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Shark Fishing Now Prohibited in Emerald Isle


Helpful Shark Information


Recent shark attacks in North Carolina have resulted in several inquiries to Town staff about sharks. A flyer about shark education is available on the town website and includes tips for avoiding shark attacks. {Download the Shark Education flyer now}

The ocean is the natural habitat of sharks and other marine life, and sharks have always been present in the ocean all along NC’s beaches, including Emerald Isle. Fortunately, shark attacks are extremely rare, and an individual has a much greater chance of being struck by lightning. Although the risk of a shark attack is very small, you can help prevent attacks by avoiding swimming near areas where people are fishing, staying out or the water if you are bleeding, by swimming in groups, and by refraining from wearing jewelry or brightly colored clothing in the water.

Shark Fishing Now Prohibited in Emerald Isle

The Board of Commissioners met in a special meeting on Monday, July 6, and adopted a new ordinance that authorizes temporary restrictions or prohibitions on the public trust beach area and the adjacent waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, the Town has prohibited shark fishing and / or “chumming” activities on the beach and nearshore areas, effective immediately. This prohibition will continue through September 15.

Any shark fishing and / or “chumming” activities are now illegal, and the EIPD and the Beach Patrol will be enforcing this prohibition. Violators will be required to immediately cease shark fishing and / or “chumming” activities, and will be subject to a civil penalty.

Other surf fishing activities are still permitted in Emerald Isle. Please be courteous to others enjoying the beach!

What are your thoughts on shark fishing? Do you believe in shark conservation and education? We’d love to know!

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What To Do Before a Hurricane Strikes

Hurricane prep bannerWe recently weathered our first storm of the season, Hurricane Arthur.  Arthur made landfall as a category 2 hurricane late Thursday evening between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina. Though we were prepared, I’d imagine, many were not.  This post will help you prepare for a hurricane before it strikes.

Did You Know?

  • The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.
  • The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15 and will end on November 30.
  • A hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts.
  • A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult.
  • It only takes two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles including pickups and SUV’s.

What To Do Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are in the forecast.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Make plans to secure your property:
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Another year-round option would be installation of laminated glass with impact-resistant glazing. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows. When flooding may be occurring, be prepared to take shelter on a floor safely above the flooding and wave effects.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Grab the Guide

Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas. How to Prepare for a Hurricane explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly at a time when every second counts. Download the How to Prepare for a Hurricane guide.

Learn More About Flooding

Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site: or call 1-800-427-2419. For additional disaster related information, vist

Other Links of Interest for East Coast NC Visitors and Residents

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Use the free ReadyNC mobile app to find the latest weather, traffic and hazard information to help you prepare for everything from minor traffic emergencies to severe storms. [iTunes] [Google Play]

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Atlantic Beach Enforces 11 PM Curfew

Atlantic Beach
Media Release

Town of Atlantic Beach
July 3, 2014
Hurricane Arthur

The Carteret County Control Group met at 9:00 a.m. this morning at the Carteret County Emergency Operations Center in Morehead City. The group reviewed the latest forecast for Hurricane Arthur. The most recent projections take Arthur just off the Crystal Coast late tonight and into Friday morning as a Category 1 Hurricane. Tropical storm force winds are expected to begin late this afternoon and continue through the night with winds increasing to hurricane force winds between midnight and daylight tomorrow morning. Although the current projections have Arthur skirting our coast, there is still some uncertainty about the path. Therefore everyone should remain in a high state of readiness in case projections change.

