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Throw a football or Frisbee on an L.A. beach in the summer: Prepare for a possible fine

Kids throwing footballs on a beach
Kids throwing footballs on a beach
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The age-old hobby of tossing a football or Frisbee on the beach on a beautiful summer day in Los Angeles could cost you a fine thanks to a new ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Claiming that such activity could be dangerous to other beachgoers, the Supes put restrictions on "any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll any ball, tube, or any light object other than a beach ball or beach volleyball” on or over a beach without certain permissions and largely during the crowded summer season.

Water polo participants in the ocean are excluded from the 37-page ordinance that only applies to summer beach activities. Summer is determined to be between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

While this may mean that some families keep footballs and Frisbees at home, they may consider bringing a yard stick. The board also prohibited digging a hole in the sand deeper than 18 inches. Because we live in Hollywood, movie and TV productions will be granted exceptions.

<i>Correction and clarification: This post originally stated that the fine was $1,000. It's lower than that for football and frisbee-throwing, and the ordinance and its history is also a bit more nuanced than how we originally described it. For further clarification, here's another post.</i>