Tybee Island beach could permanently ban cigarettes on the sand

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The lighting on a local beach can change as Tybee Island decides whether or not cigarette drafts will go up in smoke or not. For two beach seasons now, certain areas of Tybee Island Beach have been smoke-free. At the public safety building, city leaders review the plan again before it comes to an end. “You know this year it’s three-quarters or you know five-eighths of a bucket so yay. That’s still a ridiculous amount of butts,” said Tybee Clean Beach volunteer Tim Arnold. Tim Arnold worked to keep Tybee beaches clean as a volunteer. He says the city’s pilot plan to keep cigarette butts off the beach has helped but isn’t perfect. “If someone walks from 13 to 14 with a cigarette, they suddenly violated the law that they didn’t know because they came from another place that they didn’t know,” Arnold said. On Thursday, officials spoke about possible changes to the pilot program before it ends in May. “Florida is completely smoke-free on all beaches. It’s not like a radical fix. It’s not state-of-the-art,” said Barry Brown, a member of the city council. “If it was the whole beach, no matter where you were, you know you’re not supposed to smoke because we could get the message across more easily than between these two crossings,” said Shawn Gillen, the manager from the city. the beach is useless. “I wanted to point out that it is not conclusive. And that’s no surprise because it was kind of designed to be hardened for us,” Arnold said. The public safety committee plans to present the smoke-free pilot project to city council next month for an extension. The smoke-free pilot program is set to end next May and it would be the second extension if granted.

The lighting on a local beach can change as Tybee Island decides whether or not cigarette drafts will go up in smoke or not.

For two beach seasons now, certain areas of Tybee Island Beach have been smoke-free.

At the public safety building, city leaders review the plan again before it comes to an end.

“You know this year it’s three-quarters or you know five-eighths of a bucket, so yeah. It’s still a ridiculous amount of butts,” said Tybee Clean Beach volunteer Tim Arnold.

Tim Arnold worked to keep Tybee beaches clean as a volunteer.

He says the city’s pilot plan to keep cigarette butts away from the beach has helped but isn’t perfect.

“If someone walks from 13and at 14and with a cigarette they suddenly broke the law they didn’t know because they came from another place they didn’t know,” Arnold said.

On Thursday, officials spoke about possible changes to the pilot program before it ends in May.

“Florida is completely non-smoking on all beaches. It’s not like a radical solution. It’s not state-of-the-art,” said city council member Barry Brown.

“If it was the whole beach, no matter where you were, you know you’re not supposed to smoke because we could get the message across more easily than between these two crossings,” said Shawn Gillen, the manager. municipal.

But Arnold said there was no point keeping just part of the beach.

“I wanted to point out that it’s not conclusive. And that’s no surprise because it was kind of designed to be hardened for us,” Arnold said.

The public safety committee plans to present the smoke-free pilot project to city council next month for an extension.

The smoke-free pilot program is set to end next May and it would be the second extension if granted.

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