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Laguna Beach

 Volume 13, Issue 61  |  July 30, 2021

New Neighborhood and Environmental Protection Plan Ordinances now in effect

The City of Laguna Beach is committed to protecting its neighborhoods and the environment and reducing plastic pollution on our streets and beaches. In March, the Laguna Beach City Council approved a new $2M resident-serving program called the Neighborhood & Environmental Protection Plan, to mitigate visitor impacts to neighborhoods, enhance City services for residents, and add environmental protection programs. The $2M program is funded 100 percent by visitors through the City’s Parking Fund and Measure LL Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenues. 

As part of this Plan to reduce the impacts of litter on our beaches, oceans, parks, and neighborhoods, the Laguna Beach City Council has adopted an ordinance updating the City’s plastic pollution policy. Beginning July 15, single-use plastic food ware items are prohibited from all Laguna Beach trails, parks, and beaches. The sale, use, and distribution of single-use, to-go plastic, or polystyrene food ware items, including bioplastics, are also no longer permitted within the City of Laguna Beach, including:

--Plastic beverage straws

--Plastic stirrers

--Plastic cutlery

--Plastic takeout bags

To help businesses, restaurants, visitors, and residents get started on the Path to Plastic Free, the City is launching an informational outreach campaign and providing an online information toolkit and vendor and distributor resources. 

Further ordinance updates as part of the Neighborhood and Environmental Protection Plan also took effect yesterday (July 15), including:

--No feeding of wild birds in City Parks

--No large shade structures on beaches to preserve public safety sightlines

--No storage of bicycles on Main Beach and Heisler Park

--Expanding prohibition of abandonment of personal property in public spaces

--Non-coastal community parks to close at 10 p.m.

Find out more about the new Neighborhood & Environmental Protection Plan Ordinances at

For further information regarding the plastic ordinance or enforcement provisions, contact Laguna Beach Environmental Specialist Mike Phillips at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call (949) 497-0390.


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