Gulfport Rescinds Smoking Ban on Beach, Asks For Permission to Put it Back

 
Gulfport Rescinds Smoking Ban on Beach, Asks For Permission to Put it Back

Attorney Andy Strickland threatened legal action against the city for banning smoking on the beach

Under threat of a lawsuit from St. Petersburg attorney Andy Strickland and on the heels of similar legislation banning smoking on the beach in Sarasota, Gulfport reversed its position on smoking on the beach.

If the council approves the motion a second time in February, people will once again be allowed to smoke on the beach. Additionally, playgrounds and sports fields will once again have designated smoking areas in view of the fields and playgrounds.

Undeterred by the setback to the smoking ban, the city council voted to support a twice-failed state bill that would change the wording of the Clean Indoor Act. The change in wording would allow cities and counties to ban smoking in outdoor, publicly-owned places within their own borders.

 
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