Council Has No-Smoking Ordinance on Agenda

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Five years after a smoking ban in public places in Meridian was defeated through a mayoral veto, some members of the Meridian City Council say they it can be revived.

The issue is on the agenda for consideration at the council's Tuesday night meeting, and the city has a different mayor now.

A possible smoking ban would have a big impact on local restaurants and bars.

Newscenter 11 spoke with management at the Crescent City Grill in Meridian, which has a location in Hattiesburg, which enacted a no smoking ordinance.
The restaurant worked around the issue by building an outside courtyard so those who wish to smoke could do so outside.

Crescent City manager Robyn Farquhar said it would probably do the same thing here. The bottom line is, it will do what it has to do to keep both smokers and non-smokers satisfied.

"We have great customers who come here and want to have a cigarette when they have their sandwich or drink," Farquhar said. "And there are probably a lot of people who come here because we are one of the few places you can do that."

Even before this issue came up again among the council, Crescent City management had considered adding a courtyard, just in case it was one day addressed again.


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