Lantana takes an extra step to protect sea turtles

Sea turtles often mistake balloon remains as food, one reason why Lake Worth passed a work-in-progress ordinance that bans balloons and sky lanterns on outdoor city-owned property. (Contributed)

Sea turtles often mistake balloon remains as food, one reason why Lantana passed an ordinance that bans balloons and sky lanterns. (Contributed)

Lantana has taken an extra step to protect the sea turtles.

The Town Council passed an ordinance in August to regulate the use of balloons and sky lanterns near the coast.

Here’s what the ordinance says: “No person shall display, possess or release one or more balloons inflated with a gas that is lighter than air and no person shall display, possess or release one or more sky lanterns.”

The ordinance applies to public and private properties, said Town Clerk Nicole Dritz.

Lantana isn’t alone. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach is asking other municipalities to pass this ordinance to protect the turtles.

Lake Worth voted for this ordinance on a first reading, and will vote on a second reading Sept. 6.

 

 

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