South Haven Bans Smoking on Beaches and in Parks
Bad news smokers - there are now a few less places where you can legal smoke in the city of South Haven.
The South Haven city council voted at its meeting Monday to ban smoking (including vaping) at public beaches and parks. The vote passed 5-1.
The ban isn't only for the beaches, and parks, though - it also covers the sidewalks adjacent to those areas, as those sidewalks are technically part of the parks system.
You're not completely out of luck if you need a fix while visiting the beaches and parks of South Haven, though. The city have designated smoking areas near the larger beaches and parks, including North Beach, South Beach, Riverfront Park and Stanley Johnston Park, according to The Herald-Palladium.
This new ordinance won't go into effect until sometime around July 18, 2018, as the city council wasn't to be sure that the public is aware of it before it takes effect.
If you violate the ordinance, you'll be charged a $50 fine for your first offense. The fine will increase incrementally after that, and anyone who violates the law four or more times could face a fine of up to $500.