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Rehoboth Beach Closer to Smoking Ban

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- The Rehoboth Beach City Commissioners will present an ordinance Friday night that would ban smoking in many public areas.

These include the beach, boardwalk, access ways, bandstand and parks. Furthermore, the ban would be all year long.

There would also be designated smoking areas.

According to City Commissioner Stan Mills, who proposed the ordinance, the city has been talking about banning smoking since 2011.

"When we first took this topic up in 2011 we had a lot of discussion about it, especially about the rationale," he explained. "But we did leave out the beach and boardwalk. Three years later it seems to be a growing nationwide trend and many more municipalities are enacting smoking bans and largely total smoking bans and so I think our timing is right at this time."

Mills says both health issues and littering are two big causes of the proposed ban.

Beth Dingwall visits Rehoboth Beach from Wilmington often, and hopes the ban passes.

"I see some litter on the beaches, when I sit and come with my family, I don't really want to put my blanket down or have a picnic and have cigarette butts around me," she said. "I think it is nice to provide an atmosphere for people that don't want to be around it."

The year-round factor however is worrisome to Chrissy Decampo, a Rehoboth Beach resident who also smokes.

"If you go on the beach right now there's not a soul," she said. "I don't agree with that but seasonal, crazy, thousands of people on the beach, boardwalk, etc., I do believe in banning smoking."

Mills said the city modeled the ban after Bethany Beach, but added the year round factor to every area.

"Bethany [Beach] does have a ban year round on their parks and also their boardwalk, their ban on their beach with designated areas for smoking however is only in the summertime," he explained. "We decided that the problem's of litter, secondhand smoke, are something that occur year round and that's the direction were choosing to go."

Mills also said voluntary compliance has been shown to work as a form of enforcement across to country. But for violators, there would be a fine.

The city commission will actually vote on the proposed ordinance at a meeting in March.

 

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