Fort Williams Park becomes a no-smoking zone

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fort Williams Park, home of the Portland Head Light, has become the latest smoke-free zone in the state, with the town council voting 6-1 to authorize a smoking ban in the park.

Starting this summer, anyone smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars, or e-cigarettes, can be hit with a $250 fine.

The Fort Williams Advisory Commission recommended the amendment to the Cape Elizabeth Town Council because of concerns about litter and second-hand smoke.

Bill Brownell, chair of the Advisory Commission, said there are a lot of improvements coming to the park in the near future, such as a children's garden. He wants to make sure those children have a safe and healthy environment.

There was some opposition during public comment at the Town Council meeting Monday night.

Scott Clark, who uses e-cigarettes to curb his smoking, said he couldn't see the logic behind the device's inclusion in the ordinance.

"You're not taking into account people like myself who are trying to quit smoking," Clark told the council. "E-cigarettes are a great way to do that."

Councilors explained it would be easier to enforce the ban if e-cigarettes were included.


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