Labor Day is behind us but the buoys defining the swim zone are still in the water. I’m not sure but I think they keep them until October and we are not allowed to kite or windsurf (they are just as guilty) in the swim zone.
I had a long conversation with Phil on the subject as he has been telling people on the beach since Labor Day (thank you Phil), so were we no later than yesterday. Phil told me there is actually a sign explaining the rules, I’m guilty of not having seen it, but I have been respecting the rule regardless as I knew it from previous years which is not the case of many kiters.
Both Phil and I noticed that some people don’t know the rules and some people know it and ignore it (bigger problem). In fact right after I told some they could not kite in the swim zone they were doing it, one guy was even repeatedly jumping right by the shore in the swim zone.
So we have 3 situations:
1. You know it and you still do it, like you know you can’t text and drive but do it until you kill a cyclist on the shoulder.
2. You are oblivious of the rule and or sign and respect it once you know it.
3. You know the rule but you can’t stay upwind and end up in the swim zone despite your best efforts.
From what I gathered, the town is not happy with us not respecting the rule, Phil mentioned it already in regard of Chapin left launch rule.
Being ignorant is not an excuse, that is true, but the fact of the matter is that it’s happening and we cannot expect people to know what they should know without being more proactive about it. No finger pointing, I’m opening the debate as what can we come up with as a group to fix the problem before we get banned, which would be a huge deal obviously.