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Lincoln City City Council gives cigarette tax idea a good look over – No action taken

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Trying to make it harder for underage children to buy cigarettes or cigarette vape pipes

The Lincoln City City Council was pitched pretty hard by county health department workers to get on board with an effort to make it harder for teen-agers to buy cigarettes. They told the council that a recent survey of Lincoln County businesses showed that teens, and even pre-teens can get access to cigarettes. They told the council that one in thirteen 11th graders in Lincoln County smoke – one in eleven 11th graders use E-cigarettes which have measurable amounts of nicotine, just like regular cigarettes. They said the sales of E-cigarettes are exploding. They told the Council that nearly 200 smokers die every year in Lincoln County. One in three Lincoln County residents smoke which is enough to put Oregon in the top 5 states of tobacco caused deaths.

The council learned that 41 states require that stores have licenses to sell cigarettes – but only four counties in Oregon require a license. It was obvious that Oregon is very cigarette friendly and that young people can get their hands on them quite easily.

The health care workers asked the Lincoln City City Council to join with their movement in Oregon to cut off sales of tobacco to young people. They also suggested there soon could be a two dollar tax on every pack of cigarettes sold to raise money to enforce the prohibition of tobacco sales to underage children.

The council congratulated the workers for launching such an attack on illegal tobacco sales and added they hope the next legislature will enact a bill to make it harder for underage children to acquire tobacco products. Of course that hinges on the next State Legislature getting such a bill passed in to law.

Proposed Porte Couchet to get patrons out of the weather while buying tickets.
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Putting on an all-weather entry to the Lincoln City Cultural Center

The Lincoln City City Council didn’t give official permission, but at least offered their strong endorsement Monday night of adding an open air shelter entrance to the Center. Cultural Center Director Nikki Price said that the extended covered porch, so-to-speak, would give patrons some cover from the rain as they arrange to get tickets or seek information on other upcoming events. Center Director Nikki Price said the center is already in money raising mode and is expected to be successful pulling in donations big and small. No time line given.

Council gives encouragement to efforts to preserve Lincoln City’s historic commercial buildings

The council also got a report from some graduate school students who recently inventoried some of Lincoln City’s most notable historic buildings.

First step in preserving Lincoln City’s historic past.

It’s called the National Main Street Program, which has been launched all over the country as maturing communities seek to preserve the look, the feel and texture of their town’s evolution. There’s a lot of them in Lincoln City. The slide show of various buildings, although altered over the years, still retain a good part of their legacy look. The program to preserve these buildings will more than likely produce strong debate about how Lincoln City can restore and strengthen these buildings under the National Main Street Program. It’s likely to require local, state and federal funds to make it happen. This story is unfolding and will likely be a very slow process. All these and other historical buildings in Lincoln City have waited this long for their legacy to shine so what’s another 5 to 10 years or so.

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