No? First part: You can only run around and play frisbee in areas large enough to do so, and playing on sand has distinct differences to playing elsewhere.
Laying on a towel in the sun? That can be done at even the smallest public parks or, heck, even in a driveway or on a roof or something. And if your problem is /getting sand on you/, maybe the beach isn't the place you should be doing it?
You're seriously going to talk about the distinction between playing frisbee on grass or whatever vs. sand, and then suggest that laying on a roof is an alternative to laying on the beach? Especially with the lack of, you know, an ocean, which doesn't seem useful or desirable for playing with a frisbee. I also don't mind sand, but I do mind it when it's kicked onto me or in my face.
[/quote]Look, none of us are trying to say sunbathers are a hazard - I mean, you can trip over them and stuff, but not really a big deal. All we're saying is the lazy fucks are incredibly annoying and intrusive, preventing people who actually want to use the beach for stuff that requires the beach from being able to do so. (Well, unless their nice about it and willing to clear a space when people actually want to use that section of the beach for something
. But I've never seen that happen, ever - asking someone to move so you can play frisbee is a one way ticket to a pretentious asshole rant.)[/quote]That section of the beach is already being used for something. Sunbathing! You have this weird attitude that playing frisbee is a superior activity that deserves beach space over sunbathing. Both activities deserve beach space. It's just that one causes disruption to others attempting to use the beach. Once I plop down my towel and cooler, that's it. The small radius around me is not available for playing or sunbathing, sure. Frisbee playing takes up much more space per person. In addition, outside my small radius, unless I'm a total asshole and throwing trash around or something, I have no potential to disrupt any other space. Frisbee playing can quite easily mess with other people's spaces, even if the frisbee players are really nice and trying to be careful. They still might miss a catch and whack someone with a frisbee.
Basically, this law is simple - people who lounge on the beach are more important than those who engage in various forms of physical activity on the beach. Probably because there is more of the first. There's no high-mindedness to this law - it's just one group of people getting their way over another in regards to a place with limited space resources, nothing more, nothing less.
A city should use it's beaches for maximum economic benefit and public enjoyment (the two are probably correlated to a good degree.) With this regulation, sunbathers (the majority of people) have an increase in enjoyment. Sport-players have a decrease in enjoyment (they can't play wherever they want), but it's not as severe, because they can still play with permission. Probably not on prime beach real estate, because it makes more sense to use said prime beach space for sunbathers, since more of those can fit in that nice area than frisbee players.
stevey_frac wrote: There is no requirement that a person not start sun bathing in the middle of an active game of Frisbee, but there is a requirement not to start playing Frisbee in the middle of people actively sunbathing. Both are equally douche-baggy.
Does anyone actually do that? I really doubt someone does that. Whereas frisbee players quite often take their game to people actively sunbathing (usually by accident, but still.)