By ANTONIO VINDELL
The South Padre Island City Council unanimously voted in support of a proposed ordinance that prohibits the use of plastic bags at the point of sale in the city.
The action came a day after an ordinance banning plastic bags went into effect January 5 in Brownsville.
The SPI ordinance provides a voluntary ban on plastic checkout bags from February 1 to December 31, 2011, with mandatory compliance starting January 1, 2012.
“We have a duty to protect our natural environment and I believe residents as well as our many visitors expect us to take the steps necessary to do so,” councilwoman Alita Bagley said at the Wednesday night meeting.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 10 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press.