DANIA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 03: Bill Griffith, on vacation from Chicago, Illinois, lights up a cigarette as he visits the beach on January 03, 2019 in Dania Beach, Florida. Florida state legislatures introduced an effort to outlaw smoking on all public beaches in the state. Mr Griffith said he doesn't understand why they would want to outlaw smoking on the beaches and he picks up his cigarette butts whenever he smokes on the beach. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida law would ban smoking on public beaches

Republican state Sen. Joe Gruters, who represents the Sarasota area, filed a measure Wednesday that would make it illegal to smoke on public beaches in Florida

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The measure proposes police could give out citations to anyone smoking on a public beach.

People caught smoking would face a fine of as much as $25 or 10 hours of community service.

According to the Washington-based nonprofit group Ocean Conservancy, more than 95,000 cigarette butts were cleaned up from Florida beaches in a single day during a cleanup study in 2017.

Florida’s legislative session for 2019 begins March 5. If passed, the law could go into effect July 1 – just in time for your Fourth of July trip to the beach.

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