Belmar considers smoking ban

February 21, 2009 9:09:37 PM PST
One Jersey Shore town may soon snuff out smoking on its beaches. Beachgoers in Belmar already are restricted in the areas where they can smoke cigarettes and cigars.

But the Borough Council is now considering a proposal to bar smoking on its beaches and boardwalk.

Mayor Kenneth Pringle says litter is the main problem, noting that cigarette butts can be found everywhere.

The council held a public hearing on the proposal today, but it's not clear when a vote will be held.

About 50 residents attended the meeting, with most saying a complete smoking ban on the beaches is unrealistic and would be an infringement on smokers' rights.

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