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Wrightsville Beach officials, residents reconsidering cigarette ban

Some Wrightsville Beach organizations are fighting to keep cigarette butts off the beach – again. Some Wrightsville Beach organizations are fighting to keep cigarette butts off the beach – again.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Some Wrightsville Beach organizations are fighting to keep cigarette butts off the beach – again.

The idea of a smoke-free Wrightsville Beach lost in a 3-2 vote in 2010, but Thursday night, some people attended the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen meeting to try to make some changes.

There wasn't much controversy coming from the audience at the meeting, and people involved with both the Cleaner Greener Committee and the Surf Rider Foundation presented several facts in support of a cigarette ban to the board with the hopes of getting the issue back on the agenda for one last public hearing.

However, there was a disconnect with the board when it came to deciding the fate of the presenters' request.

Mayor Cignotti argued that a lot of Wrightsville Beach residents are interested in this issue, so the public should have a chance to speak their opinions.

Mayor Pro Tem Susan Collins suggested it wouldn't be worth the board's time, since all the presented facts were the same as when the proposal was denied previously. She also said a ban would be very difficult to enforce.

Not everyone was on board with Collins, though.

"I think [Collins] has some family members that smoke, and she's for smoking, and unfortunately, I think personal preferences should not take over the preferences of the people of Wrightsville Beach," said Tim Taylor of the Cleaner Greener Committee.

Mayor Cignotti got Alderman Bill Sisson to second the motion to put the smoking ban item back on the agenda.

They set a tentative date of March 8 for that public hearing.

The proposed ban would only affect the Wrightsville Beach strand; not the sound or area parks.

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