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Voters to decide whether dogs can use beach


Whether dogs should get a couple of hours access a day to Willard Beach in Maine will be decided by voters.

South Portland city councilors voted unanimously Monday night to put the issue of dogs on the Nov. 3 ballot as a referendum question, TV station WMTW reports.

The issue has been debated for close to 20 years, and recent changes, after a push by dog owners, opened the beach up to dogs from 7 to 9 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

After that, those opposed to dogs on the beach in the summer gathered more than 1,000 signatures, enough to present the issue to city council.


Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time July 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I understand that some folks will curse me for stating this, but I definitely prefer dog-friendly beaches to those that are rampant with wet-diapered, over-sunned and often screaming children. Some of my very best memories are romping in the surf and swimming hundreds of feet out with my dogs. What intense inter-species fun! I don’t do that anymore — the world has changed — but I still overtly entice into play any dog that I might see on some “enlightened” waterfront.