When I came upon this pile of 9 cigarette butts, I couldn't get over it. Yes, I have picked up a sh*tload of cigarette butts off of Wrightsville Beach... but I can still never get over it when I see PILES of cigarette butts on the beach. Then when I do the math, I realize that as Sara is counting and tallying the number of cigarette butts she finds on her smoke-free Santa Monica beach during her 20 minute The Daily Ocean clean ups... she is only finding an average of 9 cigarette butts PER 20 minutes. I picked up 9 in about one second.
To update everyone on the Smoke-Free Wrightsville Beach effort, the petitions signed by WB residents have been turned over to the New Hanover County Board of Elections for the signatures to be verified. According to the Star-News, at the WB Board of Alderman meeting last night the smoking ban wasn't even on the agenda... but it couldn't be ignored.
"At the board's Thursday night meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Susan Collins, who opposed the beach smoking ban in March, said the town had received 17,723 emails and 7,723 phone calls from January to March, many regarding the possible smoking ban."
I would personally like to thank everyone for emailing, writing personal letters and getting involved in this effort! Together we are making a difference!! :)
20 minutes on May 10, 2012 at Access 16
Cigarette butts: 163
Total amount of cigarette butts removed from Wrightsville Beach, NC in 137 days: