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Join Us for Cookies for the Troops


Bluewater Real Estate is proud to be an official drop-off location for the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Cookies for the Troops.

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) collects and delivers donated home-baked or store-bought cookies to service members who are stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, and Coast Guard Stations Fort Macon and Emerald Isle North Carolina.

We invite you to drop off your favorite cookies to be included in our donation. Drop off times are between December 13-15, 2021 9 am – 5 pm. Our drop off location is at our Bluewater Real Estate Office 200 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle

Cookies do not need to be individually packaged as MAC Committee members will package a selection in each bag. If your cookies are allergy-free, such as no nuts or gluten-free, please mark that on your donation.

Holiday cards are also appreciated. The treats will be delivered on Thursday, December 16. Donations will not be accepted after December 15. A big THANK YOU to our dedicated Military Affairs Committee members; Pegi Davis, Cathy Gainey, Sharon Salmon, and Kristie Elliott.

Bluewater's Cookie for the Troops Drive

Other Area Drop Off Locations:

  • Chamber of Commerce –33322 Bridges Street, Suite 6, Morehead City
  • West Town Bank and Trust –804 Arendell Street, Morehead City
  • Hilton O’Neal, Edward Jones –601 Cedar Street, Suite B, Beaufort
  • M.F. Chappell Wine Merchant – 407 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Suite 12, Atlantic Beach
  • Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce –203 Church Street, Swansboro

Want to Treat our Troops Without The Hassle of Baking?

You’re in luck! Slice Bakery in Morehead City is once again baking special batches of cookies for “Cookies for the Troops.” Cookies are $16.95 for two dozen assorted cookies and they will be delivered to the Chamber of Commerce for you. Simply place your order online at, on their Slice Bakery’s Facebook page, or by calling (252) 497-8919. Orders must be placed by 5:00 pm on December 15.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

As a part of the Bluewater Annual Tradition, we participated in another year of Operation Christmas Child. With Jordan Daniel’s 4-year-old, Macon, leading the charge! Macon put together 22 boxes and filled them with toys for boys and girls to open on Christmas Day this holiday season.

Bluewater as a whole, put together 48 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We thank all those who helped and worked to make this year the best one yet!

Join us in our efforts to make this holiday season the best yet for these children by building a shoebox for a child in need: Operation Christmas Child

Help Rebuild the Dunes with your Christmas Tree

rebuilding the dunes after storms

If you’ve been looking for a way to help save the dunes, especially after Hurricane Florence, we’ve got a simple and easy tip – help rebuild the dunes with your Christmas tree!

Help Rebuild the Dunes with your Christmas Tree

sand dunes, rebuilding the sand dunes

Still Battling Back from Hurricane Florence

There’s no hiding the fact that the last quarter of 2018 was a whirlwind for thousands of people along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. If we all learned a lesson since Hurricane Florence, it’s how truly incredible of a community we live in. Neighbors pitched in to clean their communities, volunteers stocked and distributed household goods for those in need, and town governments got right to work hauling away debris. It’s safe to say that we’re coming into 2019 with a much stronger and resilient sense of community than ever before.

Beach Dunes Never Breached

With all that being said, the beach is still the major factor in driving tourism traffic to our coast. Even with the significant storm surge and winds, there was no reported breaching of the dunes. They did their job and stood tall to protect our properties, homes, and local businesses. It’s clear now more than ever that it’s time to rebuild these sand dunes back up to the point they were in prior to the storm. Believe it or not, but donating your Christmas tree is an excellent opportunity for you to help restore our shoreline. When left on the beach, Christmas Trees take almost an entire year to decay. Winds coming off the ocean transport blow sand up the beach, which can become caught in the branches of the trees. Hopefully, by the time the trees are decomposed, they will be buried in migrated sand, thus expanding and strengthening our sand dunes.

What You Can Do To Help Rebuild The Dunes

christmas trees used to help rebuild the dunes

Atlantic Beach Residents –

The AB Public Works Department will be picking up Christmas Trees for Dune Restoration from now until Monday, January 14th. Simply place your Christmas Trees out on your curb and they will come by to pick them up and use them to re-nourish the dunes.

