Smoking on the beach is something people do without thinking twice, but it may become illegal soon.
A proposal was filed by Republican Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota on Wednesday. If the proposal passes, authorities will be able to give citations to people who smoke on public beaches.
If you say “screw it” and smoke on the beach anyway, you may be looking at a $25 fine or ten hours of community service.
Sarasota previously attempted to impose legislation that would have allowed its county and other local governments to maintain smoking bans for beaches and parks. However, that legislation was declared dead in 2013, the Herald-Tribune reports.
Several Florida anti-beach smoking petitions (like this one) were also initiated in the past and even garnered support but were ultimately unsuccessful.
Back in 2007, Fort Lauderdale commissioners attempted to make flicking cigarette butts on the beach a municipal violation by defining the butts as “solid waste,” but the attempt failed, according to the New Times.
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