The Daily Post Athenian is reporting that a skateboarding ban in downtown Athens is now going to be enforced by police. Police Chief Ziegler said an ordinance that was passed by the Athens City Council Feb. 17 goes into effect 30 days after final passage. The ordinance that bans skateboarding and roller skating in the downtown area went into effect this past Tuesday. Enforcement of the ordinance could not be effective, however, until signs are posted. Ziegler said after receiving numerous complaints from business owners and residents in the downtown area, the City Council determined that skating was a behavior that needed to be stopped. The chief added that there have been incidents of vandalism and property damage in which items were moved by skaters to make obstacles to jump over or “grind” on.
If you’re caught skating in that area, Ziegler said it’s a $50 citation, along with $70 in court costs. Ziegler said those charged can pay the ticket at any time before the scheduled court date, or appear in Municipal Court to contest the citation.
While skating in the downtown area will soon be banned, there are options. The Skate Park at Ingleside Avenue is open for skaters to enjoy.