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

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

Demers openly agreed.

"It was beyond the scope of what I was tasked to do," he said at the South Walton-located BCC meeting.

So Demers obliged and removed "that language and put it back to the way it was in the existing ordinance," he said.

Though that disliked part of the ordinance was removed, South Walton's residents and Meadows haven't forgotten that there may be a larger issue of enforcement at hand.

"We just can't adopt a lot of ordinances we can't enforce," said Meadows.

Lack of enforcement of the existing beach ordinances is a much-felt sentiment from residents of beach communities, but this hasn't always been a contentious issue. When Meadows was commissioner previously, 2004 to 2008, the county had an entire department devoted to code enforcement.

"It cost money," she said. But, "We had a handle on it."

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