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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — For the second time in two years, Wrightville Beach denied a smoking ban.

“Wrightsville Beach took two steps backwards in terms of democracy goes,” said Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti. “When you receive emails from over 200 residents, have over 400 residents with the zip code supporting it, it was overwhelmingly for.”

In spite of numerous emails, signed petitions, samples from the beach, and a packed house Thursday night, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen rejected a smoking ban at the ordinance. Cignotti says the board did not listen to the people of the town when making its decision.

“I think when you’re elected to office, that you put your personal opinions aside and you listen to your constituents,” said Cignotti. “This was overwhelmingly for, so I’m disappointed.”

Supporters of the smoking ban say denying the ban is a missed opportunity for the community.

“It’s a sad night for Wrightsville Beach,” said smoking ban supporter Tim Taylor. “We could have been one of the predominant beaches in North Carolina. We would have been the first beach to be smoke free but right now we’re just like every other beach.”

Opponents say the way the laws were written would put too much stress on an already stretched police department. Some also argued that a less confusing ordinance needed to be considered.

“The way the ordinance is written, it is only enforceable above the high tide line,” said opponent Colin Eagles. “At low tide, over half of the beach, the ordinance would not apply. That is absurd.”

Those working to keep the beach clean say they will not stop their efforts even though the ban was not put into place. They say the will continue to speak up for what they believe in until their voices are heard and respected, which they say may have to wait until election season.

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4u
2015 years 9 months ago

Health is not a concern for them, so get rid of the filters. That’s where the litter is coming from. The paper and tobacco left will break down quickly when there is no filter. Beaches, street corners, parks, everywhere will be cleaner and smokers can still smoke. If you are one of the few “health nut” smokers out there, then you can buy a reusable filter.

WBS OLE Skool
2015 years 9 months ago

I’m a native of WB and enjoy a cig on occasion but carry my butts with me when I walk back up to my house. It sickens me too when every two feet I count and pick up butt after butt and ride the hell out of anyone I see dropping or poking a butt 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 second hand smoke free days on the beach but it would also better enable us to zero in on the zones where the butts are predominantly left behind.

Das Weibstück
2015 years 9 months ago

WB residents really do not want the general public on THEIR beach and they are trying to make it as miserable as possible to visit. Close it, make it private and pay for your own beach re-nourishment. Poor butt lady will have to find a real job but O’well.

Guest3/9
2015 years 9 months ago

Great job WBBA. Those two people picking up Butts on the beach do not even live there! Yes, I agree there should be stronger enforcements on “littering” but dont take someone’s freedom away, the government is already doing enough of that in our back yards as it is.

X
2015 years 9 months ago

Horses cause global warming and, don’t forget, you are enslaving the animals.

 

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