Apr 21, 2016
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Smoking and drones have been banned in East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) areas following a vote by the agency’s directors Tuesday.

The smoking ban was requested by environmental group Save the Bay in order to reduce cigarette butt litter that ends up in the Bay and also to improve health conditions at parks.

Smoking will only be legal at overnight campsites in EBRPD parks.

The ban on drones accompanies the park district’s existing ban on motorized model airplanes. The district cited their danger to helicopters, planes and wildlife.

The changes were made as the the district’s Police Department reviewed and updated its bylaws, which occurs twice per year.

For more information on East Bay Regional Park District, including the areas it encompasses, see the parks list by city or jurisdiction here.

Bay City News contributed to this report


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.