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Holiday Weekends mean more litter at beaches

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Memorial Day weekend is in many ways the start of summer, and at our beaches the start of tourism season. But, with more people at the beaches - there's also more litter.

At Wrightsville Beach, town crews bring out extra trash bins onto the sands for weekends like this. But still, not all trash makes it into the can. Locals say that tourists come in and tend to not respect the beach, leaving their trash on the sand. But the bags, wrappers, and cigarettes don't just stay in the sand.

“I'm disappointed. It makes me really wonder what people think happens to it,” says longtime Wrightsville Beach surfer Jennifer Butler. “You know, it doesn't just sit in the sand and go away. It finds its way into a bird or the ocean, into a sea turtle.”

The town of Wrightsville Beach raised the fines for littering on the beach to $250 when it voted down a potential smoking ban this month, but residents and council members agree that the littering ordinance is not well enforced.

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Now...that's weird?

Lookadat Wrightsville Beach trash photo....there isn't the first cigarette butt to be seen.....

I have lived in the area for

I have lived in the area for 33 years and have only been to WB about 5 times. Very unfriendly place. I guess that's the way the locals want it, well, they got it. Never plan to go back. With the new traffic pattern I probably will stay away fron CB & KB except in the off season when all the "terrists" have gone home.

Beaches

Be glad you didn't come to Carolina/Kure..the idiots that changed the traffic pattern through CB caused total chaos when beach-goers tried to drive through town. Cars were backed up for hours all the way from the bridge to the Kure Beach pier, as well as Dow Road. There should be a competency test for the CB town council!:{

Go check your math...

...and brush up on your "Infrastructure 101". Our talented NCDOT planners are the ones responsible for the CB traffic pattern, not the CB town council. Carefully apply the term "idiot" where it is applicable. Ready for YOUR competency test yet?
Oh...and by the way. Memorial day is the second largest holiday of the summer, second only to July the fourth. But, hey...I don't blame you for being totally impatient. If you want to visit the beach on a big holiday, without people, without traffic and without waiting, Venezuela has plenty of them for you to visit! Head thatta way......

topsail beach is better

yup totally skipped wrightsville and went too surf city instead ,free parking ,clean beach's,no alcohol ...so no dealing with rude obnoxious loud people.

it was like a breath of fresh air compared to wrightsville.

Carolina Beach

We were privileged to stay at Carolina Beach for this past Memorial day weekend! We went to the dog beach(with our Chihuahua) at Fort Fisher on Saturday, which is a nice beach. Unfortunately, we couldn't get anywhere close on Sunday! The cars were swarming like vultures just waiting for the next car to leave! There was a huge line at the north end dog beach, also. We ended up going to Topsail Island, where we luckily found a parking spot at a beach access. Carolina Beach needs to provide more beach access along the ocean front, where there are no houses. Also, we need more overflow parking for holidays.