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USLater dude, Florida town tells surfers. Not so fast, say legal experts

18:10  11 january  2019
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Later dude, Florida town tells surfers. Not so fast, say legal experts© Dreamstime A long-standing ban on surfing may be on the way out now that Hallandale Beach leaders know about a landmark ruling that prohibits cities from banning the sport.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Surfers who dare to catch waves off Hallandale Beach are breaking a town law that bans the sport.

But the ban itself may be illegal, experts say.

A landmark ruling handed down 48 years ago prohibits cities from outlawing surfing.

"That could be taken to court," said Tom Warnke, executive director of the Florida Surfing Museum in West Palm Beach. "The (Florida) Supreme Court ruled you could regulate it, but you can't ban it."

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Hallandale's ban has been on the books for at least a decade.

Back in 1964, the town of Palm Beach banned surfing. Soon Riviera Beach and Palm Beach Shores outlawed the sport too. The Florida Supreme Court struck down those bans in 1970, citing them as arbitrary and unreasonable.

City Attorney Jennifer Merino, who's been with the city since February 2017, says Hallandale's long-standing ban needs to be changed. Merino says she's working on a revised law that could be voted on by the commission as soon as next month.

Bob Jarvis, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University, says the legal precedent regarding a ban on surfing is clear.

"A city can ban surfing in an area where it might be dangerous because of rocks or ships coming out or where they might be colliding with swimmers," Jarvis said. "But you can't do a blanket ban."

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9. Dude , don't drop in on me again. 8. It's a zoo out there. 7. Peace, bro - have you heard that those dudes from Finisterre are sharing the stage with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore? And so the world's most beloved of airlines said "No more! You surfers will have to fly around the world without us.

Said only by the man himself John Wyatt visit jacksonville Florida and u`ll hear all about this ahhh yah!! Something surfers shout when they spot a huge perfect wave, or when they are shocked or surprised. Another word for alright dude , whats up. SURFARI. Surfing safari, out of town surf trip.

Jarvis said Hallandale is likely not the only city to run afoul of a landmark case.

"This happens all the time," he said. "Think of how many ordinances a town has. And a lot of ordinances are on the books and never get enforced."

Hallandale Beach has not cited anyone for violating its ban, city officials say. And if the lifeguard gives them a verbal warning, most people comply.

In Hallandale, surfing isn't the only forbidden sport.

Scuba diving, spear fishing and skim boarding are also prohibited.

And four years ago, Hallandale outlawed the use of watercraft along its 1.7-mile beach.

Hallandale's law defines watercraft as any vehicle, vessel or craft designed to move across or through water. And that includes kayaks, paddleboards and personal watercraft like Jet Skis, city officials say.

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