Can I ride my horse on the beach? Can I walk my dog?

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Pen Fed Realty 3107554

A lot of people ask if they can ride their horse on the beaches of S. Walton and the answer is no. 

More people ask if they can have their dog at the beach and the answer is, it depends.

Section 22-31 of the South Walton Ordinances state the following:

(a) No person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any horse shall cause, permit or allo the animal onto or upon any public beaches in the county.

(b) All dogs shall be prohibited from public beaches in Walton County except:

     (1) Dogs assisting those who are sight and hearing impaired or service animals; or

     (2) Dogs owned by Walton County real property owners or permanent residents who have obtained a permit and who maintain the dog on a leash.  Proof of real property ownership or Walton County residency is required (such as deed, driver's licencse, tax receipt, utility bill, lease agreement, or voter's registration showing address). For property titled in the name of a business, a person must show proof that they own a controlling interest in the property to be considered eligible for a permit (copy of state or other document showing percentage of ownership or list of officers).  The permit will allow leashed dogs on the beach between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. of the following day during Daylight Savings Time and between the hours of 3 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. of the following day during non-Daylight Savings Time.  Any Walton County real property owner or permanent resident desiring a permit shall be required to pay a reasonable fee, which shall be set by resolution of the board and amended as necessary.

(c)  Owners of dogs shall be responsible for pick up of their dogs' waste.

(d) Permits may be issued by the board's designee upon receipt of a completed application.  All permits issued shall be for a period of one year and will expire on August 1 of each year with a grace period until August 15 each year.  Proof of rabies vaccination must be presented prior to obtaining a permit.

(e) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to apply to a property owner of the sandy area next to the mean high tide which would interfere with the property owner's right to have their own dog or horse on their property.

These two would be considered to be in violation.


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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

So many laws and regulations, growing up dogs were always allowed and the owners always picked up afterwards.......... the good ol' days.

Jan 31, 2013 10:00 PM #1
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

We have a horse riding business here that uses a certain area of the beach, Dogs can be walked here! If you don't pick up the "POOP" its $150.00 fine. Come to Florence Oregon.

Jan 31, 2013 10:22 PM #2
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

OMG I can't get over the adorable pix of the doggies!! Great post and good info....make it a great day!

Jan 31, 2013 10:53 PM #3
Kelly Klein
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Pen Fed Realty - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
"Doing Great Things Today to Improve Tomorrow"

To License a Dog for the Beach is only $30 per dog plus $10 processing fee. 

The fines are $100 for the first violation.  $200 for the second violation and $500 for the third and subsequent violations

Feb 01, 2013 08:10 PM #4
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