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Wrightsville Beach voters to decide fate of beach smoking ban

Posted June 8, 2012

— Voters in Wrightsville Beach will decide in November whether to become the first North Carolina town to ban smoking on the beach. 

The town's Board of Alderman voted unanimously on Thursday to place the issue on the ballot after a resident-led petition to ban smoking at the beach was approved by the New Hanover County Board of Elections in May. The board had voted down a similar ban in March, prompting the petition drive. 

The ordinance bans smoking in the sand, but not in the town. Local leaders say the ban will only affect a small strip of city owned land and would not extend to state-owned beaches.

If the ban passes, beach smokers could be fined $250.


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  • piene2 Jun 12, 2012

    "Please don't paint all smokers as litterbugs as well because it's just not true.

    You litter the air with poison fumes. That alone is enough to ban smoking.

  • Evolve Jun 11, 2012

    Why should I have to breathe toxic fumes- because of someone elses rights??? What about my rights to not have smoke blown in my face? You have no argument! I don't care if you put Skoal in your mouth because I don't have to breath toxic smoke. See the difference?? It should be illegal in public areas. Period.

  • sctech Jun 8, 2012

    The public owns the beach, mine and your tax dollars. When the residents of Wrightsville Beach rebuild their houses after a hurricane instead of relying on gov't subsidized insurance, then they should have a vote.

  • redapace Jun 8, 2012

    "I'll never stop there again."

    Wrightsville beach will suffer just like all the restaurants and clubs have suffered since the smoking ban. None at all. On the contrary business has improved considerably.

  • BubbaDuke Jun 8, 2012

    Smokers suck. It stinks, it's dangerous, it's certainly not sexy. All tobacco should be sprayed with RoundUp.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 8, 2012

    Who here plans on vacationing at Wrightsville Beach on a regular basis, with our without a smoking ban in place?

    You are quite good at speaking for yourself but you certainly do not speak for me. Some of us enjoy going there quite a bit. Some of us have friends there. Some of us know what a nice beach is. It will not be the end of the world if this (LOL) were to actually pass but it could affect a lot of people's (on both sides) plans.

  • jwms32 Jun 8, 2012

    In reply to Tarheelfan41

    Good idea!! Let's don't forget to ban all the commercial fishing boats, oil tankers, cargo ships, crusie ships, industrial plants,raw sewage, etc....are they not dumping more waste into our oceans than equals the so called cigarette buttsleft on the beach. Personally, I'd rather find a washed up cigarette butt, than all those other items of waste. I mean our laws are supposed to be fair and equal, so make it fair and equal!!

  • SaltyOldJarhead Jun 8, 2012

    To be honest, Wrightsville Beach made it clear to me many times in the past that they don't want anyone on their beaches or in their town except the people who own condos or property there so I've taken my vacation business elsewhere.

    They can do whatever they want. I'll never stop there again.

  • bigal02282 Jun 8, 2012

    Who here plans on vacationing at Wrightsville Beach on a regular basis, with our without a smoking ban in place? Yeah, me too. Haven't been to Wrightsville Beach in over 15 years, but suddenly, this is a huge issue for me. Since I have no other beaches to go to, I guess I will just have to live with whatever the locals decide to do. {Sarcasm dripping like honey.}

  • BuglessDuster Jun 8, 2012

    At least the Board is leaving it up to the voters. I'm fine with whatever they decide.