Requesting Stakeholder Input

Dear Downtown Stakeholder

DBA (Downtown Business Alliance) has agreed to prepare and distribute a survey for your input regarding a very restrictive smoking ban proposed involving not only Downtown Wilmington, but all of New Hanover County. There is a sense of urgency and your response is of the utmost importance.  We ask that you respond by Sunday, February 16, 2020.  The goal is to deliver a summary of the input gathered from this survey and present it to New Hanover County Health and Humans Services at their meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. We will also be sending the summary outcome to the New Hanover County Commissioners and Wilmington City Council. 

New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board is recommending that the New Hanover County Commission approve a ban on smoking (including vaping) in outdoor public areas, including sidewalks and government owned property.  Smoking or vaping would be allowed for places with patios that meet certain restrictive criteria. 

As currently proposed, the ban would affect Downtown businesses, real estate, most downtown parking lots and all downtown festivals and special events.  Penalties would carry a fine of $50 for the smoker and $200 for the building owner or leasee, if they control the space.  We have been informed that New Hanover County Health and Human Services is considering expanding the scope of the ban to include private properties as well, such as shopping centers, and free-standing commercial enterprises throughout New Hanover County.
Downtown Examples:
·       A person walking on a sidewalk smoking would be subject to a $50 fine.
·       A smoker sitting at a table in front of Hell’s Kitchen would receive a $50 fine and the business would receive a $200 fine, as it controls the space where the tables are placed. 
·       A customer at Barbary Coast standing outside smoking/vaping could receive a $50 fine but the business would not as the bar does not control or leases the sidewalk. 
·       A person smoking/vaping on a sidewalk watching the St. Patrick’s Day parade would receive a $50 fine and DBA would receive a $200 fine, as they hold the permit for the event.
Based on the above information, please rate your answers on a scale of 1 to 5.  1 (one) representing NOT IN agreement and 5 (five) representing HIGHLY agree.

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* 1. Second-hand smoke is currently a serious environmental problem Downtown that should be regulated by New Hanover County.

i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 2. Ban smoking on all sidewalks (this could apply to shopping centers, apartment complexes, hotels, offices, downtown and other similar places).

i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 3. Banning smoking outside of businesses, including retail, pubs and restaurants will have a negative effect on business and tourism.

i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 4. A person receiving a $50 smoking fine in Downtown would be less likely to return Downtown.

i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 5. Wilmington Police and/or the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department should deploy officers to respond to 911 smoking calls.

i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 6. Smoking should only be prohibited on New Hanover County-owned property...... NOT banned on City of Wilmington, private properties, housing, hospitality, retail, or commercial real estate.

i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 7. Would you like to be involved in meetings and presentations regarding this matter?

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* 8. Would you be willing to send a letter or sign a petition directed to the New Hanover County Health and Human Services as well as New Hanover County Commissioners.

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* 9. Please answer by selection ONE only:

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* 10. Please Provide Contact Info (Optional)

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* 11. We Welcome Your Comments

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