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Fort Lauderdale officials seek to ban smoking on beaches

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Matias J. Ocner
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Miami Herald

FORT LAUDERDALE — Imagine a beach without butts — cigarette butts, that is.

It could happen, depending on state legislators.

Under current Florida law, only legislators can ban smoking in public places. But that might change if a new bill gets signed into law that lets cities make the call on whether they want to ban smoking at the beach or public parks.

Officials in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and other coastal cities have griped for years about not being able to ban smoking at their own beaches.

Read more from our news partners South Florida Sun Sentinel