No Ball Playing on L.A. Beaches During Summer Months
This law has recently received some negative press, which is perhaps unwarranted, as this article explains. What has been circulating the internet is a claim that Los Angeles has instituted a ban on playing games involving anything other than beach balls during peak beach use months, Labor Day to Memorial Day, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.
What the intent was, however, was to revise laws from the 1970s which prevented these activities year round. Due to the confusion surrounding the revision, the Los Angeles County Supervisors have agreed to write a new regulation affirming the fact that Frisbee throwing and ball-playing are allowed at all times, preferably in designated areas, unless a lifeguard directs otherwise due to a public safety hazard.
"We just need to rewrite it and ensure that its clear so that people understand they can throw a Frisbee and a football at the beach," said a supervisor's spokesperson. "Let's use some common sense, let's articulate this in a clear way that people understand." This would thus limit the restriction to situations in which a lifeguard would be implementing restrictions for public safety reasons.
No Holes in the Sand Deeper Than 18 Inches
Los Angeles also recently imposed a ban on "digging any hole deeper than 18 inches into the sand except where permission is granted for film and TV production services only." This one, however, I personally take less issue with. This law was probably passed in response to incidents like this one that occurred over the summer, where a teenager was buried in 6 feet of sand, after a series of tunnels that he was digging with friends, collapsed on top of him. Luckily, he emerged alive, and recovered quickly thereafter.
I would guess that the exception for filming probably requires a showing of adequate safety measures to ensure that the proper precautions will be taken, in order to prevent dangerous conditions.
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