Bill considered to allow smoking bans on beaches

Bill considered to allow smoking bans on beaches

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Bill considered to allow smoking bans on beaches

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina lawmaker is gauging support for a bill to allow coastal towns to enforce smoking bans on beaches.
 
The StarNews of Wilmington reports that Republican Ted Davis of New Hanover County is assessing support before introducing a bill.
 
Ocean beaches are considered state property in North Carolina, but beach smoking bans were approved last year in Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach.
 
Wrightsville Beach town manager Tim Owens says the town owns a large portion of its beach. But there's a conflict in the law that says beaches that have been rebuilt with sand are under state control.
 
Mayor David Cignotti says the town wants to be able to enforce the smoking ban from the edge of beachfront private property to the low tide mark.

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