Update #34 - Wednesday, November 14 - 10 am
FINAL Hurricane Florence Update
This is the final special update on the Town's Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. Please refer to normal Town of Emerald Isle digital communications platforms for periodic updates on various Town services, initiatives, and projects.
Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Collections Ending - Town Will No Longer Collect C&D Debris at Street Edge
The Town's contractor is collecting the last remaining piles of C&D debris from photo-documented locations that met the Town's October 29 deadline, and we expect the contractor to complete all C&D debris collections any day now.
The Town will no longer collect C&D debris from the street edge, and debris collection and disposal is the practical and financial responsibility of the property owner and/or your insurance company.
If you still have construction & demolition debris on your property, there are two options available: 1) Emerald Isle property owners may transport their own debris to a temporary 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 (disposal fees apply).
If there are small, remnant pieces of C&D debris at the street edge after collection, please simply rake up any loose debris and deposit it in your trash container for normal trash collection.
The Town is pleased to be ending the debris collection process, and appreciates our property owners' patience over the past several weeks.
Public Works Department Resumes Normal Vegetative Debris Collection Efforts
Town staff normally collect vegetative debris throughout the Town all year long, and the Town's two trucks are resuming normal operations. Town trucks will continue to collect vegetative debris placed at the street edge by our property owners.
The Town's normal service goal is to complete a full pass of the entire Town each week. Please note that, due to higher volumes associated with Hurricane Florence vegetative debris, it may take our staff a little longer and they may not achieve our weekly collection goal. Your patience is appreciated as we work through the expected higher volume of vegetative debris in the coming weeks.
Beach Strand C&D Debris Collection Continues
Unfortunately, the Town's contractor has experienced numerous mechanical issues with its beach collection equipment, but is finally making progress. All previously consolidated piles of construction & demolition debris between the Indian Beach town limits and Bogue Inlet Pier have been removed, along with the area along Wyndtree Drive and Inlet Drive near The Point. The contractor continues to collect consolidated piles of C&D debris between Bogue Inlet Pier and Wyndtree Drive, and we are hopeful this work will be complete by the end of November.
Town Seeking Contractors for Tree Clean-up in Emerald Isle Woods Park and McLean-Spell Park; Contract Awarded for Blue Heron Park
Emerald Isle Woods Park remains closed due to significant tree damage in the park, and Town staff continue to solicit bids for this work. McLean-Spell Park is open, but also has significant tree damage and should only be used at your own risk. Town staff also continue to solicit bids for this work.
The Town has executed a contract for tree clean-up in Blue Heron Park, and we look forward to reopening this park very soon.
For more information, or to solicit a bid, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Beach Nourishment Bids Due November 20
The Town's engineers, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, are currently soliciting construction bids 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 $56.7 million 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.
The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.
To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:
- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ,
- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC,
- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle,
- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications ,
- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or
- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.