FL: Balloon ban will allegedly protect sea turtles, birds, & other marine life

Source: WUSF News [US state media]

“Sea turtles, marine birds and children under 7 will be protected under a new Florida law that bans the intentional release of balloons. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday, replaces an existing ban of releasing ten or more balloons within 24 hours. The Legislature approved the bill with bipartisan support in March and the law is praised by environmentalists. ‘Balloons rank among the deadliest ocean plastic for key wildlife and are the deadliest form of plastic debris for seabirds. Florida’s new law will help save ocean animals from these preventable deaths,’ said Hunter Miller, a Florida representative of the Washington-based environmental group Oceana.” (06/26/24)