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Mailbag: All these rules are ruining the city

February 17, 2011

Corbina is a tasty fish. Fillet it and cut it into strips, batter it and cook it in some oil and you got the best Mexican tacos ever. Sheeps Head is a tasty fish as well. Fillet this fish, add some butter, garlic and ground pepper and bake in the oven at 350 degrees. Tastes like lobster, only better. What do these two fish have in common? Yes, they are both white meat and no, you can't pick them up from the supermarket. You can get them from mother ocean right off Laguna Beach. Or shall I say "used to get them" from the ocean.

Contrary to popular belief, there is an abundance of fish. I have enjoyed what I consider to be "eco tourism" for the last 10 years, catching my own fish. When I took up the sport of Hawaiian Sling I didn't look back. I have been able to swim with leopard sharks, bat rays, and countless schools of fish while on a mission to catch my dinner.

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Unfortunately the City Council one day decided that the fish were scarce. How could that be? I never see people fishing around here besides a charter boat a mile out, people fishing off the rocks at Crescent Bay and lobster fishermen making a living. I could have fought this, but I would have had to commute to Long Beach, which my work schedule wouldn't allow. I am saddened I won't be able to eat these fish anymore because the council is bored and needs to think of ways to take the enjoyment out of people's lives.

This brings me to another topic: tiki torches. Apparently I can't have tiki torches to set a nice ambiance in the backyard of my humble one-bedroom apartment because some guy in a mansion on the hill feels he is paying too much for insurance. How come I didn't have a say in this? Or even a say in whether or not I can make a left off Pacific Coast Highway when heading southbound? It seems the City "Commie" Council party will decide.

No more fishing, tiki torches and, oh yeah, skateboarding. If we would have built a skate park five years ago these kids would be skating in it but instead they are bombing hills. They are good at it, too. These kids are winning competitions representing Laguna, so leave them alone.

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