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Costa Mesa considers banning smoking at city parks

Smoking ban
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night will consider banning smoking in almost every city park.

Based on a proposal from the Parks and Recreation Commission, the council will discuss prohibiting smoking at 25 parks that have children's playground equipment and three city athletic field sites: the Jack Hammett Sports Complex, TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex and Luke Davis Field at Lions Park, the Daily Pilot reported.

The four city parks without playground equipment would not be subject to the ban.

According to the proposed ordinance, smoking would be prohibited within 50 feet of designated sites, including the children's area of the Balearic Community Center.

People who violate the ban could receive a disorderly conduct ticket, which carries a $100 fine for a first violation. A second violation within a year would be $200, and for each additional violation within a year, the fine would be $500.

Smoking would also be banned at the Hamilton Community Garden, 523 Hamilton St., and the Del Mar Community Garden, 170 Del Mar Ave.

If the council approves law Tuesday, it would come back for a second reading and formal adoption Nov. 15.


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Photo: The city of Costa Mesa will consider a smoking ban at its meeting Tuesday. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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