MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WFOR) – The Miami Beach City Commission on Wednesday voted to ban the smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products on public beaches and public parks in the city.
“This provides us with the opportunity to continue to meet our demands for cleaner beaches and healthier lifestyles,” said Miami Beach Vice Mayor Alex Fernandez. “Cigarettes are not the right kind of butts we want on our beaches”
Officials said the new order carries a $100 fine or up to 60 days in jail for the first offense in a 12-month period. The second offense is a $200 fine with possible jail time – and the third offense is a criminal offense.
But not everyone agrees with the ban.
“Cigarettes help me relax. I’m against it,” says Miami Beach resident Scott Low. “My lease ends in March. I’m going to have to move, I have to live in a smoker’s paradise.”
The ordinance comes into effect on Sunday, January 1, 2023.
“Glad we’re finally able to pass this ban,” added Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “I am tired of the scourge of cigarette butts and second-hand smoke that too often invades our public spaces.”
“At the end of the day, banning smoking on our beaches is in everyone’s interest, and above all the environment,” Fernandez added.
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