Beach smoking ban being considered by Michigan community

ELK RAPIDS, MI – A village in northern Michigan is considering a proposal to ban smoking in parks and beaches.

The proposal at Elk Rapids, located northeast of Traverse City, aims to improve air quality and reduce waste in public spaces, according to an Associated Press report. The proposed ban follows complaints about discarded cigarette butts.

On Monday, May 6, Elk Rapids Village Council is expected to hear testimony and consider the ban at its 6 p.m. meeting at the Government Center, 315 Bridge St.

Residents Christine Peterson and Beth Guntzviller told the Traverse City Record-Eagle that they were tired of picking up cigarette butts in village parks and beaches.

The bans under the proposed ordinance include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, bongs, vaporizers or electronic cigarettes. The no-go zones would include all buildings belonging to the village, parks, beaches, public access sites, trails and trails, according to the Record-Eagle.

Problem areas include Dam Beach, Veterans Memorial Park, and Old Bathing Beach.

Guntzviller, a member of the village parks and recreation committee, said she didn’t think anyone would oppose the proposed ban.

Village clerk Caroline Kennedy drafted the ordinance after reviewing smoking restrictions in other communities. As proposed, a violation could result in a municipal civil violation.

The village council is made up of seven elected residents, headed by the village president. It holds meetings on the first and third Monday of each month.


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