Cape May continues to move forward with plans to ban smoking on its beaches, oceanfront Promenade and public parks.
On Tuesday, an ordinance banning smoking in these areas was introduced with a 5-0 vote. The AC Press reports that all five members of the Cape May City council are nonsmokers.
While Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman first proposed the idea earlier this year, his plan only included banning smoking from beaches. The ordinance now includes the Promenade, Rotary Park, Sunset Pavilion, Kiwanis Park, Wise-Anderson Park, Harborview Park and the city’s dog park, according to the AC Press.
The ordinance sets a minimum fine of $100 for violations. The Press reports that the maximum fine, which could follow repeat offenses, is as much as $1250 along with community service or prison terms not exceeding 90 days.
The proposed ordinance says that a nonsmoker’s right to breath smoke-free air is a priority over a person’s desire to smoke. It also cites studies that say second-hand smoke outdoors poses hazards.
A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 14.