Yes, a Barney moment for sure! A ticket was definitely way too much. Whatever happened to discretion as Dave mentioned? "Hey folks, you can't do this here without a permit, close it up."
The police usually handle these type of things in a more moderate manner here. This man and woman were cruising down the beach in a golf cart a few days ago. A big no-no. A police man simply explained the ordinance and told them to go back to the access and get off the beach with it. I actually wouldn't mind if they wrote a few tickets for littering though.