Proposed Change to City’s Leash Law Has Been Postponed

The City to not move forward with a proposed change to City Code 6-5, which would have required dogs to be leashed on all City beaches. ​

puppy on a leash at the beach

Animal Control will monitor and evaluate situations involving dogs on beaches over the next year. They will also continue to enforce the existing law and educate dog owners about properly controlling their pets on city beaches. 

A group of citizens will also be assembled to analyze the issue and provide recommendations to ensure the safety of all residents and animals on City beaches. 

Currently, dogs are welcome to enjoy the public beaches and Boardwalk any time during the shoulder season (the Friday before Memorial Day and after Labor Day weekend). Leashed pets are allowed on the Boardwalk and may be off-leash on the beach, but must be under control.

However, during the summer months (Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day), no dogs are allowed on the beach in the resort area (Rudee Inlet to 42nd Street). Dogs are allowed on all other city beaches from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. During the summer season, dogs are allowed on the Boardwalk from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. only. They must don a leash and owners are required to pick up any feces.

The proposed law change would have required dogs to be leashed at all times on all City beaches.​​

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