Emerald Tidings, composed monthly by Town Manager Matt Zapp,
is the official newsletter of the Town of Emerald Isle, NC.
The Emerald Isle FY 23/24 Budget is now available.

The Emerald Isle FY 23/24 Budget is now available!

Get an inside look at how the Town of Emerald Isle will invest its local resources to provide high-quality services and amenities to our community. From infrastructure improvements to public safety initiatives, we have worked hard to prioritize the needs of EI residents, second property owners, businesses, and visitors.

Click here to access the comprehensive budget:

Watch the video to learn more about the proposed draft budget that was presented on May 9, 2023.
If you have any questions, please call Town Manager Matt Zapp at 252-354-3424, send an email to [email protected], or make an appointment to stop by Town Hall.

Public Hearing
On June 13, 2023, a public hearing on the Draft FY 23/24 Budget will be held at 6:00 PM during the regular Town Board meeting located at 7500 Emerald Drive.
Thank you for making the Town of Emerald Isle such a special place!
Western Carteret Fireworks Celebration Slated for July 3

The towns of Bogue, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Emerald Isle and Peletier are pleased to present the Western Carteret Fireworks Celebration on Monday, July 3, co-sponsored by Emerald Isle Realty and presented by Mac Daddy’s.

Events kick off at 5 p.m., with live entertainment by Will & Tony at Mac Daddy’s and a variety of food trucks selling delicious food and drinks.

At 7:30 p.m., the National Anthem will be played, and the U.S. Marine Corps will conduct a military fly over. The National Anthem will once again be held at 8:55 p.m. leading up to the grand fireworks celebration at 9 p.m. Followed by live music from Heart Stop from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

There are several planned viewing zones for the Emerald Isle Realty Western Carteret Fireworks Celebration Presented by Mac Daddy’s.

If you are traveling to Cape Carteret from all areas west of NC 58, you are encouraged to park in Western Park, at 259 Old NC-58 in Cedar Point.

For anyone coming from Bogue Banks, including Emerald Isle, you are asked to park at areas 2 or 6, as shown in the map in Cape Carteret. This includes the Lowes Home Improvement Parking Lot and the areas by Cape Carteret Town Hall and Cape Carteret Baptist Church.

This event is made possible through Emerald Isle Realty, Mac Daddy’s, and the towns of Bogue, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Emerald Isle and Peletier.
For full information visit this site.
Community Center Renovation Updates

We are thrilled to announce the completion of the much-anticipated renovations at the Emerald Isle Community Center! Our beloved gathering spot has received a fresh new makeover, and we can't wait to share the exciting updates with you.

The renovations were undertaken with the goal of enhancing the overall experience and creating a more welcoming and functional space for all community members. Step inside, and you'll be greeted by a modern and vibrant atmosphere that reflects the spirit of Emerald Isle.

In addition to the interior upgrades, we've paid special attention to the outdoor areas surrounding the Community Center. The landscaping has been revitalized, creating a serene and inviting environment for outdoor gatherings and relaxation.

The Community Center has always been at the heart of our vibrant community, and these renovations further enhance its role as a hub for connection, engagement, and growth. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved in making this transformation a reality.

We invite you to come and experience the renewed energy and excitement at the Emerald Isle Community Center firsthand. Explore the upgraded facilities, reconnect with old friends, and discover new opportunities for enrichment and enjoyment.
Emerald Fest Concert Series Returns

Emerald Fest returns for another great series in 2023. Join us on Thursdays throughout the summer for free live music at the Western Ocean Regional Access from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. No alcohol, please.
22- Bryan Mayer
29- The Mad Fiddler & Brennan Michael

6- 4Everall
13- The RV Road Show
20- Big Sam & CO.
27- The Feltons

3- Justin Castellano
10- Barefoot Wade
17- Knock Knock Band
Neighborhood Watch Newsletter

Join the Emerald Isle Neighborhood Watch Newsletter and Strengthen Community Safety!

By signing up for this newsletter, you can stay informed, connected, and actively contribute to creating a safer environment for all of us.

The Neighborhood Watch Newsletter is designed to provide you with important updates, tips, and information related to community safety. From crime prevention strategies and emergency preparedness guidelines to updates on local initiatives and events, we've got you covered.

Signing up is quick and easy. Simply visit our website and navigate to the Neighborhood Watch section to find the subscription form. Enter your email address, and voila! You'll start receiving regular newsletters directly to your inbox.

By joining the Neighborhood Watch Newsletter, you become an integral part of our community's proactive approach to safety. Together, we can be the eyes and ears of our neighborhood, supporting law enforcement efforts and fostering a sense of unity and vigilance.

We encourage you to spread the word and invite your neighbors, friends, and family members to sign up for the Neighborhood Watch Newsletter. The more people we have on board, the stronger our community becomes.

