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Hearing To Rein In Dogs At Beach Slated For Friday

East Hampton Village will hold a public hearing on a proposal to keep dogs leashed within 500 feet of beach entrances.

A proposed amendment to require dogs to be leashed within 500 feet of village beach entrances will be the subject of a public hearing on Friday.

Beach-goers can offer their support or speak out against the East Hampton Village Board's proposal. The amendment would add a requirement that dogs be leashed within 500 feet of the road ends, considered the most popular areas of any beach.

According to the proposal, the leash mandate allows owners to better control their dogs during encounters with other beach-goers, as well as making them more aware and better able to pick up dog waste. Leashes are defined as not being anymore than six feet long. The board took on the divisive issue of dogs on the beach, again, as a response to complaints that owners weren't picking up after their dogs.

After hearing about the proposal last month, Sara Davison, the executive director of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, said that overall she is comfortable with the proposal because she thinks it wise for dog owners to enter the beach and assess the situation first before letting their dog run lose. "I would prefer 300 feet," she said, however. "I think people feel there's a lot of other constraints on the beach and to do it at 500 feet is a hardship," she said.

But, the board has said it is trying to strike a better balance between all those who use the beaches. The board previously discussed other possibilities, such as only allowing dogs on the beach east of Two Mile Hollow Beach and west of the westerly jetty on Georgica Beach.

As the law stands now, dogs are allowed to run free on any East Hampton Village beach, except between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from the second Sunday in May through Sept. 30. Those who don't pick up after their dog may be fined $250.

Do you support or oppose the proposed requirement? Will you attend the meeting on Friday? Tell us in the comments below.
CUL8R April 19, 2013 at 01:47 PM
The springs "Dog Park" is not any safer than the beach & some people there should leash their dogs regardless...and learn to clean up after them. The Springs Park is not technically a "Dog Park" its just a park in Springs that citizens have morphed into a "Dog Park" but no one else would want to go there b/c of the amount of dog poop all over & random dogs that run where ever they please; no owner in sight.
MARTIN DREW April 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Sara Davidson is not the " DOG VOICE" in our community . The law is fine as is. Poop patrol enforcement officer on scene to write tickets between lawful hours of use . ARF doesn't represent local views on the subject . Enforcement before a ban!
TTTT April 22, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Hmmm. Interesting that CUL8R says Springs Park is not a Dog Park. If you search the internet, you come up with it as a Dog Park (and there is a local group of dog people that avidly tries to keep it clean). http://www.doggoes.com/parks/new-york/long-island/springs-dog-park http://www.yelp.com/biz/springs-dog-park-east-hampton http://www.town.east-hampton.ny.us/DocumentsPDF/Recreation/Parks/SpringsParks.pdf
CUL8R May 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM
TTTT - the springs park is NOT a "Dog Park" - it is simply a town owned park that has been taken over by dog owners. Springs Park: This park area is a passive recreation area. Enjoy hiking, biking, jogging, bird watching, photography, star gazing (by permit). Dogs welcome on or off leash. Open dawn to dusk. No motorized vehicles please. Above is a description of the park from the East Hampton Town website. Just b/c it is called a dog park by the dog owners who go there does not mean it is, the park is there for all to enjoy however I highly doubt anyone but a dog owner would go there with so many unruly dogs running around and dog poop everywhere that is NOT cleaned up!
TTTT May 17, 2013 at 01:23 PM
CUL8R - I agree with everything you said. Totally.

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