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Leaders, bar owners discuss Wrightsville Beach safety

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- After two major incidents over Memorial Day weekend, Wrightsville Beach business owners sat down with the Board of Aldermen Thursday night to discuss late night safety at the beach.

"It doesn't happen often, and we're all concerned whenever it happens once," said Vito's Pizza owner Keith Norris.

But over Memorial Day weekend Wrightsville Beach was in the spotlight for two late night incidents. That weekend sheriff's deputies tased 23-year-old Matthew Pick as he was streaking down Lumina Avenue. The same night a drunk driver hit two pedestrians walking down Causeway Drive.

"We have an incident, and the next thing you know Wrightsville Beach downtown is not a safe place to be," Norris said. "That is so not the case."

Bar owners and board members talked about safety in downtown Wrightsville Beach.

"I mean if everyone's on the same page, everyone knows what to do, aware of what's going on, the problems will solve themselves," 22 North owner Jim Radle said.

Overall, bar owners, board members and Wrightsville Beach Police feel downtown is much safer than it was a few years ago, but council members hope by discussing the recent incidents they can prevent them from happening again in the future.

"I think it's great that they're opening up the lines of communication between the board and the bar owners," Radle said.

The groups came up with several initiatives to improve downtown safety including a second taxi stand location, text message communication between doormen and police officers and bringing in more security for big weekends like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

"I just want people to know that the downtown area is an asset to Wrightsville Beach and has been for years," Norris said. "And I think we got closer to that tonight."

Bar owners and Wrightsville Beach Police will come together to talk about how they can implement some of the ideas proposed at Thursday's meeting. The board will evaluate the new safety measures at the end of the summer.

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WB crime

What about the man on vacation who got ripped off his bicycle and has his head bashed in? Anyone remember that? This was a VIOLENT crime right there in your precious and prestigious Wrightsville Beach. Alcohol was definately in play. That and straight up maniacs!