PRESS RELEASE April 27, 2020 Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Updates

Press Release
April 27, 2020
Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Updates
The Town of Emerald Isle remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure. Provided below is an update on Town operations, services and events.
Short Term Rental Restrictions
 
The Town of Emerald Isle will extend a mandatory restriction on short term rentals through May 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The restriction prohibits the renting of a hotel room, motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite, or similar accommodation.
Property owners/managers may accept occupants effective May, 9, 2020. Contracts currently on file for the period April 30 – May 8, 2020, may be honored at the sole discretion of the property owner/manager.
Public Beach Parking Areas
 
The Town of Emerald Isle stresses that tourist travel to the area remains highly discouraged.  All public parking areas, restrooms, and playgrounds in Emerald Isle remain closed at this time.
Based upon the current NC Stay at Home Order (through May 8, 2020), the following approach will be taken in Emerald Isle regarding public parking facilities:
  • May 9, 2020- Third Street parking lot will open to the public.
  • May 9, 2020- Station Street parking lot will open to the public.
  • The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA) remain closed due to construction. These parking areas will be made available to the public, (1) once construction is complete and (2) it is deemed safe to operate public restroom facilities.
Water Access
 
Emerald Isle residents and property owners can access the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound. Permitted activities include swimming, surfing, kiting, kayaking, fishing, and boating.  Residents can walk, jog, and sit on the beach strand.  All beach goers must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines.
Municipal Facility Closings
 
The Emerald Isle Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive) and the Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive) have limited public access. The Emerald Isle Community Center and all Parks & Recreation maintained facilities, remain closed to the public until further notice. Although these facilities are closed, the work of the Town continues uninterrupted through the COVID-19 response.
Emerald Isle residents and guests can access the Town’s full array of online resources at www.emeraldisle-nc.org. If needed, individuals may drop off necessary paperwork and building permit applications at a drop box located in Town Admin building foyer. While Town Hall is closed, Town staff will check the drop box throughout the day. The Town will mail acknowledgements and receipts upon request.
Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call 252-354-3424. Staff will reply promptly during normal business hours.
 
Contact Information
Planning, Inspections and Permits
Josh Edmondson, Town Planner
252-354-3424
Accounts Payable/ Receivable/ Taxes
Laura Rotchford, Finance Director
252-354-3424
Non-Emergency Police Department Services
Tony Reese, Chief of Police
252-354-2021
Parks and Recreation Services
Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreations Director
252-354-6350
Public Works: Solid waste/ Yard Debris/ Roads
Artie Dunn, Public Works Director
252-354-4450
Stay at Home
It is imperative that all citizens comply with the “Stay at Home” order issued by Gov. Cooper, which is in effect through May 8, 2020.  For everyone’s safety, follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).  Limit travel to essential needs.  Maintain social distancing (of 6-feet or greater separation) and limit gatherings to groups of 10 or less. Wearing a protective face covering, when in public, is also recommended.
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For press inquiries, contact:
Matt Zapp, Town Manager

APRIL 28, 2020 TOWN OF ATLANTIC BEACH COVID-19 UPDATE

AB PLANS PHASED RE-OPENING WITH RESTRICTIONS

The Town of Atlantic Beach remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure.

April 30

  • Voluntary Self Quarantine lifted
  • Ban on travel from outside of Carteret County to Atlantic Beach for recreation lifted
  • Public Beach Accesses Open
  • Limited Public Parking on New Bern Avenue Open
  • Limited Public Parking on Henderson Blvd. Open
  • The Circle Streets Open to Traffic
  • Limited Public Parking Open (street only) at The Circle
  • Public Parking Lots at The Circle Remain Closed
  • Public Bathrooms Remain Closed

May 8

  • Ban on Short Term Hotel/Motel Rentals Lifted
  • Previously Booked Rentals, Between April 30-May 8, Allowed

May 15 

  • New Bern Ave and Henderson Avenue Public Spaces Fully Open
  • Paid Parking Begins at All Public Spaces
  • All Public Parking Lots Opened
  • Town Lifeguard Service Begins
  • Beach Access Public Restrooms Opened

May 22 

  • Town Park Opens
  • Mini Golf and Splash Pad Opens

Note: Restaurants & Bars are subject to the Governor’s Executive Order & will not reopen until issued to do so by the State.

This plan is subject to change without notice based on progress made in limiting the effect of the coronavirus while maintaining COVID-19 safeguards and orders issued by Gov. Cooper. AB Police and Lifeguards are instructed to enforce social distancing and no large group gatherings.

MUNICIPAL FACILITY CLOSINGS

The Atlantic Beach Town Hall (125 West Fort Macon Road) has limited public access. Although facilities are closed, the work of the Town continues uninterrupted through the COVID-19 response.

Atlantic Beach residents and guests can access the Town’s full array of online resources at www.atlanticbeach-nc.com. Summer Parking Permits and Reentry Permit applications are available online. Utility customers may drop off payments in the drop box at Town Hall. Town Staff is currently checking the dropbox throughout the day. Paperwork and building permit application drop-offs by appointment. The Town will mail acknowledgments and receipts upon request.

Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call the Town Hall main number 252-726-2121 or email tab@atlanticbeach-nc.com. Staff will reply promptly during normal business hours.

The Town of Atlantic Beach will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website and social media sites.

For press inquiries, contact David Walker, Town Manager at 252-726-2121 or townmanager@atlanticbeach-nc.com.