March 25, 2011 - Monday night, the Ocean City Town Council voted to ban smoking in certain municipal playgrounds as well as the town's skate park and tennis center. It was considered a bold move, at least for Ocean City, which remains light years behind neighboring Atlantic Ocean resorts when it comes to family-friendly public health policies. (Ocean City: The Atlantic's smoking section? Our view: Ocean City takes a baby step toward family-friendly smoking laws, but is it ready for the real thing?, baltimoresun.com, 3/22/2011)
BETHANY BEACH — A smoking ban on the Bethany Beach boardwalk will now be extended year-round. The Town Council in a 4-3 vote extended the ban beyond just the summer season to the entire year. The prohibition applies to the boardwalk and access ramps and follows an existing year-round ban on smoking at the bandstand and parks and playgrounds. Smokers will still be able to light up at designated areas. A first-time offense carries a warning, but repeat violators could face fines.
Even in mid-January when the winds are whipping over the dunes and a person could fire a harpoon down the Bethany boardwalk without fear of hitting a fellow visitor, it will still be illegal to light up a cigarette. (Bethany Beach extends boardwalk smoking ban, Written by The News Journal, delmarvanow.com, 3/19/2011).