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Wrightsville Beach mayor wants towns to help combat alcohol problems


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- How do you make Wrightsville Beach safer? The mayor of the resort town wants to protect people from others who may have had too much to drink.

David Cignotti started a discussion at last night's Board of Aldermen meeting. The mayor suggests Wilmington and other beach towns join forces to enforce alcohol laws. Before that happens, the ABC Board would have to give the green light. Cignotti says he wants Wrightsville Beach to be fun, but also safe.

"We're a resort community, and we realize that bars have always been a part of our history and New Hanover County's," Cignotti said. "We just want people to drink responsibly and respect the neighborhoods that surround the downtown areas. So that's the main goal. It's not to put bars out of business. It's to work together."

Cignotti hopes to eliminate the large crowds and over-intoxication.

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