Banning balloon releases? Up, up, away and a $500 fine, please


DINO FLAMMIA / NJ 101.5 – This Monmouth County city could become the latest along the Jersey Shore to ban the intentional release of balloons into the air — noting the practice is a threat to the environment and wildlife.

An ordinance introduced by the city council in August, and to be voted on in September, would impose a fine of up to $500 on any person or entity responsible for the intentional release of balloons within the city’s limits.

“Balloons continue to be a source of litter on New Jersey’s beaches as well as a real threat to wildlife, especially at the Jersey Shore,” said Surfrider Foundation’s Jersey Shore chapter in a news release. “Balloons and their attachments also contribute to the growing issue of marine plastic pollution.”

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