By Rob Morris on April 17, 2012
Southern Shores dog owners finally found a majority on the Town Council to allow their pets on the beach mornings and evenings in the summertime.
It took two votes, but the council OK’d changing the long-time prohibition against taking dogs to the beach at any time during summer months.
Dogs will be now be allowed on the sand before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. between May 15 and Sept. 15.
The animals must be on leashes no longer than 10 feet. Owners will be responsible for picking up after the dogs. The same rules apply during all hours in the offseason.
A suggestion to try out the morning and evening hours for a season was turned down last March. A group of citizens had petitioned the council in August 2010 for the change, but the vote was put off until more information could be gathered.
With two new council members, the vote was 3-2 on Tuesday. The second vote was needed because a four-vote majority is required for such an ordinance amendment to pass on the first try.
Southern Shores had been the only beach town in Dare County with a total prohibition against dogs on the beach in the summer.