Hurricane Season – Be Prepared!
Make Sure You Have Your Hurricane Re-Entry Permit
ALTHOUGHT WE RECEIVED an early scare from Tropical Storm Ana in early May, hurricane season is now officially here. The town works hard to be prepared for and respond to potential threats, and is ready for the 2015 hurricane season (although we all hope and pray that we don’t need to put our plans into action).
The town’s website, www.emeraldisle-nc.org, includes a lot of good information about town policies and personal preparedness, and timely notices are posted regularly when a hurricane is threatening and impacting Emerald Isle. For the most accurate and updated information about Emerald Isle, please visit the website, subscribe to the town’s email newsletter, and follow us on Facebook (Town of Emerald Isle, NC) and/or Twitter (@townemeraldisle).
If you don’t already have your hurricane re-entry permit (used to allow property owners and residents back onto the island in the event of significant damage and prolonged closure of Emerald Isle to the general public), please make sure you visit (7509 Emerald Drive) or call the town administration building (252-354-3424) long before a storm threatens Emerald Isle. Re-entry permits are available for $25 each.
Be prepared, be safe, and heed the warnings of town, county and state officials!
Beach Parking Not Permitted in Parking Lots of Emerald Isle Businesses
Day visitors to Emerald Isle should note that beach parking is not permitted in the parking lots of Emerald Isle businesses. Violators risk having their vehicle towed (at the vehicle owners’ expense) to a location off of the island, and this will surely ruin your day at the beach. (Please note that the town has no affiliation with or control over the private towing companies hired by the businesses in Emerald Isle.)
The town operates four beach access parking lots on or very near the oceanfront, and these facilities are the Western Ocean Regional Access (near Islander Drive; weekend fee), the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (near mile marker 15 1/2 on Hwy 58; weekend fee), 3rd Street Park (east end; no fee), and Station Street Park (near The Point; no fee). The town also allows weekend beach parking at the Town Government complex located near mile marker 19 on Hwy 58 (no fee). Privately owned Bogue Inlet Pier and The Islander Suites also offer beach parking for a fee on certain days.
The town wants everyone to be able to enjoy the beach experience in Emerald Isle, but also respects the Emerald Isle businesses that need their parking spaces to serve their customers. Thank you for your cooperation!
Drone Operation, Unauthorized Photographs Not Permitted Without Consent
As recreational drones become more prevalent in Emerald Isle, it is important to note that State law prohibits the flying of drones over private property without the consent of the property owner. State law also provides for the pursuit of civil damages up to a $5,000 penalty for each unauthorized photograph or video that is published or otherwise disseminated without the subject’s consent. Enjoy your drone, but please respect your neighbors and the privacy of others!
Commercial Wall Sign Ordinance Amended
The board of commissioners recently amended the town’s ordinance regulating commercial wall signs in an effort to allow slightly more signage for Emerald Isle businesses that front on more than one street.
The town’s old ordinance limited commercial wall signs (affixed to the building) to a combined total of 32 square feet, to be allocated on each side of the building as determined by the business owner. For businesses fronting only on one street, the ordinance has not changed. For businesses that front on more than one street (i.e., corner lots, Reed Drive and Crew Drive, etc.), the total combined area is now 48 square feet, however, no one frontage may include more than 32 square feet.
Town ordinances are carefully crafted to protect the small-town atmosphere of Emerald Isle, prevent visual sign clutter, preserve the aesthetic quality of Hwy 58 and other business zones, and promote successful business ventures. The recent ordinance amendment is consistent with these goals.
Sign permits are required for all commercial signs, and businesses should contact the Town Planner, Josh Edmondson, at 252-354-3338 or firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate an application.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Fire Extinguishers
Required in Vacation Rental Units
State law and the NC Fire Code require all vacation rental units that rely on fossil-fuel appliances (propane gas, wood burning, etc.) and/or that have an enclosed garage to equip the vacation rental units with approved carbon monoxide detectors. Fire extinguishers are also required.
Your vacation rental management company can assist you in meeting the applicable requirements, and the Emerald Isle Fire Department is available to answer any questions and provide technical assistance. EIFD can be contacted at 252-354-2445, or contact Fire Chief Bill Walker at email@example.com .
Be Safe on the Bike Path!
The “Emerald Path” is a great amenity for our residents and visitors, and the Town is pleased to have a continuous 11 mile bicycle path along Hwy 58 and Coast Guard Road through the entire length of the Town. Enjoy the path, but please use it safely and wisely! Please keep the following in mind:
• Bicyclists do not have the right of way through street intersections and should obey the STOP signs on the bike path – in the same way cars are expected to stop on the side streets.
• Children on bicycles and skateboards should be wearing helmets.
• Golf carts and other motorized vehicles are prohibited on the bike path.
Please Respect the 25 mph Speed Limit on Reed Drive
Reed Drive is a popular alternative route through Emerald Isle between the “downtown” area and Coast Guard Road, however, it is also a residential neighborhood with many adjacent families, pedestrians and bicyclists using the street. Please respect the 25 mph speed limit on Reed Drive! To aid in slowing speeds on Reed Drive, a new 3-way STOP sign intersection has been created at Reed Drive and Loon Drive (across from Emerald Plantation Shopping Center).
Prevent Theft from Unlocked Cars
Please Lock Your Car Doors
The Emerald Isle Police Dept. reminds our residents and visitors to please lock your car doors at night! Thieves sometimes target unlocked car doors in our neighborhoods, and the simple act of making sure your doors are locked can prevent the loss of valuables, including cash, electronics, and other items. To report suspicious activity, please call 911. To discuss non-emergency situations, please contact the Emerald Isle Police Dept. at 252-354-2021. Thank you for your cooperation.
Don’t Discard Your Leftover
Vacation Food – Donate It
Please don’t let that extra food go to waste. When your vacation is over, please bring all unopened, nonperishable food to your vacation rental agency office in Emerald Isle at checkout. Collected food will go to Caroline’s House, the shelter for abused women and children. This service is provided by the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program. For more information about their services, please visit www.carteretdomesticviolence.com .
EmeraldFest Concert Series
Thursdays All Summer Long!
The town’s popular EmeraldFest outdoor concert series is back again this summer, with concerts every Thursday evening at 6:30pm on the oceanfront at the Western Ocean Regional Access (located off Islander Drive). The full 2015 lineup is available at www.emeraldisle-nc.org/communitynotice/emeraldfest. Please bring your friends, lawn chairs or a blanket, and enjoy some great music from several different genres.
EmeraldFest is offered in partnership with SwanFest, a weekly Sunday evening concert series (6:30pm) in downtown Swansboro. For a complete lineup for SwanFest, please visit www.seasideartscouncil.com.
Did You Know?
The town of Emerald Isle collects more than $100,000 annually from regional beach access parking fees, and 100% of these funds are invested in these facilities to promote a safe, clean, family-friendly beach visit experience. Parking fee revenues support lifeguards, police presence, maintenance staff, and more.