This would never fly in Cape Cod

Beware the sand castle police. Officials in Isle of Palms, S.C., are considering a proposal to fine beachgoers who leave detritus like tents and surfboards behind. The bill was drafted to foster safety at the beach, and I would guess to discourage people from leaving trash, but if you’ve ever bought a surfboard, you know shapely fiberglass doesn’t come cheap, so it’s unlikely you’d forget it at the beach.

Fine, I can get behind a proposal that leaves beaches clean, but the ordinance would allow people to be fined up to $500 for not filling in holes or knocking down their sand castles. Huh? Sounds like some of these holes have devoured and ankle or two, but seriously, sand castles? I rather enjoy the image of a couple strolling the beach at night and walking smack into a turreted kingdom.

Apparently, Isle of Palms officials have a lot of time on their hands, which is good because they’re gonna need a lot of manpower to patrol the beach, monitoring sand castle building and demolishing. I was going to suggest boycotting South Carolina beaches, but then maybe that’s exactly what they want us to do…

sand castle


3 thoughts on “This would never fly in Cape Cod

  1. When I was a kid, I thought the whole point of building sand castles was to demolish them afterwards…

    So, in all likelihood, I was overdosing on Godzilla movies at the time.

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