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LA County Updates Ordinance On Ball, Frisbee Throwing At Beaches

CLARIFICATION (2/14): In an article posted on on Feb. 2, we mistakenly reported that the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors would issue fines of $1,000 to beach-goers who participated in any non-beach ball activities on county beaches.

In fact, county supervisors had loosened policies on playing with footballs and Frisbees on the beach. We regret any confusion this report may have caused.

For more information, visit the official website for L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yarovslavsky.

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — When you head down to the beach for a little fun this summer, county officials want you to know about some updated rules.

The Board of Supervisors this week agreed to lift an all-out ban on playing with footballs, other balls and Frisbees on the beach, according to a media statement released by the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

The update means that beach-goers may toss balls and Frisbees with Lifeguards' permission on beaches in Los Angeles County between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

However citations, may be given out to individuals who ignore lifeguards' orders.

According to Lucy Kim, from the LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors, a first-time offender will have to pay a $100 fine. For a second offense, beach-goers will face a $200 fine. Three or more infractions within one year will result in a $500 fine, Kim said.

The new ball and Frisbee tossing rules will be relaxed during the winter off-season.

The ordinance also prohibits digging any hole deeper than 18 inches into the sand, except where permission is granted for film and TV production services only.

» Read The Updated Ordinance

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