Pacific Swell | Southern California environment news and trends
Environment & Science

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

At least you can still play volleyball.
At least you can still play volleyball.
Brian Watt/KPCC

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.

Correction, clarification and update: L.A. County is saying the new ban actually loosens an earlier, unenforced restriction that has been in place for a long time. 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.