At its meeting on Wednesday, the Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance that ban smoking on the municipality’s beaches just as summer is approaching.

The borough had created designated smoking areas on its beaches in 2019, giving smokers spaces in which to light up as part of a state law that allowed for up to 15 percent of a beach to be designated as a smoking area. Those areas  will now go away, meaning someone wanting to enjoy a cigar will have to completely leave the beach in order to do so.

The ban will go into effect on June 7.


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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.