WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)- "I consider Wrightsville Beach a very welcoming beach," said Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti. "It's a great place to live and visit and I think our residents take pride in welcoming people to our community."
But with a recent increase in parking fees and a ban on smoking at the beach under consideration many of our viewers say that can't be further from the truth.
WB wrote,"Come on, they are trying to drive everyone away from "THEIR BEACH". You know they only want locals there. I am sure they will allow the locals to smoke where they want to. It is like parking there."
With parking spaces already in high demand, town officials voted to raise the price to two dollars per hour, just a few months ago. But Cignotti says the increase was necessary to help meet the demand when the Wrightsville Beach population grows from 2,500 to 25,000 during the summer months.
"That effort was made to try to bring in the money to try to provide the services that not only visitors, but everybody expects."
LA 46 wrote, "The residents dont want you over there, unless you are a rich tourist whose gonna rent an expensive place for the weekend. If you are a local, they don't want you there. The beaches belong to all of us."
But Mayor Cignotti says residents realize how important tourists are to the local economy, and agrees everyone should share the beaches.
"Wrightsville Beach considers itself a family beach. If you ever go around the loop and look at all the moms and their children walking it you know that it's a place that we take pride in having families here."