Emerald Tidings

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

October 2020 Edition 


Emerald Isle desires your vote: Best Beach in NC!
From a family-friendly vacation to a Nicholas Sparks-inspired getaway, the coast of North Carolina is characterized by wide, sandy beaches with conserved dunes, beachfront rental houses and a laid-back approach to life. To decide which stretches of shoreline are worth your vacation days, U.S. News considered scenic beauty, nearby amenities and the opinions of experts and travelers to decide the best North Carolina beaches.

Have a favorite? Vote online and help determine next year's list. To cast a vote for Emerald Isle as the Top Ranked North Carolina beach, follow this link:

EIFD celebrates arrival of its new aerial truck
The Town of Emerald Isle Fire Department is excited to share news of its new ladder truck. The truck is designed to provide decades of increased safety to Emerald Isle residents, businesses and guests.
Learn more about the truck by watch this amazing video!

Following are details of the 2020 Smeal/ Spartan 100' Aerial Truck:
  • Seats 6 firefighters
  • Holds 5 air packs
  • 100' tall
  • Platform holds 1250lbs
  • 1,250 gallon per minute pump
  • 400-gallon water tank
  • 10 KW hydraulic generator
  • 700 feet of 5" hose (goes from hydrant to the truck)
  • 3-200' 1 /34" attack lines
  • 1-2 1/5" attack line
  • All equipment meets NFPA and ISO requirements
National Fire Prevention Week & Coloring Contest!
National Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020.  In support of fire safety, the Town of Emerald Isle wants to celebrate the arrival of EIFD's new 100-foot aerial ladder truck. We are having a coloring contest open to all ages. Click the link below to download and print the coloring sheet. Create your masterpiece, snap a picture of your creation, and email the picture to Whitney Smith at wsmith@emeraldisle-nc.org.

Contest winners will be announced on Friday, October 30, 2020. We will have gift certificates from local business as prizes for different age groups: 0-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16 and older. 

Emerald Isle Fire Truck Color Page Link:
Trucks & Treats: October 31st at the EORA
The Town of Emerald Isle is thrilled to announce the arrival of its newest event, Trucks & Treats, on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Trucks & Treats is a socially distanced Halloween event that will be held from 10:00 AM until Noon, at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA) located at 2701 Emerald Drive.

Preregistration is required, as the event is open to the first 300 children (ages 12 & under) that sign up. To register, parents are asked to contact the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Department at 252-354-6350.

In support of National Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10) and to showcase the first responder "Superheroes" that keep EI safe, safety is the focus for the month of October in Emerald Isle. Safety Service vehicles from Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works and Beach Safety will be on display.
Each registered child that attends the drive-thru event will receive a promotional Halloween bag stuffed with candy. And wait, there's more. Three lucky guests will receive a GOLDEN TICKET. Based on age, a GOLDEN TICKET is redeemable for a Kindle Fire, Beats Headphones or a Drone!
Don't hesitate, be sure to sign-up early. Your little heroes will surely want to attend Trucks & Treats in Emerald Isle on October 31, 2020 at the EORA!

GAFFER'S PUB:  Now Open in EI!
Located at 9601-A Coast Guard Road in Emerald Isle, the new Gaffer's Pub is now open for business.  Stop in and enjoy the southern style of this relaxed restaurant and pub.  You will find exceptional food in a fun environment. 

To see what all the buzz is about at Gaffer's Pub, be sure to click on this video link:  

Emerald Isle in the fall!
Summer is the season that most people think about, when electing to visit Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast. Autumn brings with it many perks, including gorgeous weather and potentially deep discounts. Check out a 2019 issue of Reader's Digest and learn more about the sweet deals of fall:   CLICK HERE

We are beyond appreciative of worldwide accolades, here are a few of the historical #1 awards bestowed upon our beloved Emerald Isle:

2020 Emerald Isle #1 NC Fall Beach Town; Reader's Digest             
2019 Emerald Isle #1 NC Beach Town; Coastal Living                         
2018 Emerald Isle #1 NC Beach Town; USA Today 
2017 Emerald Isle "The Quintessential Beach Town"; Our State Magazine 
2016 Emerald Isle #1 Best Kept Secret Beach; livability.com 
2015 Emerald Isle Top NC Beach Towns (#8); flipkey.com 

Regardless of the time of year, Emerald Isle is near and dear to many. Enjoy the fall, stay well and share the lifestyle that Nice Matters!

Operation Medicine Drop- Saturday, October 24th
The Emerald Isle Police Department, along with other area law enforcement agencies across the county, will be conducting Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, October 24, 2020.  Members of the Emerald Isle Police Department will be at the Food Lion (Emerald Plantation) 8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina 28594 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Residents are encouraged to use this opportunity to dispose of their unused medications.  Residents should not bring needles or liquid medications.  No demographic data will be collected during this event, only total weight of the unused medications collected at the end of the day.  All collected medications will be taken to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to be destroyed. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department's partnership with other area law enforcement agencies, Food Lion, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents, families, and visitors.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Lane Closures on Emerald Isle Bridge Delayed
After conversations with town leaders and residents, the N.C. Department of Transportation contractors working on the Emerald Isle Bridge will not close lanes until Nov. 1.
NCDOT decided to delay planned lane closures on the bridge so the improvements could be completed when fewer motorists would be affected. The lane closures were originally scheduled to begin this week. Specifics on the schedule of lane closures will be provided closer to Nov. 1.  

