By now you’ve probably read or heard about the Rockport City Council Workshop last week where the possibility of a single use, plastic bag ordinance was discussed. It was a very informative and up-beat discussion ending with the Council directing staff to study all of the various ordinances out there (especially the 10 already passed in Texas communities) and to develop a draft ordinance tailor made for Rockport.
When completed, this draft will be brought to the Council for review, comment and alteration. Following ample opportunity for input, the ordinance will then be brought to the Council for votes to adopt. In order to pass an ordinance of this nature in Rockport, it must receive a majority vote at two consecutive, monthly Council meetings. The timeline for that action should begin in February or March. Should the ordinance pass, there will be a substantial grace period giving time for merchants to prepare.
We left the workshop with elevated spirits and optimistic that as a community we are on our way to reducing the proliferation of these unsightly things littering our landscape and polluting our watersheds, bays and Gulf. It will now be up to us to educate our friends and neighbors while supporting our City Council members and Mayor as they deliberate this ordinance. Please be vocal in your support of them.
Stay tuned for further developments and as public meetings are scheduled, we will be letting you know so you can be sure to attend. In the meantime, if you know of a group or organization that would be interested in a Skip the Plastic presentation, please let us know.
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