2021 Bluewater Community Outreach

2021 Bluewater Community Outreach

In the year 2021, Bluewater’s community outreach touched many lives. It is no secret that Bluewater Real Estate is one of the Crystal Coast’s major employers, but did you know that our volunteer work overwhelmingly comes from Bluewater agents? Often considered the heart of our community, our real estate agents are always finding ways to give back. Our real estate agents are often considered the heart of our community. Agents are involved in charitable donations as well as many fundraising efforts. Moreover, each agent that works with Bluewater has a long history of working with local organizations and different causes. From baking cookies for local heroes to making holiday food baskets, Bluewater’s initiative to grow and continually increase awareness of causes that are dear to our hearts is on our minds. 

2021 Bluewater Outreach

 2021 Bluewater Outreach

In 2021, Bluewater Real Estate’s local charitable contributions reached in excess of $53,000.  As a large company along the Crystal Coast, we feel that it is very important to give back to a community that has helped us become who we are. Above all, we want to give a warm thank you for choosing Bluewater Real Estate and Vacation Rentals.

We extend our gratitude to all of our agents, clients, rental department, and tourists for donating your time and giving. 

In 2021, Bluewater donated and volunteered for the following organizations and charities: 

Again, we are so thankful to our community, clients, agents, and everyone who contributed in the year 2021. Be on the lookout this coming year for ways to contribute back to our community as we continue our charitable contributions and sponsorships.

2020 sales awards

Celebrating Success with Our Real Estate Sales Awards

2020 sales awards

This year, celebrating our success during our annual Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner looked a little different than in previous years. This year’s awards ceremony, which took place on February 18th, was virtual!

Every year, we gather our Sales Team together for an opportunity to look back on the progress of not only each of our individual agents but our company as a whole.


Once again, we had so much to celebrate and be thankful for during our Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner, especially after such a trying year. With almost all of our Bluewater Real Estate Agents and staff members in attendance, we celebrated our top producers, learned some interesting facts about our fellow co-workers as we played trivia games, and thoroughly enjoyed each other while we took advantage of the virtual setting from the comfort of our homes and offices.


It was a great evening and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event. 

Our Real Estate Sales Awards Winners

Copeland and Bernauer Team – Top Producing Team in 2020


Congratulations to the Copeland and Bernauer Team for being the Top Producing Team in 2020! Join us in congratulating them.

Kitch Ayre – Top Producing Agent for 2020

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Congratulations to Kitch Ayre for being the Top Producing Agent for 2020! Join us in congratulating her.

Laina Collins – Most Closed Sides in 2020


Congratulations to Laina Collins for having the Most Closed Sides in 2020. Join us in congratulating her.

Previous Year’s Real Estate Sales Awards

If you’d like to take a look at who some of our award winners were in previous years, you can click through the following links – 

We look forward to sharing more details from our awards dinner with you in upcoming posts. Stay tuned! 

COVID-19 Community Amenities and Pools

COVID-19 Community Amenities and Pool Updates

Community Amenities and Pool Updates

As of Spring of 2021, restrictions once put in place for the state of North Carolina are slowly being lifted. Some of the condo amenities for various complexes are opening up to the public, however, not all of them are open and some are requiring some restrictions even if they are open. We are actively encouraging the HOAs to open their community amenities if they are able to do so safely.

Please be aware, many communities and condo HOAs across our island are making changes to normal procedures and or limiting and even restricting access to community amenities such as outdoor and indoor pools, clubhouses, fitness centers, game rooms, tennis courts, etc. Please be aware that amenities that are normally available to complex guests and residents may not be available due to concerns regarding COVID-19 even after the state’s restrictions were lifted. Homeowner Associations are making the decision to open up their pools on an individual basis moving forward. The information regarding the availability of these amenities is fluid and ever-changing. 

The list below has been provided to you based on the HOA’s direction and their communication with Bluewater Vacation Rentals. We have worked hard to ensure that the community amenities and pool updates and information provided below are accurate, however since the opening of amenities is out of Bluewater Vacation Rental’s control – we make no guarantee.

