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EORA Closed until noon for Special Event on Saturday, Oct 23 

The Eastern Ocean Regional Access at 2701 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 will be closed for the Town's Trucks & Treats event on Saturday, October 23 until noon. 

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:18:00 AM Categories: News

Panzarella appointed Chief of Police 

Panzarella named EIPD Chief of Police

Will be sworn in at the November 9 Board of Commissioners Meeting


The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Panzarella as Chief of Police.  He has been serving as the Interim Chief of Police since July and has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience in Carteret County. 

Chief Panzarella was appointed by Town Manager Matt Zapp, following a three-month review of his performance as interim chief. Chief Panzarella has been the Assistant Chief of Police since May 2020 and stepped into the interim role following the retirement of former Chief Tony Reese in July 2021. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department has 20 full-time sworn officers and two civilian support staff, along with 20 part-time officers and customer service representatives. 

“Chief Panzarella is a steadfast law enforcement professional with a genuine and heartfelt desire to serve the community of Emerald Isle,” said Zapp. “He executed well in the capacity of Assistant Chief and has transitioned smoothly to the role as Interim Chief. The Town Board and staff are excited for Mike as he takes on the full-time appointment as the next Emerald Isle Chief of Police.” 

Chief Panzarella has spent three decades serving in a variety of roles in the Pine Knoll Shores and Newport police departments, as well as the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, before joining the Emerald Isle Police Department. His previous experience includes being a patrol officer, a patrol supervisor, a school resource officer, school resource officer supervisor, detective, detective supervisor and school intelligence liaison.  In addition, he has served as a DARE officer, a hostage negotiator, and an internal affairs officer for the Sherriff’s Office. 

He embraces the motto, “leadership is not a position or title, it is action and example.”

He received his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Carteret Community College, and holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate for North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission, a Criminal Investigation Certification, and School Resource Officer Certification from the North Carolina Justice Academy. He is a member and former president of the North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association and a current member of the International Homicide Investigators Association. 

“I believe building strong relationships with the residents and visitors is a key component in the Police Department’s endeavor to protect and serve in the highest manner,” said Chief Panzarella. “I also believe it is paramount to lead with integrity, high moral character and transparency throughout the department.” 


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00:00 PM Categories: News

Man charged following chase through Emerald Isle 

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, Carteret County Deputies and Emerald Isle Police arrested Dylan Norton Little, 19, of 126 Bogue Sound Dr., Newport, following a high-speed chase through Western Carteret County. 

Carteret County deputies attempted to stop the vehicle Little was driving on Highway 24 in Bogue after a broadcast was issued that he was a suspect wanted for larceny of a firearm that had just occurred at EJW Outdoor Incorporated in Morehead City.

Little is accused of fleeing the store with a rifle after acting as an interested consumer. Store employees were able to wrestle the rifle way from Little, who was trying to flee the parking lot in his vehicle. 

Sheriff's deputies and Cape Carteret Police chased the suspect through Cape Carteret and over the B. Cameron Langston Bridge into Emerald Isle, where Emerald Isle Officers pursued the suspect. Little eventually jumped out of the vehicle on Highway 58 near Bluewater Drive in Emerald Isle and charged toward officers on foot, who quickly took him into custody. One private automobile was struck by Little during the pursuit.

Little faces a variety of charges from the Sheriff's Office, Emerald Isle and Morehead City police, that include flee to elude, felony larceny, possession of stole property, assault with a deadly weapon and hit and run causing property damage. Additional charges may be filed against the suspect. 

Little is being held in the Carteret County Jail under a $17,000 bond and is scheduled for his first court appearance on Friday, October 15. 

This information is from the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, October 14, 2021 1:59:00 PM Categories: News

One Stop Voting 2021 Begins Oct. 14 

One-Stop Early Voting for the 2021 Election begins on Thursday, October 14 and runs through Saturday, October 30. Sites will be open from 8 am. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. 

Those who wish to cast votes for the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners can do so at the Western Park & Recreation Center at 275 Old Hwy. 58, in Cedar Point. 

