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The Marco Island City Council voted unanimously this week to prohibit businesses on the beach side of Collier Boulevard from using plastic straws effective immediately.

According to the law approved Monday, “no business, restaurant or any other establishment at which food or drink is served or purchased, and which is located directly adjacent to city beaches shall use, serve or distribute plastic drinking straws.”

Council has discussed banning plastic straws for years, and vice chairwoman Charlette Roman said she's glad to see the ordinance finally come to fruition. 

“This has been a long time coming,” she said. “Plastic straws are the No. 1 garbage on our beach.”

Alternatives to plastic straws include paper straws and plant-based biodegradable straws. Some businesses on the island, including the JW Marriott, voluntarily made the switch to non-plastic straws years ago.

The Fort Myers Beach Town Council passed a similar ordinance in November. The ban went into effect last month.

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A bill proposed in California would make it illegal for restaurant servers to give guests plastic straws unless requested — with the threat of a $1,000 fine or jail time attached. Buzz60

 

 

 

 

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