CommunityPool & Amenity Status
A Place at the BeachOpen
Bungalows at the GroveOpen
Colony By the SeaOpen
Coral ShoresOpen
Dunescape VillasOpen
Grande VillasOpen
Island Beach & Racquet ClubOpen
Lookouts at the GroveOpen
Magens BayOpen
Maritime WestOpen
Nautical ClubClosed for Construction
Ocean ClubOpen
Ocean GlenOpen
Ocean GroveOpen
Ocean ReefOpen
Ocean SandsOpen
Olds Towne Yacht ClubOpen
Pebble BeachOpen (Until 6 PM Daily)
Pelican’s RoostOpen
Pier PointeOpen
Pier Pointe WestOpen
Pine Knoll TownesOpen
Point Emerald Villas1 Outdoor Pool Open
Queens CourtOpen
Sands VillaOpen
Sea DreamsOpen
Seaside VillasOpen
SeaSprayOpen (10 AM – 10 PM)
Sound of the SeaOpen
South WindsOpen
Summer WindsOpen
Sun BayOpen
Tar LandingOpen
bluewater atlantic beach office

New Atlantic Beach Office

We Now Have a New Atlantic Beach Office for Your Convenience

To serve you better, we’ve added a second convenient location for you in Atlantic Beach! No more trekking to Emerald Isle when your beautiful, vacation rental is in Atlantic Beach.

Looking for a new home in Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, or Beaufort?  Swing by or reach out to our real estate agents in our Atlantic Beach location. They’d be happy to assist you! 

Bluewater's Atlantic Beach Vacation Rental Office, Bluewater's Atlantic Beach Real Estate Office

Find us at: 

407 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Suite 6D
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512


Driving Directions: 

Via the Atlantic Beach Bridge from Morehead City, continue onto Atlantic Beach Causeway, turn right into Crows Nest Shopping Center. Our vacation rentals office is located in Suite 6D

Questions? Call our Atlantic Beach Office! 

(252) 247-9200

Atlantic Beach has long been a shining star among the Crystal Coast communities. With the rich history of Fort Macon State Park combined with the new development of businesses at The Circle and the recently constructed Town Park facility, there’s surely something for people of all ages to enjoy. A wide variety of property options can be found on Atlantic Beach, including the Oceanview Condos and Duplexes at Seaside Villas, Efficiency Suites, and a wide variety of beach cottages.

With such a wide variety of homes for sale and rent in Atlantic Beach, we know it can be a daunting task to find just what you’re looking for. Let our staff help you! We’re always happy to help you find the perfect home or coastal getaway.

December Happenings on the Crystal Coast

December Happenings on the Crystal Coast

Celebrating the Holiday on the Coast or want to bring the coast to your home for the holidays? Check out our Pinterest Board some Coastal Christmas inspiration!

New Roundabout in Emerald Isle

Roundabouts are becoming more common!

There are now nearly 300 roundabouts in use in North Carolina.

Despite initial discomfort while operating a vehicle through a roundabout, they are actually safe and easy to use!

Where will you encounter this roundabout?

The new NC 58 roundabout is located at the Mallard Drive intersection.

It is just a short ways down Emerald Drive after crossing the Emerald Isle bridge.

Key things to keep in mind while using the roundabout:

  1. Just like any other street intersection, drivers need to be aware and exercise good judgment when moving through the roundabout
  2. Always YIELD to the vehicle already in the roundabout
  3. As you approach the roundabout, simply move into the correct lane for your desired turn (just like you do at the four signalized intersections in Emerald Isle

This new roundabout also offers safer pedestrian crossings across NC 58 and Mallard Drive. There is a “safe” island located in the center halfway through the crossings. Please be aware of pedestrians crossing through the roundabout.

This roundabout is also designed to properly accommodate tractor-trailers, boat trailers, and emergency vehicles. There should be no trouble traveling through the roundabout with these vehicles and trailers.

The Emerald Isle roundabout:

How to properly use the roundabout:

Teresa Smith to be featured on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt

The first episode of HGTV’s popular series- Beachfront Bargain Hunt kicks off with a bang this weekend!

Teresa Smith, one of our talented Broker/REALTORS® here at Bluewater will be featured on an all new episode this Sunday, August 19th at 8:30 PM.

Her newlywed clients are in the process of transitioning from renters to homeowners somewhere along Emerald Isle- Stay tuned to see which property they pick!

All of us here at Bluewater are so excited to see Teresa shine as the caring, persistent & charismatic person she is on the national spotlight.

You can read more about the show, see additional airings, and watch full episodes by clicking the link below.

For local Time Warner Cable/Spectrum users- you can find HGTV on channel 35

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What’s New in Emerald Isle, NC?

Being a full-time resident of Emerald Isle, I get asked a lot “What’s New?”  Well, actually a lot is “new” to our family beach town.  The quieter winter months give an opportunity for new and existing local businesses to open, expand & remodel.

