Sarasota News Leader

01/11/2013

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NO BUTS OVER BUTTS The Sarasota County Commission sits in session on Jan. 8, 2013 in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA COURT RULING MEANS THE COUNTY NO LONGER WILL BE ABLE TO ENFORCE ITS NO-SMOKING ORDINANCE FOR ITS BEACHES AND PARKS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor New signage may be coming soon to Sarasota County parks — including Siesta Public Beach — encouraging people not to smoke but leaving them free from Sheriff's Office citations if they do so. been enforcing the prohibition since the court ruling was handed down, Sgt. Scott Osborne, chief of the office's Community Policing Station on Siesta Key, told The Sarasota News Leader on Jan. 9. As a result of a December court decision in- Osborne said the Sheriff's Office's counsel had volving the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County advised deputies to write no more citations as no longer will be able a result of the judge's to enforce an ordiruling. nance that bans smokI wish the Legislature hadn't put Still, Osborne said, the ing outdoors on public us in this position. deputies' practice priproperty. or to that had been to Robert Fournier City Attorney The Sarasota County warn people about the City of Sarasota Sheriff's Office has not county ordinance for-

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