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In an effort to reduce the effect of plastic straws on the environment, the City of Gulfport has created a voluntary Strawless Summer Challenge for city restaurants, bars and cafés. For a three-month period from July1 to Sept. 30, participating businesses can participate by abstaining from giving plastic straws out unless requested by a customer.

Participating businesses will be spotlighted on the city’s website and social media efforts. Businesses that successfully complete the Strawless Summer Challenge will receive a photo spotlight on the city’s website for one year.

The Strawless Summer Challenge will kick off July 1. Please encourage your business to join the City of Gulfport’s efforts to keep our city bright and beautiful.

To receive more information or to enroll in the challenge, call the City of Gulfport Technical Events Specialist, Kristin Ossola at (727) 893-1118, or email kossola@mygulfport.us.