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New Sales Tax Bill Would Harm Emerald Isle, Carteret County 

 

A new bill introduced in the NC Senate, S126, would reduce sales tax revenues distributed to Emerald Isle, Carteret County, and all other municipalities in Carteret County.  If ultimately approved, Emerald Isle is expected to lose an estimated $64,000 - $83,000 of sales tax revenue annually. Carteret County stands to lose an estimated $756,000 - $913,000 annually. Other tourism-dependent communities that have a significant seasonal population would also be harmed by this new bill, including other beach and mountain communities.  

Proposed S126 would establish new adjustment factors for the distribution of a portion of local sales tax revenue, and seeks to allocate additional revenue to poorer, rural counties in North Carolina. The Town appreciates and applauds this goal, but believes that such efforts should be funded by the State of North Carolina rather than certain other North Carolina counties and municipalities. The Town is currently working with other municipal and county officials and our representatives in the NC General Assembly on this issue, and seeks to promote State revenue distribution formulae that recognize the significant economic contributions, significant tax payments, and significant service demands associated with seasonal residents and visitors. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 3, 2017 2:46:00 PM

Proposed Expansion of Coastal Barrier Resources System Could Negatively Impact Emerald Isle 

 

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a significant expansion of the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) in and along Bogue Inlet that has the potential to negatively impact the Town's future inlet management and beach nourishment programs.  The inclusion of the entire Bogue Inlet complex and the land area at The Point in the CBRS program could make it more difficult to secure Federal and State permits for these critical projects, and could also eliminate the Town and County's ability to secure Federal funding for these activities in the future. 

The proposed CBRS expansion is expected to be considered by Congress later this year.  Town and County officials are currently communicating our concerns to the Trump Administration, Senator Burr, Senator Tillis, and Representative Jones, and we remain hopeful that Congress will reject the proposed expansion.    

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 3, 2017 2:42:00 PM

Regional Beach Access Parking Permits Available Now at Community Center  

 

The Town will begin charging parking fees at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access on weekends and holidays beginning Friday, April 14 (Good Friday holiday).  The parking fee is $10 per vehicle per day.  There is no parking fee on weekdays or at the Town's other beach access facilities at 3rd Street and Station Street.

Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible to receive 2 annual free parking permits for the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access. The parking permits are granted only for vehicles registered in the name of the taxpayer and are not transferable.  Permits are not available at the regional beach access facilities, and must be secured before attempting to access the facilities.  To apply for your permit, please visit the Emerald Isle Community Center or call 252-354-6350. Additional information is available at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/application-for-regional-access-parking-permit . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 3, 2017 2:41:00 PM

Bogue Inlet Drive Street Improvements Underway 

 

The Board of Commissioners recently awarded a $135,000 contract for comprehensive street improvements along Bogue Inlet Drive between NC 58 and Bogue Inlet Pier.  Planned improvements include the realignment of the vehicle lanes, street resurfacing, construction of a new 10 ft. bicycle path, the installation of a new storm water swale, and the installation of decorative lights.  The end product will be a brand new streetscape in this popular area of Emerald Isle!  All work is expected to be complete by the end of April, in time for the busy summer season.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, March 3, 2017 2:39:00 PM

Update on Town Projects and Issues - February 27, 2017 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 27, 2017 2:58:00 PM

Don't Miss the 2017 Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - March 10 & 11 

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There's no better way to spend a beautiful spring weekend than at the annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival!  Emerald Isle's signature event is back for its 26th year, gets started on Friday night, and continues all day long on Saturday!

Kids rides will operate from 5 pm - 10 pm on Friday night, with a low, all-inclusive fee of $15 per rider.  Come back on Saturday for all the traditional live music, kids rides, arts and crafts vendors, specialty foods, beer tent, and much more from 9 am - 6 pm!

The weather is expected to be beautiful in Emerald Isle this weekend, with sunny skies and temperatures approaching 70 degrees forecast for Saturday. Bring your family and friends, and head to the beach this weekend!

The Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival is also pleased to host "Team Raleigh", which will participate in the 505 mile Law Enforcement United bicycle ride from Raleigh, NC to Chesapeake, VA to Washington, DC in May.  Please stop by their setup at the festival to learn more about this great charity that provides support for the children of fallen law enforcement officers.  

Click here for printable flyer!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 27, 2017 1:48:00 PM

Town of Emerald Isle Seeking Applicants to Serve on the Emerald Isle Planning Board 

 

The Town of Emerald Isle is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the Emerald Isle Planning Board.   A well-rounded education and work experience are helpful, but the most important qualities are care and concern for our community, a sincere desire to contribute, and a willingness to work hard.  All interested Emerald Isle residents are encouraged to apply. 

