Also, the reporter is told that you can't film in a National Park unless you're with the media? WTF?
A comment from a reader at this post on The Agitator seems to offer a possible answer on the digging question:
The reason that the fellow wasn’t allowed to dig is related to the fact that the area is a National Park and the Park Service has stringent rules regarding compliance with NEPA, the National Environmental Protection Act (I think one of the antiquities Acts applies, as well). On almost all government facilities, digging (typically deeper than 12 in, but I guess in the case of the Park Service, 6″) without a permit is verboten. You might disturb some animal’s habitat, or kill a valuable plant. Of course, this seems absurd on a beach, where the sand is routines changed out naturally over time. But, rules are rules, and the ones who make and enforce the rules don’t care about reality. After all, one of their jobs is to show you who is boss.
Bureaucracy run amok. And some people think we are free…