L.B. gets mixed reviews on three measures : Residents weigh in on solar project, smoking ban, meters | Cigarettes Blog

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

L.B. gets mixed reviews on three measures : Residents weigh in on solar project, smoking ban, meters

LONG BRANCH -- During a busy City Council meeting, members of the public had different takes that ranged from praise to criticism on three city ordinances.

During the June 28 meeting, the council approved ordinances authorizing the city to bond for a professional consulting contract for a solar project; banning smoking on city beaches; and approving a trial of parking meters at two city parking lots. . . .


The next move the city made was to ban smoking on all city beaches, an ordinance that was discussed earlier this month.

Karen Blumenfeld, who is the executive director of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy, an advocacy group based in Summit, praised the city's efforts to restrict smoking.

She said that the city has the strongest ordinance regarding smoking on beaches in the state and that only a handful of municipalities have measures that are equal.

Bobrow also praised the ordinance, but suggested the city get creative with the funds obtained from any fines.

"This is a great idea; the only other thing I can think of is that maybe those fines should go to the cancer society or a program to prevent kids from smoking," the local resident said.

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