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Posted on: June 26, 2019

Councilwoman Lofstad Sponsors Resolution to Ban the Intentional Release of Balloons

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Councilwoman Julie Lofstad sponsored, and the Town Board approved at yesterday’s Town Board Meeting, a resolution banning the intentional release of balloons. The intent of the legislation is to reduce the negative impact that balloons have on our environment.

“We need to change our behaviors and find better alternatives to products that harm our environment,” said Councilwoman Lofstad. “Balloons that have been released, or thrown in the garbage, become hazards to marine life and land animals. They take up space in our landfills. There are viable alternatives, such as butterfly releases, planting a tree in someone’s honor, or using whirligigs to attract attention. If we stop and think about where these single use items go after we are done with them, perhaps we will be more cognizant and careful in our choices.”

The legislation is Councilwoman’s Lofstad’s latest effort to support environmental sustainability in the Town of Southampton. Earlier this year, Councilwoman

Resolution of Adoption to Add Chapter 107 (Balloon
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