Skateboard ban

07/07/2014 7:29 PM

07/07/2014 7:30 PM

My long-held belief that the majority of Sunny Isles Beach commissioners are deficient in both awareness and logic was confirmed upon hearing that they’re banning skateboards on our two major thoroughfares — Collins Avenue and Sunny Isles Boulevard.

In a city that purports to take pride in serving all residents, this unfounded and unfortunate law deals a serious blow to the most innocent and defenseless segment of our population, those who depend on skateboards for transportation, exercise, freedom and fun — children.

They could offer up no rationale for this other than, “Well, it could become a problem in the future,” or the sidewalks are “too slim.” Residents know that Sunny Isles Beach enforces code unevenly, and that nutty laws on the books often are triggered by an isolated complaint from one person. I can hardly wait to see how city resources will be devoted to enforcing this new law and whether it will be applied evenly.

I give the city high marks for many endeavors including an A-rated K-8 school. However, this law deals a serious blow to its students and many others. The commission gets an F.

Richard Mufson, Sunny Isles Beach

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