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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Polls are open for early voting and
thousands of residents in Wilmington have already cast their ballots. A much
smaller number will vote on the issue of a smoking ban which will impact
everyone who visits Wrightsville Beach.
There are close to 2,000 registered voters in Wrightsville Beach and this
election, they will make the final decision on the smoking ban.
"I'm against it because of the millions of butts that are left in the
sand," said Mel Pitts, a Wilmington voter for the smoking ban.
"If people want to smoke let them smoke," said voter Terry Green.
"If it's not bothering anybody, I don't see a difference. Smoke."
"I'm a smoker but I don't have a standpoint on it because I do
understand why they're doing it," said voter Shynett Batts.
Everyone has their own reason but it's only the opinions of the island
residents that will matter in the end.
"If we could be absolutely sure that people will discard their butts
then it would be okay but obviously that's not the case," said Pitts.
Non-residents of Wrightsville Beach want voters to know that despite the
beach being the town's property, it's still an area enjoyed by
locals and tourists.
"I take my family there," said Allison Horton. "I would
rather they ban it."
"It's not fair for someone that is addicted to tobacco that he or she
cannot enjoy a day at the beach," said Pitts. "I understand that and
I don't think they should be denied that right."
Beaches not owned by the towns must go through the state if they want a
similar issue addressed.
Early voting ends November 3, 2012.
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