plastic straws

Governor Ron DeSantis

On today’s program, we looked at the environmental battle over single-use plastics in the Sunshine State with Holly Parker Curry, Florida regional manager with the Surfrider Foundation, and Samantha Padgett, general counsel with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

We also got an update on Hurricane Michael recovery efforts as the Panhandle prepares for spring break from Jessica Foster with WJHG-TV in Panama City.

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The St. Augustine Beach City Commission this week examined two proposed ordinances: one to prevent the use, sale, and distribution of single-use plastic bags and another concerning plastic straws and Styrofoam.

The wording of the ordinances will be studied, reviewed and updated for the first reading at next month’s commission meeting. The City Commission is taking public comment on the proposals through the city’s website.

Plastic straws.
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What started as an effort to prevent local governments from regulating 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.