The Rotary Club of Lincoln City will present a panel discussion about the city’s ongoing discussions about possible restrictions on plastic bags at its Wednesday, April 17, meeting at Salishan Resort.

The lunch, which costs $13, is open to the public. Reservations must be made by 10 am Monday, April 15, via email to deharlan@adscomputers.com.

At presstime, the panelists include representatives from Surfrider Foundation and North Lincoln Sanitary Service, as well as City Councilor Riley Hoagland.

“Rotary International’s president, Barry Rassin, has challenged Rotary clubs around the world to explore ways they can be involved in issues of sustainability and the environment,” said Dave Price, the Lincoln City club’s president. “This forum is a part of that effort.”

Price said he plans to open the discussion with a 10-minute presentation about a possible business case for community-wide restrictions on plastics.

“Often, the knee-jerk response to proposed restrictions on such things as bags and straws is a simplistic ‘businesses can’t afford it.’” Price said. “In some cases, however, a growing number of local entrepreneurs believe our business community could benefit markedly from such changes, and that idea will be briefly discussed as an introduction to the panel conversation.”

The lunch will start at noon at Salishan Lodge, 7760 N Hwy. 101, three miles south of Lincoln City.

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