DANA POINT A vote to make Dana Point the second city in Orange County — after Laguna Beach — to ban smoking in all public places drew praise from a majority of residents but left some council members with questions.
The vote passed 3-1 Tuesday, Dec. 5, with an abstention by City Councilman Joe Muller and a no vote from Councilman Rick Viczorek.
“It passed its first hurdle,” said Mayor Debra Lewis. “I’m cautiously optimistic.”
Lewis first brought up the concept in May and put it on the agenda for discussion on Oct. 3 after a community survey showed that three out of four residents polled across all demographic groups supported a citywide ban.
The discussion was postponed following a request by council members Muller and Viczorek, who asked for additional information about enforcement and possible impacts to the city’s businesses, including restaurants and hotels.
“Will we give restaurants a place for people to smoke?” Muller asked Tuesday, noting that some of the information he requested in October was not in the city’s staff report.
“Is there something we can do to mitigate the economic impact. There are contradictions in the ordinance. I think we can get there but we need to address these but the ordinance needs more work. There are holes that need to be addressed.”
City Manager Mark Denny said he was told by Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig that there had been “no measurable economic impact” from the ordinance.
The ban, which will come back for final approval at the Jan. 16 meeting, follows the same language used by Laguna Beach and several cities in Los Angeles County, including…