City Council Votes to Ban Single Use Plastic Bags in South Lake Tahoe
With a vote of 3 to 2 in favor, the City Council today voted to ban single use carry out plastic bags in the South Lake Tahoe city limits. This issue was passionately debated by council members and the 8 citizens that offered their comment during today's City Council meeting. The city council is expected to finalize the ordinance later this month. The ban will take effect in grocery stores and farmers markets three months after adoption and will apply to all retail establishments after one year. Pharmacies,restaurants, and non-profits are exempted.
Councilwoman Brooke Laine summed up her opinion by stating "this is the logical step for us to take." She was one of the 3 in favor of passing the ban. Joining her were council members Hal Cole and Angela Swanson. JoAnn Connor and Tom Davis each cast "no" votes.
In a letter to South Tahoe Now, Nathan Weaver, a preservation advocate with Environment California, stated “This important step forward for South Lake Tahoe shows yet again that we can achieve lasting victories for our environment. Banning plastic bags is the right choice to protect Lake Tahoe and our rivers and parks. I applaud the City Council members for their leadership on this issue.”
Shannon Eckmeyer with the League to Save Lake Tahoe said ...