Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Restrictions on Dogs Unpopular on St. Simons

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Restrictions on Dogs Unpopular on St. Simons

Article excerpt

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Dogs may get more time to walk on the

beach with their owners if the Glynn County Commission follows

the sentiments of a town hall meeting this week.

The majority of the 250 people who attended Tuesday's public

meeting called for relaxing the ordinance that restricts dogs on

the beaches of St. Simons Island. Instead, they want the county

to crack down on owners who don't clean up after their pets.

The meeting was hosted by County Commissioner Geraldine

Robertson, a St. Simons resident who may introduce a kinder,

gentler ordinance for dog owners by as soon as tonight.

Robertson said she has heard several proposals and received

several petitions, most favoring expanded hours for dogs being

allowed on the beach.

Prior to this summer, dogs were banned on the beach from 9 a.m.

to 4:30 p.m. every day from May 1 to Sept. 30.

But after fielding numerous complaints about dog droppings, and

after a dog got loose in the water and bit a child on the Fourth

of July weekend, Robertson introduced a more restrictive

ordinance.

The ordinance was passed July 16. It bans dogs on the beach

from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from April 1 until Oct. 31.

Violating the ordinance is a misdemeanor. Citations may be

issued, but typically, warnings are given.

Most people at Tuesday's meeting said they want to pick up

after their dogs. And they want all owners to extend the same

courtesy.

In fact, Glynn County Police Chief Carl Alexander said the

public had already objected so strongly to the tougher ordinance

that the County Commission instructed him more than two weeks

ago to halt its enforcement.

Alexander said police officers have written no citations under

the new ordinance.

Although dog droppings are repulsive enough, Georgia Graves of

the Coastal Encounters Nature Center said the feces buried in

sand and picked up by the tide present a health risk. …

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