Atlantic Beach officials are recommending that anyone who is uncomfortable or wishes to leave town until the storm passes should do so today before tropical storm force conditions begin later this afternoon. Carteret County Emergency Services will open two shelters at noon today; one for those with special medical needs at the Leon Mann Center in Morehead City and another for the general population who are in low-lying areas or substandard housing at Newport Middle School at 500 East Chatham Street Newport. The shelter at the Newport Middle School is a pet-friendly shelter. All towns on Bogue Banks, Morehead City, and Beaufort will impose a curfew tonight for safety reasons. Atlantic Beach will enforce a curfew beginning at 11:00 pm tonight until further notice. Visitors and citizens who plan to stay should shelter-in-place and remain in place until officials have an opportunity to evaluate possible dangers before venturing out in the morning. Everyone should be prepared for possible power outages tonight and those with special medical needs who require electricity for certain medical equipment should consider making plans to relocate as soon as possible.

Ocean conditions will worsen today becoming worse this afternoon and tonight. Conditions will remain favorable for rip currents this afternoon through the weekend.

For more information visit the Town of Atlantic Beach’s website

Swansboro July 4th Celebration Cancelled

Swansboro 4th of July Cancelled

This just in from the Town of Swansboro


Media Release


Town of Swansboro
For Immediate Release
July 3, 2014

Due to the extreme conditions and the subjection of the launch site to an extreme tide and storm surge the Town of Swansboro and Swansboro Festival Committed have cancelled the July 4th Celebration.

The fireworks show is rescheduled for the 60th Anniversary Mullet Festival celebration in October, additional details forthcoming.

Please monitor the Town of Swansboro website and Facebook page for additional details related to the storm.


Brittany W. Shipp, CPRP

Director, Parks & Recreation
Town of Swansboro
601 W Corbett Avenue
Swansboro, NC  28584

Phone: (910) 326-2600
Fax: (910) 326-3101


East Coast Braces for Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur Update

The coast of Eastern Carolina is under a hurricane warning and a tornado watch. Hurricane Arthur will be churning close to our coast tonight into Friday morning. WITN will post updates every hour and include a county-by-county breakdown of expected impacts and the timing, so you know what to expect in your community. Visit the NOAA website for up to the minute information on Hurricane Arthur and other developing weather.

Hurricane Arthur’s Projected Path

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Carteret General Hospital’s Renovation and Expansion Project Underway

Carteret General Hospital LogoDid you hear the latest news? Carteret General Hospital’s Renovation and Expansion Project is now underway! Carteret General Hospital advises the public that several changes took effect Monday, February 17. Visit their web site at for the latest news and updates. For additional information, you can reach out to Michelle Lee at 808-6336 or

You can read more about Carteret General Hospital’s Renovation and Expansion Project project in the Carteret News-Times.

Patients and visitors should use the main entrance on Arendell Street.

  • Outpatient Laboratory and Radiology Services will move to the CGH Imaging Center, 3402 Arendell St. (next to Pizza Hut).
  • Emergency patients and inpatient admissions will have access to the Emergency Department from 35th Street.
  • There will be limited parking during the construction period.

Photo Credit: Carteret General Hospital



Photo Credit: Carteret General Hospital


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Longer School Days for Carteret County Kids per Board of Education

Big Yellow Bus

Carteret County Public Schools were closed January 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2014, because of snow and icy weather conditions. The Board of Education voted last night to make up the missed instructional hours in the following manner:

  • Add 14 minutes of instructional time to each school day from February 18 through June 5, 2014;
  • Change February 17 from a workday to an early release day; and
  • Change April 18 from an early release day to a full instructional day.

Principals at each school will announce how the 14 minutes will be added at their schools by Monday, February 10th. March 17 will remain a workday.

What do you think about the Board of Educations’ decision? What alternatives would you have recommened? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Possible Community Watch for the Town of Cedar Point

Cedar Point MarshCitizens of Cedar Point,

Seal_of_Cedar_Point,_North_CarolinaMayor Guthrie and the Board of Commissioners would like to hear your opinion, and gauge your interest level for a Community Watch.  The Board would like to have a meeting with the Sheriff’s Department to explain the workings of a Community Watch, if you’re a citizen of Cedar Point and this is something you’re interested in. Please call the Cedar Point Town Hall at (252) 393-7898, to share your opinion, and if in favor attend a meeting and hopefully volunteer.