Memorial Day 2020 Public Update



COVID-19, Memorial Day 2020 and Dune Planting

COVID-19 Update

Our nation, state, county and town are living through an unprecedented historic challenge known as COVID-19.  In Carteret County and across the Bogue Banks, concerns are high.  Locally, the pandemic is impacting our normally relaxed way of life in Emerald Isle. 

A Dimmer Switch Approach to Opening

Tuesday May 26, 2020

The Emerald Isle Police Department (located at 7500 Emerald Drive) will open to walk in traffic

  • The public will be limited to the lobby area, unless circumstances require interior access.
  • Please practice proper social distancing and maintain 6-feet or more between persons.
  • Normal hours of operation will resume 7-days per week.

Monday June 1, 2020

The Emerald Isle Administrative Building and Planning Department (7509 Emerald Drive) will open to walk in traffic

  • The number of persons permitted in the structure at one time will be reduced.
  • Please practice proper social distancing and maintain 6-feet or more between persons.
  • Hours of operation will return to normal (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, M-F)

CLOSED-  EIPR Community Center and Public Playgrounds

In alignment with Phase 2 of the North Carolina reopening process, the following sites remain closed.  Once it is deemed safe, we will open:

  • Emerald Isle Community Center at Leisure Lane
  • All public playground facilities

CANCELED-  July 4th Fireworks on Emerald Isle

Regrettably, the Town of Emerald Isle must cancel its annual fireworks celebration slated for Saturday July 4, 2020.  As there is no way to safely comply with social distancing guidelines. 

The State of North Carolina is expected to move into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 opening process by July.  Yet, social gathering sizes will likely remain restricted to a few hundred people or less.  Thousands upon thousands of spectators attend the annual celebration. 

The safety of our residents, businesses and guests remain our highest priority.  We are truly disappointed to cancel the event. 


Unfortunately, due to risks associated with the spread of COVID-19, the community based food donation program ‘A Second Helping’ will also be canceled for 2020.

“The Town of Emerald Isle and the Parks and Recreation Department, have been very supportive of Second Helping’s food collection for the past five years.  We regret that this year we have decided to cancel our food collections due to health concerns,” says Linda McGowen.  “Many thanks for past support, and I hope our work can resume next year!”

NICE MATTERS-  Don’t park illegally

Please do not park along roadways, in private parking lots, private driveways, or the Emerald Isle Boat Ramp lot to access the ocean.  Be respectful of others and observe the law.  Park in marked and legal spaces only.  Please be mindful that illegal parking will be enforced.   




Memorial Day Weekend Updates

Public Parking Areas Open

The Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA), Third Street and Station Street Parking areas are open.  Please use these lots to access the public beach access areas.

WORA Closed

Due to monsoon levels of rain received on Emerald Isle this week (May 17-21, 2020), the opening of the Western Ocean Regional Access is delayed.

Emerald Isle officials are grateful to be investing $100,000 in grant dollars at the WORA.  Look for newly installed sidewalks, a wider wooden beach access walkway, and updated showers. 

The Town will reopen the WORA as soon as possible. We apologize for the unavoidable delay.  

Dune Planting and Sand Fencing

Phase II of the recent Bogue Banks Nourishment Program is nearly complete.  Crews are now entering the Dune Planting portion of the project.

DUNE PLANTING- The planting, fertilization, and initial watering of well over 500,000 sea oats on top and mostly down the entire slope of the newly constructed dune.  The planting process includes the use of a light vehicle, mechanical planter apparatus on top of the dune, followed by hand planting on the slope.   Installation of sand fencing before the mechanical planter is employed greatly inhibits the use of the mechanical planter and impedes the overall progress of the planting phase.   

Please wait until AFTER the mechanical dune planting phase is complete, if you do wish to install sand fencing.  You must follow these sand fencing GUIDELINES and contact our Local Permit Officer beforehand (Josh Edmondson at  Please Note: The planting phase may occur weeks or even months after the pumping and grading phase has been completed.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, May 22, 2020 11:44:00 AM Categories: News