Could Area Beaches Ban Smoking?

A proposed ban on smoking at Wrightsville Beach has some wondering if officials in Eastern Carolina could consider the same thing for beaches here.

Wrightsville Beach officials voted on that proposed ban Thursday night and rejected it by a vote of 3-2.

Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush says, "A smoking ban on beaches is not something the board of commissioners has considered in the past and it's nothing we've contemplated at the staff level."

Atlantic Beach Police Major Jeff Harvey says enforcement would be a challenge. "Particularly here, we have five miles of beach front. So at any given time we have a handful of officers that are primarily tied up with the road."

While smoking bans aren't something beach goers will have to worry about along the Crystal Coast, parking fees are. Holiday and weekend parking rates go into effect Good Friday in Emerald Isle and mid-May for Atlantic Beach.

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