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Bethany Considers Extending Beach Smoking Ban


BETHANY BEACH, Del.- Smokers in Sussex County may soon have fewer places to light up.

The town of Bethany Beach will consider a year-round extension of its smoking ban on the beach and boardwalk, Mayor Tony McClenny said. Smoking is currently prohibited in those areas from the middle of May until mid-September.

"For the comfort of people on the beach and boardwalk, I think it makes a lot of sense," said Rosemary Hardiman of Bethany, a former smoker.

McClenny said the proposal to change the three-year-old rule came at the request of people in the community. The law reduces second hand smoke and cigarette litter, McClenny said. Every year, volunteers collect thousands of cigarette butts on Delmarva's beaches as part of the Coastal Cleanup Project.

The town already has a year-round ban on smoking in parks, playgrounds and the bandstand.

The fine for violating the ban can reach up to $500, according to a sign posted in a Bethany park. McClenny said, as far as he knows, no one has been cited for violating the rules since the ban was first adopted. The town has placed warning signs on the boardwalk advising visitors of the rules.

The Bethany Beach Town Council is scheduled to consider an extension at its Monday workshop though McClenny said council members won't likely make a decision until a future council meeting.

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