Ventura County looking at banning release of balloons into the air - 2020-03-10
The deliberate release of balloons that rise in the air would be banned in unincorporated areas of Ventura County under a proposal aimed at protecting the environment.
The proposal and a ban OK'd earlier in Ventura follow a barrage of public complaints over the Church of Scientology's release of hundreds of helium-filled balloons at a celebration two weeks ago by the state beach.
County Supervisor Steve Bennett is asking the Board of Supervisors to direct attorneys to return with an ordinance banning the deliberate release of balloons that are lighter than air, including those filled with helium or hot air. The vote to impose the prohibition would come later, assuming the board gives the direction at Tuesday's meeting.