Friday, February 10, 2012

LA Beaches & Frisbees

LA County's beach regs incorrectly think a frisbee is a ball. Or is it?

Frisbee throwing on the beach seems to be targeted under the recently amended Los Angeles (California) County Code beach operations.
SECTION 49. Section 17.12.430 Ball-playing restrictions (pg 28)
A. General Prohibition. It is unlawful to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll any ball, tube, or any light object other than beach ball or beach volleyball upon or over any beach, except any of the following:
4. When using any other object over or in the Pacific Ocean opposite such beach, the person first obtains previous authorization from the Fire Chief or ocean lifeguard to conduct such activity.

B. Exception for off-season. The ball-playing restrictions set forth in subsection A shall not be applicable during the period between Labor Day and Memorial Day, provided the involved ball-playing activity is carried out in such a manner so as not to endanger any person or property on or near the beach. In no event shall any structure or improvement used for ball-playing purposes be placed on the beach without the previous authorization of the Director.

Per Frisbees Are OK on LA Beaches:
As it turns out, Frisbees and footballs already were outlawed “to prohibit some knucklehead from acting like an idiot on the beach," explains the county beach chief. The new rules actually spelled out that Frisbees and footballs would be allowed under certain situations, "basically, in the off-season, or with a permit or permission from the lifeguard," writes Yaroslavsky. But it boils down to this: Nobody's going to get a fine for tossing a Frisbee or a ball among friends, at any time. People who repeatedly chuck them into summer crowds or disobey a lifeguard's direct orders to stop might get fined—but it would be $100, not $1,000.

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