You will not be able to legally light up a cigar on the Ocean City beach or boardwalk on July 4.
The New Jersey town has banned smoking on its beaches, the ban will take effect on July 4. Violators will be fined $100 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for subsequent offenses. Smoking is already banned on the boardwalk, parks and playgrounds.
While the Ocean City City Council took action Thursday night, it may end up irrelevant.
Last week the New Jersey state legislature approved a bill that would ban smoking at all public beaches throughout the state. That bill is awaiting the signature of Gov. Phil Murphy. Smoking is already banned at state-owned beaches in New Jersey.
Ocean City has approximately 11,500 residents and is located in Cape May County, 11 miles south of Atlantic City.