I live on an island, we’re surrounded by beaches and the ocean. Yet, there are parties that want to restrict the use of the ocean and certain beaches to those who paddle board. Of course both sides are fighting for what they want. I personally don’t like the beach due to the sand and very unsanitary conditions (IMO). I’ve seen the reactions on the news from both sides, and I’ve decided to look further into this.
This is not the first time that people have asked for regulation of the waters. In 2010, people had asked that the regulation of the use of the waters in the Ala Moana Lagoon, due to just about the same reasons that are being presented presently. They reached an agreement to separate the waters with buoys so that everyone could use the ocean at the beach at the same time.
I understand the view point of the swimmers. Having so many paddle boards, surfboards, etc. out in the water in the same area as swimmers is quite dangerous. Especially the paddle boarders, not only do they have the board in the water, they also have the paddle to help propel them and steer. Someone could be hit by either of those items. From what it sounds like to me, is that the popularity of paddle boarding is increasing, therefore so does the risk of someone being hurt. Seeing that this state gets the majority of it’s money from tourism, I feel that there should be regulation due to keeping our visitors safe and coming back here for vacations.
Buoys can’t be considered at Ala Moana Beach or at Waikiki Beach, it’ll mar things for our visitors (It’ll look really ugly, isn’t it bad enough that we have the rail system going up as well?). Regulating when and where the Paddle boarders can use the beach seems like the only reasonable answer. Regulating swimmers at these beaches aren’t an option due to our reliance on on tourism. If I was visiting here, I wouldn’t want to see buoys at the beaches or be told that I can’t swim at the beach because today only the paddle boarders are allowed to use the water.
On the other hand, I do understand the side of the paddle boarders as well, though. It’s not fair to them that only they be regulated. But they are in the minority. As I remember Spock saying in one of the movies:
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one or the few.
Yes, regulation or setting up a beach just for paddle board users would be best in my opinion. While I do feel that the beaches are there for everyone to use, safety is an important factor as well is the success of our visitor industry. I just wish that everyone could just be civil about it. It’s small things like this that make the biggest messes, IMO. Anyhow, this is my take on this subject. Thanks for reading. 🙂