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Posted by Anna Smith Monday, March 1, 2021 3:52:00 PM Categories: News

Bike the Banks returns May 1, 2021 

After cancelling the 2020 ride due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Bike the Banks/Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge is back! The sixth annual ride will be held Saturday, May 1st. Sponsored by the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Committee, the event features three rides; 10, 50 and 100 miles to challenge bikers of all skill levels. 

The premier event of the day is the century ride, at 100 miles, which is an out-and-back ride that will take the participants from the Emerald Isle Community Center down Bogue Banks to Fort Macon, then back to Atlantic Beach, over to Morehead City, through Beaufort and Down East Carteret County to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse - at least as close as you can get on a bicycle.

There is also a 50 mile out-and-back ride to Fort Macon. This ride begins at the Community Center, goes to the Point in Emerald Isle, then down the island to Fort Macon and back.

The final ride, a 10-mile fun ride, is designed as a more leisurely ride for adults and families. That ride begins at the Community Center and follows the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Path to the Eastern Ocean Regional Access parking lot in Emerald Isle, near mile marker 15.

The 2019 ride attracted 175 riders, according to Mike Taylor, a member of the Bike and Pedestrian Committee and chair of the ride event.  “We know there are a lot of bike riders who want to participate in an organized, supported ride and the Bike the Banks/Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge is just that ride,” Taylor said. “Bike riding in Carteret County is a lot of fun.”

The ride will comply with all town, state and federal Covid-19 guidelines including:  all participants and their guests must wear a mask prior to the start of the ride, social distancing will be observed prior to the start of the ride and at rest stops. All snacks at rest stops will be individually wrapped and hand sanitizer will be available. 

The ride is held to promote bike riding in Carteret County and to raise funds to support the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Path that runs for 12 miles throughout town.

Both the century ride and the 50-mile rides begin at 8 a.m. The 10-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m.  All three rides begin and end at the Emerald Isle Community Center at 203 Leisure Lane, which is located near mile post 19 on Emerald Drive (NC 58).

Registration is $40 per rider for the 100 and 50 mile-rides and $25 for the 10-mile event.  Those who pre-register for the ride by April 3rd are assured a Bike the Banks t-shirt.

Registration is available online at:

Registrations will also be accepted on the morning of the ride beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Emerald Isle Community Center.  At that same time, riders who are pre-registered can pick up  their t-shirt.

A brief meeting will be held shortly before each of the rides. The century ride course will close at 2:30 p.m.  All riders should wear helmets, and the use of rear flashers are encouraged to improve visibility.  Rest stops with drinks and snacks are strategically located for all three rides.

Parking for participants is available at the Community Center, and at the Emerald Isle Town Hall at 7509 Emerald Drive.  To reduce traffic and for safety purposes, personal SAGs are not encouraged.  There is no rain date.  The ride will be held unless adverse weather creates safety concerns or the Governor’s Covid-19 guidelines change.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, March 1, 2021 9:36:00 AM Categories: News

Local COVID-19 news in Emerald Isle 

Fortunately, indicators used to track COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations are on the decline. We sincerely appreciate the entire Emerald Isle community’s diligent efforts to remain safe. 

In concert with the recent announcements and changes made by the State of North Carolina, the Town of Emerald Isle will be making the following adjustments to our local operations:

ADMINISTRATION/ PLANNING: The Administration Building will increase limited public access on March 15, 2021. Guests will be required to wear a mask and entry to the building will be limited to the front waiting area. The facility will continue to operate during normal business hours, weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

POLICE: The Emerald Isle Police Department will increase its limited public access on March 15, 2021. Guests will be required to wear a mask and entry to the building will be limited to the front waiting area. The facility will continue to operate during normal business hours, 7 days per week.

PARKS & RECREATION: The Parks & Recreation Community Center will open with limited public access on March 15, 2021. CDC precautions must be followed, including the wearing of face masks at all times by the public. The number of participants within the building will be limited, to meet state guidelines. Members are reminded to clean before and after themselves when using exercise equipment.

Community Center Hours of Operation: 

Beginning March 15, 2021

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.   

Sunday: Closed

FIRE/ EMS: The Emerald Isle Fire and EMS Stations will continue to provide 24/7 full service and operations. Visitors will be required to ring the doorbell and communicate with staff (outdoors). For the safety of all personnel and to maintain a continuity of operation, entrance into both structures will remain limited.

Again, thank you all for the continued strength and patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to wear a mask when in public, maintain a safe distance from others, and secure your vaccine when possible.  

