EMERALD TIDINGS - November 2022
Emerald Tidings, composed monthly by Town Manager Matt Zapp,
is the official newsletter of the Town of Emerald Isle, NC.

November Holiday Office Closures

The Town's Administrative Offices will be closed on Friday, November 11, in recognition of Veterans Day. In addition, it will be closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, for Thanksgiving.

The Community Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NCDOT Updated Bridge Work Schedule
The following information is from the North Carolina Department of Transportation

Lane closures resumed on the Emerald Isle Bridge (N.C. 58) for bridge preservation work, and they will continue through next spring.

The contractor will follow this schedule for a lane closure starting Nov. 1, lasting into next spring when the bridge work is expected be completed:

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; then again from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday – 24-hour lane closure

As with most highway contracts, there will be no lane closures on the bridge during the holiday periods of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

When a lane is closed, flagging operations will be used to allow traffic from each direction to take turns crossing the bridge, so drivers should expect delays and proceed cautiously in the work zone

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.
Election Day November 8

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th. Emerald Isle residents can vote at the Community Center at 203 Leisure Lane.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on this date.

Don't Miss the Inaugural
Emerald Isle Car Show

Join us for the Inaugural Emerald Isle Car Show on Saturday, November 12!

This car show will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Western Ocean Regional Access, at 9003 Louise Avenue.

Come check out the car show, listen to live music, and peruse raffle items donated by area businesses.

This family friendly event will help raise funds for the Emerald Isle Police Department's Shop With A Cop initiative this holiday season.

Thank you to the wonderful sponsors who are making this year's event a reality! You can find the full list of area businesses on our website.

Due to increased interest, we have re-opened vehicle registration for a few more days. Don't delay, register your vehicle now to be a part of this great event!
Emerald Isle Christmas Parade November 26

We look forward to seeing you at the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 26th, at 2 p.m.! This free, family-friendly event will be held along Highway 58, starting at Black Skimmer Drive and going to Mangrove Drive.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair December 3

Check out the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, December 3, for area artisans and vendors who will have plenty to assist your holiday shopping needs!

You can support local and find unique gifts for your loved ones.

This event will be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Emerald Isle Community Center, at 203 Leisure Lane. Please note, all vendor spots have been filled at this time.
Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Raises Money for Hope Mission, Emerald Isle Path
The 2022 Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K was a success on Saturday, October 22nd.

Hundreds of runners from across the nation joined together to participate in any of the three available races. Proceeds raised will benefit Hope Mission of Carteret County and the Emerald Isle Path. Watch the video above for a glimpse into the event.

You can now register for the next race date on Saturday, October 28th, 2023.
Beach Driving Permit Applications Available

Beach driving permit applications for the 2022-23 season are currently available online at www.emeraldisle-nc.org, or in person at the Police Department, at 7500 Emerald Drive.

You will receive an email alerting you when your permit is ready to be picked up at the EIPD.
The official beach driving season began Thursday, September 15th.

Please note, the traffic pattern has changed this year when accessing the beach strand at the Point. Drivers should respect the roped off areas and follow the traffic flow. The new ingress and egress also applies to foot traffic.

Watch the video below for information on the beach driving application process.
Beach Warning Flags Conclude
for Year

As of the end of October, the color coded beach warning flags have been removed from the Emerald Isle beach strand.

These flags will be placed along the beach and other areas throughout town in the spring to alert beachgoers of the ocean conditions.

Do you remember what the various beach warning flags represent? You can watch the Bogue Banks Beach Safety video here.
Atlantic Hurricane Season Continues Through November

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through the end of this month, and the best time to prepare is before a named storm is slated to come to the area.

On August 10, the National Weather Service - Newport/Morehead City office, presented a community hurricane forum in the Town Board Meeting Room. You can watch the recording of this hurricane forum here.

