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Couldn’t they hire officers to keep people from tossing cigarette butts on the ground in Southport Waterfront Park?

Jim Ware

Cigarette butts litter the waterfront near the Southport Pier May 2, 2012. Staff Photo By: Ken Blevins/StarNews Media

Q. I live near Southport and see cigarette butts all over Southport Waterfront Park. I see people next to butt receptacles who still throw them in the grass. Couldn’t they hire plainclothes officers to write tickets for littering? The fines would more than pay the officers’ salary w/benefits.

A. The answer comes from Jerry Dove, chief of police in Southport:

“I will see what can be done to stop the problem.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention.”


Is there a fine for throwing cigarette butts out of car windows?

Why do hospital workers continue to smoke and litter in areas near New Hanover Regional?

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