Jane West Law and North Florida Coastal Caretakers are partnering in an initiative to ban the use and distribution of plastic bags from the City of St. Augustine Beach. The ultimate goal here is to replace single-use, carryout bags with environmentally safer alternatives, such as recyclable, compostable, or reusable bags. We have taken the initiative by requesting that the City Commission consider the attached draft ordinance at the regularly scheduled City Commission hearing on September 11, 2017 at 6pm.
Plastic bags are continually one of the most polluted items on our beaches. All too often we see them in parking lots, on the side of the road, in the dunes at the beach, on our playgrounds. Ceasing the distribution of these plastic bags will ensure their reduction and harmful impact on our natural resources.
These bags pose a major threat to our precious marine life and wildlife as bird, turtles, fish, and other animals can become entangled in the bags or mistake them for food. Because plastic bags are so light-weight, they can easily be blown into the trees and dunes. Plastic debris, such as these bags, claim the lives of millions of birds and marine life each year.