Saturday, June 1, 2013

No Fun at the Beach for You, Californians!

Now THAT was some Huntington Beach fun! ||| Fun at the Beach for You, Californians!:
The New York Times,
generally speaking, may be positively disposed toward nanny-state
regulations of the type that make Reason readers howl, but
when it comes to California, the Paper of Record has been snorting
with (deserved!) derision about the Golden State's regulatory march
toward killing the wide-open lifestyle for which it was long
famous. The latest installment in an ongoing series: "Is
'No Fun' Sign Next? California Beach Bonfires May Be Doused
[T]hese days, a blizzard of restrictions — on everything from
dogs to playing horseshoes — is being imposed on beach activities
up and down the coast, turning beaches into sanitized zones that
longtime beachgoers say barely resemble the freewheeling places
they once knew.
Smoking is banned at many beaches across the state. On San Diego
beaches, playing ball or tossing a Frisbee has been outlawed.
Alcohol is no longer allowed on the sand in Huntington Beach. Even
surfing is restricted to designated areas here, though this is
"Surf City."
It was a simpler time. |||And the next thing to go could be the fire pits —
concrete rings designed to contain bonfires — which for many people
are enduring features of a free, outdoor California lifestyle.
No one wants to hear Grandpa moan about the good old days, but
having grown up warming my cockles around the fire pits of
Huntington Beach, this stuff just bogues my high.
Related beach shenanigans:
The Five-Step Regulatory Guide to Converting a World-Class Beach
Town into a Pile of Shit

California Aims to Ban Everything You Might Do, Including Passing
New Bans

Throw a Football or Frisbee on an L.A. Beach, Pay a Thousand-Dollar

Protecting Venice Beach From Boardwalk Commerce, Protecting Free
Speech by Banning T-Shirts