Your home in the city is your property to do with what you will, right? Yup, provided you don’t want to fire a gun, park too many cars or park in the wrong place, let it go to weeds, install energy-unapproved appliances or insulation, keep too many pets, grow veggies in the front, install too high a fence, water the grounds too much or at the wrong time (in the Southwest) and if you have a homeowners’ association, paint it the wrong color or perhaps, add a flagpole. Plus an increasing list of other no-no’s. And if you don’t pay your steadily inflating property taxes, you find forthwith that you don’t own the place; you just rent it from the County government.
And now, courtesy of Congress (Defense Aughorization Act 2012) you’d likely be smart not to assume the U.S. military needs papers from a court to invade it to grab you if it wishes.
So with all that laid on “private” property, it’s no surprise that L.A. County is leading the way with restrictions on using the “public” beaches–to protect you, of course. Fines that range up to $1,000 for repeated offenses will now protect you from thrown footballs or frisbys at the beach; you should feel much safer, right? L.A. County Ok’s Hefty Fine for Throwing Football, Frisby on Beaches will explain it all to you if you doubt.
How long do you suppose it will take them to forbid going in the water? It’s not only
polluting, there are sharks! But maybe it’s too hard to sue a shark…or perhaps there’s professional courtesy involved with that.