Palm Beach student encourages town to ban plastic balloons, bagsPosted on December 8, 2016 by DrRossH in Balloons
“Plastic pollution and balloons continue to be one of the most significant threats impacting marine life in coastal communities around the globe,” Tommy Cutt, LMC chief conservation officer, wrote in an email Tuesday. “The Town of Palm Beach is home to important sea turtle habitat and relies heavily on tourism through seaside resorts. Banning balloons or plastic bags is a proactive approach to reduce pollution, protect marine life and keep the island’s beaches clean — which in turn helps support the local economy.”
Unlike a balloon ban, local governments in Florida don’t have the authority to ban plastic bags.
In 2008, the state passed legislation preventing local governments from regulating plastic bags. It also required the Department of Environmental Protection to submit a report on the “necessity and efficacy” of plastic bag regulation.
The report, released in 2010, introduces many options for discouraging the use of plastic bags. But until the legislature adopts the DEP recommendations, local governments don’t have control.
“All bills addressing plastic bags have died in committees because there are some special interests fighting to protect the profits on plastic bags,” Foster wrote. “The slick talking points of the pro-plastic bag lobby are not convincing when we have a front-row seat to the damage they do here in our own town. The young people of Palm Beach are counting on adults to do anything they can to preserve the beauty and quality of life here in our hometown and to follow through with the responsibilities we are reminded of each time we admire the Atlantic Ocean that makes our lives here so unique.”
Why would any sensible person support a law to prohibit the ban on plastic bags?