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Posted: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 12:20PM

St. Joseph Commission Hears Proposal To Ban Smoking On Beaches



A St. Joseph couple is advocating a smoking ban on public beaches at Tiscornia Park and Lions Park in the city. James Brooks and his wife Linda Hyde are frequent volunteers for beach clean-up efforts, and he told the city commission Tuesday night that they noticed on vacation in San Diego that there were no cigarette butts on the beaches there.

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Brooks added he's aware there could be enforcement issues. City Manager Richard Lewis said if such an ordinance is passed, it would be very tough to police.

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Commissioner Chris Heugel expressed his reservations about a possible ban.

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The commission discussed Brooks' idea, with public works director Derek Perry reminding them the city has ordinances banning littering with signs posted at the beaches.

   

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