In January, I had the pleasure of attending the Carteret Chamber of Commerce “Crystal Ball”. The Ball is an annual event where citizens are recognized for their service, businesses are recognized for well done projects, and the new officers are installed.
The Chamber had several Awards of Merit for Development to recognize businesses, developers, contractors, and entrepreneurs whose building construction and/or improvement projects make a positive statement for “Community Character”. I am proud to say that two of the awards this year were for Emerald Isle projects.
I was very pleased to accept an award on behalf of the Town of Emerald Isle for the new EMS building. The building was completed in the fall of 2008, so many of you have already seen it. For those that haven’t it is a building with a definite southern coastal beach flavor. The building is a 4,900 sq. ft. wood-frame building with architectural shingles and accents that add to its curb appeal. Inside is a state-of-the-art EMS station, all built with energy conservation in mind. The building contains bays for three vehicles, an up-to-date training room for about 25 students, over-night sleeping facilities for staff, and kitchen facilities for staff on duty. The new building has proven very helpful in attracting new volunteers.
The second award for an Emerald Isle project was the renovation of The Islander Suites, formerly known as the Islander Motor Hotel. The property has undergone almost a “total makeover,” inside and out. The new exterior siding, roofing, trim, railings and other exterior accents give The Islander Suites a “nice, inviting, beach cottage look,” as one judge put it. There are 80 units, which have been converted to condominiums that are rented as guest rooms to vacationers. Accepting the award was Bill Brown of Coastal Building of Morehead City, the General Contractor.
Also, Woody Warren, one of the owners of Bluewater Realty was handed the gavel to be President of the Chamber for 2010. This is an honor and also a lot of work and I wish Woody the best of luck in his new role. Julia Wax, owner of Emerald Isle Realty, was recognized with a plaque for her six years of service on the Chamber Board since she has to rotate off of the board because of term limits.
The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority is the agency that uses the occupancy tax money to promote the Crystal Coast. Julia Wax and I both had to relinquish our seats on the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority Board since we have completed two consecutive terms. I was replaced by Trace Cooper, Mayor of Atlantic Beach; Julia was replaced by her daughter-in-law Jamie Wax of Emerald Isle Realty; and Woody was also named to the Board to fill a realtor’s seat. I will still remain as an ex-officio member of the Tourism Board. I know Trace, Jamie, and Woody well, and I can assure you the TDA Board is in good hands.
St. Pat’s is coming up soon and I hope to see you there.