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Smokers might need to butt out on beaches

Penticton city council will consider banning smoking on public beaches.
March 04, 2013 - 2:05 PM

By Shannon Quesnel

Smokers might need to butt out their cravings before lighting up on Penticton's public beaches.

Penticton's elected leadership will discuss amending a smoking bylaw tonight at a city council meeting.

There are signs on public beaches asking smokers to stop smoking but it has no teeth.

If the smoking bylaw is amended people caught smoking on public beaches can be fined.

City spokesperson Simone Blais says Penticton already has strict no-smoking rules. The bylaw was passed in 1987 and it exceeded provincial standards at the time.

Smoking is not the only hot topic on tonight's council agenda.

Coun. Garry Litke wants his say on photo radars in school traffic zones.

Litke was not present at the Feb. 18 council meeting when photo radar was discussed. There was a motion to get the Southern Interior Local Government Association and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to ask the province to allow photo radars in school areas. That motion was defeated in a tie-vote. City staff were asked to study the matter further.

Litke has a right to ask council if it would consider putting the motion back on the table. Council could refuse him.

The Penticton city council meeting starts at 6 p.m. at city hall on Main Street.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at or call 250-488-3065.

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