A City Council meeting in Beeville is expected to get quite heated Tuesday night as council members address the second and final reading of a new anti-smoking ordinance.
The proposed ordinance is meeting some heavy opposition from owners of bars and restaurants who have long been used to allowing customers to smoke in their businesses.
Owners like John Anderson of the J&M Eatery, a brand new restaurant that's been open only a year in Beeville.
Since opening, Anderson has been able to set up an area within the building that is completely sealed off from the rest of the restaurant and is dedicated wholly to smokers.
Just north of town, folks at the 19th Hole are bracing for the worst and hoping for the best. The establishment has been around for decades and is a well-known bar that has always allowed smoking.
The proposed ordinance in Beeville would require businesses such as J&M Eatery and the 19th Hole to designate a smoking area no closer than 25 feet from the structure. Owners said that's not fair.
The final reading of the proposed ordinance will be read Tuesday night and whatever they decide could be enforced 30 days after passage. Violators could be fined up to $200-$2,000 for violating the ordinance.
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