Remember, safety starts with awareness, and the Neighborhood Watch Newsletter is your gateway to staying informed and making a difference. Let's work together to build a safer, more connected Emerald Isle.
Time to Educate Yourself on
Beach Safety Information

The towns of Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Atlantic Beach want you to ensure you know what the unified beach warning flag system stands for along Bogue Banks. This collaborative video explains the flag colors and what each one represents.
In addition, a video was created highlighting important rip current safety information. Both of these videos were shared recently across the Town's social media feeds, in addition to other information, for National Beach Safety Week, which ran up until Memorial Day.
You can find more official beach safety information on the Town of Emerald Isle website, and through the free Emerald Isle, NC app.
Thank you to our Bogue Banks neighbors for partnering with us in this safety messaging. Help us spread the word!
The Town of Emerald Isle is also promoting its beach safety messaging in several new ways. The joint safety videos are playing on televisions located at the Western and Eastern Ocean Regional accesses, and new QR code stickers are being placed on to-go orders at several area restaurants. If you have an area business and are interested in helping us spread the beach safety message, please contact Mark Crews, Town Clerk/Public Information Officer, at [email protected].
Stay Informed with the Emerald Isle App
Did you know that staying up-to-date with all things Emerald Isle has never been easier? Introducing the Emerald Isle App, your one-stop destination for all the latest news, events, and important updates about our incredible town.

By downloading the Emerald Isle App on your smartphone, you gain instant access to a wealth of information right at your fingertips. Get real-time notifications about upcoming events, road closures, weather alerts, and more. Never miss out on the fun, as the app provides a comprehensive calendar of events for you to explore.

Discover hidden gems and local hotspots with the app's interactive maps, showcasing everything from scenic trails and parks to dining options and recreational facilities. Whether you're a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, the app is your digital companion to explore the best that Emerald Isle has to offer.

So why wait? Join the countless community members who have already downloaded the Emerald Isle App and experience the convenience of having all the town's information in the palm of your hand. Visit your app store today and search for "Emerald Isle App" to start your journey towards staying informed and connected.

Remember, the Emerald Isle App is free to download and available for both iOS and Android devices. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be in the know. Download the app today and be a part of the Emerald Isle community at your fingertips!
Job Opportunities with the Town of Emerald Isle

The Town of Emerald Isle is seeking applicants for a variety of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.

You can find full details and applications online on the Town's website for the following positions:

Full Time:
  • Paramedic
  • Planning Director

  • Paramedic
  • Police Officer
  • Fire Fighter
Roadway Repairs Completed
We're thrilled to announce the successful completion of the much-needed road repairs on Coast Guard Road and Sound Drive in Emerald Isle! We're excited to see these important routes restored to their optimal condition.

The road repairs were undertaken as part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining safe and reliable transportation infrastructure throughout our beautiful town. We understand the significance of these roadways to our residents and visitors, and we're delighted to report that the improvements are now complete.

Coast Guard Road and Sound Drive are now ready to provide smoother and safer journeys for all. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the construction period and hope that the finished results exceed your expectations.

Safe travels, and enjoy the newly repaired roads!
NCBIWA Conference
We are thrilled to share the incredible news that Emerald Isle recently had the privilege of hosting the North Carolina Beach Inlet and Waterway Association (NCBIWA) conference! Our beautiful town served as the backdrop for this prestigious event, which brought together coastal experts, enthusiasts, and professionals from across the state.

The NCBIWA conference was a resounding success, with attendees gathering to celebrate and discuss the significance of our beaches, inlets, and waterways. The event provided a platform for fruitful discussions, knowledge sharing, and networking among government officials, scientists, engineers, researchers, and other key stakeholders.
Ocean Rescue Lifeguards
on the Beach
Emerald Isle's Ocean Rescue Lifeguards have been assisting the public along the beach strand since April 1 this year.

In all, 20 USLA-certified lifeguards will be on the beach April through September this year.
As always, we encourage you to respect the ocean, yourself and our lifeguards. Review these important beach safety tips before you head to the ocean, and stay out of the water if you see red or double red flags flying. The Beach Warning Flags are now flying in coordination with the National Weather Service.

The Emerald Isle Fire Department is thrilled to announce that we recently conducted an incredible joint training session with the Indian Beach/Salter Path Fire Department in ocean rescue!

Our dedicated departments understand the importance of collaboration and continuous improvement when it comes to providing top-notch life-saving services to our communities. That's why we make it a priority to train together several times a year on various exercises.

During this specific training, our teams tackled the challenges of ocean rescue, honing their skills and exchanging invaluable knowledge.
The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors are our utmost priority, and these joint training sessions help us deliver exceptional care and assistance when it matters most.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Indian Beach/Salter Path Fire Department for their commitment and collaboration. Together, we are stronger, and we look forward to more joint training exercises in the future!
Emerald Isle Youth Fishing Derby
Emerald Isle Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This exciting event is free and open to kids aged 5-12. To participate, simply fill out the online registration form. After registering you will receive a parking pass.

Register here.

Registration is required to participate in the fishing derby. Please note that we only have 50 slots available, with 25 slots in each age group, so don't wait too long to sign up.
Please print the parking pass and display it on your dashboard on the day of the event to avoid parking charges.

Upon arrival, check in at the Youth Fishing Derby table located outside the pier entrance. Once checked in, your child will receive a wristband that grants free access to the pier, indicating that they are part of the Youth Fishing Derby. Bring your own rods and reels as they will not be provided. Bait will be available while supplies last.

