Letter: Balloons are fouling our beaches and bays

Posted 8/28/19

To the editor:

Since balloons have recently become a topical subject in Little Compton, I would like to resubmit a letter and photograph that were printed in the Westport Shorelines on July 3, …

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Letter: Balloons are fouling our beaches and bays

Posted

To the editor:

Since balloons have recently become a topical subject in Little Compton, I would like to resubmit a letter and photograph that were printed in the Westport Shorelines on July 3, 2013:

"Yesterday, I picked up 52 party balloons along a one mile stretch of Horseneck Beach. Please do not release helium balloons outdoors. They not only return to earth as litter, they and their attached ribbons are a serious hazard to marine life. There are also much more important uses for our dwindling supply of helium. See www.balloonsblow.org."

This was written after a storm but rarely can you walk the beach or be out on the bay and not encounter balloons. If you tossed one out your car window you would be fined for littering.

Rob Sayre

Little Compton

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