The lane closures on the Atlantic Beach Bridge will remain the same. Contractors may close one of two lanes of the Atlantic Beach Bridge Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Contractors will use flaggers at the ends of the work zone to direct traffic.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.
NCDOT News Release
Date: Sept. 14, 2020
Contact: Lauren Haviland
(919) 707-2677

Beach Driving returns to Emerald Isle
Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the upcoming Phase III Beach Nourishment project, considerable thought has been given to the issuance of Beach Driving permits for 2020/2021. 

September 1, 2020: Beach Driving Permits will be available for online and/or in-person purchase at the EIPD offices. For everyone's safety, no more than 2-customers at a time are permitted inside the EIPD waiting area.
A beach driving permit may be purchased online by visiting www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving or at the Emerald Isle Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive, from 9am until 8pm Sunday-Thursday, and from 9am until 10pm Friday-Saturday).
Beach Nourishment ClosuresFor safety reasons, certain sections of Emerald Isle beaches must be closed during the 2020/2021 Beach Driving season.  Closures are unavoidable, due to the construction of the estimated $40M Phase III Beach Nourishment project.
  • Beach nourishment can only occur between November 16, 2020 and April 30, 2021.
  • Click here to watch an example of Beach nourishment.
  • The Town of Emerald Isle anticipates smaller/ defined sections of the beach to close, while those areas area being nourished.
  • Phase II Nourishment areas include the following sections of the Emerald Isle beach:
    • Between the Point and Lands' End
    • Sea Dunes toward the Dog Leg
    • The far east end of Emerald Isle
Authorized beach access ramps are located at the Ocean Drive "dog-leg" (near mile marker 15 on NC 58), at the end of Black Skimmer Drive (across from Police Department), and at The Point (at the terminus of Inlet Drive at Bogue Inlet).   Driving on primary dunes, as well as other vegetated areas, remains STRICTLY prohibited. 

Beach Driving Period: The period for Beach Driving is scheduled to occur from September 15 to April 30, with the exception of the 10-day period near Easter. This period includes the Friday prior to Easter, until and including, the Sunday that occurs 7 days after Easter. For 2021, beach driving will not be allowed at all from April 2 - April 11, 2021.

Highly Important Disclaimer: By purchasing a 2020/2021 beach driving permit, permit holders understand that there will be no refunds or discounts provided due to beach closures of any kind.  Closures may be caused by nourishment activities, beach conditions, and/or other unavoidable events.
Election Campaign Sign Season Underway
In an effort to assist local property owners and candidates, the Town of Emerald Isle Planning Department wishes to share the following Public Service Announcement

The Town of Emerald Isle regulates political signage placement within the Town limits.  The following regulations should be adhered to when placing signage for candidates within the Town of Emerald Isle:
(H) Temporary political signs advertising candidates or issues subject to the following conditions:
1. Signs may be placed within the NC 58 right-of-way and within the right-of-way of all Town streets, but permission of the adjacent private property owner is required.
2. Signs must be placed at least three (3) feet from the edge of the street pavement, and shall not be more than forty-two (42) inches higher than the asphalt roadway surface.
3. Signs shall not be displayed earlier than thirty (30) days prior to the start of "one-stop" voting and shall be removed no more than ten (10) days after the election.
4. Signs shall not obstruct a driver's sight distance at an intersection or create an unsafe condition for motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists.
5. Signs shall not be larger than six (6) square feet.
6. Signs shall not obscure or replace other signs.
7. No banners are permitted.
8. No campaign signs are permitted on or in front of Town-owned property, with the exception of Election Day and only in accordance with the guidelines established by the Town.
9. There is no limit on the number of campaign signs, provided that all other regulations are followed.
For information related to NCDOT controlled roadways, please visit the following link:
If you have additional local questions, please contact the EI Planning Department at 252-354-3424 or visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org.

Horseback Riding in Emerald Isle: Be kind and look behind!
Emerald Isle welcomes our equestrian owners and visitors to the island. As a courtesy, remember it is mandatory for riders to remove all feces and droppings.

Horseback (equestrian) riding is permitted annually between September 15 and April 30, with limitations and exclusions. As you ride the public trust beach areas of Emerald Isle, please be kind and look behind! Cleaning up after your horse is both kind and necessary.

