Pismo to install "ash towers"

In a continued effort to keep Pismo Beach free of cigarette butt litter, the city will spend $10,235 to place ashtrays at 15 locations throughout the downtown area.

The city will also post no smoking signs throughout the city to make the public aware of a recently adopted ordinance banning smoking in public places such as beaches, the pier and city parks.

The tall cylindrical ashtrays, called “ash towers” will first be placed in highly used beach locations and downtown areas such as the pier entrance to estimate how often they are used before being placed in more areas throughout the city. City staff hoped to have them installed before the Memorial Day weekend.

--AnnMarie Cornejo