Trump’s Florida backyard may soon be joining the plastic straw ban bandwagon

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Restaurants in President Donald Trump’s Florida backyard may soon be joining the plastic straw ban bandwagon.

A Palm Beach official thinks it’s time for the town to consider a ban on the single-use plastic straws that reportedly pose a threat to marine life as they end up in the nearby ocean.

“There’s no reason why we have to have these things,” Palm Beach Town Councilwoman Bobbie Lindsay said, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

Lindsay wants the council, which last year banned balloon releases and sky lanterns in the south Florida town that is home to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, to now consider her proposal to ban plastic drinking straws in area restaurants.

She plans to bring it up at the council’s meeting on Wednesday and propose that the issue be referred to its Ordinances, Rules and Standards Committee for study.

Similar bans seem to be popping up in other parts of the Sunshine State.

Six years after Miami Beach banned businesses from giving beachgoers plastic straws, the ban was expanded this month as the Miami Beach City Commission moved to prohibit plastic straws at sidewalk cafes, parks, marinas, piers and docks while also completely forbidding plastic stirrers.

Palm Beach Town Councilwoman Bobbie Lindsay

On the west coast of Florida, the city council in Sanibel Island voted to prohibit the sale and distribution of plastic straws, following the lead of Fort Myers which began its ban in February.

A “No Straws St. Pete” campaign kicked off in April as St. Petersburg business owners and elected officials encouraged residents to curtail the use of plastic straws and utensils, the Palm Beach Daily News reported.

The Jupiter City Council in the north end of Palm Beach County opted for a “friendlier” approach to recommending a resolution against the straws, as its push to ban them failed by one vote in committee.

Palm Beach Town Attorney John Randolph has recommended the committee wait to see what happens with a lawsuit filed against the City of Coral Cables by the Florida Retail Federation and the owner of a 7-Eleven in Coral Gables who alleged that the town’s plastic ban violated the state legislature’s prohibition on local bans.

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