Cigarettes will be restricted to specific areas effective next year.
If you smoke, this was likely the final summer in Ocean City where you can light one up while lounging on your beach chair.
That’s because the Mayor and City Council voted 4-3 to restrict smoking to designated areas on the beach and the boardwalk effective May 1, 2015.
The split decision was a compromise of sorts after a lengthy debate about banning smoking entirely in the resort reached a stalemate. The city council has been hesitant to take any action concerning smoking in the resort and had become the region’s unofficial smoking beach by default after all of its neighboring resorts in Delaware passed bans or restrictions on smoking in recent years.
The Ocean City will likely look to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on how to draw up these new restrictions.
This summer, Rehoboth set up about 20 designated smoking areas along the beach that sit back from the dune entrances, and are clearly marked with a sign for smokers.