Sent to the Cape Charles Mirror – “As recent property owners in Cape Charles, this is the first week that we have stayed in the town for the entire week. Also this is the first time that we have brought our dog on a vacation as we usually have a house sitter. We were able to find a pet friendly rental and as such were excited to bring our dog. We knew what the dog rules are in the beach area as we have read the regs and seen the beach rules. We have been pretty diligent as new owners to follow the rules. This is a very pet friendly community. What I have noticed however, lots of dogs on the beach after the 9am hour. I have been observing them on the beach even at 1 or 2 in the afternoon. So does the town not enforce this? If it isn’t enforced then what’s the point of having them? Are these visitors not reading the rules or choosing to ignore them, or are these residents that knowingly abuse the rules?
My kids have been giving me grief because they see others with their dogs and wonder why we can’t bring ours? Of course I tell them, just because someone else breaks the rules, doesn’t make it right for us to break them as well.
Just an observation during our first weekly stay.”
CC Mirror – “Sorry for the late reply, just got back from Hatteras; when I’m down there I don’t usually look at anything except the surf report, and that’s on the radio. I agree with you, but more, I think the dog ordinance is stupid. I’ve seen dogs on other beaches my entire life, and they rarely cause as much trouble as the people. I’m like you though, I follow the rules and don’t bring my dog there, although, as you noted, if it is not enforced, who cares? In most cases, I think people just don’t know and bring the dog with them.”
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