INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. — A resolution establishing designated smoking areas in municipally controlled beaches and an ordinance establishing fines for violations of rules on smoking is in other public beach areas were approved Tuesday night by the Indian Harbour Beach City Council.

What You Need To Know

  • Designated smoking areas set for Indian Harbour public beaches and parks

  • The city council also approved fines and a hearing process

  • Indian Harbour Beach became one of Florida's first cities to establish such rules

The designated smoking areas for public beaches and parks are the western side of Algonquin Sports Complex, just north of the Crespino Court entrance; the eastern end of the Bicentennial Beach Park parking lot; the eastern end of the Millennium Beach Parking parking lot; southwest of the recreation center at Gleason Park and east of the parking lot at Oars and Paddles Park.

On July 26, the city council became one of the first in Florida to approve an ordinance limiting where people can smoke cigarettes in their public parks and public beach areas. Some residents had called for a ban on smoking in public parks and beaches for years, but the move was not permitted under state laws.

That changed after this year’s Florida Legislature passed HB 105, which allows local communities to have more control over where people can smoke cigarettes in their public parks and public beach areas. Unfiltered cigars are exempted from any regulation.

Under the ordinance approved Tuesday, persons found in violation of Indian Harbour Beach’s smoking rules in public parks and beaches can be fined $50 for their first citation. If they plead their case before the city’s special magistrate and lose, they face a $100 fine. Fines are $100 for the second citation, and fines are capped at $250 each for subsequent violation.

Some volunteers in New Smyrna Beach have called for a similar law there to help reduce litter on the beach, but the Volusia County Council has not taken up such a measure.