The ordinance, which was unanimously adopted during Tuesday night’s meeting, will not allow smoking on any part of the city’s beaches.
Smoking had only been allowed in “designated smoking areas,” according to City Business Administrator Howard Woolley. Earlier this month, Woolley said it has become increasingly more difficult to regulate these areas, and that people were smoking everywhere.
This ordinance eliminates the smoking areas and people will now be fined if they are caught smoking in any area of the beach. The fine for smoking on the beach is $100 for the first offense, and $200 and $300 for subsequent offenses.
These smoking areas were designated with signs and signs, which will both be removed. Woolley said new signs that say “no smoking” will be added in the place of signs that said smoking is prohibited except in designated areas.