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Fun Still Forbidden at LA County Beaches

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Updated 2/9: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors just made it illegal to throw footballs and frisbees on the beach. Let that sink in. They also made it illegal to dig holes more than 18 inches deep, so the moat around your sand castle better be no more than 17 inches deep, or else. CBS Los Angeles reports that the Supes approved an ordinance that clarifies what beachgoers can and can't do--"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." The new rules will be in place at beaches "owned, controlled, or managed by the County," according to the ordinance. Exceptions are made for "predesignated areas," people with permits, and games of water polo played "in or over the Pacific Ocean." And you can still have fun at the beach in the winter because the rules won't be enforced in the off-season. Update: Actually, throwing a football or frisbee was already against the rules, although apparently no one on earth (or in LA) actually knew that. The new ordinance passed makes those activities legal for the first time in the off-season, according to County Supe Zev Yaroslavsky's website. The fine is $100 for the first offense, not $1,000--that hefty sum is reserved for serious offenses like "nudity, shooting weapons and swimming or surfing during hazardous conditions or in prohibited areas." Santos Kreimann, director of Beaches & Harbors, tells the site "We don’t ticket anybody for throwing a ball on the beach, as long as they’re doing it responsibly."
· LA County OKs $1,000 Fine For Throwing Football, Frisbee On Beaches [Curbed LA]