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Florida cities closer to banning the bag

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With last year’s styrofoam ban upheld by a Miami-Dade judge, the city of Coral Gables, south Florida’s “City Beautiful,” is stepping into the eco-regulation fray with another initiative. This time, to “ban the bag.” At a March 14 meeting, the Coral Gables City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance prohibiting plastic bags being used by retailers or at special events – with a few exceptions.  A final vote, which would make the ban official, is expected on May 8. Coral…

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Yes, that is Styrofoam floating along the downtown seawall

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A turbidity barrier aimed at keeping debris from floating into Tampa Bay and the basins lining St. Pete’s downtown waterfront broke last week leading to chunks of Styrofoam cluttering various areas around the city’s otherwise pristine waterfront. Taking a stroll along the waterfront Tuesday afternoon showed tiny bits of Styrofoam gathering in large clusters near the St. Petersburg Yacht Club basin. Another smaller cluster gathered along the seawall near the Dali Museum. At Spa Beach, the debris was mixed in…

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