Owen and Bernadette,
Thank you for sharing your insight, history, opinions and data. According to Owen’s research he has provided proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that with this one simple line we are not a Division administered swimming area beach.
under items 14.0 and 14.4.1
14.0 Domesticated Animals/Pets – Environmental D Violations
14.4.1 Except service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, dogs and other domesticated animals shall not be permitted upon or within any Division‑administered swimming area, or swimming area beach
or surfboard/sailboard areas at anytime, day or night, from May 1 through September 30 each year, 7 Del.C. §1715.
Bernadette, while I appreciate your service, I don’t understand why you do not acknowledge the work Owen has done as evidence? What more do you need to be satisfied? Municipalities and private beaches can set their own guidelines, the only State Law administered by Animal Control is that all dogs must be leashed. I have spoken with DenRec and Animal control and they both agree that Municipalities and private beaches can set their own guidelines. Let’s allow the residents to vote one way or another and be done with it.
While on the monthly call I heard numerous times people say “do we really want a dog park on our beach”? Most dog owners that I know don’t want a dog park on the beach, they want a reasonable amount of time to enjoy the beach before and after the crowds in the summer, they are fine leashing their dogs, they are respectful of those who do not like dogs, they pick up after their dogs. It is beyond irresponsible to see dog poop lying around on our streets or beaches. My community in Montgomery County, MD got fed up with people who had to take their dogs out at the last minute and forgot to carry a bag on their walk, they installed dog baggie stations and it worked – we have virtually no dog poop anywhere! Here is a link https://www.petwasteeliminator.com/ to protect our common areas. The reality is that it may be wise to spend some of our reserves on dog baggie stations to keep our streets and beaches clean. You can rant all you want but people who do this won’t change, they don’t care. I know the town of Dewey Beach has bag stations with signs at every entrance to the beach.