If you are interested, please send your letter of interest or resume to the attention of Rhonda Ferebee, Town Clerk at rferebee@emeraldisle-nc.org by 5pm on Thursday, March 9, 2017.  If mailing, please send to Attn:  Rhonda Ferebee, Town Clerk, Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:57:00 AM

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races - Saturday, March 25 

You can do it - sign up today and achieve your running goals in Emerald Isle - there's no better place than Emerald Isle for a great spring race!  Bring your family and friends, sign up for the race of your choice, and then enjoy the rest of the weekend at the beach! 

The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  The Marathon kicks off at 7 am, followed by the Half-Marathon at 8:30 am, and the 5K at 8:45 am.  

All proceeds benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path network and the Crystal Coast Autism Center.  

For more information, please visit http://www.emeraldislerun.com/ . 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM

Munitions Removal Scheduled for Wood Island 


MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C (Feb 6, 2017) - MCAS Cherry Point contractors are scheduled to remove old munitions-related debris from the surface of Wood Island, formerly known as Cat Island, beginning Feb. 21.  The project is scheduled to last nearly three weeks.

The island, which is located in Bogue Sound about a half mile from the eastern side of Emerald Isle, N.C., is the site of former Bomb Target 2 and was used to train military pilots in the 1940s-1950s.

Since 1957, the Navy has conducted multiple cleanup operations on the island.  In the fall of 2010, 3,885 pounds of inert munitions debris was removed from Wood Island. Another 4,600 pounds of munitions debris was removed during the most recent cleanup in 2014, including the in-place destruction of a single 100-pound high-explosive bomb.  This year's project aims to locate and remove any additional munitions-related debris that may have surfaced or washed onto the island since 2014.

In the very unlikely event that a munition is found and cannot be safely removed from Wood Island for disposal, it will be safely destroyed onsite in a controlled detonation. Residents of Emerald Isle near Wood Island might hear a muffled explosion.

To ensure public safety, public access will be restricted within a 1,833-foot radius around the island in all directions while cleanup operations are underway. The location of the restricted area will be communicated through a notice to mariners and by safety support boats stationed in Bogue Sound to alert boaters during cleanup operations.

Wood Island is U.S. Government property and is posted with danger and no trespassing signs.  In the interest of safety, the public should not anchor boats near Wood Island, or go onto the island at any time.

A detailed fact sheet describing the history and current actions at Wood Island is available at the MCAS Cherry Point website at http://go.usa.gov/x9FTN.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:21:00 PM

Comprehensive Land Use Plan To Be Formally Considered in January and February 

 

After nearly a year of hard work reviewing data, gathering public input, developing a vision for the continued growth of Emerald Isle, and considering specific land use goals and policies, the Board-appointed Steering Committee has completed its work on the Town's 2017 Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  The draft plan (which will be updated again in January) will now be presented to the Planning Board and the Board of Commissioners for formal review and additional amendments, with final approval tentatively scheduled for February.

The draft 2017 plan maintains a similar overall vision for Emerald Isle as the current (2004) plan, and continues to place a high priority on preserving Emerald Isle's "small-town atmosphere" and its "family beach" image for our residents, property owners, and visitors.  The draft 2017 plan also continues to assign a high priority to public access to the beach and sound, beach nourishment and inlet management activities, attractive community aesthetics, preservation of water quality, low building heights, low building densities, natural vegetation preservation, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  

Recognizing the need / desire for quality new development in certain areas of Emerald Isle, the plan also specifically promotes new commercial and mixed use development (and favorable policies for such) in the "downtown" area (centered on the Bogue Inlet Drive / NC 58 intersection), the Islander Drive area, the marina area, and along the main NC 58 corridor between Coast Guard Road and the Town Government complex.  The draft policies promote more flexible development regulations, small scale wastewater treatment facilities intended to serve these targeted areas, buildings with both commercial and residential components - located closer to the street, and the future development of an appropriately-scaled meeting and events facility in Emerald Isle to host quality events year-round and additional visitor groups in the fall, winter, and spring months.

The draft 2017 plan is approximately 140 pages long, and includes much more information about Emerald Isle and outlines all of the Town's development goals and policies.  The Town has received a great deal of thoughtful public input over the past year, and there are still opportunities to comment.  If you'd like to provide input, please email Town Manager Frank Rush (frush@emeraldisle-nc.org) and/or Town Planner Josh Edmondson (jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org), or plan to attend a special joint meeting of the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners on January 18 at 3 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room, or attend the regular Planning Board (January 23 at 6 pm) and/or Board of Commissioners (February 14 at 6 pm) meetings. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:56:00 PM
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