On Monday, the Elk Rapids Village Council passed an ordinance expanding an existing smoking ban to cover a number of areas within the small municipality.
The expansion of the smoking ban now covers parks, beaches, trails, as well as a portion of city sidewalks. The revision also makes it illegal to smoke within 25 feet of the main entrance of any government building within the village boundaries. The council passed the proposal by a 4-2 vote with one member absent. Violators will be subject to a municipal civil infraction.
Elk Rapids is located in the northwestern corner of the lower peninsula and is home to approximately 1,600 residents.