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Smoking Ban

ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach laws face a line in the sand

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video With a smoking ban under consideration at Wrightsville Beach, many people wonder if the town could even enforce such an ordinance. So what is legal? What's not? And where? At Wrightsville Beach the line in the sand is drawn at high tide. It's called the 1939 Line, which defines town property from the dunes to the high water mark. Full story...
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WB aldermen vote to put smoking ban on November ballot

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video Wrightsville Beach is one step closer to enforcing a smoking ban. During a special meeting Thursday, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to put the ban to a public vote. Full story...
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Kickback Jack's challenges smoking ban

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When is a wall not a wall? That was the main issue Wednesday when Battleground Restaurant Group Inc. appealed $1,200 in fines levied against it by the New Hanover County Health Department for violations of the state law that prohibits smoking in a restaurant. Full story...
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Potential smoking ban fires up again in Wrightsville Beach

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video The push for a smoking ban in Wrightsville Beach has fired up again. After the Board of Aldermen voted against a ban, supporters of the ban are bringing the issue back to the table. Full story...
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Petition signatures verified; smoking ban push at Wrightsville Beach moves forward

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The New Hanover County Board of Elections has verified 233 of the 294 signatures submitted on a petition to put a smoking ban in place on Wrightsville Beach. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach group one step closer to butt-free beach

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video The debate on whether to ban smoking continued tonight at the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen meeting. Supporters of the ban got one step closer to reaching their dream of a butt free beach. A group supporting the smoking ban presented the board with a stack of signed petitions. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Supporters to petition Wrightsville Beach for smoking ban

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video Although a smoking ban in Wrightsville Beach was snuffed out a month ago, the fight is not over yet. Supporters of the ban say they are sick of butts on the beach, so they found a loophole in town law to revive their cause. Full story...
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NC appeals court upholds smoking ban in bars

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a state ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants. Full story...
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Woman collects more than 40,000 butts off beach; says ban is necessary

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videoThe warmer weather means it's finally beach season, and that means thousands of people will make their way to Wrightsville Beach. As the town prepares for the 2012 tourist season, the Board of Aldermen are also considering a new smoking ban. Locals say they plan to speak out about this ban tonight at a public hearing. Full story...
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Police Department investigation continues in Wrightsville Beach; smoking ban, Crystal Pier discussion to come

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video The Town of Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen held a town meeting tonight looking for some answers on a police department investigation. The board also discussed the future of Crystal Pier. Full story...
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A sweepstakes parlor moves out; a hookah bar moves in

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video Many sweepstakes parlors left town after North Carolina banned them but those weren't the only businesses forced to close their doors. A ban on hookah bars left many business owners with nowhere to turn one couple is ignoring the ban and hoping for better luck in a new location. Full story...
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Appeals court hears challenge to NC's smoking ban

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A lawsuit challenging North Carolina's law requiring restaurants and bars to be smoke-free is getting a hearing by appeals court judges. Full story...
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Raleigh city council may ban smoking in city parks

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North Carolina's capital city may join the thousands of people with resolutions to stop smoking. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Raleigh's city council is scheduled to discuss an ordinance Tuesday that would ban smokers from city parks. Full story...
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For NC's smoking ban, legal challenges move ahead

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One year after restaurants began enforcing North Carolina's smoking ban, several small businesses in the state are pushing ahead with a legal challenge that could limit the scope of the law. Full story...
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