Skip to comments.LA County OKs $1,000 Fine For Throwing Football, Frisbee On Beaches
Posted on 02/08/2012 6:17:12 PM PST by MrShoop
LOS ANGELES (CBS) When you head down to the beach for a little fun this summer, county officials want you to leave the pigskin at home.
The Board of Supervisors this week agreed to raise fines to up to $1,000 for anyone who throws a football or a Frisbee on any beach in Los Angeles County.
In passing the 37-page ordinance on Tuesday, officials sought to outline responsibilities for law enforcement and other public agencies while also providing clarification on beach-goer activities that could potentially disrupt or even injure the public.
The updated rules now prohibit any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll any object other than a beach ball or volleyball upon or over any beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Exceptions allow for ball-throwing in predesignated areas, when a person obtains a permit, or playing water polo in or over the Pacific Ocean.
However, during the winter off-season, the new rules will be relaxed.
Officials warned that any activities that could potentially any person or property on or near the beach should not be allowed during the peak summer season.
Your kids could also end up costing you big bucks: the ordinance also prohibits digging any hole deeper than 18 inches into the sand except where permission is granted for film and TV production services only.
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Does this apply to State beaches within LA county as well, or just county beaches? There are both.
Kinda like that story the other day about playgrounds being empty because they’ve been turned into soft little jails wherein it is impossible to get hurt.
Too many frisbee-throwers must have broken ankles stumbling into holes more than 18 inches deep, I suppose...
They should keep it in cetain areas of the beach; there is nothing more annoying than being in the middle of a bunch of latecomers who can’t find room for their game (”Sorry dude” gets old the 3rd or 4th time). As a frequent visitor to the Jersey shore, I’d love to add a bunch of regulations myself, mostly to stop paper plates covered with greasy Brazilian barbecue sauce from blowing around like a tickertape parade of smelly flypaper. No more gnawed bones tucked in the sand (like cigarettes - I don’t mind if they smoke them, but when you see a cluster tucked in the sand as though it is a massive ashtray that is nasty), no more foreigners swimming in underwear (leaves little to the imagination, and I have kids), the list goes on and on...
Before anyone fires away and calls me a “fascist”, I’ll save you the trouble: I’m a fascist. I believe Darth Vader was right to want to bring order to the galaxy...
People can drown in the water. People get sunburn laying near naked in the sun plus its a cancer hazard. The days for recreation at the beach are numbered.
It is also amusing to consider that they can always find chumps to be the cops and judges to enforce these laws. There will always be people willing to trade self respect and dignity for a paycheck.They always have the Nuremburg defense.
Cops have become overpaid and corrupt GED educated thugs. These are folks who would otherwise work the drive through at Taco Bell. Judges and prosecutors are just unemployed personal injury lawyers or out of work State Legislators. I am amazed that “we” subject ourselves to these kind of swine.
The politicians who pass these laws can always sell shiite sandwiches by promising safety and order to an undereducated populace.
Well Marcia Brady approves, especially footballs.
Actually I see their point but there are always going to be rude, thoughtless people and you can’t put them all in jail.
You just shoot them.
This can’t be real, right? Com’n, this HAS to be a joke, is MTV somewhere filming an episode of “Punk’d?” You know what, we ain’t going to have to wait for Red China or Iran to blow us up, we are doing a dang good job of it ourselves. Hearing this, there are days that I do think that it is time to thin the herd. Costa Rica is looking good too.
You're correct, you're a facist. Glad you're in noo joursey.....please stay there....
Also, beaches really aren't as densely crowded as they used to get, or they get on the east coast in the summer. This is a picture of Santa Monica last summer, the busiest beach in LA County. Plenty of room to throw a football around.
there are also city beaches. The Board of Supervisors governs the county.
I wonder if this s**t will come to Florida.
I have yet to hear of one major injury involving a Frisbee or a football at the beach.
BTW: How do you play water polo OVER the ocean?
If you tightly control the little things, the big things will come easily.
Our fascist bully governor Christie is trying to get us Americans to stay by easing our socialist tax burden and stopping the bleeding of jobs; maybe I will stay. An hour in one direction, the ocean; an hour in another, mountains. What else could one want?