Bogue Banks Seed Collection
Earth Balance has been selected to perform dune planting for the upcoming Phase III nourishment project (anticipated early 2021).  Earth Balance will be present along the Emerald Isle beach strand in early October 2020, for less than 7-10 days. They will mobilize on Emerald Isle to harvest sea oat seed, bitter panicum and elder cuttings.  Be advised, Earth Balance staff will pull spikelets off the existing sea oats. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Carteret County Shore Protection Office at (252) 222-5835.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Launches "Plugged In - Shop Local & Save"
NEWPORT, N.C. - Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) recognizes that many of the businesses we serve are working hard to adapt to the economic and social changes caused by COVID-19. We want to help support the local economy by partnering with our business owners to encourage our members to shop local.

CCEC has launched "Plugged In - Shop Local & Save." Businesses served by CCEC have the opportunity to advertise and provide CCEC members a promotional offer that will last for approximately two weeks. The co-op plans to highlight two non-competing businesses in our service area each month.
CCEC will promote the offer to our more than 33,000 members by posting the offer on our website and Facebook page. Each business will be provided with a small sign to display at their register during the weeks they are participating.
If you have questions about the program or if your business would like to participate, please contact Melissa Glenn at (252)727-2221 or melissag@ccemc.com.

CCEC Annual Member Meeting

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) will host its 2020 Annual Meeting of the Membership online Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Join CEO Jake Joplin and CCEC Board President Ben Ball as they share highlights of 2019 and look at current activities and future plans. Plus, we will announce the winners of our annual meeting giveaways. Return the postcard you receive in the October issue of Carolina Country magazine by Oct. 23 to register for giveaways, including one of 18 $75 cash prizes, up to $1,000 in free electricity, a weekend getaway or a pickup truck retired from the CCEC fleet.  Winners will be announced during the live event at www.facebook.com/CarteretCraven/Live. You do not have to have a Facebook account to tune in, and you don't have to be 'present' to win, but you DO have to register.

Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament- Canceled, but successful!
The second annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament was unfortunately canceled due to weather. Despite the cancellation, the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament held a live virtual auction on Wednesday September 16, 2020. To say it was a success is an understatement.
The auction, led by tournament Chairman Mark Taylor, raised a total of $29,110 for local scholarships and waterway dredging efforts.
"Last year, we held an in-person auction during the Captain's Party and raised a substantial amount of money," said Mark Taylor, Committee Chairman. "This year, we went virtual and saw the power of an online audience. The increased reach helped local donors raise nearly $30,000. We are so amazed and grateful, words cannot express it!"
An array of products and local services were donated. These items were then auctioned off during a 4-hour live event, broadcast via Facebook Live. The money raised will help fund the annual scholarship program for the 2021 academic year.  
"The Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament provided two scholarships in 2020. One to a graduating senior at Croatan and one to Swansboro High School. For 2021, we intend to provide two more scholarships to area students that pursue higher education or training that relates to the marine or maritime industry," said Taylor. "We could not reinvest these dollars into our young people without the selfless donations of our local sponsors and the countless hours provided by our volunteers."
To learn more about the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament and the associated scholarship program, visit www.emeraldislefishingtournament.com or follow them on Facebook.

Emerald Isle Fire Department-- Cancer Awareness Tees on Sale
Cancer Awareness shirts are now on sale. Sold solely through the online store and shipped directly to the purchaser. No sales of shirts will be conducted onsite. A unisex t-shirt along with a V-neck shirt are being offered this year!! Click here to order yours!
All proceeds will support a local cancer charity in Carteret County. If there are any questions please send us a message, or email bmatthias@emeraldisle-nc.org.

Phase III Beach Nourishment- Coming in 2021!
Phase III of the post-Florence beach nourishment program is scheduled to occur between January and April 2021. The near $32 million contract will be completed by the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) company, the same company that performed Phase I and Phase II of the nourishment along the Bogue Banks.   The project is funded in part by FEMA, the State of North Carolina, and Carteret County Beach Nourishment Reserves.

Please reference the map above. Segments marked in YELLOW identify the Phase III areas scheduled to be nourished in 2021.

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Canceled
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K is officially canceled.
Originally slated for March 2020, the race was postponed until October 31, 2020 due to complications caused by COVID-19.   To protect all race participants, volunteers, spectators and the Emerald Isle community, the Emerald Isle Marathon committee has made the difficult decision to forego the rescheduled race in its entirety.

"As we approach autumn, it is clear that COVID-19 continues to impact all aspects of our lives," stated Candace Dooley, Emerald Isle Race Director. "Our goal was to hold a wonderful race in late October. Yet, we cannot place our competitors or community at risk."

Participant Options: We understand that this announcement is challenging, so we will offer the following options:
1- Automatic deferment to March 27, 2021
2- Full refund
Current registrations will automatically be deferred to March 27, 2021. If you prefer a full race refund, please email emeraldislerun@gmail.com. Due to a high volume of email traffic, please allow 7-10 days for a response.
Please join us March 2021 and make your dream a reality! 

Matt Zapp
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594

Nice Matters!