Emerald Tidings
Emerald Tidings, composed monthly by Town Manager Matt Zapp,
is the official newsletter of the Town of Emerald Isle, NC.

EMERALD TIDINGS - May 2021

Town Buildings Closed for Memorial Day

The Town Administration Building and Community Center will be closed on Monday, May 31st, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular business hours at these locations will resume on Tuesday, June 1.
The Town Administration Building is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Community Center is open 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Emergency Services, including Police, Fire and EMS, will operate on regular hours for this date.
Beach Nourishment moves to dune plantings

The majority of the work related to the Florence Renourishment Project - Phase III concluded earlier this week, ahead of the April 30 environmental deadline. Heavy equipment and machinery is still being moved off of the beach strand, and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock is utilizing the Dog Leg access for the removal process.

The next step of dune plantings will begin in May, and is expected to last several weeks. It is imperative to remain off to the new dunes, including both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, as well as tents, chairs, beach blankets and more.

Oceanfront property owners cannot install sand fencing until the dune planting process is complete, and they have contacted the Emerald Isle Planning and Inspections Department to secure the proper permit. Watch our video below for an explanation on what steps you must take before sand fencing can be placed in the ground, or call the department at 252-354-8548.

You can view detailed information about the nourishment project on the Carteret County Shore Protection Office's website. This was the final piece of a three-year nourishment project along Bogue Banks.

The Town of Emerald Isle would like to thank Great Lakes Dredge & Dock for the wonderful work they have completed along the beach strand.
Paid Parking Now Underway
Paid Parking is underway at both the Eastern and Western Ocean Regional accesses and will last through September. It is in effect from 8 a.m. - 6 pm. daily, and is run through NCParkingCo.

Town property owners and long-term residents are able to obtain two free parking passes through the Police Department. You can apply online here, or at the Police Department from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, or 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. If you have not yet applied for this permit, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

Visit our website to view our Beach Parking 101 release, as well as videos on how to utilize the on-site parking kiosks or the Passport Parking app.
Five Reasons to Download the Passport Parking App

Save time and skip the line when you download the Passport Parking app.

Here are five great reasons to utilize this app:
  1. Save time by paying from your phone as soon as you pull into a parking space.
  2. Skip the line at the kiosk while others are waiting to pay.
  3. You can save your vehicle information into the app, so you don't have to always plug in your license plate number every time you head to the beach.
  4. Easily pull up the parking zone number from the last time you visited the parking lot.
  5. You can add additional time to your stay, without having to leave the comfort of your beach chair. Simply pull up the app and add more time if you aren't ready to leave yet. The app will send you a notification before your original time is up.
Free Parking in Emerald Isle

Below is a graphic showing all free parking throughout the Town of Emerald Isle. Please note, while this is free parking, it is not necessarily recognized as beach access parking.
Beach Safety in Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle Lifeguards are on our beach strand to assist our residents and visitors, as well as place the daily beach warning flags. View our informational video below, as our Ocean Rescue team explains what each flag means, and what you should know before heading to the beach.
Additionally, you can view our Beach Safety FAQs on the Town's website.

Click here to learn more about RIP currents, and what you should do if you get caught in one.
Hurricane Preparedness Series

The Town is releasing a series of hurricane preparedness videos leading up to the June 1 start date of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. These videos will highlight the important topics you need to know about hurricane season in Emerald Isle, including the difference between a storm watch and warning, what to include in your preparedness kit, how to make preparations for your property ahead of a storm, and more.

You can view these videos across the Town's social media pages and website.

Click here to watch first video with WCTI StormTrack 12 Meteorologist Les Still.
Click here to view the second video with Emerald Isle EMS about registering for the Medically Fragile list.
Sign up in advance 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. This form should be completed and submitted to Emerald Isle EMS well in advance of impending disasters.

This form is available online on the Town's website.

Contact Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249 if you have additional questions, or would like to register with the Medically Fragile list.

Please note, this registration service was previously handled through Carteret County Emergency Services. If you previously signed up through the County, you will need to register with Emerald Isle EMS.
Are you following the Town online?

The Town of Emerald Isle has a number of online platforms you can use to stay connected to the latest news and see beautiful pictures of our area.

Follow us on the following platforms:

Every Friday we share pictures from the community - and we need your help. Send your best Emerald Isle pictures to Anna Smith, Public Information and Media Director, at asmith@emeraldisle-nc.org for consideration. Please include "Friday Features" in the subject line, and the name of the photographer. Or, tag us in your photos around town on Instagram.
Meet your local EI Public Service Professionals!

Get to know our hardworking Town staff! Every Tuesday you can find our latest staff feature across our social media feeds. We appreciate all they do, and want to shine a spotlight on their accomplishments.

Here are the four employees we recognized in the past month:
Emerald Isle Zipper Lane
The North Carolina Department of Transportation completed bridge repairs in mid-April, and installed a zipper merge lane leading from The Highways 24-58 intersection onto the bridge toward Emerald Isle.

NCDOT has installed signage indicating where motorists should begin to merge.

Additional bridge work is slated for late 2021. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.
Golf Cart Safety, Rules and Regulations Class

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, the Emerald Isle Golf Cart Safety, Rules & Regulations Class is only available online. Click on the link below to learn more and save $25 off your registration/ renewal.
Please read the presentation carefully, as there will be a short test at the end. Participants must receive a score of 80% accuracy (or greater) to receive a discount of $25 off the 2021 Golf Cart Registration.
Once you submit the test, you will receive a confirmation email with your results. Please download and save your results. Then, attach the results to your online renewal application/ new application. Be sure to check the Golf Cart Safety Class Discount option on the GC application in order to upload your results and receive the $25 discount. Thank you and good luck!
CCEC announces virtual annual meeting

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) will be hosting the annual meeting of the membership virtually on May 13 at 6 p.m.

Join CEO Jake Joplin and CCEC Board President Ben Ball as they share highlights of 2020 and look at current activities and future plans.

CCEC members can attend the virtual meeting at ccemc.com. At the conclusion of the meeting, the broadcast will be posted on the co-op’s Facebook page (facebook.com/carteretcraven) and at ccemc.com/annualmeeting.

CCEC members are reminded return the postcard included with the April edition of Carolina Country magazine to be registered for giveaways, including one of several $75 cash prizes, up to $1,000 in free electricity or a pickup truck retired from our fleet. Winners will be announced during the live event.
The latest news from Bogue Banks Water Corp. 

Thank you for being our valued customer! Our meter upgrades are moving right along.

Remember you may experience a brief water outage while they change out your meter, but service will be restored usually within the hour.

Also, please make sure we have your current contact information. We now have the capability to send you a text or an email, whichever you prefer, in the event of a potential water problem at your home. Visit our website, boguebankswater.com, and go to "Forms and Reports." The last item on that list is "Update Contact Information." Of course, you are always welcome to call or drop by our office! Have a great day!