Beachgoers could face $650 fine as Wrightsville Beach increases penalty for violating beach closure

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Road signs direct drivers to Wrightsville Beach and Jacksonville, NC, USA.

Road signs direct drivers to Wrightsville Beach and Jacksonville, NC, USA.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. — Stepping onto the shore at Wrightsville Beach could cost you up to $650, WWAY reports.

The town recently upped the penalty for violating a ban on visiting public beaches after the New Hanover County shut down public beaches.

Violations initially carried only a misdemeanor charge with a $150 fine.

Now, town leaders have added a possible $500 fine.

It’s up to officers to decide whether violaters should get the misdemeanor charges and $150 fine, the $500 fine or both. The combination would carry a fine of $650 and a misdemeanor charge.

Over the weekend, 18 people were charged with violating the order in Wrightsville Beach.

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