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Wrightsville Beach Aldermen reject smoking ban

If the ban passed, Wrightsville Beach would have been the first in North Carolina to adopt the ban, joining the likes of Surfside Beach and Atlantic Beach in South Carolina. If the ban passed, Wrightsville Beach would have been the first in North Carolina to adopt the ban, joining the likes of Surfside Beach and Atlantic Beach in South Carolina.
This man showed his support of the smoking ban by wearing a "breathe easy, keep it clean, SMOKE-FREE WB" T-shirt. This man showed his support of the smoking ban by wearing a "breathe easy, keep it clean, SMOKE-FREE WB" T-shirt.
Folks showed up early to the meeting to talk about a potential smoking ban on the beach. Folks showed up early to the meeting to talk about a potential smoking ban on the beach.
Wrightsville Beach Aldermen voted, 3-2, against a smoking ban. Wrightsville Beach Aldermen voted, 3-2, against a smoking ban.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Leaders in Wrightsville Beach held a public hearing Thursday night about a potential smoking ban on the beach and later voted, 3-2, against it.

If the ban passed, Wrightsville Beach would have been the first in North Carolina to adopt the ban, joining the likes of Surfside Beach and Atlantic Beach in South Carolina.

In 2010, the Board of Alderman rejected the ban, partially out of concern about how to enforce it. Supporters say signs, peer pressure and awareness are enough to make people stop smoking on the beach.

Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti allotted 40 minutes for people to speak on each side of the issue during the meeting, which was held at the town's Public Safety Building.

Approximately 90% of those in attendance were in support of the proposed ban. Despite their overwhelming support, Aldermen still decided to vote against the ban, mainly because of the difficulty to enforce.

Cignotti told WECT.com after the hearing that he's disappointed with the Board's decision, but he does not think there will be another hearing on this issue while he's in office.

Copyright 2012 WECT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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