If you are an Emerald Isle resident or property owner and do not have a disaster re-entry permit, now is the time to apply for one. You can view details on our website. Property owners should check now to ensure they have their disaster re-entry permit, and apply for one through the Police Department if they do not have one. You will be required to provide proof of residency as part of this application.

In addition, make sure your hurricane kit is fully stocked and your property is ready in the event a storm comes to North Carolina.

You can find a comprehensive emergency preparedness list and other important information on our website.
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.

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.
Secure Your EMS Subscription

The Town of Emerald Isle is offering a subscription program to help offset the cost of an ambulance transport. This optional annual subscription of $50 covers the direct costs of ambulance services not paid by your insurance. The $50 covers two people: the head of household, along with one other person. You may include others living in the household for an additional $10 each. Your subscription begins two days after receipt of application, payment, and acceptance by the Town of Emerald Isle's Fire/EMS Department and expires on June 30th, 2023. There will be no refunds for cancelled or forfeited memberships.

Memberships will transfer, and provide identical coverage protection, once the Fire/EMS departments merge in 2023. Sign up today for this service.

Please note, any subscriptions done prior to June 30 have expired. This program runs with the fiscal year.

You can register online for the subscription program or call the EMS Department at 252-354-2249 to complete the information over the phone.
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, upcoming events, the Parks and Recreation monthly calendars, 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:

On Fridays we share pictures from the community - and we need your help. Send your best Emerald Isle pictures to Anna Smith, Town Clerk/Public Information Officer, at asmith@emeraldisle-nc.org for consideration. Please include "Friday Features" in the subject line, and the name of the photographer. You can also use #EmeraldIsleNC in your Instagram photos.
Emerald Isle Garden Club Wreath Fundraiser

The Emerald Isle Garden Club, a non-profit 501(c)3 beautification organization, is raising funds to support numerous community service projects in Emerald Isle. Residents, businesses and friends of Emerald Isle can help by purchasing a 22” wreath comprised of fresh Fraser fir, white pine and arborvitae.
These beautiful and fragrant fresh wreaths will last well through the holidays are only $30 each.
Quantities are limited and advanced pre-paid orders are being taken now. Pick up is Wednesday, November 30 between 10 a.m. and Noon at the Emerald Isle Community Center.
The Emerald Isle Garden Club also offers assorted handmade (by Club members) bows for $5 each at pick up.
For more information, or to place an order, please contact Ann at 910-624-4982 or email us at emeraldislegardenclub@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting the beautification efforts of Emerald Isle
and the Emerald Isle Garden Club!
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Information

Do you have a pile of sensitive paperwork that needs to be shredded? Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative is here to help! The co-op is hosting a “Member Shred Day” Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the cooperative’s Newport office (1300 Hwy. 24, Newport).

CCEC members are invited to have their sensitive documents shredded by our on-site partner, Shred-It. Members are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable goods that will be donated to local food pantries.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative will use drones to conduct inspections of transmission lines and poles on Bogue Banks November 7 - 11 as part of the co-op’s ongoing efforts to enhance service reliability. CCEC wants residents to be aware of this process, which involves looking at every component on each transmission structure along Bogue Banks. The inspection allows CCEC to identify any parts on the transmission system that might need to be replaced or repaired. This proactive approach helps to avoid outages, reduce maintenance costs, and improve overall system reliability.

Preform Line Products, a CCEC contractor, will be conducting these inspections. Their vehicles will have their company logo as well as a CCEC logo. If you have any questions, please call 252-247-3107. We are available 24/7.
Bogue Banks Water Corporation

BBWC Customers,

If planning on leaving your home for an extended period of time, evacuating for a hurricane or winterizing your home, please be sure to cut off your water at your customer cut off valve.

Most customer cut off valves are located in a green box close to BBWC's black meter box near the street. If you need help locating your customer cut off valve, please call our office and we can schedule for a technician to come out and mark your box with flags.

Note: Any repairs or replacement needed for the customer cut off valve are the responsibility of the customer. Please call a plumber.

As always, thank you for being our valued customers!