I have to write the article for the Island Review about 5 weeks before the publication date. I am writing this article on Monday, September 24th for the November edition of the Island Review. As I sit in my office my thoughts are about Hurricane Florence and the effect it had on our beautiful Island. I know many of our citizens and home owners received significant damage from the Hurricane. Florence dealt much devastation to our town and to much of Eastern North Carolina. I rode out the storm at the Town Administrative Building. It was such a long and powerful storm. The rain was just unbelievable. The storm seemed to have lasted forever.
I would like to thank ALL of our Town Staff for the marvelous job they did during and after the storm. We are blessed to have such a dedicated group of Town Employees. I saw first hand how hard they have worked. They worked days and days without taking time off. Their dedication to Emerald Isle has just been amazing. All of our departments did an outstanding job. I would like to thank our Town Manager Frank Rush for doing such an outstanding job in keeping us informed both before, during and after the Storm. We are blessed with his leadership. All of our Department Heads and each and every Town employee worked so hard and their dedication to Emerald Isle was just amazing. In a difficult time our Staff stepped forward to get the job done. I would personally like to thank each and every employee of our town for doing an excellent and outstanding job. As Mayor I appreciate each and every employee. From the bottom of my heart I would like to say Thank You for a job well done. Your hard work and dedication to our Town is deeply appreciated. When you see a Town employee be sure to thank them for their hard work and dedication. I would also like to thank each Commissioner for their hard work. We work so well together as a team!
I would also like to thank all of the power crews who worked so hard to restore electricity to our Town. They came from all over the United States and they worked around the clock to make certain that we had electricity as soon as possible. Their dedication and hard work is greatly appreciated. Thanks to Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative for coordinating and working so hard to help us.
A big thank you to Bogue Water Company for all of their hard work to make certain that we had water during and after the storm. Thanks to their staff for all of their hard work.
Thanks to the US Marines from Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune for their hard work in helping us clean up the beach strand. We appreciate their help.
I would also like to thank Emerald Isle Baptist Church for their help in coordinating local relief efforts. The Church served as an assistance, referral and information center and as a site where people could make a donation to those in need.
Yes, we received a hard hit from Florence. There is much damage and there will be a lot of work to do. But I am confident that we will get everything back to normal. Our town will be better than ever. I know we will all work together to get the job done.
May God Bless Us as we move forward!