LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The City of Sanibel gave final approval to a plastic straw ban at Monday night's city council meeting.
The ordinance, which was initially passed in July , takes effect in January and calls for a ban on the sale or distribution of plastic straws in the city. Exceptions will be made for pre-packaged beverages with straws, medical facilities, and for disabled people who rely on the use of straws.
Enforcement will begin in 120 days and penalties will range from a warning for the first offense to a $500 dollar fine for the fourth offense within a year.
Sanibel recommends using straws made out of paper, plants, or other vegetable or natural products.
Similar ordinances have already gone into effect at
Fort Myers Beach
, Miami Beach, Marco Island, and Satellite Beach.