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Block Island latest New England community to ban balloons

The last balloon has popped on Block Island, at least legally.

The five-member New Shoreham Town Council — the governing board on Block Island, a small island off the coast of Rhode Island — voted unanimously to outlaw the sales and use of all balloons on the island. The law went into effect on Monday, April 9.

According to the ordinance, per the Block Island Times: “The purpose of this ordinance 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. … (It is) unlawful for any person to sell, use or distribute any type of balloon in any manner, including by release into the air.”

Violation of the new balloon law on Block Island carries up to a $200 fine.

Other coastal New England communities, including Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and Provincetown, located on the tip of Cape Cod, also have similar laws in place, according to CNN.

Numerous major news outlets have taken notice of the developments on Block Island, including the Associated Press, New York Post and Boston Globe, as well as CNN.

Originally posted Monday, Apr. 9, 2018

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