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NPR Environmental Committee Request for Ordinance

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on May 21, 2019

On May 13, 2019, the Environmental Committee of the City of New Port Richey approved by unanimous vote a formal recommendation to the New Port Richey City Council that the City “immediately initiate the process of creating a municipal ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic straws.”   The Committee’s recommendation had been previously brought to the Council, and with the advocacy of New Port Richey resident, Noah Denny.  Now, with the governor’s veto of House Bill 771 (which sought to prevent such ordinances), the Committee recognizes “no impediments to the City moving forward with this ordinance.”

NPR Environmental Committee Request for Ordinance

Included with the Committee’s recommendation on straws is also a formal recommendation for the City to join other cities in Florida (e.g. Gainesville and Coral Gables) in “prohibiting the use of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers.”  As noted in the proposal, it is appropriate for this City to again take a leadership role in environmental stewardship and enact such an ordinance.

Committee Chair, Dell deChant, commented: “By moving forward with these two ordinances, the City will reaffirm its position among the leading environmental communities in the state – to say nothing of the dramatic impact it will make on the aesthetic appeal of our streets, waterways, and parks.”