Gainesville City Commission repeals plastic bag ban

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- After going back and forth about banning plastic bags, the Gainesville City Commission has voted to back down from implementing their city-wide ban.

Thursday afternoon, Gainesville City Commissioners voted to repeal the plastic bag ban that would have taken effect next January.

This comes after an appeals court ruling that overturned a styrofoam container ban in South Florida.

The Gainesville city commissioners say the possibility of being sued is a reason for backing down from the ban.

"The fact that the district court has said that the legislator is correct that being able to preempt us on this does not make the problem go away. You can go to pretty much any body of water bigger than a puddle in the Gainesville area and you will see styrofoam and you will see plastic bags and they don't go away,” Commissioner District II Harvey Ward said.

Commissioners also voted to continue raising awareness on how to reduce plastic bag usage.

The repeal still has to go through two public readings before it is official.
The dates for those readings have not been set.