Who gives a shit? What were they supposed to do, film him jumping out in the water and do a graphical representation of the pier to see the height of his jump? Not exciting. Close the entire pier for the hours he was waiting for the right conditions? Impractical. Get permission from the authorities to jump the pier? Bahahahahahaha, never in a million years. Worse case scenario, he completely, totally and irrevocably botched the whole thing, hit a shark right as he was initiating the jump, broke a line, had a stroke and got struck by lightning while convulsing in mid-air... He smacks down the oblivious couple, and breaks every bone in his body. It would be YouTube gold!
Bottom line, he went for it, cleared it by two and a half miles, and it was epic.
He must get his pants custom tailored, what with the size of his balls.
At some point, the whole Fire Marshal Bill thing gets old and you have to appreciate when someone lets loose and goes for broke. How many Jackie Chan movies would we be enjoying if he didn't go for it? Rally racing is huge in Europe, and people stand on the outside curb on sharp turns. Are they supposed to stop the races so they can shoo them away? It's not practical. Sometimes they get smooshed, and it makes for good YouTube videos.