The buzz around Emerald Isle involves several family-owned businesses catered to our beach vacationers.

What’s New at Rucker Johns

You must check out the newly remodeled Rucker Johns Restaurant located in the Emerald Plantation.  You will not believe the interior transformation!  So fresh & inviting with hues of blues & grays.  I was so happy to hear the menu stayed the same though.  I couldn’t imagine any improvements were needed to their tasty food – especially the salmon salad and warm, sweet croissants – my personal favorite.

While waiting for a table inside or outside on the deck at Rucker Johns, stop by the new Island Time Tavern located right next to RJs.  Lots of craft beers & select wines to be tasted while sitting outside on the deck.  Live music, karaoke, and DJS are scheduled throughout the spring, summer and fall.

what’s new at rucker johns is croissants

Being a dog lover, I was so excited for the opening of the K9 and Coffee Shop which allows coffee lovers to bring their furry family member inside for coffee (for human consumption only) while shopping for their needed pet supplies.  While out for a stroll, stop by & rest a bit on their covered porch located next to the Post Office on Emerald Drive.

You cannot miss a walk after dinner at the Bogue Inlet Pier.  The new store expansion with offices above is sure to please the fishermen and all those who love to see what’s biting.  Located at the Bogue Inlet Pier, the Surf’s Up oceanfront restaurant – Emerald Isle’s only waterfront dining venue – will open mid-summer.  The views are forever.

Lastly, the Islander Hotel has taken on a major expansion and remodeling project over the winter.  Expected to be completed in May, the oceanfront hotel will feature 20 new rooms, a new check-in lobby, a store for those things guests may have forgotten, a large 4000 square foot event room as well as a 1200 square foot conference room perfect for business meetings or smaller events.  The Islander is a popular oceanfront venue for those love birds ready to say “I do.”

As you drive across the hi-rise bridge this spring & summer, remember to leave your worries behind, take a deep breath & drive on island time to put your toes in the sand.  Shop local.  Life is simple in Emerald Isle and remember, “Nice Matters”.

Written by Syndie Earnhardt

4 Bedrooms | 4.5Bathrooms

4308 Emerald Isle Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

8 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms

4105 Ocean Drive E & W Emerald Isle, NC 28594

2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms

855 Salter Path Road #227 Indian Beach, NC 28512

About Syndie Earnhardt: Buying. Selling. Friendly advice coupled with professionalism, experience and knowledge, I am always at your service. My mission is to provide exceptional customer service & value while assisting my clients in reaching their goals.

Having relocated to the area from High Point, NC in 1986, I consider myself a “local” to the Emerald Isle area. I also have deep roots with Bluewater Real Estate being employed as a receptionist at the company’s conception in 1987. While continuing to sell and list real estate as a full time broker, I have held management positions as the Broker-in-Charge of the Emerald Isle office and General Sales Manager of Bluewater’s other two locations in Atlantic Beach and Cape Carteret. After several years of wearing three hats, I am back focused on the basics of real estate brokerage of selling and listing residential real estate along the beautiful Crystal Coast. Throughout the varying market conditions over the past 20+ years, I consistently am a multi-million dollar producer.

I take my real estate profession seriously. I am a member of the National Association of Realtors and our local Carteret County Association of Realtors (CCAR).  In addition, I believe strongly continuous education and training is imperative to maintain professionalism, skills and industry knowledge. I am a graduate of the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) Realtor and the Residential & Resort Specialist (RRS) designations. My most recent professional designation is the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Certification.
My family moved to Emerald Isle in 1995 & my two sons, Brian & Tyler have enjoyed growing up at the beach. Both attended the Carteret County school system and are graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill & the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Go Heels!  Brian recently married the lovely Kadie Frazier of the Cayman Islands so I’ve gained a daughter!  All currently reside in Raleigh but often make trips back to the beach to surf and wake board. My favorite hobbies include walking the beach in search of sea glass (I have quite a collection), boating, yard work, reading and maintaining our rental properties.  Live music events & fine dining with great friends & family are priceless fun to me.  I currently serving a three year term on the Board of Directors for the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.  My volunteer work with the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program (CCDVP) is very rewarding & I am honored to be serving my 2nd term as Vice-President.

