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City of Sanibel gives final approval to plastic straw ban

Posted: 8:31 AM, Sep 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-11 08:31:56-04

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.