The PJ Tatler

LA Beaches Ban Footballs, Frisbees and Digging in the Sand?

Why didn’t they ban sunbathing, swimming, and eating while they were at it?

Has Los Angeles County turned into Sombertown? Earlier this week, accordingto CBS Los Angeles, the California county passed a 37-page ordinance that prohibits “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.

The new law reminds me of the 1970 Christmas movie in which the Burgermeister Meisterburger decides to declare toys a danger to the town’s citizens and exclaims, “Toys are hereby declared illegal, immoral, unlawful AND anyone found with a toy in his possession will be placed under arrest and thrown in the dungeon!”

The only difference is, citizens caught in violation of the area’s new ordinance will be fined $1,000. This means no tossing a football and no throwing a Frisbee on the sands of L.A. County beaches. They’ve even gone as far as prohibiting anyone “digging any hole deeper than 18 inches into the sand except where permission is granted for film and TV production services only.”

So, no burying your buddy in the sand up to his neck, and no big sand castles. No beach soccer or whiffle ball. No fun unless it’s the officially approved form of fun, or is actually work.

California is going broke. Crippling its tourism industry is not going to help.