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Big changes proposed for city park to include fines for smoking

ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  We could be seeing some big changes at city parks.
A $25 fine if you park on the grass.
And a more efficient traffic plan.

But the biggest proposed change is a smoking ban at the parks.
If the proposal goes through the only place for cigarettes at city parks will be the trashcan.  If you're caught smoking one, there would be a 25 dollar fine.

Tanya Evans comes to Bayview Park all the time with her little girl.
She loves running around the park.
She thinks a place where kids are playing isn't a place for smoking.

Many parents agree hoping that the ban is passed.  Teresa Rawley nannies triplets and she's constantly watching out for smokers.

I actually ask them to not smoke around us, because its really bad for you body, its horrible.
The ordinance would allow people to still smoke in their car and possibly create a smoking area at parks.

But some people think this is an infringement of their rights.
They say it's not illegal to smoke, so the government shouldn't tell them where they can do it.

Freedom to do what you want ot do as long as you aren't breaking the law.
What they need to be worry about is getting jobs, help people rather than cigarettes and tobacco

But non-smokers say that habit is unfair to everyone else.
We have rights too and we don't need that second hand smoke

The committee of the whole will be discussing this on May 20.
We wanted to know whether you support or oppose such a ban in your city or town so we posted a poll on our Facebook page.
Right now it's pretty even on both sides.
Darrin comments   I'm tired of government making decisions for us. Put it on a ballot, and let us vote.

Meanwhile Stacey writes "It needs to be all over Pensacola. I vote for letting people smoke in their own house."
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