For full details and all one-stop voting locations, visit the following link to the Carteret County Board of Elections website -

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:06:00 AM Categories: News

Holiday Trav-L Park Resort to Host Candidate Meet and Greet 

This information is being shared on behalf of the Holiday Trav-L Park Resort, at 9102 Coast Guard Road in Emerald Isle.

A meet and greet for all candidates running for the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 22, at the Holiday Trav-L Park. This event will take place at the stage, and is open to the public.

All questions about this event should be directed to the Holiday Trav-L Park, not the Town of Emerald Isle.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, October 11, 2021 4:38:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade slated for November 27 

The Emerald Isle Christmas Parade returns on Saturday, November 27th, at 2 p.m. - Join us for this great tradition in Emerald Isle!

The 18th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade will be held along NC 58 through the middle of Emerald Isle. Enter your float soon to have your group be a part of the Christmas parade.  You can find the 2021 registration form here. All forms should be completed and returned to Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation, 7500 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC 28594, or emailed to 

Cash prizes will be given to the best decorated floats, with a first and second place for commercial and non-commercial entries. 

All participants will receive an email by November 25th with their lineup number. 

For more information, please contact Parks & Recreation by emailing Director Alesia Sanderson at

We hope to see you in Emerald Isle on November 27th!

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, October 11, 2021 8:20:00 AM Categories: News

LWV to Host Virtual EI Candidate Forum 

October 13, 2021

The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Carteret County (LWVCC) will host a virtual candidate forum for the mayoral and commissioner candidates in Emerald Isle. This will be conducted live via Zoom on Wednesday, October 13, from 6-8 p.m. 

It will also be available on the League’s website and Facebook pages immediately after the forum. This is open to the community. Individuals can submit questions for candidates in advance to:

 The forum will begin with panelist introductions followed by pre-screened questions submitted in advance from the audience, posed by the moderator, with timed responses from the panelists. Candidates will also have the opportunity for a 2-minute summary at the end of the forum. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization and has been conducting candidate forums in Carteret County since 1996. These forums are an outstanding way for individuals in Emerald Isle to get to know your candidates in advance who will be making legislative decisions that will impact your lives. The link for the forum is below:

For more information, please contact Carol Geer at 252-728-6385 or All questions concerning this event should be directed to the LWV, not the Town of Emerald Isle. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy.


Posted by Anna Smith Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:06:00 AM Categories: News

NCDOT Bridge Work Begins Oct. 4, 2021 

Contractors making improvements on the B. Cameron Langston Bridge leading to and from Emerald Isle will resume work beginning Monday, Oct. 4, weather permitting.

The work, which will require a lane closure, is part of a project continuing from last year to preserve the bridge against the harsh saltwater environment and ultimately extend the life of the bridge.

Motorists should expect a lane closure between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday; however, lane closures could be installed on Saturday or Sunday night if work during the week is delayed due to weather. Contractors will use flaggers at the ends of the work zone to direct traffic.

The department plans to continue work through May but will send regular updates as the schedule will change.

While a lane may not always be closed during the permitted times, drivers should anticipate this pattern and plan ahead as their commute may take longer than normal. NCDOT urges drivers to also use caution and remain alert around the bridge.

All questions and comments about the project should be directed to NCDOT, and can be sent to Lauren Haviland at For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, October 1, 2021 3:30:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Tidings - October 2021 

You can view the latest Town of Emerald Isle news and events by clicking the link below: 

Emerald Tidings - October 2021


Posted by VC3 Admin Friday, October 1, 2021 1:42:00 PM Categories: News

Trucks & Treats Returns Oct. 23 

The Town of Emerald Isle's Trucks & Treats returns for a second year on Saturday, October 23, 2021! This free event will be held from 10 a.m. - noon at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access at 2701 Emerald Drive.

The Town's safety vehicles will be on display, and children will receive a goodie bag full of sweet treats at the end. Be on the lookout in your bag for one of the golden tickets that are redeemable for a prize! 

Starting October 1, you can register your children, age 12 and under, for this drive-thru Halloween event by contacting Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350. Pre-registration is required.


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, September 30, 2021 3:26:00 PM Categories: News
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