On Thursday, October 14, the Encinitas Environmental Commission will consider the final DRAFT ordinance to ban the sale, use, and release of all lighter than air balloons in the city of Encinitas. This is the last step before the ordinance is recommended to the City Council for adoption. The meeting begins at 5:30pm.

Today we are asking all ocean, wave and beach lovers  – especially residents of Encinitas and other North County cities – to submit a quick email comment in support of this ordinance. Even though the meeting is scheduled for October 14, written comments are due on Friday, Oct 8 by 5pm. 

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Please Submit Written Comment to the Encinitas Environmental Commission by Friday, Oct 8 at 5pm

Click the link above to use our templated email. We encourage everyone to add their own personal comments or submit an original letter – the email address for comments is BalloonOrdinance@encinitasca.gov. Additional resources below the ordinance language.

For those of us who understand the harms caused by balloons, it’s hard to believe that intentional releases still enjoy widespread popularity in the U.S. 

Click below if you’d like to learn more about the dangers of balloon pollution, the harm they cause to wildlife and marine life, and why our limited helium supply should be reserved for important medical research. There are plenty of alternatives to using helium balloons at any celebration!

The Coast News also published an informative article on this local effort back in May.