Delray Beach has placed five receptacles for cigarette butts in beach locations in the vicinity of Atlantic Avenue and A1A, thanks to a $1,000 grant from Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful.
Mary Renaud, president of the Beach Property Owners Association, said cigarette butt litter is a problem on the beach. “The beach is covered with them.” She said she couldn’t comment on the receptacles, because she had not seen them, and did not know whether they would help the problem, adding that BPOA members have discussed on numerous occasions the possibility of a no-smoking policy on the beach.
Delray Beach will also use the funding to support a community awareness program including public service announcements and distribution of pocket ashtrays.
This is the city’s second grant from Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful.
A 2009 grant resulted in the addition of three cigarette receptacles and the reduction of cigarette-butt litter by 29 percent in a three-block radius downtown off of Atlantic Avenue, according to the city.
— Staff report