The village police do not enforce kitesurfing regulations | Letters to the Editor

Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Mayor Mike Davey and shared with Islander News for publication.


Mr. Mayor,

The culture of the KB Police Department is that enforcing village kitesurfing regulations is not police work.

Unless you report a violation, KB Police will not enforce the following kitesurfing rules:

1. Section 4-32 (a). A kiteboarder cannot slide his kite out of the kiteboard channel.

2. Section 4-33 (a). The teaching of kitesurfing is prohibited within the Village.

3. Section 4-33 (b). The deployment of a kitesurf kite should only take place in the Kiteboard Channel.

4. Section 4-33 (i). When not in use and out of the kitesurf channel, all kitesurfing equipment should be contained in a bag.

Even if you report a violation, KB Police has arbitrarily decided not to enforce the following regulations:

1. Section 4-32 (a). Kitesurfing is not allowed within 300 feet east of the beach.

2. Section 4-32 (c). No more than 10 kitesurfing kites will be allowed at a time on the beach in the kitesurfing channel.

3. Section 4-33 (d). All persons must register annually with the village manager or designate before kitesurfing in the village. Kitesurfing in the village can only be practiced by registered people.

4. Section 4-33 (e) (1). Before kitesurfing in the village, all persons must have and provide proof of UP WIND Level 3 International Kite Organization (IKO) certification or its equivalent, as determined by the village.

5. Section 4-33 (e) (2). Before kitesurfing in the village, all persons must provide proof of general liability insurance of at least $ 1,000,000.00 per kitesurfing incident for bodily injury and property damage.

6. Section 4-33 (f). All persons must attach the kite banner provided by the village to their harness while kitesurfing.

Please consult the KB Police Records. KB Police have never issued a citation to anyone for breaking any of the kitesurfing regulations. The KB police believe that it is not their job to check if a person kitesurfing in the village is registered with the village or has the required UP WIND level 3 license and insurance.

The culture of the KB Police Department is that enforcing the rules of kitesurfing is not police work. Please Mr. Mayor, for the safety of all families who use the beach, please change this culture at KB Police.

Thank you.

Rafael M. Rojas


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