Emerald Isle Public Works Department

Emerald Isle Public Works Department Provides street and beach maintenance. The Emerald Isle Public Works Department provides many services to our residents and vacationers, including litter pick-up on the beach strand and along the NC-58 right-of-way, street and street sign maintenance, storm water control, mosquito control, right-of-way sight path clearing, town fleet vehicle maintenance and facility maintenance.

The Public Works Department consists of 9 full time employees to maintain over 48 miles of street and 12 miles of ocean front beach. We maintain over 50 individual vehicles and heavy equipment, not to mention various other small engine pieces. We are located directly behind Fire Station 1 at 206 Maritime Forest Dr. This is a family-friendly page so we ask that you please keep your comments and walls posts clean. Once posted, the Police Department reserves the right to delete comments that: • Contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial, or religious group • Contain sexual content or links to sexual content • Harass or constitute a personal attack on another user or entity • Are not topically related to Town sponsored programs, services, projects, issues, community events, and activities or the particular post being commented upon • Are spam, or advertising solicitations • Advocate illegal activity • Support or oppose political campaigns, political organizations, or ballot measures Any comment, feedback or other method of communication that is made by someone other than an official representative of the Town of Emerald Isle is solely the view and opinion of the author alone. It does not represent an official communication from the Town of Emerald Isle, the police department or any member of its staff. This page is updated as needed and may not be regularly monitored for questions or comments. Any communication via this page, whether by a Town representative or the general public, is subject to North Carolina Public Records Law.

Operating as usual


10/29/20, High RIP current forecast for the beach strand of Emerald Isle. Surf Height around 2' and building to 4'-6'. Southwest winds increasing to 30 mph this afternoon. Red 🚩 flags will be flying. Crews will begin at 8 am.


10-26-20, Yellow flags will be going up in Emerald Isle. Surf height around 2', North wind 10 mph.

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That time of year! Come on out Saturday for some drive thru lunch, 10am-2pm
BBQ Plates, slaw, beans and hush puppies for $10. Drive thru only


October 22,2020- High RIP current risk for our beach strand. Surf height 3' - 4' with a Northeast wind around 10 mph. Red flags will be flying for Emerald Isle. Crews will begin to switch out flags at 8am.

Town of Emerald Isle, NC

Town of Emerald Isle, NC

The Town of Emerald Isle's Public Works Department works hard to maintain our beaches and streets making Emerald Isle such a beautiful place to live and vacation.

This week, we are spotlighting them and thanking them for all that they do.

Please check out the video to see what "a day in the life" is like!


Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation

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.


Emerald Isle Police Department

Emerald Isle Police Department

Welcome Officer Nelson Rodriguez to the EIPD family!


9/24/20, Yellow Flags will be flying today. NWS has forecast a moderate risk for our area. Surf height 2-3' with a southwest wind around 5 MPH. Changing of flags will begin this morning.

These guys are working like Trojans. Thank God for the cooler weather.

These guys are working like Trojans. Thank God for the cooler weather.

Emerald Isle Fire Department

Emerald Isle Fire Department

Tower 4 arrived late last week, crews worked diligently on up fitting the new apparatus. Today, ECI Communications installed Kenwood Dual Band communication units, officially placing the apparatus in service.

Over the next several months crews will conduct training on the apparatus, along with equipment carried on this apparatus. Strategic apparatus placement along with emergency vehicle operations will be honed during the courses.

Huge thank you to our community, we are humbled by the outstanding support from our elected officials and administration from the top down! Staff & members are proud to serve the citizens of Emerald Isle.

Emerald Isle Police Department

Emerald Isle Police Department

The third Saturday of September is “National Thank A Police Officer Day”. Thank you to all of our officers at EIPD for all that you do to make this department what it is. We appreciate each of you and what you bring to our team!
Chief Reese and Assistant Chief Panzarella

(Town of Emerald Isle:) HIGH RISK: Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding and Dangerous Rip Currents. Please do not drive across flo...
HIGH RISK: Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding and Dangerous Rip Currents - Town of Emerald Isle, North Carolina

(Town of Emerald Isle:) HIGH RISK: Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding and Dangerous Rip Currents. Please do not drive across flooded roadways: TURN AROUND AND DON'T DROWN. Click the link for details.


The Town of Emerald Isle is sharing the latest news from the National Weather Service office in Morehead City. Please take time to review the latest briefing and take appropriate action now.

(Town of Emerald Isle:) The lane closures on the Emerald Isle bridge have been delayed. Please click the link for detail...
NCDOT NEWS UPDATE: Lane Closures on Emerald Isle Bridge Delayed - Town of Emerald Isle, North Carolina

(Town of Emerald Isle:) The lane closures on the Emerald Isle bridge have been delayed. Please click the link for details.

EMERALD ISLE – 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.


9/13/20, Red Flags 🚩 for Emerald Isle. High threat of dangerous RIP currents. Please when visiting the beach stay out of the water!
Ocean Rescue Lifeguards will be out patrolling the beach.

