Calif. City Bans Flip-Flops; City Officials Have No Idea Why, However

by Greg Pollowitz

City officials in San Juan Capistrano are trying to figure out exactly how flip-flops became banned at two city parks.

The flip-flop ban is in place at Los Rios Park in the city’s historic district and at a recently opened dog park, said city spokeswoman Cathy Salcedo. The ban was first reported by theOrange County Register.

The rule had gone largely unnoticed at Los Rios. But when the dog park opened in August and the rules were posted, several commissioners with the city’s Parks, Recreation and Senior Services were befuddled.

During a meeting in August the commissioners said they didn’t understand why the flip-flop ban had been implemented.

“I wouldn’t think twice about going into the dog park in my flip-flops,” said Commission Vice Chairwoman Jenny Friess. “I don’t think we need to really be telling people what to wear on their feet.”. . .