March 5, 2005 was another great day in the life of Emerald Isle. That was the day that the new bike path was dedicated. The new 1.4 mile bike path runs along the south side of Emerald Drive from Coast Guard Road to Merchants Park. As soon as the rock base was completed in late December and before the asphalt was poured, people began using the bike path. Now that it has been completed, I am sure we will see even more use.
Here is a great opportunity for everyone to play a part in making it even better. We still have items we want to add to make the bike path more enjoyable for everyone. We hope to fund these through donations from citizens, second homeowners, businesses and visitors. If you want to make a donation in honor of someone or just a donation for the good of the cause, here are some ideas. Benches with bike racks will cost $225 each (12 total): picnic tables under some of the oak tree clusters will cost $300 each (4 total); trees along portions of the path will cost $50 each (30 total). Any donations large enough to cover the cost of a table or combination bench/bike-rack will include appropriate identification unless the donor requests to remain anonymous. If you wish to participate, please send donations to Alesia Sanderson at Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594, or call her at 252-354-6350 if you wish further information. Donations of any size will be much appreciated.
We have seen a lot of bike path and sidewalk construction over the last several years. There is still more to come. The Town has received a grant to extend the bike path from Merchants Park to Black Skimmer, and more new sidewalks will be added with labor from the Department of Corrections to extend the sidewalk from Mangrove to Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. Other towns in the county have similar projects under way, and there is also very preliminary talk within the county of eventually having "bike paths/sidewalks" from Cedar Point to Cedar Island.
Check out PinPoint Weather link (bottom right hand corner) on www.witntv.com. WITN 7 in Greenville has installed a PinPoint Weather Station on top of Town Hall. This is "state of the art" equipment. It sends real time information to the station for use on its web site and it's TV broadcast weather reports. This will be a valuable addition for everyone with an interest in Emerald Isle.
I am looking forward to some great spring weather and I always enjoy seeing you around town.