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Camp Surf Beach Incident

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2019 12:17 pm

I was taking my dog and my grandson for a walk on the beach north of Camp Surf at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, June 14. The beach is always deserted except for an occasional wave fisherman. A Fish and Game person was driving on the beach and stopped by us. The person said “$275!” “Thats the fine for having a dog.” “You didn’t see the sign?”

I am attaching a photo of the sign. As you can see it is totally illegible. This person was rude and I was made to feel like a criminal in front of my grandson, which I did not appreciate.

In my years of walking this beach I have seen two dead seals. When I contacted the IB lifeguards and Camp Surf about it, they washed their hands of it saying that sometimes Coronado has authority there and sometimes the Navy does, I guess it depends on the mood of whoever is in charge. And now we have the Fish and Game Department involved! I think we have too many government agencies with too much time on their hands by treating dogs and children as threats to national security. I don’t care how close the border is, this is still America and I feel that this kind of militarism is un-American. I’ve been made to feel like a criminal simply by taking my grandson and dog on a peaceful walk on a deserted beach and I’m upset about it.

I plan to make this problem public and I don’t think the government agencies involved are going to look good when I do. I plan to contact my local, state and Federal representatives to help eliminate this un-American behavior. We’re not a dictatorship yet!

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