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Top 10 dog-friendly beaches in America

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We put about as much stock in top 10 lists as we do in predicting dog behavior based on breed, but for the record here are what voters selected as the 10 best dog friendly beaches in the U.S.

Receiving the most votes from readers of 10Best, a feature of USA Today, was Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago, which offers a fenced in area where off leash dogs can splash in the waters of Lake Michigan.

Coming in second was Wildwood Dog Beach in New Jersey, easily spotted by the 25-foot-tall fire hydrant sculpture rising from the sand. Dogs are required to be on leashes.

Only one North Carolina beach made the list. Coming in third was Bald Head Island, where unleashed dogs are allowed on all 14 miles of coastline from sunrise to sunset. The island is accessible only by a ferry boat, which is also dog-friendly.

Also making the top five were Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, Calif., the only legal off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County, and
First Landing State Park Beach in Virginia Beach

cannonbeachflickrRounding out the top 10 were, in this order, Long Beach Peninsula in Long Beach, Wash.; Huntington Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, Calif.; Cannon Beach in Oregon; Double Bluff Beach in South Whidbey Island, Wash.; and Jupiter Dog Beach in Florida.

Readers voted on 20 nominees chosen by Bringfido.com, a doggy travel website.

(Photos: At top, Wildwood Dog Beach, courtesy of Wildwoods; bottom, Cannon Beach in Oregon by Breanna Agnor / Flickr)

A shore thing: Wildwood may get dog beach, and just in time for Memorial Day

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Don’t know what took them so long, but Wildwood, N.J., officials appear headed to allowing some unrestricted beach access to dogs — unleashed and year-round.

Like many New Jersey beach towns, Wildwood has long had numerous rules when it comes to dogs on the beach, limiting them to winter months, off hours and requiring they be on leashes.

But two weeks ago the Wildwood City Commission — in an effort to boost tourism — voted unanimously to amend the city’s ordinance banningunleashed dogs from the beach and from cross over pathways on the boardwalk in the summer.

If the amendment is approved in a final vote scheduled for Wednesday, dogs would have year-round access — starting this Memorial Day — to a block and a half long, 190-yard-wide piece of beach in the city’s north end, probably around Poplar Avenue, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

It would be South Jersey’s first official year-round dog beach.

The designated dog beach in Wildwood would have water stations, poop bag stations and signs reminding owners to clean up after their pets.

“I’m going to bet that at the end of the summer, the public works crews will report that they had far less issues with doggie messes than they had with finding dirty disposable diapers left all over the beach,” said Peter Byron, a city commissioner, father of seven children and dog owner.

Some local motels — generally the already dog-friendly ones — are looking forward to the change.

“I think it’s going to be a good thing that the city is opening a dog beach,” said Bob Ferguson, who estimates 70 percent of the guests at his motel, the Rus Mar on Ocean Avenue, show up with dogs.

“It just says Wildwood is dog-friendly, which is a good thing for business.”

“Wildwood is not a fly-to, it’s a drive-to place. And people really want to be able to travel with the pets these days,” Commissioner Byron noted. “We think this will be a huge boost for tourism because visitors will have the chance to do that if they come to Wildwood.”

(Photo: By Tom Gralish / Philadelphia Inquirer)

N.J. town to review allowing dogs on beach

Delaware Bay beaches in Lower Township, New Jersey may soon see more restrictive dog rules.

The Lower Township Council is reviewing regulations after an increase in complaints about dogs running loose and poop going unscooped. Dogs are currently allowed on the beaches, but must be leashed, and law requires that owners clean up after them.

Both sides spoke out on the issue at at Monday’s Lower Township council meeting, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

“I pay $8,000 a year in taxes to the township, and I have to go down to Cape May and buy beach badges because there are no dogs on their beaches. I shouldn’t have to sit on the beach and watch a dog take a dump right in front of me,” said Bill Conners, of Shore Road.

Bill Greenfield, a Villas resident and dog owner, took exception to the remark: “I think you’re painting dog owners with a pretty broad brush. A lot of people are responsible. Dog owners pay taxes, too,” Greenfield said.

With dogs off limit along many Atlantic coast beaches, many pet owners head to the bay. A recent Philadelphia Magazine identified the township’s Town Bank area as a good place to bring dogs to the beach.

“I don’t think this is a distinction Lower Township really wants. We’re known as dog beach,” said Conners. “I ask you to please enforce some laws or pass some laws that don’t allow these dogs to run wild on the beach.”

Some council members said the problem could be handled by enforcing existing rules, but others said stricter measures are needed, such as time restrictions.

No action was taken but the situation will be monitored in the coming weeks.

A day in the park, one county south

 

Compare this picture with the one in our earlier entry and you get some idea of how taking your dog to the park in Baltimore city differs from a lot of other places, including just across the border in Anne Arundel County.

Anne Arundel County has four parks (not counting the town of Bowie’s) and two dog beaches that welcome well-behaved unleashed dogs.

We spent some time at the dog beach in Pasadena (Downs Park) Sunday, partly to beat the heat, partly because we don’t feel too comfortable or welcome in our own Baltimore city park since the city imposed $1,000 fines for leash law violations.

Other than the privately built and funded Canton Dog Park — not really big enough for a big dog to get his run on — the city of Baltimore has no dog parks, no place for dogs to run freely and get the exercise they need, though work is underway to open the first city-built one at Latrobe Park in Locust Point.

Maybe tomorrow’s city council hearing will get things moving. Until then, there’s always Anne Arundel. Here’s where unleashed dogs are allowed there:

Downs Park – Dog Beach only
8311 John Downs Loop
Pasadena, Maryland 21122

Quiet Waters Park – Dog Park and Dog Beach
600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Annapolis, MD 21403

Bell Branch Park
2400 Davidsonville Road
Gambrills, Maryland

Broadneck Park
618 Broadneck Road
Arnold, Maryland

Maryland City Park
565 Brockbridge Road
Laurel, Maryland