The pier features two "weigh stations" where kids can have their catch measured and documented. Prizes will be awarded for various categories.
This is a family-friendly event that promises to be loads of fun! So come on down and enjoy a day of fishing with your kids at the beautiful Bogue Inlet Pier.

Awards Divisions
Grand Prize for Largest Fish Caught
Most Fish Caught by age 5-7 and 8-12
Smallest Fish Caught by age 5-7 and 8-12
Most Unusual Fish Caught
First Fish Caught
Last Fish Caught
Stay Up To Date: Follow Us Online

The Town of Emerald Isle has a number of official online platforms you can use to stay connected to the latest news, our live beach and traffic cameras, and more. You can also view the monthly Board of Commissioners meetings, which are live streamed on our Facebook page. These meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
Follow us on the following platforms:
American Red Cross Blood Drive June 16

The American Red Cross and has a critical need for donations. A blood drive will be held from 1-5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at the Emerald Isle Community Center, at 203 Leisure Lane. You can donate blood and make a difference in the lives of others.
To schedule an appointment, please contact 1-800-red cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call Kristin Willis at 252-341-1325.
Hurricane Season Underway;
Be Prepared Ahead of Time

The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins today, and you are encouraged to make your preparations before a storm arrives.
You can always find hurricane preparedness information on our website, which includes a registration form for a disaster re-entry permit, in the event you do not have one. You should have your re-entry permit on hand before a storm is coming toward North Carolina.
Beach Parking Passes
Available through EIPD

Paid parking is underway and two free passes are available for Emerald Isle taxpayers. The Town's paid parking is at the Eastern and Western Ocean Regional accesses.
In addition, Handicapped/100% Disabled Vet, Purple Heart or Emerald Isle Business Owners are eligible for one free permit. Supporting documentation must be uploaded when applying for this one free permit in these categories. You must have this permit in hand before going to the access points to be eligible. Please note, due to the high volume of applications, same day service is not available.
Parking pass applications are available online, or you may stop by the Police Department at 7500 Emerald Drive to apply in person. You will need a current vehicle registration and driver’s license when applying for your permit. If you have questions, please call EIPD at 252-354-2021.
Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible to receive two annual free parking permits that can be used at the Eastern Ocean Regional and Western Ocean Regional accesses. These parking permits will be granted only for vehicles registered in the name of the taxpayer and are non-transferable.
The permit decal must be for the current year and be permanently affixed to the driver’s side windshield. Improper placement of decals may result in paying the parking fee, confiscation or possible citation. Lost or confiscated permits will not be reissued. You are required to remove decals from previous years.
Like last year, paid parking will range from $2-$4 per hour, with a maximum amount paid up to four hours. If you stay longer than this, you will only pay the four-hour price.
Register for the Medically Fragile List

Emerald Isle EMS provides for special medical care and/or help evacuating during disasters, including hurricanes, to those who are registered under the Medically Fragile List.

It is important to note that this form should be completed and submitted to Emerald Isle EMS well in advance of impending disasters. If you or your family member are not already on this list, please take the time today to register.

Contact Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249 if you have additional questions, or would like to register with the Medically Fragile list.
Golf Cart Safety, Rules
and Regulations Class Online

The Emerald Isle Golf Cart Safety, Rules & Regulations Class is available online. You can find out information concerning this online class and save $25 off your registration/ renewal for 2023 by visiting our website.
To renew for your 2023 registration, you will first watch a video that explains some golf cart rules and regulations, and review the PowerPoint presentation before taking your short test to receive the $25 discount. Once you have taken the test, you will need to fill out and submit the registration application form.
Important reminder: Golf Carts are not permitted to be operated along the length of Highway 58.
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Information

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative members will see a slight increase in the energy charge on bills mailed after June 1 when summer rates go into effect.

The summer residential rate, which is in effect until Oct. 1, is 9.98¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The rate reflects prices the co-op pays for wholesale power. Members that use an average of 1,000 kWh per month can expect to see an increase of approximately $10 or 8.6% in summer bills.

For more information about our rates, go to ccemc.com/RatesRegs.
Bogue Banks Water Corporation

Dear BBWC valued customers,

In an effort to combat potential lead exposure in public drinking water systems, the EPA has requested that all water systems across the US document the materials that each one of our service lines are made of.

We here at Bogue Banks Water Corporation are fortunate that all our service lines (from the main line to your meter) are plastic polyethylene tubing. While this is great news all around for the residents of Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, and Salter Path, we are still required to document the customer owned portion of the service lines and their material makeup.

This is the line that runs from your customer valve at the street into your home. The most common material is PVC, but some older homes may have galvanized pipe or another type of metal piping. Please help us by completing the short survey inserted with your next bill or online at bogebankswater.com.

If you’re unsure, that’s okay, let us know that too! Any customer owned lines we are unable to identify the material of will have to be categorized as ‘unknown-unlikely lead’ or ‘unknown-likely lead’ based on the age of the home.

We have until October of 2024 to compile the information, but we are starting early to get ahead as there are almost 6,600 connections in our system.