I would like to begin my article by congratulating our new Police Chief Tony Reese. Chief Reese is a 17-year veteran of the Emerald Isle Police Department, and has been serving as Interim Police Chief since November 1. He has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2013, and served as a Police Lieutenant from 2006 – 2013. Chief Reese has been heavily involved in all aspects of the Police Department during his career in Emerald Isle. Chief Reese will make an outstanding Chief and I would like to personally welcome him as our new Chief. We are so fortunate to have someone like Tony serving as our Chief of Police. Congratulations Chief Reese. I know you will do an outstanding job!
March is an exciting time in Emerald Isle. We have two big and important events in the month of March. The 26th Annual Emerald Isle Saint Patrick’s Festival on Saturday, March 11 and the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5 K races on Saturday, March 25.
The 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Festival takes place on Saturday, March 11th from 9 am-6 pm at the Emerald Plantation Shopping center. Admission and parking are free for the festival. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, face painters, and many more other fun, family oriented activities. There will be all types of delicious foods and snacks such as corned beef and cabbage, shrimp burgers, BBQ, Mediterranean cuisine, and the list goes on and on. Festival goers can also enjoy a beer garden with outstanding musical acts. Thanks to Alesia Sanderson and her Parks and Recreation Staff for all of their hard work. A special thanks also to the Emerald Isle Business Association, our volunteers, and all of the corporate and local sponsors for all your help. This festival keeps getting bigger and better each year.
The 4th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K races will be held on March 25th at the Western Regional Access. The 2016 races attracted nearly 1500 runners and raised more than $60,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Emerald Isle bike path and we hope to surpass those totals in 2017! The three previous races have donated over $152,000 to various charities. The 2017 races will benefit the Crystal Coast Autism Center and the Emerald Isle Bike Path. This is an outstanding event and I plan on walking in the 5k race again this year. Thanks to Candace Dooley who serves as the Race Director and her Committee who work so hard to make this race a reality. For information about the race please visit the following website http://www.emeraldislerun.com/ .
I hope everyone has a great March. The weather will be getting warmer as we move into Spring. Enjoy the month of March and I will see you around Emerald Isle.