Emerald Isle Residents –

Oceanfront homeowners and residents are permitted to place trees along their dunes to promote sand accretion and are welcome to do the same with any collected from their neighbors. The town asks that you please be careful to not impede on Public Access Points and vehicular accesses on the beach strand.

Other Residents –

The Bogue Banks Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be collecting trees at the Eastern Ocean Regional Beach Access (2701 Emerald Drive) up until Friday, January 11th. The group will distribute the trees along the dunes areas most affected by the Hurricane. If you’re unable to bring your tree to the location- send them a message on Facebook and they may be able to come out and pick it up for you.

We Appreciate You Doing Your Part to Help Rebuild the Dunes

Thank you for your help in restoring our shoreline. There are bids out for dredging and re-nourishing the entire beach within the next two years, so with your assistance, we should continue to enjoy a wide and beautiful beach strand for many years to come.

Slime Time Challenge – Raising Money for Local Organizations

Property Damage Relief Workshop Recap

Hurricane Florence Property Damage Relief- Recap

We just want to give a Huge THANK YOU to all of the vendors we had speak at our Property Damage Relief Workshop on Saturday, February 23rd. We appreciate all of your support, and are grateful for the opportunity to organize such an impactful event for our community. To all of the attendees who took time out of their schedules to learn with us- We wish you all the best of luck, and encourage you to reach out to us, or any of the speakers for more advice as you continue to recover. For those that couldn’t make it, see the list of those local resources below and reach out if you are ever in need of their services.

Lynn Anderson & Linda Rice – Stearns Lending
Jonathan Hughes – East Coast Restoration
Ron Hicks – Public Adjuster
Mike Hancock, Insurance agent, Farm Bureau in Beaufort
Maven Construction
Infinity Roofing and Siding
Terry Jones – Cedar Point Flooring & Bayside Chem Dri
Hope 4NC

We are considering facilitating more events like this in the near future. If you are interested in speaking, or attending- Please reach out and let us know. We will keep you posted on the day/time of any further events.

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Now Accepting Donations for our Local Coast Guard Stations

Keeping Watch 24/7

For over 50 years, the U.S Coast Guard Stations at Fort Macon & Emerald Isle have been patrolling our waters and saving lives along the North Carolina Coast. Coast Guard Base Fort Macon itself is comprised of over 200 active duty personnel, 85 reservists, and over 1,200 auxiliary members.

In need of our help

We are approaching the month-long mark of the Government Shutdown. Based in the lapse of Federal Funding, enlisted members in the U.S Coast Guard are still required to work without pay. This has a significant impact in the everyday lives of thousands of people, so we want to do what we can to help enrich the lives of the men and women who serve to keep us protected along the waterways we all enjoy. These crews work around the clock to keep watch of our oceans and keep us safe. With a lapse in funding, not only are the home-lives of these Guardsmen effected- but the duty stations are in need of supplies as well.

Items Needed Include:

  • Ingredients for spaghetti, other pasta dishes
  • Chicken breast
  • Hamburger and buns
  • Hot dogs and buns
  • Prepared meals like: lasagna, pizzas
  • Canned soups
  • Pretzels, chips, crackers
  • Granola bars, cereal, muffins
  • Eggs, milk, sausage/bacon
  • Gatorade, juice, milk, coffee

Please bring your donations to either of our Bluewater Real Estate Offices and we will coordinate with the Coast Guard stations for delivery. We thank you for your help, and thank the hardworking Coast Guard community for their commitment to serving our country.

Bluewater Real Estate Atlantic Beach Office:

610 Atlantic Beach Causeway

Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Bluewater Real Estate Emerald Isle Office:

200 Mangrove Drive

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Help Keep NC Homeowners Insurance Rates Down

NC Homeowners Alliance

The NC Homeowners Alliance works to protect the interests of property owners in the NC General Assembly, while increasing awareness of issues and potential legislation that directly affect consumers’ most important and often most valuable investment: their home.

The Alliance supports common-sense measures that are geared to improving the everyday lives of all North Carolinians. In order to increase the state economy and defend the rights of its citizens, the General Assembly should support legislation that will protect the rights of the millions on NC property owners and encourage more home-ownership, while keep home and property insurance rates fair and affordable.

