Victory | February 16 2017
The South Jersey Chapter is encouraging Ventnor, NJ to join neighboring "Downbeach" towns in banning local balloon releases. Chapter activists presented a sample ordinance and have been showing up at town meetings to support it. On February 16th, at the second reading of the ordinance, it was passed by the Ventnor Board of Commissioners unanimously.
Intentionally released balloons end up as unsightly litter as well as endanger birds and marine animals through entanglement or ingestion.
Partner organizations on this victory include Sustainable Ventnor / Sustainable Downbeach.
Media coverage http://www.shorenewstoday.com/downbeach/ventnor-approves-balloon-release-ordinance/article_ecfe5cea-3136-5bdb-9cde-4a62106e164f.html and an editorial here http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/02/curb_enthusiasm_for_balloon_releases_on_nj_shore_editorial.html
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John Weber Jweber@surfrider.org
Beth Kwart - Chair@southjersey.surfrider.org