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Aug 21, 2018 3:02 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Proposed Legislation Would Limit Smoking, Vaping, Handbills And Straws In East Hampton Village

Aug 21, 2018 3:54 PM

Proposed legislation that would prohibit smoking or vaping, serving drinks with plastic straws, and delivering magazines and booklets to stores on Main Street and Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village all could go into effect after a September 21 public hearing, according to the Village Board, which discussed the matters at a meeting on Friday.

Becky Molinaro Hansen, the village’s administrator, explained that the issue of vaping had recently come to the attention of village officials. “As of now, the current code prohibits smoking on the Main Beach pavilion and within 50 feet of the Herrick Park playground,” she said. The village is considering making vaping a prohibited act, in addition to smoking.

Smoking and vaping would be prohibited on any public property owned by the Village of East Hampton, including village beaches, parking lots, Herrick Park and beach pavilions, Ms. Hansen explained.

Asked whether vaping and smoking will be prohibited on sidewalks, Mr. Hansen said that would “be determined by the board or what happens at the public hearing.”

East Hampton Village could soon be joining the recent crusade against plastic straws. Polystyrene was banned about a month ago, as well as non-recyclable plastic bags. The village is trying to amend the law, adding giving out plastic straws unless they are specifically requested.

“No beverage provider shall distribute a plastic straw to a consumer, unless the consumer specifically requests one,” the proposed law says. Pre-packaged beverages that already have a straw attached would continue to be allowed.

Stacks of magazines, newspapers, booklets and fliers are left in the doorways of shops beginning in the early hours of the morning, raising concerns about their effect on the environment and public safety, according to the Village Board.

The proposed law would allow handbills to be distributed only if someone in authority is willing to accept them, which officials believe would cut down the amount of free reading materials that piles up.

All three public hearings will be held at the 11 a.m. Village Board meeting on September 21 in the Emergency Services Building.

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More laws than any communist country
By chief1 (2768), southampton on Aug 21, 18 7:15 PM
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How is that Agenda 21 working out?
By April1 (156), Southampton on Aug 21, 18 8:07 PM
Plastic straws destroy the environment but thousands of empty heated McMansions all winter long are a-okay. I'm a libtard environmentalist but biodegradable straws are awful. Tiffany has a $250 sterling silver straw that would last forever.
By Aeshtron (391), Southampton on Aug 21, 18 10:35 PM
Aeshtron could you please explain how plastric straws 'destroy the environment'? Is it something unique about straws, or plastic in general?
By Duckbornandraised (184), Eastport on Aug 22, 18 1:46 PM
Duckbornandraised -- I appreciate your polite and thoughtful question.

I think the proposed laws against plastic straws are silly and that biodegradable straws don't work well. My comment (poorly) pointed out the relative negative environmental impact of plastic straw use in EH versus the impact of thousands of empty heated McMansions 8ish months of the year. My use of the term "destroying the environment" was a silly way to point out the hypocrisy of some people in the environmental ...more
By Aeshtron (391), Southampton on Aug 23, 18 9:13 AM
East Hampton has more laws, regulations and ordinances than they now what to do with. What they don't have is my support, not that they care. People like me refuse to live in East Hampton because of the bureaucracy. Sometimes I think the regulations are just for the enjoyment of the local politicians. If you have a mobility problem, you can't even find legal parking to see a movie during the day. I don't mean a physical handicap that would entitle one to get a handicap parking sticker ... I'm talking ...more
By jediscuba (71), Suthampton on Aug 23, 18 8:28 PM
Why don’t they just tell us what we can do. It will take less time.
By GoldenBoy (344), EastEnd on Aug 24, 18 9:11 AM
Eradicate East Hampton? Please spare the Sag Harbor half that is in EH town.
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Aug 24, 18 1:45 PM
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