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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The push for a smoking ban in Wrightsville Beach has fired up again. After the Board of Aldermen voted against a ban, supporters of the ban are bringing the issue back to the table.

“It’s definitely a problem we have at the beach, one that I personally would like to see go.”
Wrightsville Beach resident, Lydia Chandler, is tired of seeing cigarette butts on what should be a beautiful shoreline.

Ban supporter and Wrightsville beach resident, Lydia Chandler, said, “Cigarettes do nothing but cause litter and something else for us to have to clean up.”

Chandler is just one of many who would like to snuff out smoking at the beach. In fact, there are so many supporters of the ban that the Board of Elections has verified enough signatures on a petition to force the town to adopt a ban or put it up for a public vote.

Smoker, Nic Metcalfe, picks up the butts after each smoke. He says fellow smokers just need to be responsible.

“If you’re smoking on the beach, you should use different tools like these portable ash trays so you keep the beach clean,” Metcalfe said.

It’s an issue that has both sides fired up. Earlier this year, the board voted 3-2 against a smoking ban. But the petition of signatures could change everything.

Town manager, Bob Simpson, says the Board of Aldermen will likely hold a special meeting June 7 to address the issue. He expects the ban to be on November’s ballot.

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