Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Worst Idea Ever II

Apparently, I am not the only one bothered by the increase in Banner Towing Aircraft (BTA) in the Beach Cities. Read The Worst Idea Ever.

Flybys hit too close to home in Hermosa Beach

There are now SIX companies that operate BTA over the Beach Cities now. They are even running on weekdays now. The buzz is unbearable if you are sensitive to noise.

I cannot believe the fatuousness of one of the owners of a BTA company :
To Dobry, the planes are, by now, "part of going to the beach."

"It's no different than a couple of kids playing with a ball or somebody surfing or laying there getting a suntan," he said. "It's just part of the environment."

That's not logic that Dave Hollander, chief executive of Becker Surfboards, can follow.

"Just because we're used to them they should stay? That's not right," said Hollander, 55, who lives in Hermosa Beach, where Becker's main store is located.

For many, the tipping point came at a beach volleyball tournament last summer, when the planes seemed as prevalent -- and as close, in some cases -- as mosquitoes. Around the same time, Hollander started posting ads in local newspapers urging a boycott of companies that advertised on the planes.
The kids running around the beach are not creating noise affecting 100,000 people. You can move away from loud kids (if it bothers you), but you cannot move your house. Sigh. I could go on and on. I wonder if there is a list of advertisers that use BTA so that I can boycott them.

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