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Wrightsville Beach votes against smoking ban

Posted March 8, 2012

— Following a public hearing Thursday night, authorities in Wrightsville Beach voted against a ban on smoking on the sand. 

This was the second time city leaders tried to stop smoking on the beach. A vote on the ban lost by one vote in 2010.

Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti said earlier that he thought smoking ban was just a logical extension of rules that keep the beach family-friendly.

"We regulate many things to make the beach enjoyable for everyone, like you can't have your dog on the beach and alcohol can't be drunk on the beach," Cignotti said. 

For Lauren Semple, the scenery and cigarettes go together. 

"It's a habit. Come out, smoke a cigarette, have a beer," Semple said. 

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Smoker Courtney Elders said she doesn't get to the beach too often, but she would be willing to step off the sand to light up. 

"I think it would be good. It would make a lot of people unhappy,but personally, I wouldn't care," Elders said. 


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  • spencerbroadfoot Mar 13, 2012

    I'm a native of WB and enjoy a cig on occasion but carry my filters with me when I walk back up to my house. It sickens me too when every two feet I count and pick up filter after filter and ride the hell out of anyone I see dropping or poking a filter in the sand. Tim went about the whole cig ban campaign too extreme and in turn cut its nose off despite its face. Tim next time you might try goinbout it in a manner that will appease both sides. You're a recent transplant in the community and like many others that've moved here with their big money and Yankee minded selfish ideals , lemme tell ya dude it's not all about you bro ! I can only begin to think you guys would've came out with a win win on both sides if you Tim had gone about it and asked for "Smoking Zones " . Just as we have ones for surfing. Not only would we be able to enjoy a second hand smoke free days on the beach but it would also better enable us to zero in on the zones where the filters would predominantly belef

  • parkerjnc Mar 9, 2012

    We love Wrightsville Beach, it is our beach of choice. About 10 years ago we visited Myrtle Beach with our then four year old. We could not find a clean spot to set up our chairs and enjoy the beach. Myrtle Beach was almost like an enormous ashtray. So I hand picked up all the cigarette butts in a 10 foot by 10 foot area for us. However, after a day playing in the sand there, our son's swim suit and skin smelled just like an ashtray. It was a disgusting experience and we never returned to that beach. Eventually Wrightsville beach could become this way if they don't ban smoking on the beach. It would be a shame to see such a beautiful and clean beach ruined by cigarette butts. It's one of the last beaches you can go to get away from that!

  • pm2 Mar 9, 2012

    Outlaw the cigs! Smokers throw their cig filters on the beach...terrible litter bugs, Somehow they don't think filters are litter?

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 9, 2012

    Go sit in your car and smoke if you want to kill yourself. Don't share your addiction with people who don't want to be harmed by it.

    Or....you can leave the beach. How about that?

  • Scubagirl Mar 9, 2012

    outlawing smoking on the beach where 90% of the time there is a breeze is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard of. Thankfully someone down there has some common sense and this didn't pass. What I would like to see though is stiffer fines for those who throw the but*s out on the beach when they're finished. THAT is more disturbing to me than the smoking. The world is NOT an ashtray and most beach accesses now have trash cans etc where garbage can be thrown. But heck, if they're gonna throw bigger stuff on the ground ......... just sayin'

  • kewceeman Mar 9, 2012

    I don't smoke anymore, quit a long time ago when I realized all the chemicals involved. I don't mind smokers, just as long as they smoke respectfully. They are running out of places where they can smoke What I DO mind is litter at the beach- cigarette filters, beer cans, soda cans, bottles, oh yeah and the occasional used disposable diaper. This is the problem- leave the smokers alone unless they litter the beach... then make them pay a hefty fine.

  • Texan Mar 9, 2012

    2nd hand smoke is worse and hello...sunscreen anyone?

  • missdawg Mar 9, 2012

    "Loud radios and thoughtless parents with free-range children don't cause cancer. Cigarette smoke does."

    You have a much better chance of getting cancer from the sun than you do from second-hand smoke on a beach.

  • rroadrunner99 Mar 9, 2012

    While you're at it why not just ban everything from being on the beach unless it was born there! Then you will not have to worry about the beaches at all anymore.

  • remer54 Mar 9, 2012

    They see this as a way to get more money by writing tickets. How about people smoking on piers. People going to take a smoke break in the water.