The Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation will meet tonight, 7:30pm at the Visual Arts Center, upstairs, at Nye Beach. Topics to be discussed include any updates on how the local chapter is viewing recent developments on banning plastic bags – the issue currently before the council. The matter was tabled during the last meeting when several councilors said they felt uncomfortable at the rapid pace that the proposed ban was moving forward. City Councilor David Allen might possibly re-raise the issue at the council’s next meeting – his proposal centered around putting the issue on the local ballot. City Councilor Dean Sawyer said he wanted more true local business input on the process adding that he understands that local store managers for large chains are understandably hesitant to make their feelings known because of their uncertainty about how their big bosses back at headquarters feel about a ban. Meanwhile Surfrider’s regional chief, Charlie Plybon, has indicated that while no decision has been made about putting its own initiative on the ballot he said that it’s always an option.
The foundation will also be reminding members and visitors that the Big South Beach Cleanup at the Day Use Area is set for Saturday morning, the 19th, at 11am. Students from Oregon Coast Community College will be chipping in to help Surfrider members pick up trash and to remove a giant piece of dock foam that has been buried at the access point. Fun, games and prizes are promised to be part of the volunteer experience!