Smoking in the eight public parks in the borough of Emerson, N.J. will now cost you, as the Emerson Council unanimously passed an ordinance on Tuesday banning lighting up and packing fines of up to $1,000 for repeat offenders.
The ordinance covers parks, playgrounds, and recreational areas, and first time violators will face a fine of $250 for a first offense, with a second citation costing $500. Third violations and all subsequent violations carry a $1,000 fine.
Emerson is a borough in Bergen County and is considered a suburb of the New York metropolitan area. It has a population of approximately 7,700 residents.