Wow! Comox must be the most unfun place on the planet.
Take Goose Spit, for example.
First, it was the giant boulders that ruined the play at the sand cliffs. Then it was the raggedy driftwood pilings pounded into the beach that ruined the view.
Then all the “No Parking/Dogs/Fires/Driftood-Picking” signs went up to make sure we weren’t having any fun. Of course, they tried to ban family fires there and have succeeded in restricting them.
That, and walking; apparently walking at Goose Spit is a crime, as the police are continually there running people off the beach after 11 p.m.
Now, Comox council is working to ban fireworks, just in time for Halloween, when many families or streets band together to enjoy a few fireworks before the despair of winter sets in.
At an October meeting, council will try to enact a fireworks bylaw — carrying a maximum penalty of $10,000 — which bans the storage and possession of fireworks, and denies permits to individuals and organizations.
While council spouts the tried and tedious excuse of “safety,” the reason is rather to make the police’s job easier, coming from a request by the Comox RCMP for the “harmonization of fireworks bylaws to prevent confusion and promote better police enforcement.” (Harmonization—now there’s a perversion of a beautiful word.)
And what are they making easier? They are making it easier to police . . . in Comox. In Comox, people!
Where the old folks turn in at 8 p.m. and the biggest crimes are letting dogs run off-leash during goose season and knocking over the No Fun signs on the weekends.
Oh, yeah, and walking at Goose Spit after 11 p.m.