Town Council discussed new ordinance language to change from “under control” standard to required physical restraint\leash control standard for dogs. The new language is below:
Sec. 50-191. – Animals on beach and other public places. (a) Animals prohibited during certain period. (1) It shall be unlawful for any person owning, having control of any domestic canine or other animal to permit such domestic canine or other animal to be on the public sand beach, the boardwalk or the grassy area west of the boardwalk during the period from 10:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. between May 1 and Labor Day of each year, such period hereinafter referred to [as] the “season”. (2) It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or has control of any domestic canine or other animal to permit such domestic canine or other animal to run at large at any time. For purposes of this section, an animal shall be deemed to run at large while roaming, running, or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian and not kept on a leash or other physical restraint for immediate control. A leash or other physical restraint is understood to be no less than six nor more than twenty feet in length.
Council is in favor of the new ordinance, however, during the discussion, some changes were recommended.
The draft notes that it will be unlawful for any dog to be off lead anywhere, at any time. It was requested that the language be more specific, that during the 9 to 9 time period, dogs could be off lead on the beach.
There was some discussion about extending the beach time hours from 9:00 P.M. to 10:00 A.M.
The ordinance was originally scheduled to be voted on August 1st at a special meeting, but it may be added the agenda of the next Regular Meeting on the third Thursday in August. The Mirror will post the time once it is confirmed.