New ef­fort to keep Sani­bel’s beaches clean

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Sani­bel City Coun­cil gave its fi­nal ap­proval to an or­di­nance ban­ning plas­tic straws on the is­land, which went into ef­fect in Jan­uary 2019. It’s a step the city con­sid­ers to be in the right di­rec­tion to help pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment. Sani­bel joins Fort My­ers Beach and Marco Is­land in out­law­ing the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of plas­tic straws lo­cally. Though small, straws do pose a dan­ger to sea life when they make their way onto the beach and into the sea. The move is in keep­ing with the mis­sion of Keep Lee County Beau­ti­ful (KLCB), an or­ga­ni­za­tion work­ing to pro­tect Southwest Florida’s en­vi­ron­ment. “We ask ev­ery­one to com­mit to pre­serv­ing the beaches by leav­ing only their foot­prints

and throw­ing out their trash af­ter a sunny day re­lax­ing on the beach,” says Tisha Bayne of KLCB.

Keep Lee County Beau­ti­ful vol­un­teers work to keep the lo­cal beaches free from trash.

Spe­cial-needs kids re­ceive adaptive bi­cy­cles, thanks to Save the Kid Fund/Rob­bie’s Riders.

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