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 violates 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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