PSJ Commission passes e-cigarette ordinance

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Port St. Joe city commissioners last week unanimously approved an ordinance that would prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to those under the age of 18 and prohibited use of the items anywhere that regular cigarettes were prohibited.

Mayor Mel Magidson said that health issues due to e-cigarettes were on the rise and felt that the health issues that stem from their use remained to be seen.

“I think we’re doing a good thing,” said Commissioner Rex Buzzett.

Commissioners were still waiting on payment for the Jetty Park Lease from the St. Joe Company that was due to begin as of March 1.

Commissioner William Thursbay said that he expected the payments to be retroactive to cover March and April. City attorney Russell Scholz said a letter had been sent to the company requesting payment.

Magidson said that members of the Competitive Florida Partnership, an outreach program from the Department of Economic Opportunity that helps communities build and enhance their local economy while staying true to what makes them unique, would visit Port St. Joe on April 23 to identify the major assets of the city which could be used to help further promote the town to tourists.

Commissioners also discussed boat launch fees; currently use of the ramps is free for city residents, but carries of a rate of $25-50 for county residents and visitors.

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