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- Earlier this year, Key West passed a similar ordinance that will phase out the products and ban them from being sold.
Miami Beach could become the second South Florida to ban sunscreens that contain two ingredients that some say are harmful to coral reef in the area.
City commissioners will discuss the possible ban Wednesday morning during a meeting inside City Hall starting at 8:30 a.m. Those supporting the measure, which would ban high SPF sunscreens that include oxybenzone and octinoxate, say the move is necessary for environmental concerns.
Critics, including several health officials and cancer survivors scheduled to speak at the meeting, say the ingredients – which are approved by the FDA – provide needed defense against UV rays in the fight against skin cancer.
Earlier this year, Key West passed a similar ordinance that will phase out the products and ban them from being sold – a move that the state of Hawai’I has approved and will take effect in 2021.