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UPDATE - 911 Services Resume as Normal Following Temporary Outage 

 

Update - 911 Services have resumed as normal following an earlier temporary outage. 
12/06/18 3:50pm

Telephone Companies across the southeastern United States are reporting widespread issues involving callers ability to connect with 911 from both land line and cellular devices.   The carriers are aware and are working to resolve the problem. No estimated time of resolution has been given as of this time.

If you are attempting to reach 911 in Carteret County and are not able to connect for any reason, please call the Carteret Emergency Communications administrative line at 252-726-1911.  This phone number rings directly to the 911 center where trained Telecommunicators will answer your call and send you the appropriate help as quickly as possible.

For further questions you may contact Carteret County Emergency Communications at 252-222-5841.

 

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:42:00 PM Categories: News

Hurricane Debris Pick-Up Complete  

 We are pleased to announce that the Town’s contractor has finalized work in the hurricane debris removal process.  Our Public Works department will continue its efforts for normal weekly yard waste pick-up.   Just a reminder, the Town does not collect Construction & Demolition (C&D) debris from the street edge. 

Contractors may transport C&D debris to the Newport Transfer Station located at 800 Hibbs Road, Newport, NC.  Questions Call- 252-223-3321.  (Disposal Fees Apply).

Residents may transport small amounts of C&D debris normally associated with household maintenance to the Fire Tower Road (HWY 58) Convenience Site.  *This is generally no more than a pick-up load and there is no fee at this site.  Questions Call- 252-648-7878.

For more detailed information please visit the Carteret County Solid Waste & Recycling Services website: www.carteretcountync.gov/470/Solid-Waste-Recycling, or call our office at 252-354-3424.

 

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 3, 2018 5:10:00 PM Categories: News

28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival - Vendor Applications Now Available 

 

The 28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival proudly presented by Transportation Impact will take place on Saturday, March 16 from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking is free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent.  Questions regarding the festival should be directed to Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350.

Arts & Crafts Vendors

Food Vendors

Non-Profit Vendors

Sponsorship Applications

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, November 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM Categories: News

Waiver of Town Permit Fees For Repairs Necessary Due to Damage From Hurricane Florence Has Been Extended Until December 31 

 

The permit fee waiver approved in September for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence has been extended and will now remain in effect until December 31, 2018.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:25:00 PM Categories: News

NCDOT to Begin Repair Work and Installation of New Guardrails on Emerald Isle Bridge 

 

NCDOT's contractor will begin work on the Emerald Isle bridge substructure repairs beginning the night of Friday, December 7.   The work will involve a lane closure that will be used regularly over the weekends through March.  During this time the contractor will also install the new guardrails.  The new guardrails will have a similar appearance as those on the Atlantic Beach - Morehead City bridge.  The current concrete railings are approximately 28 inches high, and the new steel railings will extend an additional 26 inches, resulting in a total guard rail height of 54 inches.  The photo below shows a simulated view with the new guard rails in place.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane, with flagmen in place on the bridge.  Expect delays during this time!

Thank you for your patience as NCDOT contractors work to maintain and improve this essential infrastructure for Emerald Isle!

Please contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-514-4759 with any questions.

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Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, November 28, 2018 3:31:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Cancelled  

Unfortunately due to inclement weather the Emerald Isle Christmas parade scheduled for today, Saturday, November 24, 2018, has been cancelled. 

Sorry for the disappointment but we will hope for better weather for next year's event.

We thank Parade Chairman Don Wells, and all those who planned to participate and attend. 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, November 24, 2018 10:55:00 AM Categories: News

FINAL HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE - C&D DEBRIS COLLECTIONS ENDING 

 

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 asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.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. 

Stay Informed!

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.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, November 14, 2018 9:38:00 AM Categories: News

Join Us for the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - Saturday, November 24!  

 

The 15th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade (sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association) will be held on Saturday, November 24 at 3 pm along NC 58 between Mangrove Drive (near CVS and K&V Plaza) and the Town Government Complex.  Please join us for this great annual event as we celebrate the holiday season and our many blessings in Emerald Isle!

