Goose Creek set to ban smoking
Goose Creek City Council is set to give final approval tonight to a public indoor smoking ban.
The issue is on the agenda for the meeting at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd.
Last month, the proposal passed first reading by a vote of 4-3, with supporters citing the city’s mission statement, which mentions providing “a safe, secure and healthy environment.”
Councilmen Franklin Moore, Jerry Tekac, Mark Phillips and Kimo Esarey supported the ordinance.
Mayor Mike Heitzler and council members Marguerite Brown and John McCants voted against it.
The citywide ban makes it illegal to light up in public places and places of employment, but allows smoking on porches and decks more than 10 feet from a building’s entrance. Violators could be fined $10 to $25.
If the proposal passes its final reading, Goose Creek will join municipalities, such as Sullivan’s Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, Charleston and Charleston County, in prohibiting smoking.
Reach Brenda Rindge at 937-5713.