Florida | Proposal to ban the sale or distribution of any sunscreen product that contains oxybenzone and/or octinoxate
Proposed Action: To create a new ordinance that bans the sale or distribution of any
sunscreen product that contains oxybenzone and/or octinoxate.
Background: At the request of Commissioner Weekley, the undersigned drafted this
proposed new ordinance that bans the sale or distribution of sunscreen products that
contains oxybenzone and/or octinoxate, which have been shown to have adverse
consequences to coral reefs, and sea life. The proposed ordinance does not go into effect
until 1 year from the effective date of the ordinance, giving some time for retailers,
distributors, and other interested parties like charter companies to educate their retail
outlets and consumers. If passed, after the 1-year education period, there shall be a 1-time
written warning for violators. Second and subsequent violators can be issued a civil
citation in county court. Such citations are payable within 10 days with a $100.00 fine. If
not paid within 10 days, the county clerk’s office refers the matter to the relevant county
judge for further hearings. However, no penalty for a violation of this ordinance is
contemplated to be criminal in its current proposed form. The undersigned anticipates that
Craig Downs, from The Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Clifford, VA will be in
attendance at the December 4, 2018 meeting to give a presentation to the City Commission
regarding his extensive research on the topic. Mr. Downs’ research was relied upon by the
State of Hawaii in their recent enactment of legislation that this ordinance is based upon.
1. To defeat this proposed ordinance. There will be no prohibition on the sale or
distribution of any sunscreen product that contains oxybenzone and/or octinoxate,
which are chemicals that have been shown to have an adverse effect on coral reefs.
2. To pass this proposed ordinance thereby assisting to prevent further adverse effects
Recommendation: To pass the proposed ordinance.
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