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EMERALD ISLE — The town hopes to begin work relatively soon on a project to improve the aesthetics and lighting and add parking spaces along Islander Drive, but officials are still waiting on engineers’ final designs.

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This story is part of an ongoing anniversary series on Hurricane Florence, which struck in September 2018, and the storm’s lingering effects on Carteret County and its residents.

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EMERALD ISLE - Carteret County’s next Bogue Banks beach nourishment project appears to be a go, as one of two bids opened Friday afternoon came in under the county’s estimate.

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EMERALD ISLE —The town, with help, has finished picking up construction and demolition debris from public right-of-ways near where a tornado touched down and destroyed or damaged many homes and several businesses Sept. 5 as Hurricane Dorian approached the county.

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EMERALD ISLE — Carteret County’s plan for a major Bogue Banks beach nourishment project to begin in November was bolstered financially Friday when the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it approved $18 million in reimbursement money for the cost of replacing sand lost during Hurri…

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EMERALD ISLE — Gov. Roy Cooper paid a visit to Carteret County Saturday to observe damage from a tornado that touched down at Boardwalk RV Park and determine if the state can make a major disaster declaration following Hurricane Dorian.

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CAPE CARTERET — As Thursday morning turned into afternoon and Hurricane Dorian continued to move up the Atlantic Coast toward Carteret County, folks were hunkering down in the western towns.

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EMERALD ISLE — Carteret County Shore Protection Office Manager Greg Rudolph said Wednesday all “assets are in place” to ensure that if Hurricane Dorian appears to cause significant beach erosion when it moves through the area later this week, the erosion can be measured.

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CARTERET COUNTY — Morehead City resident Chris Morey said he hasn’t gotten back in his home yet because of damage from Hurricane Florence, but he and many other county residents find themselves once again preparing for the possible effects of Hurricane Dorian.

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EMERALD ISLE — County officials are making progress toward starting long-planned dredging projects in Atlantic Harbor in Atlantic, East Taylor’s Creek in Beaufort and Old Ferry Channel near Cape Carteret.

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EMERALD ISLE — Town resident Danny Shell kicked off his “Know Before You Go” ocean safety education and hazard awareness campaign Wednesday, handing out cards with safety information and talking to 20 beachgoers on an oceanfront deck at the Holiday Trav-L Park.

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EMERALD ISLE — A town resident has started an effort to get people and businesses to donate new and gently used life jackets that can be loaned out to beachgoers. The move comes in in the wake of four drownings off the town’s strand earlier this year.

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EMERALD ISLE — Three months after approving a controversial special-use permit to allow Verizon to build a 40-foot-tall cell tower on property to be leased from the Emerald Isle Mini-Mart, town commissioners Tuesday night rescinded the permit at the cell company’s request, pending a court review.

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EMERALD ISLE — The town’s new junior lifeguard training program – designed to educate children about beach safety and bolster future lifeguard recruitment – will begin with two four-day sessions in July.

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EMERALD ISLE — At 3 p.m. Sunday in the back courtyard of The Trading Post restaurant, John Merical of Wake Forest closed his eyes during a moment of silence and tightly gripped the hand of the person standing next to him.