Bathing beauties along Los Angeles County beaches no longer have to worry about screaming “My nose!” and living through their own Marsha Brady football incident. Or, if they do, at least the person behind the accident might have to pay for it.
On Feb. 7, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an amended ordinance that expands several beach rules, including a section on ball-playing restrictions. Specifically, “it is unlawful for any person to cast, toss, throw, kick, or roll any ball, tube, or any light object other than a beach ball or beach volleyball upon or over any beach” from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
That’s right—tossing a football or Frisbee on any L.A. County beach is now illegal, and getting caught doing so is punishable with a fine of up to $1,000.
The purpose behind this ruling is to control activities that could disrupt or injure the beach-going public.
OK, I get it. It’s L.A. Nose jobs need protection.
Seriously, though, I understand the reasoning behind the new rule, even though I don’t like it. I’m generally not a fan of legislation which restricts activities that are mostly harmless—ask me one day about New York City’s ridiculous cabaret law. Plus, accidents happen. Sometimes life is fraught with little dangers.
Still, some parents might welcome the rule, especially if they have young children who could be injured if hit by an errant hard ball. And we all know how expensive any type of medical emergency can be these days.
So, family travelers, beach sports enthusiasts and basically anyone who enjoys a fun day at the beach needs to be extra cautious when playing in L.A. County. The ruling impacts beaches from Nicholas Canyon down to White Point/Royal Palms and includes the popular Zuma, Malibu/Surfrider, Venice, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo beaches.
There are, however, a few exceptions to the new restrictions:
The rule will be relaxed the rest of the year, between the holidays from September through May. Also, objects other than beach balls and beach volleyballs will be allowed when in areas designated for their use, when a person first obtains a permit or when a person obtains previous authorization from the fire chief or lifeguard. And water-polo balls are OK when used in or over the Pacific Ocean.
One more thing: The ordinance now also prohibits digging holes in the sand deeper than 18 inches, except for film and TV production services with a permit.
What’s next? Time limits on sun exposure?
For more details, read this CBS Los Angeles article, which provides a link to a PDF of the new ruling.