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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) –- The New Hanover County Board of Elections has verified 233 of the 294 signatures submitted on a petition to put a smoking ban in place on Wrightsville Beach.

According to the town charter, if 35 percent of the voter turnout in the most recent election petitions the town, which is 211 signatures in this case, the Board of Aldermen must either adopt the ordinance or put it up to a vote.

Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Bob Simpson says the board will most likely hold a special meeting June 7 to discuss where they will go from here. Because the board voted 3-2 against a smoking ban earlier this year, Simpson says he expects the ban to go to a vote during the general election in November.

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5 Comments on "Petition signatures verified; smoking ban push at Wrightsville Beach moves forward"

2015 years 10 months ago

Yeah the renters might want to watch out, the WB elite Nazi homeowners may decide they do not want “renters” on their beach next. After all its you low class renters that smoke.

2015 years 10 months ago

They may want to rail against the renters, but it will come back to bite them since the renters vote.

I don’t smoke. I can’t stand to be around others when they smoke. I do put up with it when it is a family member. I think cigarette butts are nasty and people who will throw them just anywhere are low-class. I do however think that Wrightsville Beach will be shooting itself in the foot if they ban smoking on the beaches. Those smokers will take their business somewhere else. It would probably more cost effective in the long run to hire someone to clean the butts up if they are so concerned with appearance.

2015 years 10 months ago

I live on the beach and do not feel the recent ballots that were sent out were legal. It was not anonymous, asked every personal question anyone could come up with, and wanted to know how long you lived on the beach and if you were an owner or a renter. I am not sure all of that information needs to be attached to your vote. I have a feeling they only want homeowners to vote.

2015 years 10 months ago

I seriously doubt if many smokers will travel to another beach venue because they can’t smoke at WB, but for everyone that does, it will be more than compensated by the increase in the number of beach going folks who will go to WB because of the smokefree and reduced littered environment.

The legislators should wise up and realize that smokefree parks and beaches is a growing trend around the country, similar to smokefree indoor restrictions. Avoid the added expense of forcing a ballot issue (it is obvious by the number of verified petition signatures what the result will be) and vote on June 7th to implement a smokefree beach policy in WB.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m for it.


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