New Ordinance Bans Balloons - 04/04/18

The Town Council passed an ordinance banning the sale, use and distribution of balloons, effective April 9, 2018. 

       6-60 Prohibition on Sale and Use of Balloons

Balloons pose a risk and nuisance to the environment, particularly to wildlife and marine animals.  Anyone who walks the beach or spends time on the water has seen that balloons have become common in the local marine ecosystem.   To learn about the harm balloons cause marine life, and see some ecofriendly
alternatives to balloons, see     

The Town Council would also like to spread the word that “sky lanterns” also known as floating lanterns or Kunming lanterns – the paper lanterns held aloft by the heat of a flame – are illegal in Rhode Island.  For more information, 

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