Make the penalty for littering stricter in Vero Beach.

Make the penalty for littering stricter in Vero Beach.

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Brooke Twardowski started this petition to Florida State Senate and

Currently, in our town of Vero Beach, Florida, the littering penalty for under 15 pounds of litter is a $50 fine. This penalty is ridiculously low, considering how much litter 14 pounds really is, and how every piece of trash affects our flourishing, diverse environment. The Indian River Lagoon, a dynamic estuary between the mainland and the barrier island, is especially affected. Thousands of species of fish, dolphins, manatees, otters, insects seagrass, and other organisms call the lagoon and surrounding areas home. These species are greatly affected by the huge amount of trash that infests the estuary, and many items eventually break down into microplastics. Microplastics are ingested by many species, including fish that humans eat. In order to reinforce a lower rate of littering in our community, community service hours of picking up trash in Vero Beach should be added to the punishment. Adding hours of manual labor to the penalty would discourage people to litter, and by having them clean up trash, they would be helping clean our community. For the first time someone litters under 15 pounds of trash, they would be required to perform 8 hours of community service along with the preexisting fine. If someone is caught littering a second time or subsequent times after that, they would be required to perform 24 hours of community service. Also, if it is their second time littering from a car, they would have a license suspension for up to a year. This policy would greatly discourage citizens of our county from littering and damaging the health of our lagoon.

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