Florida Senator Joe Gruters Seeks to Make Smoking Illegal In Public Beaches & Parks

Florida Senator Joe Gruters filed the bill, SB 670 to authorize counties in Florida to further restrict smoking within the boundaries of certain public beaches and public parks. 

Right now it’s against the law for local governments to ban smoking in public parks or on their beaches. SB 670 would ban smoking in state parks and allows counties to regulate smoking on public beaches and in public parks.

According to Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches 

“Cigarette butts are the #1 item we collect at most beach cleanups in Florida, let’s get this toxic, plastic trash off our beaches and promote healthy clean air and water on Florida’s beaches.”

This is the second consecutive year lawmakers will consider making it illegal to smoke in public spaces. What differs this time is that this bill also includes vaping.

The Senate Community Affairs Committee will be voting on SB 670 on Monday, December 9th, at 4pm.

GENERAL BILL by Gruters

Smoking on Public Beaches and in Public Parks; Authorizing counties to further restrict smoking within the boundaries of certain public beaches and public parks; prohibiting smoking within the boundaries of a state park, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
For the complete text of this bill, SB 670, please click HERE.

Below is the contact information for the members of the committee so that you can voice your opinions.

Chair, Sen. Anitere Flores
(850) 487-5039
flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov

Vice Chair, Sen. Gary Farmer
(850) 487-5034
farmer.gary.web@flsenate.gov

Sen. Doug Broxson
(850) 487-5001
Broxson.doug.web@flsenate.gov

Sen. Jason W.B. Pizzo
(850) 487-5038
pizzo.jason.web@flsenate.gov

Sen. David Simmons
(850) 487-5009
simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov

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