Surfrider Foundation is maintaining its campaign in an effort to convince a majority of the Newport City Council make Newport the third Oregon city to ban single use plastic shopping bags which are all too common in the environment, both land and sea. Most city councilors said after their last meeting that they’re not opposed to the ban, but rather how fast it was being handled by the council without, some said, enough public input. Councilor Dean Sawyer said he personally favors some kind of method to reduce or eliminate the bags, but that an outright ban so quickly isn’t fair to Newport area residents or to business owners. The matter is expected to come back before the council in the near future. There has also been some talk about putting the issue on the city ballot.
Surfrider is also sponsoring a Newport South Beach State Park Day Use area clean up, Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11-1pm. Oregon Coast Community College student government is co-sponsoring the event.
Another clean up event is coming up at Agate Beach at Yaquina Head Access on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd from 11-1pm. The local Surfrider High School Club has launched a Polishing Agate Beach initiative. The event will correspond with their first Thanksgiving break day off. Everyone’s invited to participate.
This Thursday the regular Surfrider Newport Chapter meeting will be held at the Nye Beach Visual Arts Center, at the turnaround. Starts at 7:30pm.