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A Florida lawmaker wants to make your next trip to the beach smoke-free.

Republican state Sen. Joe Gruters, who represents the Sarasota area, filed a measure Wednesday that would make it illegal to smoke on public beaches in Florida.

The measure will allow police to issue citations to anyone smoking on a public beach. Those caught smoking would face a fine of as much as $25 or 10 hours of community service.

According to the Washington-based nonprofit group Ocean Conservancy, more than 95,000 cigarette butts were cleaned up from Florida beaches in a single day during a cleanup study in 2017. That’s mind blowing to me.

If the law passes, it will go into effect July 1 – just in time for your Fourth of July trip to the beach. The legislative session for 2019 begins March 5.

For more information on this story as it progresses check out Orlando’s News965.com.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .