Town Drops Plan To Ban Balloons At The Beach

Leaders of a North Carolina beach community are reconsidering banning balloons from the shore as a way to protect turtles.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports Friday that the board of aldermen in Wrightsville Beach voted to shoot down the ordinance.

The ban was proposed to keep the inflated materials from getting away from children and floating into the ocean. That's where sea turtles can mistake them for food.

Wrightsville Beach leaders think a better solution would be a law fining people $250 if a balloon is released anywhere in the town.

Balloons already are outlawed on signs and not allowed at special events.

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  • by Tommy Location: Creswell on Dec 12, 2010 at 05:11 PM
    Don't know about you all, but I for one am sick of hearing about the ------- sea turtles. Anyone who knows anything about are ocean knows they are far from endangered.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    How about putting a ban on vehicles too!!!
  • by Jim Location: SC on Dec 10, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    It's become abundantly clear that the inmates ar now in control of the asylum...
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM
    A fine for releasing a balloon!!!! Just another unenforceable law to have on the books to choke the court systems with.....HONEST your Honor, it wasn't me, it was another kid standing beside me and the officer saw me first after he saw the balloon floating upward and looked down at the crowd.....GIVE US A BREAK!!!!!

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