Coastal Connection Restaurant Program

Coastal Connection with Boca Raton Restaurant Program

Good news on reusable items!

COVID -19 and single use plastics

Out of an abundance of caution, many businesses and individuals stopped using reusable items such as cups and bags in favor of disposable alternatives to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of July 2020, we now know more about how the virus spreads and precautions to put in to place. According to health experts in a statement released in early July, both disposable and reusable items share a similar and low risk for disease transmission. When using reusable items precautions can be taken to make them as or more safe than disposables such as making sure they are properly washed and instituting no-touch practices for reusable items being brought in from the outside. Read the full statement

To implement safe use of reusable items in your hospitality business, Oceanic Global put out guidelines for reopening sustainable businesses in the time of COVID-19. Use the guidelines to make sure your business has the appropriate systems in place to keep your staff and your customers healthy.

Coastal Connection 

Program Requirements

Become a Sustainability [Sea] Star! The requirements for each star are listed below. Click on the level for more detail and access to resources.

One Sea Star

  • Provide straws by request only.
  • Use reusable tableware for onsite dining.
  • Provide only non-plastic takeaway containers and bags. No polystyrene foam. Cutlery by request only.
  • Regularly offer sustainable food choices.

Two Sea Stars

  • All of the one star actions plus:
  • Provide environmental education for staff and/or customers.
  • Institute an on-site recycling program.
  • Institute water and energy conservation efforts.

Three Sea Stars

  • All of the One and Two Star actions plus:
  • Reduce light pollution from outdoor lighting.
  • All seafood is a Monterey Bay Seafood watch "best choice" or "good alternative."
  • Put strategies in place to reduce food waste.

How to Apply

Applying is easy! Simply fill out the online application form.

Send an email to sustainability@myboca.us or call 561-393-7997 with any questions.

Our Sustainability team may reach out to you with additional questions. Once approved, you will receive a digital toolkit in your email, a window cling in the mail, and be listed on our website as a Coastal Connection business!

Additional Information 

Restaurants that have an alternative green business certification are automatically eligible for the Coastal Connection Program provided they also meet the one star requirements of this program.

Examples include:

COB Office of Sustainability logo - water flower, sun, grass
City of Boca Raton Recreation Services logo
Gumbo Limbo logo