Wrightsville Beach has decided not to ban smoking on the beach. This issue will undoubtably come up again before the board of aldermen in the coming years, but in the meantime you can continue to smoke your life away while you soak up the sand and stare at whatever you stare at out there. Frankly, no smoking on the beach may be the best idea because the day may soon come when you flip a cigarette near the ocean, you’ll start a fire.
The upside of the decision is that the fine for littering, which includes cigarettes, has gone up from $100 to $250. Just like that! Talk about compromise. Banning smoking would not have made more money than this hefty new fine. Plus the town gets to make up nifty new signs and the officers get warn young ladies about the dangers of littering cigarettes. This sounds like a win-win for everyone, and fuck you if you don’t carry your cig butts off the beach and get hit with the fine.