Soon to be a dog’s life at beach

2018-09-25 06:00

Dog owners will now be able to run their dogs on a local beach.

This as Milton Beach in Sea Point was designated a dog-friendly beach at a subcouncil meeting last week.

Ward councillor Shayne Ramsay submitted a motion calling for the beach to become dog friendly, motivating that the beach is next to the Sea Point Promenade, where dogs are currently walked. The item appeared before the Good Hope Subcouncil, which is delegated to change the animal use zone of local beaches. Ramsay adds that a request from a resident to make the beach dog friendly was received last year.

She ran a poll on social media to gauge if Sea Point residents wanted a dog-friendly beach, which she says yielded an over 95% positive response from over 230 respondents­.

However, when the item appeared at subcouncil, there was “spirited debate” from councillors as to the merits of changing the animal use restrictions, Ramsay says.

A “compromise” was reached, in which it was decided to implement restricted use during the summer months, she says.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety, security and social services, confirms Milton Beach was previously designated as a no-dog zone.

The submission to the subcouncil was made to amend the conditions for Milton Beach, he explains. “It is now a dog-friendly beach, with certain conditions.

“No dogs will be allowed from 1 November to 31 March between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00. The subcouncil chairperson still needs to clarify whether or not dogs will be free-running or leashed outside of the aforementioned period.”

The Recreation and Parks Department will be erecting signs to reflect the change of zone in consultation with the Coastal Management Branch, Smith adds.

Ramsay adds that owners are still responsible for their dog’s behaviour and cleaning up after their dog. “A lot of people who live in Sea Point use the promenade and there is no other beach in the area [for dog owners to use]. Dogs like to swim and run [which makes a beach ideal]. “It’s a good compromise. If it doesn’t work we’ll relook at it.”

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