I'm fairly new here, so I can't tell if this has been tried before, at least with these forums/site as a base.
My proposal is a letter writing campaign. I know, I'm asking for effort IRL as opposed to just OL, but I'm sure you will all agree on the cause.
We as surfers and bodyboarders are used to getting blackballed during the summer. It's part of the territory, it's annoying, but really not that big of a deal. We usually get blackballed into the beaches with the better than average surf.
Problem is when we get blackballed, the swimmers don't. It's 100% frustrating dodging bobbing heads in the water while trying to simply ride a wave. On bigger days, like early July, the speed and wave size warranted running into these people. Which isn't safe for us or them.
What I want to organize over the winter, and hopefully with the backing of a commercial entity or 2, much like Swellinfo.com, lobby to a number of towns to enforce surf/bodyboard areas, as just that, and to keep the swimmers out. Now if we just stayed local with our efforts, chances are nothing would get done. I surf Belmar, and I've noticed maybe 5 other members here that surf Belmar. But we are bigger than that. If we made a list of towns and everyone, regardless of location or if they ever set foot on the sand there, write a letter to that town each month of the off season months. This would require a letter template, not that big of a deal to make.
You may be asking yourself why commercial entities would be needed or wanted for this, and that is simple, towns listen to business owners.
Swellinfo.com is a well known site, used by many for the surf reports. I've also noticed that the site has advertising with other places, like Eastern Lines. I would be going to surf shops, looking for backing, hopefully getting letters from their owners/employees. Or at least the ability to use their names in the main letter template.
I'm getting very detail oriented right now, but I want to make clear my intentions with this project.
It would require a small sacrifice of time, but I think it will be well worth it. This would be a huge first step for us. If this works, who knows where we can go with it in the future, maybe another beach or 2 for ourselves, etc...
My main questions are, does this sound like a good plausible idea to anyone? Would the forumers be interested in this? This idea, I feel, should definitely extend outside of the Mid Atl forum.
Swellinfo, I'm sorry for just throwing you into the idea flow, I was using you as an example. If this idea seems like a good one, I would formally ask your permission and support, so don't think of this as an ambush job.
Let me know what you guys think.