Town Manager's Welcome

Thank you for visiting the Town of Emerald Isle's official website.  Our goal with the Town's website is to make it as easy as possible for you - our residents, property owners, and visitors - to stay informed about Town government, become familiar with our programs and services, and conduct business with the Town.  We hope you will visit our website often, and rely on it as your source for all kinds of valuable information about our Town.

We are all so fortunate to enjoy the beautiful natural environment and plentiful outdoor recreational opportunities in and around Emerald Isle.  Our beautiful ocean beaches, the pristine waters of Bogue Sound, the outstanding fishing, and fun-filled boating opportunities in our area make Emerald Isle a great place to raise a family, enjoy your retirement years, escape for the long weekend (as often as possible!) to your second home, or visit for that precious annual weeks' vacation or make a quick weekend getaway trip!  All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle recognize how special this place is for so many people, and we all work hard to provide the highest quality services in the most cost-effective manner so that we can maintain and enhance the quality of life in Emerald Isle.  The Town of Emerald Isle continually strives to "make Emerald Isle an even better place than it already is"!

In addition to our great natural environment and recreational opportunities, Emerald Isle is home to many great people who make up a thoughtful and caring community.  Our people take great pride in Emerald Isle, and are committed to its continued success.  The community greatly values its "family beach" image, and is committed to maintaining a "small-town atmosphere".  In fact, approximately 80% of the land area in Emerald Isle is developed as single-family residential neighborhoods, and we have carefully designed land use policies to strike a balance between environmental protection, quality neighborhoods, and personal property rights.  This balance has served our community well over the years, and continues to do so today.  We are also committed to insuring adequate public access to the water, and the Town boasts more than 75 public water access locations to the beach and sound with more than 500 total parking spaces!

The people who make up the community of Emerald Isle are from all over North Carolina and the United States, and collectively bring many valuable life experiences and talents to Emerald Isle.  We have a fond respect for our military service men and women, value hard work and personal responsibility, respect the natural environment, and exhibit care and concern for others.  The Emerald Isle community is active in many volunteer efforts to make Emerald Isle and our entire surrounding area a better place.  The community routinely rallies around such great causes as disaster relief, ALS research, public school programs, and many more.  We are also a very active community, and you'll often find our people outside enjoying the water, our numerous parks, and our growing number of bicycle and pedestrian facilities!

The Town is also fortunate to have a great group of quality small businesses ready to serve our residents, property owners, and visitors.  We have first-class vacation rental agencies, great local restaurants (with outstanding seafood!), and a variety of shopping opportunities.  Beyond Emerald Isle, the entire Crystal Coast area of Carteret and Onslow Counties includes many additional amenities for our residents, property owners, and visitors to take advantage of.

The Town of Emerald Isle appreciates your interest in our Town, and stands ready to assist you with any inquiries or concerns.  Our Town leaders and staff are committed to exceptional customer service, and welcome the opportunity to serve you.  Please call on us if we can be of assistance!

Enjoy Emerald Isle!


Frank Rush
Town Manager

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