NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. – Town officials have voted to ban all balloons from Block Island.

The New Shoreham Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate the sale, distribution and use of all balloons. WPRI-TV reports the ban goes into effect next Monday.

Police will enforce the ordinance. Violators face a fine of up to $200.

New Shoreham’s ban on balloons is intended to protect Block Island’s beaches and wildlife.

 

The ban is designed to help protect the environment.

The balloon ban came after discarded balloons – none of which are biodegradable – became an issue to the community and the surrounding ecosystem.

Balloons are considered a hazard to wildlife and part of a broader problem with plastic litter.

Block Island is located about 13 miles south of the state’s mainland and has a population of about 1,000.