Miami Beach Has Banned Plastic Straws
Local 10 reports that dozens and dozens of straws a day are left behind on the beach. The plastic tubes aren't biodegradable, and are usually too small to be caught by beach sifters. They also present a threat to marine life if they drift into the ocean.
Though, areas of the beach in front of private condominiums and parks (like the area between Fifth and 15th Streets) tend to be straw-free. The biggest offenders are tourists who order drinks on the beach directly from their hotels. So the commission has reached out to hotels to inform them of the new ban.
"It is a huge burden on our ecological systems. So, people may say this is sort of silly, 'Big deal, you're banning straws.' But at the end of the day, we're taking a step in the right direction to leave a better world for our children. To make sure our environment, our ecology, is better off for it," Commissioner Jorge Exposito told Local 10.
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