Restricted smoking on the beach? Send us your public comment on proposed rules
We’re accepting public comment on proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the Ocean Shore Recreation Area.
Public comment will play a key role in the decision to create a rule. Comments can be sent to the department through August 29, 2014, by regular mail (OPRD Beach Smoking, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301), by e-mail, or in person at one of four public hearings scheduled in August. All hearings begin at 7 p.m. at the locations listed below.
- 8/20/2014 – Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway, Seaside, Ore.
- 8/21/2014 – Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport, Ore.
- 8/26/2014 – Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, Ore.
- 8/28/2014 – North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem, Ore.
Rules that restrict smoking on Oregon state park properties were approved in February by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. Education about the new rule is taking place through 2014, and enforcement will begin in 2015. Previous public comments related to the state park rule asked the department to undertake a similar effort on the ocean shore, which is adjacent to many state parks. Citing environmental issues as a primary concern—plastic cigarette butts can persist for years, even in the harsh beach environment—the commission approved a staff request to consider a smoking rule for the ocean shore.
After listening to public comment between now and August 29, the department plans to present information to the Commission on Sept. 17 at its meeting near Silverton, and return Nov. 19 with a final recommendation at the Astoria meeting.
Note: We welcome your thoughts via the commenting section of this story, although they’re not considered for entry into the rulemaking record. If you have a question about a fact, piece of background, or procedure, we can probably answer those easily enough. Otherwise, you could direct your messages (things like the enforceability of this idea, whether or not you think it’s useful, whatever you want) to firstname.lastname@example.org so we get them on the record.