I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It is hard to believe that it is 2019 already. It seemed like only yesterday it was 2018. Last year was a very busy year and we all endured Hurricane Florence. It dealt our Town, County and State a hard blow and many people had lots of damage. I am confident that we will build back better than ever. Let’s hope and pray that 2019 will be hurricane free. Let’s also pray for those who were affected by the hurricane in Florida and the fires in California.
I would like to welcome our Interim Town Manager Randy Martin to our town. Randy has 34 years of service as a Town Manager. Before coming to Emerald Isle, Randy served as the city manager of Franklin, Virginia for six and a half years. Prior to Franklin he served as City Manager of Morehead City for sixteen and a half years. Prior to Morehead City, he served as the City manager of King, North Carolina for eleven years. We are very fortunate to have someone with Randy’s experience serving as our Interim Town Manager. Welcome to Emerald Isle Randy.
We are making progress in securing a new Town Manager. We have hired The Mercer Group to be our consultant. Ellis Hankins, Senior Vice President of The Mercer Group will be the lead consultant. We held a special Town Board Meeting on December 10 to get input from our citizens. The Board and I are working very hard to find the best Town Manager. We know Emerald Isle is a great town with a lot to offer and is a great place to call home. I know we will hire an excellent Town Manager.
Just a reminder that you must register your golf cart for 2019 in January. The Board of Commissioners at their November meeting amended the Town’s golf cart ordinance to eliminate the requirement for annual inspections to ensure that required safety features are installed on registered golf carts. If your golf cart was inspected last year it will NOT have to be inspected this year. If you buy a golf cart in 2019 it WILL have to be inspected. Every golf cart owner must pay the fee of $100 for the golf cart permit. You can save $25.00 by attending one of the golf cart safety classes. The dates for the golf cart safety classes in 2019 will be:
- Monday, January 14 @ 6pm
- Saturday, February 2 @ 10am
- Monday, February 11 @ 6pm
- Saturday, March 2 @ 10am
- Friday, March 15 @ 6pm
- Monday, April 8 @ 6pm
- Saturday, April 13 @ 10am
- Saturday, May 4 @ 10am
- Friday, May 24 @ 6pm
The Emerald Isle Police Department will continue to enforce any violations whereby the required safety equipment is no longer installed or functioning. Please be careful while operating golf carts. Remember that golf carts ARE NOT allowed on the bike path or the sidewalk.
I would like to thank Don Wells, Parade Chairman for all his hard work and the Emerald Isle Business Association for sponsoring the annual Christmas Parade. Don works many, many hours to make the parade possible. Unfortunately, the 15th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. We are looking forward to better weather next year.
The Emerald Isle EMS Volunteer Association is sponsoring a raffle to purchase new equipment. The cost of each ticket is $25.00. Only 300 tickets will be sold. The winner gets a new stainless steel Cape Fear Classic Outdoor Grill. It comes with a lifetime warranty. If you do not need the grill the winner will receive $1,500 in cash. Tickets can be purchased at the EMS building. Please stop by the EMS Department and purchase a raffle ticket.
In closing, I hope 2019 is a great year for everyone. Take time every day to enjoy life and to be thankful. Reach out to those in need and try to encourage each other. May God Bless You in 2019.
Monday, January 7, 2019 11:06:00 AM