CMDR. JAVIER DELGADO of Station Fort Macon with Coast Guard Sector North Carolina and Carteret County Manager Russell Overman have announced that the celebration to commemorate Carteret County’s designation as an official “Coast Guard Community” will be Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.
The featured speaker will be Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck, Commander, Fifth Coast District.
Arrangements had not been finalized prior to press time, but the ceremony will coincide with a luncheon gathering at the Civic Center, according to Mike Wagoner of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was responsible for compiling the nomination, which was approved in 2015 by the US Congress and the Coast Guard Commandant.
Only one other location in the country – Camden County in southeast Georgia – has earned the distinction of being a Coast Guard Community. There are 16 cities in the United States that have been designated as a Coast Guard City, including Wilmington and Elizabeth City in North Carolina.
Overman stated that it made sense for the county government to submit the application, because the Coast Guard has a presence at both Fort Macon near Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle.
Supporting resolutions and letters of endorsement were passed by the Carteret County Board of Commissioners, the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and by town governing boards of Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, Morehead City, Newport and Pine Knoll Shores.
Personal endorsements were issued by Rep. Walter B. Jones and NC Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough, a resident of Atlantic Beach.
For more information, visit the chamber website at www.nccoastchamber.com.