Let the soda fountains flow! On Monday, a New York Supreme Court judge overturned Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of supersized sugary drinks in New York City restaurants and other venues. Judge Milton Tingling ordered the city is “permanently restrained” from “enforcing the new regulations,” which are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences.” He added that the “loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of the rule.” Many city restaurants and other businesses had already begun preparing for the ban, which was set to take effect on March 12. The judge’s ruling is a big blow to Mayor Bloomberg, who has stressed public-health initiatives throughout his tenure.
Last fall, The Daily Beast took to the street to see what New Yorkers thought of the soda ban.