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Council bans sale, use of balloons on Block Island

The New Shoreham Town Council has voted unanimously to ban the sale and use of all types of balloons on Block Island.

The New Shoreham Town Council has voted unanimously to ban the sale and use of all types of balloons on Block Island.

The ordinance, which was approved Monday night on a 5-0 vote after residents complained to the Planning Board, notes that the goal is to “protect the wildlife and coastal ecosystems of Block Island, the enjoyment of nature, and the health, safety, and welfare of Block Island’s residents and visitors,” adding that balloons pose “a public nuisance.”

The ordinance will go into effect on April 9 and will carry up to a $200 fine for violators.

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