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Surfside Joins Global Movement to Prohibit Single-Use Plastic Bags for Environment and World’s Oceans


During the Regular Town Commission Meeting held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, the Town of Surfside Commission voted in favor of amending Section 34-11 of the Town Code of Ordinances which prohibits plastic straws, to also include single-use plastic bags. The amended Section 34-11 of the Town Code now prohibits the distribution, sale or use of single-use plastic bags in any commercial establishment, town facility, town property, beach or by any special event permittee.

Between final adoption and December 31, 2019, the Town will engage in a public education campaign to inform residents and commercial establishments of the provisions of the ordinance. From January 1, 2020 through February 29, 2020 (60 days), the Town will provide written warnings for violations of the Code prohibition. The Town will enforce all provisions of the prohibition on single-use plastic bags beginning March 1, 2020.

Committed to enhancing its environmental stewardship policies, the Town of Surfside moved forward with the amended Code provisions as a response to the growing evidence of the harmful impacts of single-use plastics on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

“Over the last few years, we have enacted sensible laws prohibiting the use of Styrofoam and other single-use plastic products that adversely impact our environment. Through building grassroots support, providing meaningful engagement with our business community and robust public education, we have helped reduce the plastic waste that ends up in our community, the bay and the ocean,” says Mayor Daniel Dietch. “By taking a strong stance on this matter and other critically important environmental initiatives, we seek to demonstrate our leadership and commitment to reducing our environmental footprint today and for future generations.”

To review the July 9th Regular Town Commission Meeting agenda packet, please visit: 07-09-2019 - Regular Town Commission Agenda.

Residents are also encouraged to view the recorded July 9th Town Commission Meeting on Channel 93 (transitioning to Channel 663) via the Town website at: View Recorded Town Meetings (Videos)