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New Hyde Park awaiting word on limiting vape stores

New Hyde Park is awaiting input from Nassau County about a new local law that would subject vape stores and hookah bars to additional restrictions.

The village board held a public hearing Tuesday evening and reserved decision pending review by the county planning commission.

Mayor Robert Lofaro called this “standard procedure,” adding that the board expected the county to refer the matter back to the village for local determination.

Under the new proposed law, vape stores and hookah bars would be categorized as “adult-use establishments,” such as massage parlors, adult motels, and body piercing salons, and be barred from opening within an 800-foot radius of a school, church, playground or public library.

Village regulation would limit the concentration of adult-use businesses in any one area, relegate them to industrial zones, and restrict their accessibility to minors.

New Hyde Park joins a growing list of municipalities in Nassau County, such as Massapequa Park, Glen Cove, Great Neck and Great Neck Estates, that have taken measures to regulate hookah bars and vape stores. Local officials have cited safety, health and quality-of-life concerns.

In Suffolk County, the villages of Patchogue and Port Jefferson have opted for restrictions, and last month, the Lindenhurst Village Board unanimously approved a moratorium on any new vape or e-cigarette shops, hookah bars or medical marijuana derivative dispensaries from opening.

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