Creek Culvert Improvements With Goal to Enhance Tidal Flow, Improve Adjacent Marsh Environment
- NC 58 Landscape Lighting Completed
- Construction of Pedestrian Bridge to McLean-Spell Park Set to Begin
- Beach Driving Season Begins September 15
- New Roundabout Functioning Well Thus Far
- Dog Park Development Committee Seeking Donations
- 1st Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament Planning Underway
- EI Sea Turtle Program "Adopts a Beach"!
- Golf With a Cop - Saturday, October 20
- Sound to Sea Paint Out and Art Show / Sale - October 19 - 21
- "Muttigans" Named One of America's "Coolest Pet Stores"
- Did You Know?
Join Us for the the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Saturday, September 29! Sponsored by Transportation Impact
The 3rd annual "re-boot" of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29 on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access off Islander Drive. Please join us for a great day of sun, sand, and music! Admission is FREE!
The 2016 and 2017 events attracted an estimated 8,000 - 9,000 people, and the Town looks forward to another great crowd on September 29. The festivities begin at 10:30 am, and will continue all afternoon long, with performances by Sammy O'Banion, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers, Chairmen of the Board, the Embers, and the Tams!
For more information, and to view the official commercial, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/3rd-annual-emerald-isle-beach-music-festival-saturday-september-29--.
Make plans now to be in Emerald Isle for a beautiful early fall weekend!
US Army Corps of Engineers Dredging Bogue Inlet and Coast Guard Channel
The US Army Corps of Engineers dredge "Currituck" is touching up the main navigation channel in Bogue Inlet, and is also removing shoals in the nearby Coast Guard channel. This work is expected to be complete in early September, and will result in safer navigation channels for area boaters heading into the fall fishing season.
The "Currituck" is a hopper dredge, which is akin to a floating dump truck. The dredge spoils are collected in the "hopper" and are being deposited just offshore from The Point in the Atlantic Ocean. This type of dredge is different than the "Merritt", the sidecast dredge that usually completes navigation maintenance dredging in Bogue Inlet. The sidecast dredge simply "casts" the dredge spoils out of the navigation channel into nearby shallow waters. The Town is hopeful that the use of the "Currituck" for this round of dredging will promote a more stable navigation channel for a longer period of time.
The work in the Coast Guard channel is funded exclusively by the United States Coast Guard. The work in the Bogue Inlet navigation channel is funded through a partnership between the State of North Carolina, the Town of Emerald Isle, and other nearby local governments, including Carteret County, Onslow County, and the towns of Swansboro, Cedar Point, and Cape Carteret.
The Point Remains Stable 13 Years After Channel Relocation
It has now been more than 13 years since the Town successfully relocated the main ebb channel in Bogue Inlet away from The Point. In 2005, the main channel was threatening numerous homes and infrastructure, and the Town relocated the channel to a more central location between Emerald Isle and Bear Island. The sand removed for the new channel was used for beach nourishment along 4 miles of ocean beach in western Emerald Isle in 2005.
The main ebb channel has remained away from Emerald Isle, and is currently located approximately 1,300 feet from the vehicle ramp at The Point. The entire area remains stable, and is enjoyed by many beachgoers, fishermen, boaters, and wildlife. The Point is arguably the most beautiful spot in Emerald Isle, and the Town remains committed to preserving this local treasure. Prior to the 2005 relocation, the Town's engineers predicted that the main ebb channel would eventually migrate back toward Emerald Isle in approximately 15 years. The Town continues to monitor the position of the main ebb channel, and plans to relocate the channel again when it moves within 1,000 feet of The Point vehicle ramp. The Town is in early planning stages for the next relocation, which is tentatively planned for 2022, and the sand removed will again be used for beach nourishment at that time.
The Point - 2004
The Point - 2017
NCDOT Contractor Begins Work on Underside of Emerald Isle Bridge
A contractor for NCDOT has begun significant maintenance work on the underside of the Emerald Isle bridge, and crews have established a work base on the mainland side of the NC 58 bridge. This work is intended to extend the projected life of the bridge and will continue for the next several months, but is not expected to result in significant vehicle lane closures.
NCDOT's contractor will also be installing new guardrails on the bridge prior to the 2019 tourism season. 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 guard rail height of 54 inches. The photo below shows a simulated view with the new guard rails in place.
Town Considering Islander Drive and Western Ocean Regional Access Improvements
The Town is currently working with engineers and nearby property owners to determine specific improvements to Islander Drive and the Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA).
Improvements currently under consideration include a new beach access walkway, shower and bathroom improvements, EmeraldFest stage improvements, a new pedestrian walkway through the parking area at the WORA, additional on-street parking on Islander Drive, potential conversion of overhead electric lines to underground, decorative street lighting, landscaping improvements, and more. These improvements will be funded by State grant funds and sale proceeds from the recent sale of Town-owned property that previously included an abandoned go-kart track and bumper boat facility.
The Board of Commissioners is expected to finalize plans in October, and the Town hopes to complete construction no later than May 2019. Associated private development of approximately 30 residential and commercial condominium units is expected to begin in early 2019.
Town Pursuing Archers Creek Culvert Improvements With Goal to Enhance Tidal Flow, Improve Adjacent Marsh Environment
The Town has included funding in the current budget to replace an aging 60" pipe culvert under Lee Avenue that allows Archers Creek to flow east toward Bogue Sound, and also allows tidal influence into areas west of the culvert. The existing pipe culvert was installed in the late 1970s, and has deteriorated to the point that the Lee Avenue roadway could become compromised. The Town originally planned to replace this culvert with an identical sized culvert in early 2019, however, in response to concerns from nearby property owners, the Town is now exploring the potential installation of a larger culvert or multiple culverts to enhance tidal flow in this area and promote the health of the adjacent coastal marsh.
