This spring we had rainy and cool weather and tourism was down. Everything I am hearing now is that the summer months have been good and I hope it will continue throughout the fall. Of course September and October are some of the best months for outdoor activities, fall fishing, biking, stand-up-paddle boarding, etc. We have lived here for 20 years and have gotten to know a lot of visitors during that time. It is always good to seem them return. I continue to be amazed at the number of large groups that have been coming to Emerald Isle every year for the past 30 or more years.
The Emerald Isle Coast Guard Station is very important to Emerald Isle citizens and visitors. Chief Warrant Officer Robert Lepere recently received orders to report to the Coast Guard Station in Gloucester, MA. He is originally from that area so he is looking forward to his new assignment. That doesn’t mean he is glad to be leaving Emerald Isle, actually his thoughts are quite the opposite. He has been stationed here for three years and has been a very active member of the community. During that time, his staff at the Emerald Isle Coast Guard Station have made many rescues for which we are very thankful. They also have done a great job checking boats on the waterway to make sure they are safe, that the occupants have a safe trip, as well as insuring the safety of others. A large number of drownings can be prevented by having proper life jackets on board which is one of the things they check for. They also educate boaters of the dangers of going through Bogue Inlet, since many visitors are not accustomed to dealing with inlets.
Boatswain’s Mate Chief Petty Officer Matthew Wolanzyk has taken over command of the Emerald Isle Coast Guard Station. Accompanying him are his two daughters Kayla and Alexis and his fiancée Emily Bond. They have already moved into Star Hill and are very complimentary of the warm welcome they have received from the people throughout the area. His daughters will be attending Broad Creek Middle School and are really pleased with what they have heard about the school. We look forward to having Mat and his family in the area.
Word from Mike Stanley, owner of Bogue Inlet Pier, is that he has signed a lease to rent the restaurant next to the pier. A significant part of the renovation has been completed. The remaining renovation will be done on a time schedule so the restaurant will open March 2014. It will serve casual food (hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, fish baskets etc. and will be Emerald Isle’s only oceanfront restaurant. I am looking forward to it.