Carlsbad Last To Beach “No Smoking” Party

by The Editors on November 15, 2007

If a ban on smoking at Carlsbad beaches could raise tax revenue for the city you know the Carlsbad City Council would have been all over it years ago. But seeing as a beach smoking ban is simply a smart, well-reasoned thing to do, the Council has only recently thought about it.

“Apparently, we’re the last one to consider a smoking ban,” Councilman Mark Packard said, mentioning that the Encinitas City Council decided Tuesday to draw up such an ordinance.

According to a Barbara Henry story in the North County Times Carlsbad is that last North County city in San Diego County to take action. Bans are already in place in Del Mar, Oceanside and Solana Beach.

But not everyone is in favor of this ban. Mayor Bud Lewis thinks this “smacks of over-regulation,” and Councilwoman Julie Nygaard doesn’t see a “butt-problem” at Carlsbad beaches. Then there’s Police Chief Tom Zoll. He seems to view it as more work:

Enforcement of a smoking ban at the beach won’t be easy — it could require dispatching an officer to walk the beach, he said.

Yes, Chief Zoll, an officer may actually need to get out of his or her car and we know how dangerous that can be.

[Link: North County Times]

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