Dewey Beach is starting to enforce a new beach smoking ban, but town lifeguards are taking a soft approach.
The Dewey Beach Patrol says everyone being warned that smoking is prohibited is putting out their cigarettes without an issue.
The lifeguards are letting violators off the hook with a warning, instructing them to smoke on the street rather than on the beach.
Dewey Town Manager Marc Appelbaum tells WBOC-TV that smoking ban signs have been ordered and should arrive within the next week.
Rob Mason of the beach patrol says lifeguards give a soft warning and as long as people comply, they can go about their business. When the lifeguards start handing out tickets for a smoking violation, each will carry a $50 fine.