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A ban on a ban? It’s a balancing act, protecting the environment and also protecting individuals from getting skin cancer.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed twenty-eight bills into law yesterday. One of those bills will not allow local governments to make bans on sunscreens with certain types of chemicals in the ingredients.

In Key West, for example, government officials have been concerned that some sunscreen chemicals could damage coral reefs.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley explains that it’s important to remember that sunscreens help protect individuals from skin cancer. “Unfortunately, with all of the wonderful things that come with our beaches and our sunshine, we also rank second in the nation for the highest rate of new melanoma cases.”

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Clearwater Beach Reopens

Photos from the first few days when Pinellas County re-opened their beaches. Few incidents were reported, but police also kept watch on beach capacity and social distancing.