I don’t imagine you have a lot of us heading to Oklahoma...
Then, on second thought, they may tell you that you CAN'T wear underwear - it might inhibit sexual predatory recreation!
It undermines the profession of law enforcement (and changes who wants to be involved) when the job dictates you be a petty tyrant and tax collector. Cracking down on jaywalking and football throwing in instead of rape, robbery, murder and the real problems of the city.
Are you still allowed to ogle the beach bunnies, or is that illegal too? Probably only legal to ogle someone of the same sex as yourself, this being California.
Perhaps a little sand in the face?
What the hell good is the beach if you can't run your dog after a frisbee.
I can see the law being extended to parks soon, after all, they play football and frisbee there as well.
Effin fools, and the fools who put them there.
I was thinking of NJ beaches; they are very crowded, and self-policing doesn’t work. I could go for the police warnings, but each cop would have to be fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), and Farsi.
The answer here is to simply avoid the cheapest beaches; for an extra $10 you’re surrounded by “regular” people (to paraphrase South Park’s Eric Cartman in regards to the water park).
Many lakes/pools have started cracking down on the adult men swimming in tidy whities - it really just got wierd. A whole clan would show up for a picnic (without realizing there was swimming available), and in a few minutes you would think you were on the banks of the Amazon River.
Thank God. I was afraid our 2.4% un-employment rate and low cost of living would attract all those immigrants that run wild all over your....beach. As for noo joursey, we can drop that into Lake Texoma. Please....stay away....
So I guess drunk drivers can still drive up and down the beaches. G-d forbid you get hit with a Frisbee or football or sumpthin’ airborne.
Goes along with the statewide $558.00 fine for first time offense of a slow right turn where there is a red light camera. Used to be called, “California stop.” (Actually $479 plus $79 to avoid the one point that could double your insurance). Ain’t socialism great!
Best be very fast if you intend to do that in my town. Leash laws, you know, even on the beach.
What a gorgeous stretch of sand that is...
I knew people who lived in LA were Stepford people.
La la land.
I can’t stop laughing since I read this story. I wonder if the chuckleheads that voted for this can be identified.
after being mercilessly assaulted with a football.
It's a pandemic. The thanks we owe to the nanny-state bureaucrats for saving us from ourselves.
Consequently, government feels obliged to legislate against it. No footballs, no frisbees, no smoking, no drinking, no tasty foods, no moving around on the streets and highways without your government-mandated seatbelt in your government-designed and approved conveyance.
Everything not prohited is mandatory.
Might as well just go ahead and prohibit everything but sneezing and sex (unless of course, the sex results in another human being being brought into the ecosystem).
There were quite a few harder to reach areas that were most serene.
Except for Santa Monica and Malibu on Sundays, there was usually plenty of sand to do whatever you wanted to activity wise. During the week, most were quite deserted, more so during school days ;-)
Somebody out there might be enjoying themselves.
Nanny State beaurocrats = the new Puritans.
Don't forget, people are shark bait. ban swimming in the the ocean!
Mexican cat juggling is still free though.
Stay out of the water
Stay off the sand.
REMEMBER! THIS IS YOUR PARK!
“We are only a couple of Supreme Court Justices away from the Soviet Union.”
That is why I got the Hell out of Dodge while I could.
$1000 fines are just a way for Rat-hole major cities to shakedown the locals to balance the city budget.
Here in Houston they are fining nightclub performers (bands and DJs) $1000 for noise violations, no warnings, no decibel measurement, officers don’t even enter the venues.
Freekin Nazi’s! Are beach balls allowed? Or only not on beaches!
They can go kiss my posterior...we will have them out soon!
They can go kiss my posterior...we will have them out soon!
Before long there won’t be any place to go.
A thousand dollar for throwing a football...
It’s about the revenue, nothing else.
First time most people will find out about this law is when they are getting a ticket.
Well no matter how hard they try, government is still going to go broke...There running out of other people’s money very fast now..
If I was at the beach with a bunch of small kids I would be thrilled about this.