Ogunquit, Maine - the people have voted no smoking on beaches..

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November 4, 2010 - OGUNQUIT — Smokers will no longer be allowed to light up on the beach as voters overwhelmingly on Tuesday approved an ordinance to put a smoking ban into effect. The ban passed 543 to 213, which will prohibit smoking tobacco or any other substance as well as "the discarding of cigarettes or cigar butts onto the ground," on Ogunquit beaches, including Main Beach, Footbridge Beach and North Beach.

Violators of the new ordinance will be given one verbal warning by a police or code enforcement officer before being issued a $50 fine if they again fail to comply with town code, according to the article. Some voters Tuesday expressed skepticism about whether or not the ordinance will be enforceable, but many also said they were happy to see the change.

"There are little kids running around on the beach," resident Barbara Lavine said after casting her ballot to pass the ban Tuesday. "It gets really messy."

Reference: Voters ban smoking on Ogunquit beaches by Casey Sullivan
(csullivan@seacoastonline.com), Seacoastonline.com, 11/4/2010.

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