If you’d like to help take part in our grassroots efforts to protect the rights of property owners, join the Alliance here. You won’t get spammed, as the Alliance is committed to sending information strictly deemed relevant and interesting. We’ll keep you up to date on legislation that will affect your bottom line, such as new rules for insurance rates, your mortgage interest deduction, and local development initiatives. They’ll also let you know about opportunities for to meet with legislators, advocate on their behalf, and make your voice heard in regards to your home and its insurance costs.

Action Needed!

With help from the NC Homeowners Alliance last year, we were able to convince Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to block an unreasonable homeowners insurance rate hike. The increase would’ve brought the proposed average to over 18%. The Comission heard the outcry and responded to only a 4% increase for most homeowners. We need your help to do it again!

The latest proposal from insurance companies would increase rates by an average of 17.4 percent, but for some consumers the increase could exceed 30 PERCENT!

Please let your voice be heard and tell Commissioner Causey to SAY NO to the insurance companies’ request. You can easily send an email to Commissioner Causey by following this link. You’ll just need to input your information, and a pre-drafted E-mail will send in just a few seconds. If you’d prefer to craft your own message, you can send it over via E-mail to or drop a letter in the mail to:

NC Department of Insurance

Commissioner’s Office

1201Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1201

If you need a quote for Home, Auto or Boat Insurance- our dedicated team is here to provide that for you. You and your family deserve undivided attention with all questions thoroughly answered, and that’s the level of service that Bluewater Insurance strives provide. Learn more by visiting their site, or click the button below to get a free quote.

Sandy Futral Receives Recognition for Community Service

Hard Work Rarely Goes Unnoticed

At the annual end of the year meeting held by the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®, our own Sandy Futral was presented with the Ben Ball Community Service Award, which recognizes members that make outstanding and dedicated contributions to the betterment of our local community.

The acknowledgment is certainly well-deserved as Sandy has been hard at work supporting our community for the past several years. This year, in particular, was special to her, while she served as Chair of the local association’s Public Relations Committee. Below, you can read more about just a few of the events and organizations she’s focused on over the course of the year.

Swinging for Scholarships

Through Sandy’s leadership- the local board of REALTORS® was able to host its 1st Annual ‘Swing for Scholarships’ Golf Tournament Fundraiser. The event was held on August 9th and marked as a success from the 1st drive. The funds raised from this inaugural event will go to benefit members of the organization directly through the CCAR Scholarship fund. Every year, soon-to-be High School graduates with a guardian as a member of CCAR have the opportunity to be awarded scholarships for college. Sandy and the Public Relations Committee hope to give more scholarships than ever this upcoming Spring since the event was so well attended.

Hurricane Florence Relief

Our area directly felt the impacts of Hurricane Florence, which brought several days of rain into our area with heavy winds and high tides. Many families around the county were displaced due to flooding and/or roof damage, but Sandy and the CCAR team were quick to offer their support. The CCAR Board office was used as a drop-off destination for supplies such as food, water, clothing, and cleaning supplies. Members of the local community gathered together to distribute the collections to those most affected by the storm, and offer their services to anyone needing temporary housing, or those who were searching for qualified contractors to begin the rebuilding process.

Toys for Tots

For many years, Sandy has coordinated with the United States Marine Corps and hundreds of local businesses to designate themselves as a Toys for Tots drop-off location. The USMC does a great job of collecting and distributing these generous donations to the children that need them most throughout the course of the Holiday season. Toys for Tots boxes can be found at all of our Bluewater Real Estate offices- we welcome you to stop by and drop a new and unwrapped present for a child in need.

Backpacks for Kids

In addition to an Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ event, where local Real Estate offices and similar businesses gather donations of school supplies for area educators, Sandy is heavily involved with the Backpacks for Kids team. Every week, a group of dedicated volunteers gathers together to combine a bag full of donated canned goods, fruits, snacks, nutritional bars, and healthy drinks. At the end of the week, children of low-income families take a bag home to enjoy with their families over the weekend. It’s the little things like this that make Sandy so passionate to help, as those students with free or reduced lunch options are often forgotten about over the weekends. A significant amount of time, money, and effort is contributed by Sandy for causes like this and so much more.

If you see Sandy, be sure to congratulate her on receiving the prestigious award, and thank her for everything she does in the community.