Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
Judge rules Florida county's beach smoking ban unenforceable.
Smokers in Sarasota County, Florida just got the go ahead to light up in county parks and beaches again.
A judge ruled a ban placed by county commissioners is not enforceable.
Sarasota County Attorney Steven DeMarsh notified Sarasota commissioners just this week that a recent court decision declared local government does not have the authority to ban smoking in public outdoor areas.
Only the Florida legislature can make such a ban.
The news was welcomed by smokers on Siesta Key Beach, which was recently rated #1 in the country largely on the notion that smoking is banned.
Others aren't as happy to hear the news.
"I kind of wish they could enforce it. I don't like smoking I don't want to be on the beach and I don't want to find butts all in the sand," says Linda Kerbawy.