There is a move to make private clubs exempt from Augusta's proposed smoking ban.
Commissioners are considering an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in all public places throughout the city.
Some, like Commissioner Mary Davis, say the move would be too restrictive.
Private clubs, like the American Legion on Highland Avenue, oppose the move, and the Mayor Pro-Tem says he supports letting them out of the proposed ordinance. "Private clubs and organizations, we're not telling them you can't have smoking. I'm pretty sure they already have designated areas in there for that," says Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson.
"You would exempt the VFW, American Legion, and Augusta National?" we asked. "Yes, any private club like that they would be exempt. Those are private organizations, you have to be members to be there so this will not apply to them," says Johnson.
The ordinance as it is currently written would prohibit smoking outside in city parks, like Augusta's Riverwalk and the Augusta Common.
Commissioners take up the issue November 5th.
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