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Public policy should NEVER be based upon the actions of a "few bad apples". If it were, we would all be locked up in our garages/prisons.

Erin, I didn't mean to impugn all fishermen, and I apologize if I gave that impression. It is true that I don't fish or know much about it; my main interaction with fishermen is picking up after them. I now see how being closed until dawn does impact fishing, too bad a few bad apples had to go and ruin it for everybody!

Ian, that is one opinion of the behavior of others, and you are welcome to hold it based on your experiences. But for those of us who fish and clean beaches for no kudos, I hold a different perspective.
The beach is now closed from dusk until dawn; set your alarm for 2 a.m. and drive by the beach.

Erin, I don't see how this ordinance affects fishermen, unless they feel the need to camp or have fires there when they fish. And in my 10 years of cleaning Pacifica's beaches, fishermen as a group seem to be the most likely to leave litter. (Okay, second most likely, behind drunk teenagers!)

This is great for people who lack respect, but for the fishermen this is yet another barrier to the quiet enjoyment of our coast.

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