Cape Cod town to debate complete balloon ban

A Massachusetts town is the latest to be considering a complete balloon ban, with a public hearing being held to help decide whether to prohibit the sale and use of balloons.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the proposed balloon ban in Orleans, which is situated along Cape Cod.

The Board of Selectmen voted on Wednesday to hold the public hearing that will consider the proposal, which calls for a ban on the sale or release of any type of helium balloons.

“The purpose is really to address public concerns regarding the hazards to wildlife and marine life within the town for the release and improper disposal of balloons,” said John Jannell, the town’s conservation administrator.

There will be a proposed fine of up to $50 for anyone found violating the law.

Other Cape Cod towns Chatham, Nantucket and Block Island have already voted to prohibit the use and sale of all types of balloons.

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