In 1954, the barrier island of Bogue Banks, now known as Emerald Isle, was purchased by seven developers for $350,000. At the time, this was Carteret County's largest recorded land purchase. Of course, that was considered quite a tidy sum of money by 1950s standards, but most visitors and residents both past and present will agree that those visionary developers got a bargain. In fact, they bought an island paradise for their $350,000 and today Emerald Isle is one of the most popular islands along the North Carolina coast.

Known as a family friendly beach community, Emerald Isle was incorporated in 1957 and boasts a year-round population of approximately 3,800, although during the tourist season that number rises significantly.

Activities on the island include aquatic favorites like swimming, snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, boating, sailing, kayaking and wind surfing. Fishermen (and ladies) can cast their lines from the famous Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, surf fish, or boat their way through the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean in search of THE BIG ONE. (Boaters will enjoy the convenience of Emerald Isle's public boat ramp located just off Hwy. 58.)

In keeping with the town's friendly family atmosphere, Emerald Isle features an extensive 10-foot-wide bicycle path for even more family fun. 

Walking the beach, shell collecting, shopping and golfing are other favorite pastimes of the beach life. The island also has a variety of dining options (local seafood being a specialty, of course) to tempt the taste buds.

Turtle lovers unite with the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Protection Program. The program is designed to monitor the nesting activities of the endangered loggerhead sea turtle from May to August and is always looking for volunteers to help in the turtles' amazing nesting and hatching process. Annual events include the St. Patrick's Day Festival, July 4th fireworks display, and the Christmas Parade.




POPULATION: 3,717 year round

Tax Rate .14 cents per $100 valuation plus .03 cents per $1,000


Eddie Barber


Floyd Messer, Jr.


Candace Dooley
Steve Finch
Jim Normile

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