Smoking ban in Carolina Beach appears snuffed out

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Smoke 'em if you got 'em in Carolina Beach.

It appears the town council does not have the authority to limit smoking on the beach, according to Councilman Bob Lewis.

Lewis says council members got an update from the town attorney, who cited a statute from 1998. Lewis says the statute basically limits what ordinances towns can enact in the beach areas if they participate in beach nourishment. The attorney will advise council to take no action on a proposed smoking ban.

In July, council started considering a ban on parts of the beach. No beach community currently bans smoking on the beach in North Carolina.

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