First they outlawed alcohol on the beach, then dogs, and then smoking. Now it’s time to say goodbye to frisbee and football.
Just this week, Los Angeles county Board of Supervisors approved an updated draft of a 37-page ordinance that made football and frisbee throwing illegal, for the sake of safety.
For nearly half of the warmest part of the year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there will be a $1,000 fine if you are caught playing with anything that’s not a “beach ball or beach volleyball.”
On page 28 it reads… and I quote:
The only time you can play a game of football or ultimate frisbee is when a person has obtained a permit (!?) or doing it in a designated area (!?) or when someone is playing water polo “in or over the Pacific Ocean.” (WHAT!?)
Now, for the real mind blowing part. On page 16 it reads:
There goes a chunk of childhood for a lot of people. What’s next? No walking or running at the beach either due to a potential injury?
Now tell me, how does this make you feel? Outraged? Shocked? Surprised? So what do we do about it?
Contact the LA County Board of Supervisors. Give them a call or email them at ExecutiveOffice@bos.lacounty.gov and give them your opinion on the matter. I don’t know if it would make a difference but hopefully if this gets enough uproar it will get reversed.
UPDATE: The county got a lot of flack for this updated ordinance and everybody was calling in to complain. Apparently, playing with anything but a beach ball or volley ball has been banned SINCE THE 1980′S! It’s just that nobody knew it because it wasn’t strictly enforced. This updated ordinance actually makes it more lenient in the sense that, it applies only in the summer months, as to before, it applied for the entire year. Hope that helps.