The Solana Seashore Metropolis Council authorised a second studying of an ordinance that bans balloons full of helium or different lifting gases throughout a Could 11 assembly. The ordinance takes impact in 30 days.
Promoting, utilizing and distributing balloons with helium or different “lighter than air” gases are prohibited.
Residents and native teams, such because the Surfrider Basis, have been advocating for the ban as a approach of slicing down on air pollution that accumulates within the ocean and on seashores. The textual content of the ordinance additionally talked about the hostile impacts of balloons once they fall from the sky and are available into contact with animals and energy traces.
“The Ocean Conservancy lists balloons because the second most harmful particles merchandise since they’re ceaselessly mistaken as meals by birds, mammals, and marine life,” the ordinance reads. “When balloons are ingested, they block the animals’ digestive observe, which results in a lack of diet, inside damage, hunger, and dying.”
Different cities all through the U.S. have adopted comparable native bans, together with Encinitas.
“Balloons have been a logo of celebration for therefore lengthy, however the hurt they do is totally nothing to have fun in any respect,” Solana Seashore Mayor Lesa Heebner stated in April, when the council authorised a primary studying of an ordinance.