Ashes and butts may soon be a thing of the past at St. Joseph beaches.
The city council heard a proposal this week to ban smoking at the beach. A local couple is asking the city to ban smoking at Tiscornia and Lions Beach. The Elkhart Truth reports that they also plan to approach the county about banning smoking on silver beach.
Some council members say enforcement would be a problem, and they say smoking in and of itself isn't an issue; it's the fact that people are littering the cigarette butts. That act is already illegal.