Cape Connection

Cape Connection, composed monthly by Town Manager Frank Rush, is the official newsletter of the Town of Cape Carteret.

Edition 22-3  November 2, 2022

Come Out and Enjoy the Cape Carteret Fall Festival!

This Saturday, 1 pm - 6 pm

The Cape Carteret Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, November 5 from 1 pm - 6 pm at Town Hall and the Community Park on Dolphin Street. 

The festival will feature musical entertainment (Hank Barbee and Justin Castellano), arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a hayride, a BMX exhibition, and more!  The weather forecast calls for a beautiful, warm fall day on Saturday, so come on out and enjoy the fun!

Help Wanted! 

Building Inspector / Zoning and Codes Officer

The Town is working to improve customer service, and make it easy and efficient for residents, property owners, design professionals, and contractors to secure necessary approvals for construction activities. The Town values quality new development, and seeks to offer helpful assistance to everyone interested in improving our town.

To aid in achieving this goal, the Town is currently recruiting for a qualified individual who can provide building inspection, zoning administration, code enforcement, and other development-related services in Cape Carteret on a full-time basis. The new position will report to the Town Manager, and the starting salary is expected to be between $45,000 and $65,000, depending on the successful candidate's qualifications. 

To view the full advertisement, please click HERE . The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 16.  

Area Agency on Aging Offers $500 Food Reimbursement Program for Eligible Seniors

The Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging (ECCAAA) is providing a Grocery Reimbursement Assistance Program to senior adults (60 years of age or older) who reside in Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, and Wayne counties. Interested seniors in these counties may apply online HERE or by calling 252-638-3185, ext. 3015 for assistance.


The Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging will reimburse approved seniors up to $500 (per household) for food items they have purchased (not including paper products, cleaning supplies, alcohol, pet supplies, or cigarettes). Participants who apply for the program will submit their grocery receipts to the Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging and will receive a check in the mail for reimbursement of eligible items (not including sales tax). Participants will need to provide a copy of their driver’s license by scanning it and emailing to ECCAAA or provide a photocopy when they submit their first receipt for reimbursement. Participants are encouraged to keep a photocopy of their receipts for this program.


For more information or questions, please contact the Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging at 252-638-3185, ext. 3015 or .   

Town Staff Working to Install New Street Name Signs

Town staff will soon continue efforts to install new street name signs throughout Cape Carteret.  The Town expects to take delivery of new signs that will replace all signs at intersections south of NC 24 later this month, and will gradually install the new signs in the coming months.  After the areas south of NC 24 are completed, efforts will shift to the Star Hill area in early 2023.

Design Contract Awarded for Sutton Drive Storm Water Improvements

At its October 10 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners authorized a design contract for planned storm water improvements in the Sutton Drive area of Cape Carteret. Tidewater Associates, Inc. was awarded a $33,100 contract to complete design, permitting, bidding, and construction administration services, and work is currently underway. The design contract is funded by a State grant awarded earlier this year.  

Tidewater Associates will be assessing various solutions to storm water flooding in this area.  Potential improvements under consideration include pipe repairs, enlarged pipes, improved ditches, installation of new infiltration and/or retention basins, and other nature-based strategies.  Design work is expected to be complete in early 2023, after which the Town will solicit construction bids. The Town intends to construct the planned improvements in spring or summer 2023. 

Board to Consider Design Contracts for Storm Water Improvements in Ardan Oaks, Bogue Sound Drive

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, November 14 at 6 pm at Town Hall.  As part of the Town's continuing efforts to address storm water flooding concerns in various neighborhoods, the Board will consider two separate design contracts for planned storm water improvements in the Ardan Oaks neighborhood and along Bogue Sound Drive.  Both locations were identified in recent Town planning efforts for future improvements, and State grant funds were awarded to proceed to the design phase for these locations. 

If awarded, design work is expected to begin in the coming weeks and be complete next spring.  The Town hopes to construct storm water improvements in these areas during summer or fall  2023.   

Bicycle Path Work Complete Between Ardan Oaks and Western Carteret Library

The Town's new contractor, Thomas Simpson Construction, completed remediation work on the new bicycle path segment between Ardan Oaks and the Western Carteret Library in early October. The recent work improved the structural integrity, and resulted in a smoother surface and better aesthetics. The Town is pleased with the quality of work, and looks forward to the public enjoying this new segment. 

The Town hopes to construct the remaining 1.2 mile bicycle path segment along Taylor Notion Road from Ardan Oaks to NC 58, and along NC 58 south to MacDaddy's in 2023. Town staff are currently engaged in project planning activities for the final segment that will close the bicycle path loop around the "Triangle" area.  

Discard Gently Used Items, and Help Habitat for Humanity!

Stuff The Truck - Saturday, November 19  

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Town Transitioning to

New Facebook Page -

Please Like "Town of Cape Carteret, NC"

Technical issues with the Town's old Facebook page - "Town of Cape Carteret" - have compromised the Town's ability to efficiently post new information, and as a result the Town has created and has transitioned to a new page - "Town of Cape Carteret NC". Please note the "NC" on the end, and make sure you like the correct page! Or, simply click HERE  to access the new page.

The Town also maintains a presence on Instagram - "townofcapecarteret" - and on Twitter - @TownofCapeC - so please follow us on these platforms also! 

Cape Carteret Welcomes New Police Officer

The Cape Carteret Police Department is pleased to welcome our newest officer, John Bendetti.  Officer Bendetti completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Craven Community College in June 2022, and is currently in field training with Cape Carteret PD staff.  Upon completion of field training in the coming weeks, Officer Bendetti will be assigned regular, independent patrol and response duties in Cape Carteret.  We're happy to have Officer Bendetti on the team at CCPD!  

Town Hall Closed for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Holidays

Town Hall will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, and will also be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

All of us at the Town of Cape Carteret are grateful to those who have served and continue to serve our country, and encourage everyone to express your thanks to these brave men and women! 

The Town of Cape Carteret also wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, with time to reflect and appreciate the blessings in our lives.  We all have much to be thankful for!

Next American Music Festival Performance -

Saturday, November 5 in Morehead City

Did You Know?

As of 2020, the estimated permanent population of the Town of Cape Carteret is 2,403, and the combined permanent and seasonal population of the Town is estimated at 2,630. The Town's population has more than doubled in the last 20 years, with continued steady growth anticipated in the future.