Metro

Hampton Beach fines are proposed

HAMPTON, N.H. — Next summer, visitors to Hampton Beach could be fined for littering, illegally setting off fireworks, and consuming alcohol.

The state Division of Resources and Economic Development is proposing the changes.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that Amy Bassett of the division said it has had the authority to establish fines for some time. It is outlining penalties in hope they will be enforceable by the next beach season.

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Police would assess the fines and collect revenue.

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Fines would be divided into three tiers. Tier 1 violations merit a $25 fine and $50 for subsequent offenses; Tier 2 is $50 and $100 for subsequent offenses; and Tier 3 is $100 and $250.

Tier 1 includes littering and failing to put a dog on a leash or to clean up after it. Tier 2 includes illegally setting off fireworks and using equipment that is not permitted at the beach, such as surfboards. Tier 3 includes drinking alcohol on the beach, starting fires, and reckless conduct.