No (visiting) dogs allowed: Revised beach ordinance removes line allowing permits for visiting dogs

Dog on beach

Restaurants along Pensacola Beach may be going to the dogs.

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 04:15 PM.

There was a significant omission on the newly revised Waterways and Beach Activities Ordinance that was released Monday.

Removed was a line that would allow visitors the option to purchase permits to bring their dogs to the beach.

The initial inclusion of that item didn't go over well with the crowd gathered at the Jan. 8 BCC meeting, when Interim County Administrator Gerry Demers brought the revised ordinance before the commission for approval.

"At the last board meeting, the board directed me to remove that," said Demers. "The reason I removed it was because the board directed me to; it was probably based on the public."

Demers was tapped last year as the person in charge of revising and compiling existing beach ordinances to make a singular, comprehensive one.

He was supposed to make minor revisions, compile existing ordinances into one, and possibly address fees for various permits, according to District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows. Though the former commissioners may have asked him to look into permits for visiting dogs, as Meadows assumed, it should not have come to be a part of the ordinance.

"Gerry went out of bounds," said Meadows. "He admits he really should not have added that back in."

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