In a meeting on Monday, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission declared two new ordinances that will ban the use of straws, plastic and single-use styrofoam in the best interest of public health and litter elimination efforts.
The City Commission says that the ordinances will give businesses a grace period until January to allow them to deplete their current stock of single-use carryout plastic materials and transition to reusable or compostable alternatives.
The ordinances will go into effect Jan. 1
Those who are found in violation of the ordinances after January will receive a verbal warning followed by a $50 fine, and then a $100 fine for each additional violation.
The ordinances state that single-use carryout plastic items are harmful to the environment when they make their way into the food chain and can injure animals such animals as jellyfish and endangered sea turtles.