Plastic Straw ban

By Cathy Carter

A proposal to ban polystyrene products, commonly known as Styrofoam, and to limit the use of plastic straws is moving forward in the city of Sarasota with a public hearing scheduled for Monday night.

City commissioners voted in March to direct staff to draft an ordinance that would ban the use of polystyrene on public property in an effort to reduce the amount of plastics entering local waterways. At the time, plastic straws were not included because of a bill moving through the state legislature.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a controversial bill Friday that would have restricted the right of local governments - including St. Petersburg - to regulate single-use plastic straws.

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What started out as an effort to prevent local governments from regulating the distribution of plastic straws morphed Monday into a push for a study on the issue, lumped in with an attempt to prohibit cities and counties from banning certain sunscreens.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Association and Disability Rights Florida are among the groups supporting the study on straws.

A number of environmental groups opposing the proposal (SB 588) argue that studies already show plastic and certain sunscreens are detrimental to the environment.

Local governments wouldn’t be able to regulate single-use plastic straws under a measure filed Thursday in the House.