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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Another area beach town is considering snuffing smoking on the sand. The Town of Carolina Beach wants public input next week on whether to ban smoking on the beach.

Folks we spoke with have mixed feelings.

“I don’t think we should be Gestapo,” said Lou Belo, who is against a smoking ban on the beach. “It’s outside, it’s no problem, if people would only clean up after themselves.

“I’m not a smoker, but I’d support it,” Keith Hargrave said. “I mean, I walk up and down the beach. You can look in the sand right here there’s cigarette butts all over the place. People don’t respect the rules.”

The town council will hold a public hearing on a possible smoking ban at the beach during its next meeting Tuesday.

Debate over a smoking ban at the beach is nothing new. In november, Wrightsville Beach residents will have a chance to vote yea or nay for a smoking ban along their shores.

Carolina Beach Councilman Lonnie Lashley put the item on next week’s agenda after getting several complaints from residents. He would not talk to us on camera, but he says it has nothing to do with Wrightsville Beach.

Reactions to the debate were mixed at Carolina Beach, but one woman had an interesting viewpoint.

“It would be great,” Sheila Siebert said. “Even though I smoke.”

Siebert has smoked for years. She feels a ban at beach would help clean up both the air and water.

“I’m trying to kick the habit,” she said. “I’m working toward it, and I know it’s not healthy for none of us.”

The public can give their feedback during the town council meeting Tuesday night. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Carolina Beach Town Hall.

In the “Request for Town Council Action,” Town Manager Tim Owens suggests the town attorney determine if the town has the authority to impose a smoking ban on the beach under state law. He also writes that council need to figure out ho such a ban would be enforced.

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Bobbie Herald
2015 years 11 months ago

Three years ago I started making vacation plans to the mountains and South Carolina. I usually spend quite a bit of money on my annual vacation however, because of smoking it became a hastle to try to visit the NC beaches.

I never litter with cigarette butts but make sure I have something to put them in. I try to be considerate of people around me. The intolerence of people in North Carolina is forcing people to spend their money in other States. If your tourist income is such that you can afford to lose… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

You could tell people there is a ban? you really think that will work?
I for one would laugh in your face..This BAN means nothing,it will still be legal to smoke there!!! you cannot ticket,arrest anyone for smoking on the beach…near the water….this whole idea of a ban is a waste of time.Because law enforcement cannot do a thing about it period!!

2015 years 11 months ago

It cannot be enforced therefore the ban is a waste of time,even thinking about a ban on this so stupid that most smokers will laugh at it,as they should.I f you dont like the smoke then just leave.

fish fan
2015 years 11 months ago

Let’s ban drinking at the north end oh wait! the town made 800k there last year I live across the street from the beach. folks this is a working class beach if you want to go to a beach that has no smoking you now have a choice why do all the beach communities imitate one another. I chose to live in CB because it is a working class town I have seen this town change over the years and not to disparage anyone but it is due to outsiders with money moving in and the ridicoulous real estate… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Smoking, outside, with a sea breeze? I can’t really see that as harmful to others. What Carolina Beach should ban is littering; that’s where the problem is.

Not sure why so many smokers (not all, but far too many)think it’s perfectly OK to toss their used cancer sticks wherever they please. Look down at the ground by a red light and you’ll find a pile of butts. Parking lot: They dump out the entire ashtray. The beach, any beach: These pigs think the whole area IS the ashtray. If there was a pill that would cause a smoker to jam… Read more »

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