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, February 26, 2021 11:13:00 AM Categories: News

Point Ramp closed Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 

As part of the ongoing Emerald Isle beach re-nourishment project, the Point Ramp will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 2021. It is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, Feb. 24th, at 5:00 a.m.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Beach driving permit holders may still access the beach using the Black Skimmer or Dog leg ramps.  For any questions, please contact the Emerald Isle Police Department at 252-354-2021.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 22, 2021 8:29:00 AM

Emerald Isle Paid Parking 101 

In response to questions submitted to the Town of Emerald Isle, a guide has been created detailing the upcoming changes to the paid beach parking program.

Emerald Isle Paid Parking 101 can be viewed here

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, February 19, 2021 5:27:00 PM

Future Changes to Paid Beach Parking Program 

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners is moving forward with proposed changes to the paid beach parking program.

The Board was introduced to different scenarios by Parks and Recreation Director Alesia Sanderson during its 2021-22 Budget Workshop on Monday, February 15. 

The topic is expected to garner an official vote at the Tuesday, March 9, meeting. Once a contract has been agreed upon, all equipment, parking enforcement and personnel will be provided by NCParking, which manages similar parking programs from Maine to Florida. 

Since 2011, paid parking has taken place on Fridays-Sundays, and holidays, for $10 per day at the two main beach accesses using part-time Emerald Isle staff. Changes are being sought to alleviate the staffing need and to collect enough funds to offset rising costs associated with the beach accesses, including lifeguards, beach patrol, maintenance and more. 

The board intends to sign a one-year contract with NCParking to provide paid parking services between April 1 and Sept. 30. Paid parking will then be seven days a week, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. during the season. The average cost would be $3 an hour, with a daily maximum for parking set at $16 a day. Fees will range from $2 - $4 an hour, depending on the day.

Parking can be paid for using a credit card through an app, or through an on-site kiosk with the help of NCParking ambassadors. 

There will be zero up-front cost to the Town for this program, and the projected net revenue for the season is $155,940. 

All town property owners and those who have a lease of 12 months or more in town are eligible for two free parking passes each year. From March 1 – April 14, resident parking permits can be obtained online only at Applicants must upload their vehicle registration and driver’s license. Starting April 15, the permits can also be accessed through the walk-up window at the Police Department, at 7500 Emerald Drive. 

Contact Alesia Sanderson with questions at or by calling 252-354-6350.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 15, 2021 5:34:00 PM

Unclaimed Property Notice 




Pursuant to the provisions of North Carolina General Statutes 15-12 through 15-16, this notice of unclaimed property and notice of sale is published to advise any person or persons who may have or claim to have any interest in the property listed below that they must report that claim to the Emerald Isle Police Department on or before Monday, March 8, 2021, or within thirty (30) days of the date of first publication of this advertisement.

The Town of Emerald Isle will sell by electronic auction listed unclaimed items as grouped lots beginning Monday,  8, 2021. The website address to view and bid on the auction start date is  The right is reserved to delete or “No Sale” any item(s).  All items sold “as-is” “where-is,” all sales final. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department is disposing of unclaimed found and recovered property. The following listed items need to be described and claimed at the Emerald Isle Police Department within 30 days of this posting. An appointment can be made with Lt. Mark Odom for inquiries of property. Any property left unclaimed will be sold or otherwise disposed of accordingly. All bicycles left unclaimed will be donated to a charitable organization.

The property being offered for sale includes the items described as follows:


  • Wallets/ Purses
  • Miscellaneous Clothing items
  • Keys (car and residential style)
  • Telephones
  • Backpacks
  • Fishing equipment
  • Bicycles (men and womens)
  • Tools (Power and Hand Tools)

The property may be viewed for thirty (30) days beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, by contacting the Emerald Isle Police Department at 252-354-2021.  The period for claiming the property listed above expires on Monday, March 8, 2021.


Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 8, 2021 4:05:00 PM

Emerald Tidings - February 2021 

Read our February 2021 edition of Emerald Tidings here for all the latest Town news -

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, February 3, 2021 8:13:00 AM

Lifeguards Needed: Now Hiring for Summer 2021 

The Town of Emerald Isle remains focused on beach safety year-round. A key component to a safe beach season is the recruitment, training and employment of highly qualified lifeguards. The Town is currently looking for accomplished swimmers to join our team. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, possess a valid driver's license, able to swim 500-meters in less than 10 minutes and have the capacity to successfully complete USLA certified training. 

Watch our advertisement teaser here

Please share this link and encourage exceptional candidates to apply!

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, February 1, 2021 1:13:00 PM

Bruce Norman honored for service 

Bruce Norman, a captain with the Emerald Isle Fire Department, was recently recognized for his 30 years of service to the Town of Emerald Isle. Watch this video and join us in thanking Bruce for his ongoing hard work and dedication!


Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:20:00 PM Categories: News
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