Town staff are currently working with engineers, State and Federal regulatory officials, the NC Coastal Federation, and nearby property owners to determine the appropriate scope of work, identify practical and/or regulatory issues, and identify potential grant funding sources. It is likely that the Town will pursue this more significant effort, which would delay culvert replacement until 2020 or later, depending on the ultimate project design.
NC 58 Landscape Lighting Completed
Town staff have completed the the installation of new landscape lighting along the NC 58 right of way near the base of the Emerald Isle bridge. The new lighting represents yet another effort by the Town to enhance the aesthetics of the NC 58 corridor through Emerald Isle, and the Town will be considering additional lighting enhancements in the future.
Construction of Pedestrian Bridge to McLean-Spell Park Set to Begin
The Town has awarded a contract for the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over Archers Creek to nature trails in McLean-Spell Park. The new pedestrian bridge is expected to be completed by the end of September, and will enable easier access to the new park. Park visitors will then be able to park at the Community Center, cross the creek right outside the Community Center building, and enjoy this great new Town park in Emerald Isle. Public restrooms are also available adjacent to the Community Center parking lot and tennis courts.
Beach Driving Season Begins September 15
The popular beach driving season begins on Saturday, September 15, and will continue through Thursday, April 18 (the beach driving season ends early this year due to the timing of Easter week). Beach driving permits are available now at the Town Administration Building, and the permit application and additional information are available at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving .
New Roundabout Functioning Well Thus Far
The new NC 58 roundabout near the Publix grocery store opened on March 1, and has functioned very well through the first summer season. The new roundabout was constructed instead of an originally proposed new traffic signal, and as a pilot project to enable our community to evaluate roundabouts for other potential locations in the future. The new roundabout allows traffic to flow continuously while allowing for turns on to and out of Mallard Drive.
Other than one incident caused by an intoxicated driver traveling at a speed in excess of 80 miles per hour during the middle of the night in March, there have been zero accidents in the new roundabout. (Fortunately, neither the driver or others were hurt in this incident, and there was no significant damage to nearby infrastructure.) Since March 1, there have been a total of 104 motor vehicle accidents at other locations in Emerald Isle, including 14 accidents at the Town's four existing signalized intersections.
The Town continues to monitor the function and safety of the new NC 58 roundabout, and any future decisions for other NC 58 locations will be made in future years after additional analysis by NCDOT, additional public input, and further review of the new NC 58 roundabout near Publix. There are now more than 300 roundabouts in North Carolina, and thousands more across the United States.
Dog Park Development Committee Seeking Donations
The Town's new Dog Park Development Committee is hard at work on design and fundraising efforts for the new dog park to be constructed at McLean-Spell Park. If you are interested in making this project a reality sooner rather than later, and would like to make a donation, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/dog-park-development-donations . All donations are tax-deductible.
1st Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament Planning Underway
The Executive Committee for the 1st Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament has set the dates for the inaugural event: Friday, September 20, 2019 (Captain's Dinner) and Saturday, September 21, 2019 (fishing, prize ceremony, and other activities). The new fishing tournament will include boat, kayak, and surf fishing divisions angling for king mackerel, spanish mackerel, flounder, and bluefish. Proceeds will fund local scholarships and provide funding for future navigation dredging in Bogue Inlet.
The Town looks forward to the addition of this new event to our annual lineup of special events. To volunteer, sponsor, or contribute to the tournament, please contact Tournament Director Mark Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more details about the new tournament as they develop, check out the official tournament Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EIFishing/ .
EI Sea Turtle Program "Adopts a Beach"!
The Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Program includes a great group of local volunteers who monitor and assist nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings. The volunteers also do a great job helping to keep Emerald Isle's beaches clean, and recently completed beach sweeps at two locations in Emerald Isle. On August 18, 17 volunteers, assisted by team members from the West Johnston women's basketball team, completed a beach sweep at both the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and at The Point. The Town greatly appreciates their efforts to keep Emerald Isle's beaches clean!
Golf With a Cop - Saturday, October 20
The Emerald Isle Police Department and the Neighborhood Watch Program are pleased to host the 3rd annual Golf With a Cop event on Saturday, October 20 at Star Hill Golf Club in Cape Carteret. Golfers, come on out and play a round with EI's finest and the dedicated volunteers in the Neighborhood Watch program! To learn more, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/3rd-annual-golf-with-a-cop-2018-10-20 .
Sound to Sea Paint Out and Art Show / Sale - October 19 - 21
The 4th annual Sound to Sea Paint Out and Art Show / Sale will be held from October 19 - 21 at various locations in Emerald Isle! The weekend event culminates with an art show and sale at The Trading Post restaurant on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm. If you're interested in painting, or just interested in looking, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/4th-annual-sound-to-sea-paint-out-art-show-and-sale-2018-10-19 to learn more.
"Muttigans" Named One of America's "Coolest Pet Stores"
The Town congratulates Emerald Isle pet store / coffee shop "Muttigans" (also known as K9s and Coffee) on its recent recognition by Pets+ as one of America's "Coolest Pet Stores"! To learn more about "Muttigans" and this recognition, please visit https://muttigansplace.com/f/selected-as-one-of-americas-coolest-pet-stores .
Did You Know?
Nearly all of Emerald Isle's ~ 3,200 acres of land have been platted since the early 1950s, however, there are still a total of 828 vacant lots in Emerald Isle. These vacant lots are scattered among the various subdivisions in Emerald Isle.