Marco from Publix
Last month, the City of Coral Gables became the first city in Florida to prohibit the use of single-use carry out plastic bags. Retail establishments and restaurants will have the benefit of a 12 month educational campaign to get familiar with the new law and use their current plastic bags inventory with no citations issued until May 2018 (only warnings).
The prohibition is effective immediately with full enforcement action taken for any entity or individual who has been issued a special event permit.
So what does this mean to residents of Coral Gables? Although the City of Coral Gables encourages everyone to use reusable, recyclable or compostable alternatives other than plastic bags, the use of single-use carryout plastic bags by residents is not regulated in the ordinance; residents may continue using these bags as garbage bags, to pick up their pet's waste, or to repurpose plastic bags to bring lunch to work.
Publix on Douglas Road, for example, is already supportive of this green initiative and was seen giving away free reusable grocery bags last week.