The Jersey Shore Chapter wants to ban the intentional release of balloons in Asbury Park as it has been done in many other NJ towns. Asbury Park is a major attraction and destination and there is a real risk of groups having specialty events doing balloon releases as part of their festivities.
Initially the City did not think this was a problem at all, but as we worked with them on bag legislation thier minds changed. In late summer they introdued the ordinance. More here https://www.app.com/story/news/local/2018/09/03/asbury-park-might-ban-balloon-releases-plastic-bag-ban-next/1135578002/
And finally in late September of 2018 the ordinance had its second reading and passed.