From The Journal Times.com:
"RACINE — Outdoor smoking would be banned in all city recreational
areas under an ordinance alderman have directed the city attorney to
"Meeting as a Committee of the Whole on Monday evening,
aldermen voted 7-1 to have the ordinance drafted. It would prohibit
smoking and smoking by-products such as cigar and cigarette butts in
city parks and park shelters, golf courses, playgrounds, beaches and
sports complexes such as Horlick Athletic Field. The ordinance as
proposed would include designated parking areas.
and vote followed a presentation about smoking and its effects by Racine
Health Department Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox. She said 845
municipalities across the country have passed smoke-free-park
legislation, and 170 so far have banned smoking on beaches.
presentation she cited Parks Superintendent Mike Willis’ statement that
smokers are a particular problem on city beaches. Cigarette butts cast
aside can only be collected by hand, and are left behind by the
thousands while taking approximately 15 years to decompose.
"11th District Alderman Greg Helding said he was more concerned with
the litter than the smoking but said, 'If you go after one you have to
go after the other.'
“'I think it’s a great idea,' said 3rd
District Alderman Michael Shields. But he wanted to know the fiscal
impact and how such an ordinance would be enforced.
"Bowersox said a $7,000 grant would cover most or all of the cost of signage.
she said, 'The nice thing about our society is we’re self-regulating,
we’re self-compliant.' Most people would voluntarily comply, she said.
outside the parks and other recreational areas would become the
available smoking areas, Bowersox said after the meeting.
response to a question, she said the prohibition would not include
electronic cigarettes, because the federal government has not so far put
them in the same classification with regular cigarettes.
"15th District Alderman Eddie Diehl voiced concern that a ban could snag some visitors from out of town who might miss the signs.
Committee of the Whole is comprised of the entire City Council but does
not take final action. With four aldermen absent and Shields not
voting, only 1st District Alderman Jeff Coe voted against directing the
city attorney to draft an ordinance.
"It was clear a few were
thinking about exceptions instead of a blanket ban. Sixth District
Alderman Sandy Weidner, for example, said she might want to make
exceptions in places where mainly adults play — for example, at adult
"And Helding questioned banning cigars on the golf courses, saying, “A cigar while golfing is as American as apple pie.'”
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I think this is asinine. I feel so bad for my hometown. Monsters are destroying it. As usual, lying worm Greg Helding wants one set of rules for himself and a different set for others.