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After all the attention to the Minneapolis City Council’s repeal of lurking and spitting ordinances, the Park Board still has ordinances governing those practices.
They prohibit spitting on the “floor or furnishings” of boats, canoes, buildings or walks. “If you spit on the grass, that’s fine,” said Anita Tabb, District 4 commissioner, no doubt relieving many runners. The lurking ordinance applies only “inside or about” any toilet.
Tabb said Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto told her that no tickets have been issued lately for spitting, and bathroom lurking wasn’t an issue either. She’d like to keep the ban on spitting inside and said banning spitting on walks keeps them from getting slippery. But she wondered aloud how one would even know about canoe-spitting.