It's official, smoking is banned at Truro beaches. On December 14 the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office approved a general by-law amendment adopted by the Town of Truro earlier this year.
At the April 28 town meeting, Truro residents voted for a ban on smoking at town-owned beaches. Article 19 of the town meeting warrant called for an amendment to the town's general by-laws. The by-law before the amendment read: "smoking shall be prohibited on all public places as provided in MGL ch. 270, s. 22". The amendment added the terms "and on all town-owned beaches".
According to Truro Town Clerk, the article passed 112 to 101.
In addition to the smoking ban, Assistant Attorney General Kelli E. Gunagan also approved two zoning by-law amendments voted in by residents during the same town meeting.
All three amendments were posted on December 22 and are available for review at the Truro Town Hall. Copies of the amendments have also been posted around town at private businesses including Savory and Pamet Valley Liquors and at municipal locations including the transfer station, the library, the council on aging and the post office.
Claims of invalidity may be made within 90 days of posting, according to the town clerk.