Why was this ordinance adopted?
When released into our environment, plastic confetti, glitter, and balloons are detrimental. These items don’t fully degrade and introduce unsafe chemicals into our environment. Additionally, these materials become litter in our streets, parks, public places, and waterways. Plastic confetti, glitter, and balloons also consistently create hazards to aquatic and land animals when ingested.
Is it illegal for retailers to sell or for individuals to possess plastic confetti, glitter, or balloons?
No. This ban is only on the intentional release outdoors of these items. The release indoors of these items is not prohibited.
Does this include foil or mylar balloons?
Yes, as the base material in these balloon types is a plastic derivative.
Are there any exceptions to this ordinance?
Consistent with Section 379.233, Florida Statutes, the following balloon releases are exempt from the above prohibition:
(a) balloons released by a person on behalf of a governmental agency or pursuant to a governmental contract for scientific or meteorological purposes;
(b) hot air balloons that are recovered after launching; or
(c) balloons that are either biodegradable or photodegradable, as determined by rule of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and which are closed by a hand-tied knot in the stem of the balloon without string, ribbon, or other attachments. The party responsible for the release shall make available evidence of the biodegradability or photodegradability of said balloons in the form of a certificate executed by the manufacturer. Failure to provide said evidence shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this act.
What about for special events?
No. There is no exemption for special events.
What are the enforcement penalties for noncompliance with this ordinance?
The city may enforce this article by a civil citation of $250.00 per occurrence or per day.