Florida should get butts off the beach | Commentary

King James I wasn’t much of a beachgoer. But if he ruled Florida the way he ruled England, Senate Bill 218 would already be law.

The measure would ban smoking on the state’s 663 miles of beaches. If approved in the upcoming legislative session, violators will be subject to a $25 fine, 10 hours of community service or being boiled alive.

I’m kidding about that last one, though King James hated smoking so much he might have sent repeat offenders to the Tower of London.

Let me make it clear that you should not hate smokers, unless they do it in your face.

You should hate smoking, especially at places like “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” in Panama City, or “The World’s Most Famous Beach” in Daytona.

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