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Smoking is prohibited on the ‘dry sand’ parts of Wrightsville Beach. What about the wet sand?

A cigarette butt sits in the dry sand at Wrightsville Beach on Aug. 10, 2013. StarNews photo by Matt Born.

A cigarette butt sits in the dry sand at Wrightsville Beach on Aug. 10, 2013. StarNews photo by Matt Born.

Q. In a recent article about smoking on the beach, you used the term “dry sand” to describe where smoking is prohibited. Is smoking also prohibited at the shoreline or “wet sand” area? Is the ban now legal as far as the state is concerned?

A. Technically you can smoke in the shoreline areas below the dry sand. But Wrightsville Beach town officials would prefer if you didn’t smoke anywhere on the actual beach, and the second you throw a cigarette butt in the water, you’re subject to fines and tickets.

The town’s ordinance specifically addresses the dry sand portion of the beach.

Wrightsville Beach has had an exception to the state law because they own a portion of the beach. Additionally, a provision included a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory allows beach towns to enforce ordinances on public trust lands adjacent to their jurisdictional area.

RELATED LINKS:

StarNews: Wrightsville Beach sees little fuss on smoking ban

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