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|July 8, 2021 City Council Regular Meeting|
5. Approval to Amend Section 6-1214 of the Alcohol Ordinance Entitled, 'Consumption of Alcohol on City Streets', to Allow the Use of Aluminum Cups on Public Right of Way Within a Specified Boundary Area (See Narrative for Exact Boundaries). Current Ordinance Allows Paper and Plastic Cups Only; One-Per Person; Up to 16 Ounces. Recommend Approval.
Section 6-1214 "Consumption of Alcohol on City Streets' allows the public to possess a single alcoholic beverage within a paper or plastic cup on the public right of way under with certain parameters. This proposed ordinance adjustment would add 'aluminum' to the allowable list of cup materials along with paper and plastic cups.
Aluminum is shown to be a more sustainable product due to its ability to be reusable by the consumer and infinitely recyclable, particularly compared to single use plastics cups. A plastic cup is largely used once and after consumption will take several hundred years to break down into microplastic which remains within our natural ecosystem causing negative environmental and health impacts. Additionally, as a coastal community, it is important to note that the majority of all marine litter is plastic.
The proposed ordinance adjustment aligns with City Council's directive to reduce our use of single use plastics and create healthier, more resilient and sustainable community.
The ordinance adjustment will not change any other elements of the ordinance other than adding the material use of aluminum for cups.
Below is a summary of the current ordinance's requirements.
Joe Shearouse, Assistant to the City Manager
Exhibit 1: Map - Current Open Container Boundaries.pdf
Exhibit 2: COS Code of Ordinances - Section 6.1214 Consumption of Alcohol on City Streets- CURRENT.pdf
Exhibit 3: COS Code of Ordinances - Section 6.1214 Consumption of Alcohol on City Streets- RED LINE CHANGE.docx