In March, Miami Beach installed 50 sunscreen dispensers in parks, pools, and at lifeguard stations along its famed expanse of sand. The dispensers pump free sunscreen as part of a privately funded initiative to prevent skin cancer and raise awareness about the dangers of the sun.
Matt O’Malley, a Boston city councilor, wants a touch of Miami Beach in all 220 of Boston’s parks and playgrounds. In a proposal filed for Wednesday’s City Council meeting, O’Malley calls for the city to consider installing sunscreen dispensers. It could potentially be paid for, O’Malley said, through a partnership with a sunscreen maker or an altruistic company seeking to raise awareness about the most common form of cancer.
“It’s a real public good that we can facilitate with little to no cost to the taxpayers,” O’Malley said Monday. “This is a way that Boston can really lead. It’s the most prevalent type of cancer. Most people know someone who has suffered from skin cancer or has had a scare.” (Source)