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Senate committee reviews outdoor smoking ban

Publication Date: 2/14/2013
  • Author:Observer Staff
  • Publication:Longboat Observer

Senate committee reviews outdoor smoking ban
The Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries Feb. 21, will consider a bill filed by Sen. Rob Bradley that would allow Sarasota County to ban smoking on publicly owned properties.

Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Carolyn Mason will sign a letter dated Feb. 12, urging support for the bill from local representative Sen. Nancy Detert, who serves on the committee. Sen. Bill Galvano, who represents Manatee County, serves on the same committee.

Sarasota County banned smoking in parks and public beaches in 2007, but in late 2012, a local judge found the ordinance inconsistent with the Florida Indoor Clean Air Act.

“The county smoking restriction on its public beaches was a critical component to Steve Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, naming Siesta Key beach No. 1 in the nation in 2011, according to the Feb. 12 letter.