September 11, 2020 Good afternoon- The Town of Emerald Isle received the following notice today from NCDOT.  We will sha...
North Carolina Traffic & Travel | DriveNC.gov

September 11, 2020

Good afternoon-

The Town of Emerald Isle received the following notice today from NCDOT. We will share this information on each of our public media outlets: Town website, Facebook, Twitter, EI APP, and e-mail subscriber list.

Per the following NCDOT release, construction is scheduled to begin on Wednesday September 16, 2020. NCDOT anticipates construction to continue through March of 2021.
NOTE: Single lane closures are anticipated up to 7-days per week.

Please allow for additional time when traveling to and from Emerald Isle. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Thank you,
Matt Zapp

Real time traffic and travel information for North Carolina. Provides information about accidents, congestion, traffic cameras, work zones and other road conditions.


Purple flags are flying for an abundance of sea lice/ jellyfish larve along our beach strand.

Clear/ white needles visually and cause mild irritation to the skin. Can become caught in fabrics of swimsuits.

Best treatment is to rinse with freshwater and change clothing immediately after leaving the beach. If severe symptoms occur, call 911. This is very rare.


Yellow & Purple Flags are up!

Water conditions are currently Yellow Flag moderate risk.
Due to several jellyfish sting incidents the Purple Flag will also be flying.

This due in part to a light South wind. Purple flags will be up tomorrow as well


8/15/20, Yellow Flags for Emerald Isle. A low risk of RIP currents has been forecast for our beach strand.

Dangerous currents may still occur during yellow flag conditions. Crews will begin changing flags within the hour.


Red Flags are going up for Emerald Isle. Water conditions are extremely hazardous! Crews will begin shortly with changing of the flags along the beach strand.

Local assessment along with a weather system off the coast has created rough surf and unpredictable currents.

Please don't enter the water, enjoy local businesses on these rainy days!

Be careful on your evening stroll down the beach...This is about 6 houses East of Sound of the Sea.There is a town ordin...

Be careful on your evening stroll down the beach...This is about 6 houses East of Sound of the Sea.

There is a town ordinance against leaving a hole like this on the beach. Please think of pedestrians and emergency and non emergency vehicles that have to travel the beach. Folks can fall into the hole and be injured. Vehicles can be badly damaged if they run in a hole like this. Not to mention injuring the driver.
Do the right thing and fill in any hole you dig before leaving the beach.

Emerald Isle Police Department

Emerald Isle Police Department

Please join us in welcoming Officer Helmick and Officer DeBonis to the Emerald Isle Police Department...Welcome aboard!!


8/5/2020, Moderate hazard water conditions have been forecast for Emerald Isle. A local assessment shows conditions are improving. Yellow flags will be up today across Emerald Isle. RIP currents still remain under yellow flag conditions, it is never 100% safe in the ocean!

SW winds around 10 MPH and surf height forecast 2-3'.

Flags will begin changing after 0830. Never swim alone and ask a lifeguard if you are unsure!


8/4/2020, High Hazard water conditions Red Flag still remain. Ocean Rescue Lifeguards are out surveying the beach strand, we do have flag poles down along the beach strand and will be working to get those flags out and flying within the next few hours!


07/30/2020, Red flags are being raised along the Emerald Isle beach strand! A strong longshore current, increased winds, and wave action have been noticed along the beach strand!

Red Flags indicate high hazard water conditions and it is not recommended to enter the water!


07/29/2020, Yellow flags indicating moderately hazardous water conditions will be up for Emerald Isle today.

Surf Height is 2-3' and SW winds 10 to 15 mph.

Looking ahead...the beach strand will begin to see long period swell from distant Potential Tropical Cyclone arrive Friday and peak over the weekend. This will likely lead to a higher threat of dangerous rip currents as well as rough surf.

Be safe and educate yourself and family members regarding beach and water safety!


7/27/20, 3:00pm, strong winds along with tide change have created hazardous conditions along Emerald Isle's beach strand. Red flags are being raised! Ocean Lifeguards are in the process of changing out the flags along the beach strand as Fire Department personnel change flags around the town.
Red flags indicate a high hazard risk to those which enter the water. Please stay out of the water!


July 21, 2020- Yellow flags for Emerald. NWS currently has forecast a moderate RIP current along our beach strand. SW winds at 15mph, Surf Height 2 to 3'.

RIP currents still occur during yellow flags. During yellow flag days the RIP currents are less frequent and aren't as fast moving.

Remember to never swim alone and always speak with a lifeguard about daily conditions!


Red Flags are going up along Emerald Isle, conditions are reaching high hazard. Crews are in the process of changing out the flags. Please use extreme caution if you decide to venture into the water!


7/15/20, Moderate Risk of RIP currents for Emerald Isle today, Yellow flags will be flying. Yellow flag conditions indicate that RIP current frequency and RIP current strength are moderate.

Surf height is around 2' high with E winds at 5 to 10 MPH.

Ocean Rescue Lifeguards will be patrolling from 10 am to 5:30 pm.


206 Maritime Forest Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 06:30 - 15:00
Tuesday 06:30 - 15:00
Wednesday 06:30 - 15:00
Thursday 06:30 - 15:00
Friday 06:30 - 15:00
Saturday 05:30 - 14:00
Sunday 05:30 - 14:00


(252) 354-4450


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