Palm Coast City Councilman Jack Howell suggested the city regulate e-cigs to help keep them out of young people's hands.
The Palm Coast City Council will consider a $2.86 million road resurfacing contract, an ordinance on e-cigarette sales and a formalization of city's process for issuing trespass warnings during an upcoming City Council workshop on Jan. 28.
Palm Coast City Councilman Jack Howell worked with City Attorney Bill Reischmann to create the proposed ordinance on electronic cigarette and e-cigarette liquid sales. It would ban the sale of vaping equipment to minors, ban vaping in places where cigarette smoking is banned, ban the sale of vaping materials in vending machines and require that e-cigs and nicotine liquids be kept out of customers' direct reach when sold in stores.
Howell proposed the ordinance during a Dec. 10 workshop, saying it is intended to protect young people's health.
“I did check with the School Board, and their numbers are increasing,” he said of students caught vaping at school. The sale of e-cigarettes to minors is already banned under state and federal law.
The council will also consider during the Jan. 28 workshop a $2.86 million contract with Halifax Paving for the resurfacing of the following stretches of roadway: Palm Harbor Parkway from Palm Coast Parkway to Coral Way; Belle Terre Parkway from Royal Palms Parkway to Palm Coast Parkway eastbound; Old Kings Road from State Road 100 to Town Center Parkway.
A formalization of the process of issuing "trespass warnings" to people who are trespassed from city government property is also on the workshop agenda. The proposed ordinance on trespass warnings is intended to "provide consistency and uniformity," and would also include a mechanism for individuals to appeal a trespass warning, according to a city staff document.
The council is not expected to vote on agenda items during the Jan. 28 workshop, as votes are held during regular business meetings, not during workshops. View the Jan. 28 workshop agenda and backup materials here. View the city's meeting and events calendar here.