I love to talk Crystal Coast real estate & especially conversations about “remember when we could have bought that property for $**!!@@!!”. I call Emerald Isle “home” and enjoying sharing my love of the area with others. Call me when you need any real estate information or advice pertaining to Crystal Coast Real Estate. I love meeting new people – first representing them as my clients and then calling them my friends. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Our Local Restaurants Are Open

Crystal Coast Open Dining local restaurants

Local Restaurants Open

Today, we’re sharing our local restaurants that are currently open and operating!

We are so thankful for these local businesses, working their hardest to continue operating throughout this pandemic to serve their customers! Below is an updated list of restaurants in the area that are open at 50% capacity, take-out, curbside service, delivery, or drive-thru options.

The state of North Carolina is allowing restaurants to open in the 2nd Phase beginning at 5 pm on Friday, May 22nd. We do encourage you to call the restaurant to ensure the information we have shared is still accurate for each location.

Please note: Some businesses may have modified hours or menus, please call ahead to confirm and check back with us for more area information.

Thank you for allowing us to be of service!

Last updated 5/22/2020

4 Corners Diner(252) 240-8855Starting Saturday, 6am – 3pm: Regular menu; B,L(252) 240-8855
AB Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe (252) 648-8324
Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant & Bar252-247-6222Will be takeout only through Tuesday following Memorial Day. Wednesday will be offering Dine-in and “MAY” go reservations only for one week, then first come basis after that.
Atlantic Beach Coffee (252) 773-0895
Beach Tavern Bar & Grill(252) 247-4466opening Friday 5/22. Full menu, carryout available.
Captain Q’s Seafood and Smokehouse (252) 773-4026
China King(252) 808-3383
Clam Digger Restaurant(252) 247-4155Open First come first serve, full menu
Crab’s Claw(252) 726-8222Open, full menu, reservations taken but not mandatory, closed on Wednesdays for cleaning and all other days 11:30 to 9
Idle Hour Biergarten(252) 773-0008Outdoor seating, regular menu and hours.
Island Grille (252) 240-0000
La Ceiva Mexican and Seafood Restaurant(252) 499-9975Not opening Friday! Still doing carryout. Regular menu.
Michaelangelo’s Pizza – Atlantic Beach(252) 240-3333Opening Friday 5/22. Regular menu with carry and delivery available.
Monkey Bar & Grill(252) 726-2552Yes Opening at 1/2 capacity Friday.
Oceanana Pier House Restaurant(252) 726-0863opening Friday 5/22. Carryout still available.
On The Rocks(252) 773-4114
Pop-elato(434) 738-8807
Prime 1079(252) 240-1155Take Out only through memorial weekend, no breakfast. Regular hours anticipated next week
Roma Pizza & Subs(252) 247-2020
Shark Shack(252) 269-9942Open, Full menu, outdoor dining
Sub Tropics(252) 240-0400no indoor seating , business as normal
The Full Moon Oyster Bar & Seafood Kitchen(252) 222-7667Limited Menu, indoor and outdoor seating. Regular hours
Venice Italian Kitchen(252) 499-9642Takout + delivery only for now. Summer hours
34° North Restaurant(252) 838-7250 Restaurant Reservation Preferred, No table larger than six, new limited menu
Beaufort Grocery Co.(252) 728-3899 Reservations not required but preferred, Full menu, Regular hours of operation; L,D + Brunch
Black Sheep(252) 269-7272Full menu 5pm Friday, 11am – 7pm through weekend, Outdoor seating and takeout only for now.
Blackbeard’s Grill & Steam Bar(252) 728-3335Full Menu, regular hours; L,D
City Kitchen(252) 648-8141Full menu, regular hours, reservations preferred-call before coming; D only
Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub(252) 728-2133Limited menu, 5pm Friday then regular hours; L,D
Finz Grill & Eatery(252) 728-7459 Limited, but robust menu, Dine in, Takeout by car or boat. Regular Hours: L,D. No reservations required.
Front Street Grill at Stillwater Cafe(252) 728-4956Full menu, reservation not required, but suggested. Tu – Sun, regular hours dine in + takeout;L,D
Mezcalito Grill & Tequila Bar (252) 292-8311Full menu, No reservations required, Regular hours: L,D
Moonrakers(252) 838-0083Curbside takeout only until 5/26, then full menu inside and outside dining, regular hours; L,D
No Name Pizza & Subs – Beaufort252-728-4978full menu, no reservations required, regular hours: L,D
Roland’s Barbecue(252) 728-1953Take out only for now, Regular hours; L,D
Royal James Cafe(252) 728-4573Regular menu, Regular hours: L,D
Taste of China(252) 728-7733Regular menu, no reservations required, regular hours; L,D
The Beaufort Cafe(252) 728-4400Regular menu, no reservations required, Regular hours: B,L
The Dock House Restaurant(252) 728-4506
The Spot Grill(252) 728-4020Full menu, first come-first serve; regular hours; L
Angie’s Lighthouse Cafe(252) 393-1224Opening Sat 7=3
Mac Daddy’s Sports Bar & Grill(252) 393-6565Opening Friday at Half Capacity
