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No fun: L.A. County beaches may levy fine for throwing footballs and Frisbees

Brian Watt/KPCC

At least you can still play volleyball.

It’s the prototypical summer scene: shiny, happy people frolicking on the beaches of Los Angeles, playing catch and tossing Frisbees. Now the L.A. Board of Supervisors has passed a sprawling, 37-page ordinance that outlines restrictions on the throwing of the apparently offending objects on L.A. County beaches. 

It’s not a sweeping ban: Specifically, the ordinance frowns upon “any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll” anything outside of a beach ball or volleyball on any L.A. beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The basic idea is to protect the general public from flying objects during the peak summer months, when beaches are at their most crowded. So those aspiring to be the next Gabrielle Reece are good, but Eli Manning wannabes, not so much. And the Frisbee Olympics are definitely out. The rules are not so stringent over the winter and spring months, so plan accordingly.

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