Ft. Lauderdale Gets Tough On Litter

There may be a ban on plastic foam in Fort Lauderdale.

The ban on plastic litter, is in the name of protecting the environment and marine life, and if approved, people could be fined anywhere from $100 to $500.

First-time offenders would get a warning. After that, fines start at $100, then go to $200 for a third offense and $500 for a fourth offense.

The ban wouldn’t take effect until a final vote later this year, but Vice Mayor Steve Glassman, says he’s gotten complaints from residents.

“People are always asking me about cleaning up the beach,” he said before the vote. “The most comments I get from my district are about trying to protect the environment.”

Plastic foam, takes hundreds of years to decompose, and has also been banned by New York City, San Francisco, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Miami Beach and Deerfield Beach.

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