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.

Do you think smoking should be banned in Meridian restaurants?

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  • by Terri Location: Meridian on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    Who is going to enforce the ban, our police department? A few years ago it was made illegal to smoke in city vehicles. This includes police cars. Every policeman I know who smokes does so in their patrol car. Wake up people. This is not about smoking. It is about the government taking away our rights and freedoms. If you are a non-smoker and are for this ban it's just a matter of time before the government takes away something you believe you should have the right to do.
  • by KAFFEE on Jan 21, 2010 at 01:28 PM
  • by Thomas Location: Thunder Bay on Jan 19, 2010 at 06:52 PM
    Owners can hang a sign in the doors. This is a smoking venue. This is a non-smoking venue. This solution gives owners and customers choices
  • by resident Location: county on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    I'm caught in the middle. I believe in choice, which means, don't take away my freedoms to do what I want to do, maybe limit where I do it, but don't take it away. Second, I smoke, but not much. I don't like being around smoking or other smokers whether it's in a restaurant or in a building or outside. Lastly, when they take it out of the restaurant or the building, that's exactly where they do smoke, right outside the entrances & exits, so when you go in or out, you're walking into their smoke, whether you want to or not. So why not just ban smoking. It's killing my family. That's what the extremists want anyway, but they want to legalize marijuana, just bum their mind. Where is America's common sense?
  • by Jo Location: DeKalb on Jan 19, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    I am as anti-smoking as anybody on the planet. I hate it!!! It has killed my entire family. That being said I am totally against a ban in restaurants. It is a matter of freedom and personal choice. If people want to kill themselves smoking it is still a free country. They should have that right, dumb or not.
  • by Out Of Town Consumer on Jan 19, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    Smoking should be banned "inside" all buildings where people gather to eat.I live outside Meridian but spend my money in Meridian.This is a no-brainer, pass the ban.If the Cresent Manager thinks he will lose customers think again.I'll eat in his "smoke free" restaurant.
  • by A Guy South of I-20 on Jan 19, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    Smokie - it would suit me just fine if smoking in your home was illegal! As I said, smoking itself should be banned.
  • by Ben Dueling Location: PA on Jan 19, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    This should be up to the people who own the establishments not the sorry excuse of a government we have. This is SOCIALISM at its finest. Which is why I have switched to smoking Crown7 E-Cigs! I can smoke these wherever I want and not bother anybody.
  • by Marcus Location: Meridian on Jan 19, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    Good idea. Provide businesses with an incentive to ban smoking by allowing them to have smoking, but making them pay the public for it. It's a win win for everyone. If a business believes that it's client base loves to puff on cancer sticks in public then they will buy a license. If smoke is so important, then let it finance the restoration of our beloved city! Anything as far reaching as a complete ban on smoking in all public places is not productive. We need new ideas and fresh solutions in this city. Read subsection 3 from the City of Meridian code of ordinances regarding amusement machines, "Sec. 14-123. Tax--Levied.(3)For each machine (not elsewhere specifically taxed in this section) wherein or by means of which children may obtain a ride upon a "hobby horse" or the figure of any animal, or upon the figure of a boat,airplane,rocket,or other such machine, a license tax of six dollars ($6.00). Why not tax smoke filled public air? SMOKING PERMITS FOR MERIDIAN'S GROWTH?!
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Jan 19, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    To Redline Citizen: I couldn't agree with you more. Not only are the people on the City Council dumb as posts, but the people on the Board of Supervisors are as well. Why can't we find some intelligent people that will take the best interests of Meridian to heart, and kick out the people that don't have a clue as to how to "run" the City Council and the Board of Supervisors. With these incumbents (who more than likely don't know what that word means), Meridian is still stuck in the dark ages. And don't try to tell me I don't know what I am talking about---I have lived here for 32 years---and have watched the decline of this town inch by inch. If you want to ban something, how about considering alcohol? I bet that would certainly step on some toes of some people who are on the City Council, as well as the Board of Supervisors. Do you really think that their drinking habits are not known to the public?
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