The following letter, from Bob Wright, Chairman and CEO of the Civic Association, was publihed this weekend in the Palm Beach Daily News.

Dear Editor:

The Palm Beach Civic Association supports Mayor Gail Coniglio and the Palm Beach Town Council in their efforts to regulate plastic bags in the Town of Palm Beach.  

“Besides being unsightly litter, discarded plastic bags harm land and marine wildlife, interfere with landfill operations, clog flood control systems, and breed mosquitoes…[and] only a relatively small percentage (12% ) of plastic bags are reused or recycled.” (Florida Department of Environmental Protection)

We appreciate the convenience of plastic shopping bags as much as anyone.  However, we believe the time has come for us to protect our community from the insidious danger of plastic bags that would destroy our environment and mar the beauty of our island paradise.    

PlasticBagTurtle w400The Mayor and Town Council are asking the Florida State Legislature to allow local governments to regulate the use of plastic bags, an option currently unavailable to Florida municipalities.  We support our leaders in this appeal and we have notified our Florida State officials that we endorse our Town’s petition.

We invite you to stand with us in the effort to regulate and limit plastic bags in Palm Beach.  We urge all Palm Beach residents to join us in using reusable bags for their shopping needs.   

Bob Wright
Chairman and CEO
Palm Beach Civic Association