'Remove or approve': Residents push back as BCC considers dogs on the beach

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:30 PM.

"This area is known for a couple of reasons, white beaches, clean water, no crime. I'd like to see this preserved," he said. Imagine if your child picks up a "handful of something that's more than sand ...”

Most felt the problem with the ordinance was that it was a set of rules with a lack of a step-by-step enforcement plan. 

"Let's go back to the drawing board, and let's look at enforcement as far as dogs go," said Nielson.

Demers and the commissioners listened to the commentary, and now the ball lies in the commissioners' court.

"The board will have to remove or approve," said Demers.

The measure is slated to again come before the five county representatives after revisions Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. at the BCC meeting in DeFuniak Springs.

Bob Hudson, executive director of the Walton County Taxpayers Association, best summed up the dissent in the crowd with a word to the wise: "Don't pass ordinances that the county is not willing to put the money up to enforce." 

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