POSTED: 10:49 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 1:47 p.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013
A bill that would ban smoking at all city parks and beaches was introduced by City Councilman Ikaika Anderson today.
A separate measure barring smoking at seven major East Honolulu beaches and parks including the beach side of Ala Moana Beach Park and Kapiolani Park, was signed into law by Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Monday.
A move by Anderson to include all city parks and beaches into that measure was voted down by his colleagues by a mere 5-4 vote.
Councilman Stanley Chang, who authored the original bill, argued that it would make more sense to apply the bill to only a small section of the island first to see how it works.
Caldwell, in signing the bill, said he would support a smoking ban at all city beaches and parks.
Anderson’s bill is expected to get its first airing before the full City Council at its meeting next Wednesday in Kapolei.
The Chang bill signed by Caldwell applies to seven parks and beaches, but a legal technicality will prevent it from being enforced at six of the seven parks until a separate bill is passed. That's because those six parks, although managed by the city, are on land owned by the state.