Sunday, April 20, 2014

Petition to Save Metal Detecting on Massachusetts Beaches

Here is a petition to sign if you think metal detectorists should be allowed to continue to explore Massachusetts beaches.   CPO is unsure why the nanny state thinks that it needs to control such a pastime in this way.  If anything, along with small change and jewelry, metal detectorists pick up a lot of unwanted metal trash, some of which could hurt other beach goers or wildlife.


Paul Barford said...

Why is it you want the US to impose "regulation of metal detecting" in countries like Bulgaria, but not apply it at home? Given the occurrence of historical material on Mass. beaches (a number of historical wrecks including the Whydah) why not postulate the application of the same measures everywhere? In any case is not quite a lot of the Mass coastline protected as a National Coastline?

As for the rubbish, I hear metal detectors do not detect plastic and glass:

Cultural Property Observer said...

Maybe just maybe there may be a shipwreck buried beneath the beach-- is that the reason? I hope not. That's one in a million and no reason to keep metal detectorists off the beach.

And I was thinking bottle tops and the like.

John H said...

I sometimes wonder on what planet Barford lives.

He seems incapable of relating to anything other than regulation, legislation, and prosecution; typical of the Soviet's outdated, repressive mentality, that he so eagerly embraced and appears to be locked in to.

I guess it's the Red Planet. Very sad indeed.


John Howland

Anonymous said...

I was ready to comment here but then thought better of it. Why waste my time? What's the point? Paul Barford only hears Paul Barford.

Paul Barford said...

Can you tell me Mr Tompa, why is it you want the US to impose "regulation of metal detecting" in countries like Bulgaria, but not apply it at home?

Cultural Property Observer said...

The assumption behind your question is invalid. Metal detecting is already regulated on a state and federal level. What's different is that those regulations for the most part apply only to state and federal land. I'm all for a voluntary PAS on a state level run out of State University. I don't see money for it on a federal or on a state level I'm afraid. The situation in Bulgaria is different. The CPIA says that self-help measures should be tried first before import restrictions. It would be wise for Bulgaria to try PAS. Their current approach obviously isn't working.

Of course, I've said all this before, but you either don't pay attention or think you are making some grand point....