While San Francisco is noted for screwball laws, it looks like Los Angeles County is aiming to take top honors with new rules at beaches effective this summer that ban tossing footballs or Frisbees, notes Grumpy Editor.
Such activity, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, could bring fines up to $1,000, points out CBS-TV in Los Angeles, which revealed the slap against beachside fun included in a 36-page ordinance.
Alert editorial page writers on newspapers with beaches in their circulation areas should take note because what develops in Los Angeles or San Francisco often swoops to other regions --- especially when politicians note something that can generate revenue.
Exceptions, reported CBS, allow for ball throwing in pre-designated areas, when a person obtains a permit, or playing water polo “in or over the Pacific Ocean.” Beach balls and volleyballs remained acceptable.
Wait. There’s more.
Playing-in-the-sand kids (or large dogs) are targeted, too.
The ordinance also prohibits digging any hole in the sand deeper than 18 inches except where permission is granted for film and television production services.
That would indicate lifeguard towers now will also have to contain yardsticks to determine depth of digging.
However, during the winter off-season, the new rules will be relaxed.
But hold on. Other activity can get beachgoers in trouble.
Despite the roar of ocean waves: Section 38 on page 22 of the ordinance cites “a person shall not disturb the peace and quiet of any beach,” ranging from “unduly loud music…or unusual noise,” or “use of any vulgar, profane or indecent language.”
Wade through the 36-page ordinance here.