make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Carolina Beach passes beach smoking ban pending new state legislation

READ MORE: Carolina Beach passes beach smoking ban pending new state legislation
cbsmoking.jpg

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- A smoking ban on the sand at Carolina Beach was approved Tuesday night, but with a few stipulations from town council.

According to the town's attorney, current state statute does not allow the town to outlaw smoking at the beach. Because the beach does not fall under the state's definition of public grounds, council cannot legally enforce a ban.

Council voted 4-1, passing a beach smoking ban with an effective date, pending a change in state law. Mayor Ray Rothrock was the only one not to vote in favor of the ordinance. Residents spoke out both for and against the ban during a public hearing.

“They can't enforce it so like I said it's a waste of time and I’m telling you right now the legislature in North Carolina is not going to pass this because they know it's going to be violating individual rights,” said Frederick Fisher, who lives in Carolina Beach.

“I think they did show us tonight that they are in support of smoke free beaches and that this ordinance that they passed will help reduce litter and smoke from our beach,” said Ethan Crouch, a member of the Surfrider Foundation. “So we're really excited.”

If the state ends up passing legislation that would allow the town to enforce a ban, it would be historic. Carolina Beach would be the first to ban smoking on a beach in North Carolina.

Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, town council was considering putting limitations on the number and sizes of patriotic and decorative flags allowed on properties.

In the end, council members decided the patriotic flags can stay. However, decorative flags will have new restrictions, only one being allowed every 50 feet instead of the old rule of every 25 feet.

Business owners were split on the decision. Some saying too many flags can serve as an advantage to businesses and others saying it is their right as an American to display flags as they please.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.