WB aldermen approve new Jet Ski speed regulation, third taxi stand in CBD

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Submitted: Fri, 08/17/2012 - 3:21am
Updated: Fri, 08/17/2012 - 12:29pm

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Folks who ride jet skis in Wrightsville Beach are going to have to slow down. The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Thursday to approve enacting an ordinance for Jet Ski operators to drive with no wake 100’ on either side of the Banks Channel bridges.

Mayor David Cignotti says after recent repairs to both the Causeway Drive Bridge and the Salisbury Street Bridge, the DOT found very definite lines of corrosion and deterioration underneath from Jet Ski plumes. He says the salt water was damaging the bridges as well as the water and sewer lines.

The speed regulation cannot be enacted until appropriate signage is attached to both bridges.
Wrightsville beach police say they plan to use their best judgment call of no wake speed when enforcing the new regulation.

Also during the meeting, Aldermen unanimously approved adding a third taxi stand to the central business district to improve congestion and safety of patrons. Wrightsville Beach Police have been testing out the third taxi stand since Memorial Day Weekend. Police Chief Dan House says there have been less pedestrians in the street and businesses have been happy with the addition.

The new stand will be located in front of Lagerheads on North Lumina Avenue.


  • Guest3453463463 says:

    too bad they didn’t ban them all together..

  • Guest 10101 says:

    then they push. :-)

  • SouthEastNC says:

    jet skis suck

  • taxpayer says:

    “jet skis suck”

    Yep…in the front and out the back. That’s what make’s them move.

  • Guest28403 says:

    yacht. Your attitude is the reason why people feel the way do that WB is filled with a bunch of rich overly entitled horses rears that think WB belongs to them and them alone.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    My used skiff cost me about the same as a new jet ski, so this isn’t about economic class – it is about having class in general. I do know a few people with jet-skies who don’t run them like idiots, but that isn’t the norm.

    I remember back when I took my boater safety course, the instructor was explaining how there is a limit on how close PWCs can get behind boats. A very classy lad with a chin-strap asked “How close can a boat get to behind another boat?”
    The instructor said “There isn’t a rule about that.”
    Chin-strap – “Well that’s messed up, how come you all picking on us jet-skiers?”
    Instructor – “Because you’re the annoying ones that can get people killed trying to jump wakes.”

    Now all you commoner riff-raff get off my beach.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    Kayakers, paddleboarders, boaters in small boats are the ones who really have to watch out for them. Seems like a lot (but not all) jetskiers aren’t very observant of others and that creates a real safety issue.

    As to WB: With their police-state license plate/background checking systems, deliberate lack of parking, etc, they do act as it it belongs only to them. Do what most smart people do and spend your dollars elsewhere. They’re not the only place with a beach around here.

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