Should Dogs Be Allowed On Jersey Shore Beaches During Off Season?
The beach in Ocean City in Cape May County is...well....how do I put this delicately.....
IT BELONGS TO THE DOGS NOW!
Because it is off season, Ocean City now allows dog owners to bring their furry friends onto the sandy beaches.
There are rules, of course: you must clean up after your dog, no dogs are allowed on the boardwalk, dogs must be leashed, they are only allowed in certain areas and this furry-friendly time only lasts from October 1st to April 30th.
But believe it or not, this is one of the only towns in New Jersey which allows dogs on their beaches....even during the off season.
And I am just wondering....WHY NOT ALLOW ON OUR BEACHES EVERYWHERE ELSE IN SOUTH JERSEY?!
The time span we are talking about is when it is locals only -- aka the people who care about the state of our beaches -- so there are far less fewer people in general.
A lot of people's first response will be, "Well then there will be poop everywhere!"
A: If it is only locals, these are the people that will pick up after themselves because these are OUR beaches that WE must take care of.
B: Dogs are allowed in bars, restaurants, boardwalks, parks and other establishments elsewhere in the Garden State. I have been to these places and I must say, there is NOT poop everywhere.
I just think that we have the beaches, we might as well use them to the fullest.
Have you ever seen a happy dog running down the beach with a tennis ball in his/her mouth? It is powerful enough to make you change your mind.
So what do you think?
Take a look at the original article covering Ocean City's beach at NJ.com.