Here in Redondo Beach, and I thought Santa Monica was part of the LA County Beaches and Harbors, it is illegal to train for profit on a public beach. Beach use for profit or business is regulated through the city recreation and community services department. Just as you cannot get married on the beach without a permit, hold regular gatherings without a permit, have a dog on the beach, or smoke at the beach.
Seems to me that this protects the city and the community from businesses or groups who stretch personal boundaries. The beach is no longer a peaceful place for the strolling citizen when people are playing drums, shouting boot camp commands, or taking up limited space for their own business gain. If it is creating attention, then chances are it is annoying many people.
Good question! The issue is one that instructors need to thoroughly examine.
Instructors may take Michael’ view…’look at all this space…no reason I can’t have a class outside’!
Well…there are a few problems:
A) Parks and beaches are not private property for instructors’ classes. The
public should have the ability to use these areas unless an event was
planned. Which lead to this point:
B) Do instructors ask for permission to use this area? The case I read about
made it appear that the instructor just brought the class into the park and
picked an area that ‘looked good’. What if the park had an
event already scheduled? Will the ‘impromptu class’ move? Where will it
C) Here’s the BIG issue…what happens if someone is injured during the
class? Is the park included in any lawsuit? (if it was in a fitness facility the
facility could be held liable).
A lot of issues pop up in this situation.
As they say…food for thought.