OCTOBER BRINGS US warm days and cooler nights. I love October in Emerald Isle. The weather is still great and I love to walk on the beach in the fall. It is hard to believe that in a few weeks the leaves will begin to turn brilliant colors.
October also means that it will soon be time to elect three persons to serve as town commissioner. Two of our current commissioners have decided not to seek re-election. I would personally like to thank John Wootten and Tom Hoover for their dedicated service to the Town of Emerald Isle. Between them they have given over 27 years in service to Emerald Isle. John has served for 14 years and Tom has served for 13 years. Thanks Tom and John for a job well done. You have been great leaders and we will miss your leadership.
We have seven persons running for commissioner. They are our Mayor Pro-Tem Floyd Messer, Don Wells, Mark Taylor, Candice Dooley, Ryan Ayers, Mike Campbell and Steve Finch. All seven candidates are good people and I encourage everyone to seek these candidates out and ask them questions and see where they stand on issues facing Emerald Isle.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20 beginning at 6pm we will have a candidate forum sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association. A reception will begin at 6 pm and the forum will start at 6:30pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet and to hear each candidate speak on the issues. I encourage you to attend this forum sponsored by our own Emerald Isle Business Association under the capable leadership of Morgan Shipp Sanderson president of the Association.
One stop absentee voting will take place on Oct. 22-30 from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday Oct. 31 from 8am-1pm. Early voting will be held at the Western Park Community Center, 275 Old Hwy 58 in Cedar Point. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Emerald Isle Community Center from 6:30am until 7:30pm. I encourage everyone to meet the candidates, discuss the issues and to VOTE! Each and every election is important and this will be an important election for the Town of Emerald Isle.
If you have not stopped by the new Welcome Center I encourage you to do so. It is a beautiful building and it will greatly enhance tourism in all of Carteret County. I would like to thank everyone who made this building possible. It will be a great addition to Emerald isle.
Enjoy October at Emerald isle. May God bless each and every person.