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Jacksonville may ban balloon releases

Dan Scanlan
A group releases balloons in Jacksonville last summer.

When Nicole Crosby looked for the City Council chamber earlier this summer, she asked a stranger for directions. He told her they could walk there together, and along the way, he asked about the box of deflated, torn balloons she held.

She explained how she planned to speak during public comment at the City Council meeting about the dangers to wildlife caused by releasing balloons and sky lanterns. Only after saying he would be interested in helping Crosby did the man introduce himself as District 13 City Council member Rory Diamond.

“It was just like this crazy coincidence,” Crosby said. “I asked him for directions, and by the time we got there, he was already ready to sponsor the bill.”

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.