Visitors may pay dog fee for beach access: Final approval sought Jan. 8 for beach activities law

Beach dog ordinance

The white wooden vendor boxes were a hot topic at the beach activities ordinance public workshops.

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM.

After three public meetings and two staff meetings, the revised beach activities ordinance will come before county commissioners Jan. 8.

From beach vendors to dogs to tents left on the beach, “You’ve got everything to do with the beach in one ordinance,” said County Administrator Gerry Demers.

The ordinance was revised, according to Demers, to make sure it is clear, understandable, and enforceable.

“It’s only to clarify,” he said. “Not to make any changes the public or staff wants to make.”

The biggest change in the draft will concern pet-owning visitors and “whether they want to allow visitors to have pets on the beach,” said Demers, who presided over the three public workshops for ordinance changes. “The only real big one is the one about the dogs.”

If the county votes to allow dogs on the beach, something Demers said the Tourist Development Council board and the public support, visitors would pay a sum close to $75 for a 30-day pass., though the amounts are yet to be set.

Permits for residents’ dogs are $30 a year.

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