Michaelangelo’s Pizza – Western Crystal Coast(252) 393-3333Opening on Friday, for limited seating
Mike’s Family Restaurant (252) 764-9000Opening Friday and Half Capacity
Ribeye’s Steakhouse of Cape Carteret(252) 393-2509Opening at 5 , Full menu
Riptidez Bar & Grill Cedar Point (252) 354-8433Opening at 5 , Full menu
The Fuzzy Peach(252) 393-3000
The Java Post(252) 393-7120
Time Out Tavern (252) 223-3303 opening reg hrs, reg menu 1/2 capacity
Whiskey Bravos(252) 764-9333
Bogue House Restaurant 252-393-3030Full menu, regular hours
Don’s Coresound Grill (252) 225-0548Open, full menu, regular hours
Outer Island General Store and Grill(252) 504-2672mostly takeout, limited number of tables. Regular menu, regular hours: B,L,D
Sharky’s Bar & Grill(252) 515-9131Dine in and takeout. Full menu, regular hours: L,D
4J’s Cafe and Bake Shop(252) 354-4330Open, regular hours
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream(252) 354-8448Open, full menu
Caribsea Restaurant(252) 424-8400Open, takes reservations but not required
Flip Flops Donut Shop(252) 424-8171
Giovanni’s Brooklyn Bagels(954) 913-9401
Great Wall(252) 354-3383Carry out Only
Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar(252) 354-6200
Michaelangelo’s Pizza – Emerald Isle(252) 354-7424Opening at Half Capacity Friday
Muttigans (252) 354-3410
Polish water ice (919) 308-2292
RuckerJohns Restaurant(252) 354-2413
Stir It Up(252) 354-2643
Surf’s Up! Grill & Bar(252) 424-8252
The Shark’s Den Sports Bar & Grill(252) 354-3030
The Sweet Spot(252) 354-6201
The Village Market(252) 354-6592Opening on Fri/hrs are questionable at this time have lots of outdoor seating.
Seaside Galley (252) 728-6171Regular menu, except breakfast will be takeout only, regular hours: B,L,D
The Fish Hook Grill(252) 728-6171Regular menu, except breakfast will be takeout only, regular hours: B,L,D
The Fish Hook Grill(252) 728-1792 Dining room will remain closed, but outside seating is available, full menu, regular hours: L,D
Anchor Drafthouse & Pizzeria(252) 452-1985Opening Friday @5pm, Mem weekend Noon – 9pm, then summer hours after weekend. Regular menu
Banks Grill (252) 499-9044Open regular hours, full menu: B,L
Beach Bumz Pub & Pizzaria (252) 726-7800Opening Friday, full menu no reservations required.
Buffalo Wild Wings (252) 727-9191
Captain’s Table (252) 726-0253 Opening Friday, full menu, no reservations required.
Casa San Carlo(252) 773-4218Opening Friday, suggests reservations, full menu.
Chick-fil-A (252) 247-7281
China Garden & Mongolian Grill(252) 808-3398
Chopstix (252) 648-8133 Will not be opening Friday. Still just doing carry out. Full menu.
Circa 81(252) 648-8300
Cox Family Restaurant(252) 726-6961Open, Regular menu and specials
Dank Burrito – Morehead City(252) 499-9677Opening Friday. Full menu. Drive thru, take out and delivery available as well.
El’s Drive-In (252) 726-3002
Five Guys Burgers & Fries(252) 808-0110
Floyd’s 1921 (252) 727-1921
Full Circle Cafe(252) 773-0703
Golden Corral (252) 222-3207
Grumpy’s Diner (252) 726-5100
Happy Cow Ice Cream & Coffee(252) 269-9890
Happycakes Cupcakery (252) 773-0160
Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries – Morehead City(252) 773-0586
IHOP (252) 222-0515
Infusion Cafe (252) 240-2800
Ioanni’s Grill (252) 808-3331
Jack’s Waterfront Bar (252)515-0361
Jersey Mike’s Subs (252) 240-0202
Jimmy John’s (252) 222-4441
K Club (252) 247-2541
Kountry Kitchen (252) 240-0046 Opening Friday. Regular menu with specials. No reservations
Luigi’s Pizza(252) 240-3125Not opening Friday! Still doing carryout until things get better. regular menu.
Moore’s Olde Time Barbeque, Chicken & Seafood (252) 222-4744
Morehead Burger Co. (252) 646-8570 Opening Friday 5/22. Carryout still available.
Musashi Japanese Steak &Seafood Restaurant (252) 240-3431
No Name Pizza & Subs – Morehead City (252) 773-0654
Off The Hook (252) 499-9150
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant (252) 240-0250
Panera Bread (252) 222-4990
Parrott’s on 11th (252) 773-0532
Pita Plate(252) 222-0949
Pizza Hut (252) 726-7117
Plaza Mexico Restaurant Bar & Grill – Morehead City (252) 808-3700
Red Fish Grill(252) 648-8269
Refection Foods (252) 499-9341
Riptidez Bar & Grill Morehead City (252) 222-3999
Riverside Pizza & Subs Morehead City (252) 773 4564
Sagebrush (252) 240-2633
Shipwrecks Bar & Grill (252) 726-0120
Smoothie King (252) 773-0172
Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar (252) 240-1313
SoundSide Restaurant (252) 648-8298
Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant (252) 499-9528 Full menu, regular hours; L,D
Sugarloaf Island Deli (252) 222-0231
Sweet Beans Coffee & Cafe(252) 247-6020
Taste of Napoli (252) 773-4302
Thai Sticky Rice (252) 222-3500
The Banks Grill (252) 499-9044Opening with full menu
The Friendly Market (252) 222-0273
The Ruddy Duck Tavern (252) 726-7500
Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille (252) 223-3299
Frank’s Pizza and Subs
Riverside Pizza & Subs Newpor(252) 223-2277
Big Oak Drive-In & Bar-B-Q/Island Pizza (252) 247-2588 Open, full menu They dont really have tables
Emerald Isle Open for Visitors

