The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves, and beaches. With chapters all over the world, the Jersey Shore and South Jersey chapters hope to ban the intentional release of balloons in New Jersey. This is State legislation A4322 and as of now, multiple coastal communities have already passed such legislation. However, only a few New Jersey towns have banned the intentional release of balloons, It only makes sense to take the idea statewide!

It's really simple, what goes up, must come down. Balloons end up in our oceans, where they can easily choke and kill Jersey Shore marine life. Turtles, whales, and other marine life mistake balloons for food, and animals can get tangled in the ribbon.

The Surfrider Foundation isn't talking about a child accidentally releasing a balloon. They hope to ban the act of releasing a bunch of balloons on purpose, which often happens at many Jersey Shore special events.

Many states, cities, and counties have banned intentional balloon releases, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee. In New Jersey, the towns that banned intentional balloon releases are Asbury Park, Point Pleasant Beach, Long Beach Township, Atlantic City, Brigantine, Cape May, Egg Harbor City, Longport, Margate, North Wildwood, Sea Isle City, Somers Point, Upper Township, Ventnor, Stone Harbor, and Avalon. That's just a small percentage of New Jersey towns.

Well over a thousand people have already contacted their local representatives. The Surfrider Foundation hopes you can take a couple of minutes and send a message to your elected officials and Governor Murphy. You can fill out all the information by CLICKING THIS LINK!

Keeping our Jersey Shore beaches clean and our marine life healthy. Gotta love it! - Jimmy G

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