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Decision On Ocean City Smoking Ban Expected This Week

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Ocean City is the only resort town in the area that still allows smoking on the beach.
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Ocean City is the only resort town in the area that still allows smoking on the beach.

Officials in Ocean City, Maryland, will meet this week to decide whether or not to ban smoking on the beach and the Boardwalk.

Pressure is mounting on the mayor and City Council to finally pass smoking legislation in the resort. Ocean City officials have been reluctant to pass such a measure in recent years, but now, the resort is currently the only place in the region where you can smoke on the beach, and some locals worry that isn't a good thing for tourism.

All beach resorts in neighboring Delaware, including Fenwick Island, Rehoboth, Bethany and Dewey Beach, have banned smoking in recent years, and sources at city hall say this may be the year Ocean City finally follows suit.

The measure, if passed, could mirror the smoking ban that will go into effect in Rehoboth Beach next month, in which first-time offenders will be issued a warning and subsequent offenses will result in a $25 civil fine.

The popular Delaware resort will also designate 20 smoking areas just off the beach and will provide cigarette disposal containers to help curb litter.

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