Miami Beach city parks, beaches ban smoking in effect

The New Year in Miami Beach will start with a new law.

City authorities, tired of seeing discarded cigarette butts on city beaches, have passed a smoking ban that will go into effect at midnight Sunday.

The ban will cover all municipal parks and public beaches where residents and tourists gather in Miami Beach.

The measure is meant to keep the city clean while protecting beaches where wildlife such as seabirds and turtles inhabit.

Miami Beach and the larger metro area drew nearly 30 million visitors the year before, AP Report.

Anyone who smokes can be fined $100 and spend up to 60 days in jail — even for a first-time offender.

“This paradise is an important economic engine,” said Miami Beach City Commissioner Alex Fernandez.

“Cigarette butts are not what our 18 million tourists want to see,” he said.