 If you'd like to enter a float in the parade, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/parade-entry-2018.pdf  , and/or contact Parade Chairman Don Wells at donaldjwells@gmail.com or 252-772-3282.  

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, November 6, 2018 2:10:00 PM Categories: News

Please Join Us For A Special Reception for Town Manager Frank Rush - November 15th from 5-7 pm 

 

Town Manager Frank Rush submitted his resignation on Friday, October 12 2018 after 17+ years of dedicated service to the Town of Emerald Isle.  The Town has been fortunate to have at the helm a Town Manager of Frank's caliber and integrity.  The Town has been well served under Frank's leadership, guidance, and unparalleled work ethic.  Frank has successfully negotiated many intricate and exciting projects through the years that have added tremendous value and brought great vitality to our community, and he will be missed.

Please join us for a special reception honoring his outstanding service, as we wish Frank and his family the best in their future endeavors.

A reception will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 5-7 pm at the Emerald Isle Community Center Gymnasium, 203 Leisure Lane.  Light refreshments will be available.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, November 1, 2018 9:10:00 PM Categories: News

FINAL PASS UNDERWAY FOR COLLECTION OF FLORENCE DEBRIS  

 

Update #33 - Monday, October 29 - 4 pm

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Final Pass for Collection of Construction & Demolition Debris Underway; Please Do Not Place Additional Construction & Demolition Debris at Street Edge

As noted in previous Town updates, the deadline for the placement of Florence debris at the street edge was October 28.  The Town's debris contractor has now begun the "final pass", and the Town is attempting to complete all debris collection in Emerald Isle in the coming days.  A total of 11 debris collection crews are currently operating in Emerald Isle.  

The Town will be certifying completion and releasing the debris contractor from collection responsibilities on various streets on a daily basis.  Once these streets are certified as complete, the Town will no longer collect construction & demolition debris from the street edge, and debris collection and disposal will become the practical and financial responsibility of the property owner.  Please do not place additional construction & demolition debris at the street edge.

If you still have construction & demolition debris that was not placed at the street edge by the October 28 deadline, 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 Western Park (only until October 31, with no fee for disposal - use the form located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf ) or to the County transfer station off Hibbs Road in Newport (after November 1, disposal fees apply).  

The Town is aware of all remaining construction & demolition debris that needs collection.  If you placed your debris at the street edge prior to the October 28 deadline, the Town's contractor will definitely collect your debris in the coming days.  Thank you for your patience as we wrap up this effort!

Final Pass for Collection of Vegetative Debris Also Underway; Normal Town Collections Will Resume When Debris Contractor is Released

The Town's debris contractor has also begun the "final pass" for collection of vegetative debris, and the Town expects this "final pass" to also be complete in the coming days.  After the Town's debris contractor has completed the "final pass", the Town's Public Works Department will resume normal vegetative debris collection efforts.  The Public Works Department operates two 24-cubic yard capacity trucks year-round, with a goal of collecting all vegetative debris in the Town each week. 

Hurricane Florence Debris is Most Ever in Town's History

The Hurricane Florence debris collection effort is by far the largest in the Town's history.  To date, nearly 145,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and nearly 30,000 cubic yards of construction & demolition debris have been collected, with more to be collected in the coming days.  The Town's total debris collection expenses are now approaching $1.5 million.  The Town expects to receive reimbursement from FEMA for nearly all debris collection expenses.    

Beach Debris Collection Now Underway

After several mechanical issues, the Town's debris contractor is now hard at work removing consolidated piles of debris from the beach strand at the base of the dunes.  We are hopeful that all beach strand debris will be removed within the next week. 

FEMA Individual Assistance Available to Qualifying Residents and Businesses

Permanent residents of Emerald Isle may qualify for direct assistance with temporary housing needs, repairs, and debris removal expenses, and may also qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  Second home owners and businesses in Emerald Isle may qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  To learn more and to see if you qualify for assistance, please contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ . 

Beach Nourishment Bids Due November 20

The Town's engineers, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, have released the bid solicitation 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 $40 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. 

Stay Informed!

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.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 29, 2018 4:15:00 PM Categories: News
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