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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Town Council members for Fort Myers Beach are looking to revise an ordinance regarding what kinds of straws are allowed. In 2017, the council passed an ordinance banning plastic straws, but new products have come to market that have complicated enforcing the ordinance.

“Honestly, I had these people come here one time, and they’re like, oh my God, we’re coming here forever because you have these straws,” Tiffany Roost of Pete’s Time Out said.

The straws Roost is referring to are made by a company called Phade. Phade advertises their straws as being made out of “polyhydroxyalkanoate, an earth-friendly material derived from canola oil.” They look and feel like plastic, but Roost says that’s been the issue.

“We all switched to them and were getting some warnings that we weren’t supposed to be using them,” Roost said.

Rather than focusing on paper vs. plastic straws, members discussed focusing instead on “marine biodegradability in their Monday Town Council meeting.” Phade advertises its straws as such, and therefore, are allowed, but this could mean some paper straw users would have to change vendors.

Paper straws can contain glues to hold them together that aren’t good for oceanic environments. If the revision to the ordinance passes, moving forward, Fort Myers Beach will crackdown on non-marine biodegradable straws regardless of what they’re made of.

The council is slated to reconvene for an official vote on the issue on November 1.

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