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Sarasota City Commissioners take first step in banning plastic straws

Updated: Jul. 23, 2019 at 9:22 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota City Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with a ban on plastic straws.

The ordinance prohibits the distribution and use of expanded polystyrene within special events, sidewalk cafe permits and city lease agreements. It would also prohibit the distribution of single use straws on public properties unless specifically requested by the customer.

A second reading is required and is expected at the commission’s August 19th meeting. If approved, the ordinance would not take effect immediately:

  • For sidewalk cafe permittees, it will go into effect January 1, 2020
  • For special events, it will go into effect August 2020
  • For those with lease agreements with the city (those that lease facilities on public land), it goes into effect whenever their lease agreement is renewed, which varies

A recent poll on the ABC7 Facebook page found that a slim majority of people approve of the ban:

A slim majority of people approve of the Sarasota City Commission proposed ban on plastic straws.
A slim majority of people approve of the Sarasota City Commission proposed ban on plastic straws.(ABC7 Facebook Page (custom credit))

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