Emerald Isle North Carolina Open for Visitors May 9th, 2020

Emerald Isle Open for Visitors

Emerald Isle North Carolina Open for Visitors May 9th, 2020

“The Town of Emerald Isle will lift its mandatory restriction on short term rentals on May 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM” – Matt Zapp

Emerald Isle Press Release – COVID-19 Updates – Thursday, May 7, 2020

Press Release | Thursday, May 7, 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 lift its mandatory restriction on short-term rentals on May 8, 2020, at 11:59 PM.  The restriction had prohibited the renting of a hotel room, motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite, or similar accommodation.  Rental properties may accept occupants effective May 9, 2020.


Due to national supply chain issues, travelers to Emerald Isle are encouraged to bring necessary supplies with them. These items include, but are not limited to: paper products, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and basic grocery items.

Food Service

Per Executive Order 138, restaurants across North Carolina must remain closed for dine-in meals. Only take-out, drive-through, and delivery services are allowed.

Public Beach Parking Areas

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.
  • May 9, 2020- Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA) parking lot will be open to the public.  The EORA restrooms and outside showers will remain closed.

Closed- The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) remains closed due to construction.  The facility will re-open upon completion.

Water Access

The waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound (within Emerald Isle) are open for outdoor recreational use.  Permitted activities include swimming, surfing, kiting, kayaking, fishing, and boating.  Residents can walk, jog, and sit on the beach strand.  All beachgoers 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 The Town of Emerald Isle. If needed, individuals may drop off necessary paperwork and building permit applications at a drop box located in the Town Admin building foyer. While Town Hall is closed, Town staff will check the dropbox throughout the day. The Town will mail acknowledgments and receipts upon request.

Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call 252-354-3424.  Staff will reply promptly during normal business hours.

Town of Emerald Isle Contact Information

Planning, Inspections, and Permits

Josh Edmondson, Town Planner


Accounts Payable/ Receivable/ Taxes

Laura Rotchford, Finance Director


Non-Emergency Police Department Services

Tony Reese, Chief of Police


Parks and Recreation Services

Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreations Director


Public Works: Solid waste/ Yard Debris/ Roads

Artie Dunn, Public Works Director


Phase 1 Opening in North Carolina

Citizens are asked to comply with the Exec. Order 138 and the associated limitations issued by Gov. Cooper. 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. For further clarification, please reference: NC.Gov COVID-19 Staying Ahead of the Curve


For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager


Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:50:00 PM Categories: News