Spring Hill Smoking Ban
Spring Hill has passed an ordinance that would allow police to fine people for smoking in a city park.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the ordinance on a 5-to-3 vote Monday night.
The proposal by Alderman Keith Hudson was amended to specifically ban smoking in city parks where the public gathers to exercise, participate in athletics or watch sports events.
Hudson compared the ban to seatbelt laws meant to protect the public. But Alderman Amy Wurth said the ban was too restrictive on the rights of individuals in a public area.
The minor municipal offense will likely carry a $138.75 fine, the same penalty for drinking alcohol or having an open container in a park.