In an unexpected move, County commissioners have decided to allow dogs on Volusia County beaches. Unexpected because there were no discussions, no plans. One commissioner brought it up at the meeting, and after a short discussion it passed 5 votes against 1.
They set it as a pilot program for 3 months, after which time they will decide whether to ban or to keep. Environmental group immediately warned the Feds, that this program can be detrimental to wildlife.
There probably might be other objections. The dogs are only allowed between hours 4 PM and 9 AM, and these are the hours when there is little or no law enforcement.
Before there were only two places in the county, where you could take your dogs to the water. Now the dogs can be everywhere on Volusia County beaches. Strange for a pilot program, where you would expect doing it in certain areas, so that this could really be a poilot program, and it would have allowed for enforcement of the leash rules. Opening 46 miles of beaches for dogs in the evening hours and night hours means that there will be no enforcement.
Of course, the rule is that dogs have only to be on the leash, but being an avid beachgoer I see quite often dogs without any leash, and it is for years, while we supposedly had a ban.
Allowing dogs on the beach in the evening will unquestionably make the beach a more dangerous place for late beachgoers, as there will be dogs roaming in the darkness.
I have nothing against the dogs on the beach, but with no law enforcement this might be a bad idea.
I do not have a gun, so no more walks on the beach in the dark for me.
Funny how there are groups fighting driving on the beach. Crazy people, cars are not biting, and cars are not allowed on the beach in the evening…
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