Ocean City Decides to Implement Convoluted Smoking ‘Ban’

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Ocean City to Institute Smoking Ban

Ocean City has gone and done it, almost. They’ve voted to kinda ban smoking on the beach and boardwalk beginning May 1, 2015.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the new rule will work like this: Upwards of 150 red metal ash cans will be placed on the beach at intersecting streets and “near entry points on the east side of the dune.” Several others will be placed on the boardwalk. You can smoke as long as you are within fifty feet of a receptacle.

Outside of that radius, smokers will be charged fines anywhere from $25 to $1,000, the upper limit representing “a ‘worst-case scenario’ for non-compliance.” (What could they possible imagine is going to happen in a worst-case scenario?)

So Ocean City’s beaches are going smoke-free except for up to 1.18 million square feet of beach that may fall within 50 feet of 150 ash cans (depending on how far apart the ash cans are set).

Councilman Brent Ashley, who voted against, called the ordinance “confusing and convoluted,” a measure to ensure a “partially pristine beach.”



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