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Kelly Lane Boat Channel Dredging Project Bids 

Kelly Lane Boat Channel Dredging Project

Friday July 30, 2021

The Town of Emerald Isle desires to dredge a site identified as the Kelly Lane Boat Ramp project. 

Bids will be received until 15:00 (3 PM) local time on Friday, August 6, 2021 by the Town of Emerald Isle.

Bids maybe submitted in sealed envelopes to the attention of:

The Town of Emerald Isle

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

7500 Emerald Drive

Emerald Isle, NC 28594


The bid opening will occur at:

The Town of Emerald Isle

Administrative Offices

7509 Emerald Drive

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

For access to the complete bid package, click here.

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 30, 2021 9:59:00 AM Categories: News

EI Beach Driving Permit applications available August 1 

Starting on Sunday, August 1, Emerald Isle Beach Driving Permit Applications for the 2021-22 season will be available online at The beach driving season officially begins on Wednesday, September 15 and runs through April. As always, beach driving will be closed for a ten-day period around Easter.

Please note, permit applications will be online only for the month of August. Beginning in September, permit applications can be found either online or at the Emerald Isle Police Department at 7500 Emerald Drive.

Watch this short video to learn more about the updated application process for this year.


Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, July 28, 2021 11:54:00 AM Categories: News

Jr. Lifeguard Camps complete for 2021 

The Emerald Isle Fire Department just concluded the second round of Jr. Lifeguard Camp for 2021. This week was geared toward 13-17 year-olds. 

Check out our latest video on the Jr. Lifeguard Camp below, and stay tuned in Spring 2022 for information on how to register your child for the next round.



Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 23, 2021 2:57:00 PM Categories: News

Boat America Registration Until July 22 

Please see the following flyer for information about the Boat America Public Education Course, presented by Flotilla 054-20-10 Swansboro. 

Registration closes on Thursday, July 22: 



Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:52:00 AM Categories: News

Jr. Lifeguard Camps Underway 

Jr. Lifeguard Camp was held July 12-15 for 9-12 year-olds, and everyone had a great time! This video highlights a few moments of the camp led by Emerald Isle Ocean Rescue Lifeguards and Ocean Rescue Coordinator William Matthias.

Special thanks to Banks, Gray & Crumpler, PLLC for a sponsorship toward the Junior Guard shirts; Emerald Club for sponsorship of reusable water bottles; and U Dream It Builders for the pizza, drinks and dessert at the end of camp celebration.


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 16, 2021 5:18:00 PM Categories: News

Mayor Eddie Barber Announcement 


Mayor Eddie Barber shares an announcement on July 15, 2021:


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:55:00 PM Categories: News

Third Street Park to open late on July 13 

The Third Street Park will be closed until at least 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, due to grading work.

Want more information on Emerald Isle's parks and water accesses? You can find that on our website:


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Posted by Anna Smith Monday, July 12, 2021 5:46:00 PM Categories: News

Board of Commissioners Agenda - July 13, 2021 




TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021 - 6:00 P.M.


View/Print Full Agenda Packet

Public Comment Instructions

The meeting will be available for by registering at the following link for attendees  - by clicking here or by calling +1 (562) 247-8422 and entering the access code 359-740-443 when prompted. 

1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Opening Prayer
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Adoption of Agenda
6. Proclamations/Public Announcements 

7. Employment Retirement Recognition - Bruce Norman, Retiring Fire Captain

a. Proclamation

b. Award

8. Recognition of Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate: Lt. Mark Odom

9. Public Comment

10. Consent Agenda

 a. Tax Order

 b. Minutes from June 8, 2021 Board of Commissioners Meeting

c. NCParking Contract Amendment

d. Resolution to Accept American Rescue Plan Act Funds - CSLRF

e. Grant Project Ordinance Amendment  - American Rescue Plan - Coronavirus Recovery Funds

f. Budget Amendment - General Fund

g. Amendment - Pay Plan - Position Classifications

h. Resolution assigning Anna Smith as Town Clerk; Sarah Diehl as Deputy Town Clerk

i. Planning Board Re-appointments

11. Consideration of adoption of Lease with Bogue Banks Water Corporation for a location of a well in McLean Spell Park

a. Resolution Authorizing Town Manager to Sign Contract

12. Public Discussion Pertaining to Boat Ramp Navigational Channel 

13. Discussion: Proposed Contract for UDO with N-Focus

a. Resolution Authorizing Town Manager to Sign Contract

14. Discussion: FEMA Risk Rating 2.0

15. Discussion: Dredging along Kelly Lane

16. Comments from Town Clerk, Town Attorney and Town Manager

17. Comments from Board of Commissioners and Mayor

18. Closed Session Pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11(5), Pertaining to the acquisition of real property and NCGS 143- 318.11(a)(6) to discuss personnel. 

19. Adjourn

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, July 12, 2021 2:51:00 PM Categories: News

EI Goals List Established for 2021-2023 

On May 11, 2021, the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners approved the most recent community goals list. This document assists the Town Board and staff in executing a series of critical needs for the immediate 12-months and beyond. The progressive goals list outlines plans for 2021, 2022 and 2023. 
Click here to see the approved list.

The Town also tracks its most recent accomplishments. For a checklist of items completed in 2020, please click here to view. 


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 9, 2021 9:14:00 AM Categories: News

Tropical Storm Warning: Elsa Message No. 4 

July 8, 2021

This post has been updated to reflect a tornado watch for the area, as well as other storm preparedness advice. 

The Town of Emerald Isle and Carteret County are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning, and anticipate seeing the effects of Tropical Storm Elsa today as it moves across North Carolina. 

Updated at 8:45 a.m.: Carteret County is under a tornado watch until 3 p.m. on July 8, 2021.

The National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office released the following information:

Tropical Storm Elsa is still expected to cross North Carolina Thursday into Thursday night. The forecast remains generally the same with a few minor changes. 

  • Slight shift westward in Elsa's forecast track as it moves over North Carolina.
  • Decrease in expected rainfall totals over Eastern NC. Training of precipitation within rain bands could still result in localized flash flooding. 

Here is what remains the same:

  • Isolated severe thunderstorms including a few tornadoes are possible.
  • Gusty winds to tropical storm force may occur.
  • Strong winds may lead to minor water level rises up to 2 feet above ground for sound-side portions of the Outer Banks, mainly north of Cape Hatteras.
  • High Surf with a High Risk for dangerous rip currents Thursday, possibly lingering into Friday.

Red flags are flying and nobody should enter the water today. The Town's lifeguard towers are closed for the day, but roaming lifeguards will be on the beach strand as long as it is safe to do so, to reminder people to stay out of the water.

The Town of Emerald Isle recommends all trash and recycling cans, as well as any other lightweight yard items, be placed in a safe area where they will not blow around or fall over. Simmons & Simmons will not be collecting trash today, but will resume regular ocean-side pickup on Friday, and sound-side service on Tuesday.

The EmeraldFest Concert with The Mad Fiddler scheduled for today has been postponed to Thursday, August 26th due to the potential for inclement weather. 

You can find important hurricane reminders and information on the Town's website: If any property owners or longterm residents do not currently have a disaster re-entry pass, please take the proper steps to get one from the Emerald Isle Police Department before a hurricane is heading toward the area. 

Don't forget, if you see standing water on a roadway, turn around - don't drown. 

You can sign up for emergency alerts through the Carteret County CodeRed system here:

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:27:00 AM Categories: News
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