Free Press Staff,
September 4, 2019-
Coral Gables will appeal a recent 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling tossing out the city’s ban on Styrofoam, according to city attorney Miriam Ramos. Monroe County, Islamorada and West Palm Beach have signed an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief in support of Coral Gables. Coral Gables in 2016 instituted a ban on expanded polystyrene products, which was challenged by the Florida Retail Federation and Super Progresso.
The industry group represents retailers who want customers to be able to carry purchased items in Styrofoam containers, and Super Progresso owns 7-Eleven convenience store franchises, which use such containers. After a district court upheld the city’s ban in 2017, the matter was appealed to the 3rd District Court of Appeal, which ruled that the city’s ban on Styrofoam was preempted by three separate Florida statutes, effectively voiding the ban. The Surfrider Foundation, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, League of Women Voters of Florida, Legal Scholars, 1000 Friends of Florida, ReThink Energy Florida, Florida Wildlife Federation, Save the Manatee Club and Center for Biological Diversity also signed in support of Coral Gables’s ban.