Hang Ten: Miami Beach Decides to Ignore 1964 Surfing Ban Again
The old law restricted things like surfing, paddle boarding, skiing, kite surfing to the beach south of Third Street and in a small area in North Beach. Of course, jamming a bunch of people with boards, skis and other equipment in a tiny stretch of beach might not have been such a great idea.
"To take all the surfers in Miami Beach and jam them down south of Second Street and also jam in paddle boards and kite surfers, that is a recipe for diaster, injuries, lawsuits, chaos," Mike Gibaldi, a board member of the Surfrider Foundation, told The Miami Herald.
Boarders began complaining to City Hall, and officials decided to halt enforcement of the antiquated ordinance. The Commission promises to eventually taking a look at the law and either altering it or abolishing it all together. Hopefully, they don't just ignore it and leave it as it, only to have it briefly enforced again in another 50 years -- assuming, of course, Miami Beach isn't underwater by then.
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