August 29, 2019 at 11:31 am #2849James CrawfordParticipant
Hey, we’re all dog lovers (most of us), but before we allow dogs on the beach let’s consider a few data points:
1. Rising Sea Levels: Whether you believe in global warming or not, scientists on all sides of the debate agree that rising sea levels are a fact. Per the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sea levels have risen 1 foot over the past century. Their conclusion: “For Delaware, sea level rise is especially concerning because the coastline is no longer able to adapt to the rising waters as naturally as it has been able to in the past.”
2. Rising sea levels could very well unleash toxic pollutants such as arsenic and methane currently buried in the mud of marshes of northern Delaware. University of Delaware’s Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware (WICCED) is studying this potential hazard. Take a wild guess where that these hazardous chemicals could end up.
3. Per the Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center, more than 250 sewage-treatment plants remain discharging effluent in the Delaware watershed. Many are antiquated, still putting much pollution into the river and other waters. At another 350 locations, combined sewer-overflow systems carry storm water and raw sewage into waterways during times of heavy rain. No need guess where that ends up. We’re swimming in it already.
4. A record 9 million tourists visited Delaware in 2018, and Delaware’s population has expanded 14.6% to just under one million people since the year 2000. More people generally = more pollution.
So. . .do we want to be adding dog poo on the beach to this interesting scenario? You decide.
August 29, 2019 at 1:31 pm #2850Brad MandelParticipant
Thank you for your research, it is alarming to conceive our ocean so full of toxic chemicals that we couldn’t swim and enjoy our ocean someday. And, it’s appalling to hear about the sewage treatment plants polluting our rivers and oceans. We should be concerned of sea levels rising and jeopardizing our “happy place” homes in TS, as well as the possibility our view of our sunrise may be encumbered by wind power structures 60 stories high…ugh!
Nobody wants more pollution, I’m with you on that but I’m a little confused why you feel this information correlates with dogs on the beach by responsible dog owners? Most dog owners are responsible and will adhere to leash, times on beach and pick-up rules. Responsible dog owners I know just want the freedom to walk their leashed dogs on the beach and they not only pick up their dog poop, plus many care about our environment and pick up trash on our beach and the State Park beaches.
August 29, 2019 at 6:55 pm #2851Miriam LloydParticipant
Brad thank you, as another dog owner, for pointing out why Tower Shores current Rule for “no dogs on beach” is appropriate during the months us humans are sitting, playing and eating on our beach. MOST (but not ALL dog owners are responsible. I have personally witnessed those few, but significant enough in numbers of dog owners THIS SEASON who are not responsible — who left their dog feces on the beach (during bathing months), left their dog feces in other people’s yards and who DIDN’T obey the Tower Shore rules of “No dogs on the beach” by walking their UNLEASHED dog on our beach during bathing season. So sadly, we can’t trust ALL dog owners to “obey the rules”. Unfortunately dog feces can carry diseases harmful to humans such as Roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm, Parvovirus, Giardiasis, Salmonella, E. Coli, Campylobacteria some of which can be in healthy normal dogs. To me it only makes sense for us dog owners to forgo our momentary pleasure of walking with our dogs on the beach during the the bathing months in order to minimize health risks to us and our children and grandchildren and guests who are sitting, playing and eating on the beach.
August 30, 2019 at 5:47 pm #2855Kathleen ZaneskiParticipant
I love dogs. There are two dogs in my household. However, I do not believe dogs should be allowed on the beach during June, July, August and September. I also believe there are responsible pet owners, but I know there are irresponsible pet owners. Our beach needs to be as safe and clean as possible.
August 31, 2019 at 12:07 am #2860Owen KirbyParticipant
“Safe and clean?” I find it interesting and frustrating, frankly, that “safe and clean” on our beach equates to no dogs in the early AM, when the beach is deserted, or in the PM, when the beach has largely been vacated; the only hours that us dog/home owners are requesting that we would be permitted to fully realize our investments at the shore during the season. Why interesting and frustrating? Because, the community, including the Board, otherwise chooses to turn a blind eye to activities and behavior on the beach and in the community that truly are a threat to safety and, in some cases, are illegal (though a DE House Committee in June did approved a measure to decriminalize so things may change). We talk about “responsible” and “irresponsible pet owners” but what about responsible and irresponsible residents (please, don’t blame renters for any unfortunate behavior as we can recognize other residents)? This season (but also in previous seasons) my family, friends, and neighbors have had ringside seats to gross public intoxication early in the day, consumption of illicit substances, loud and explicit music and language, the display of hard liquor containers and the drinking there from. I’m sorry, but to suggest, which has been done, that we approach such offenders and ask them to behave is ridiculous when we spend so much time and energy trying to prevent someone from walking their dog when the beach is quiet. I have to explain to my kids why they can’t walk our dogs on the beach in the AM, but what do I say about what in Bethany proper would be cause for arrest? With all due respect to the Board, those of us who would like to see this issue rationally resolved have little confidence. To suggest, as the president did earlier this month, that there is a process in the bylaws to address such issues is to ignore how the Board, most recently this year, has refused to consider the matter. In its excuse this year, there was even reference to incorporated Bethany Beach ordinances, which flies in the face of the Board turning around and posting “private beach” signs in the sand at either end of Tower Shore. If we are part of incorporated Bethany Beach, so be it. Then we also have to ban the consumption of alcohol, which is not what I would propose as it, as with banning my walking our dogs, would have a harmful effect on how we all enjoy our investments here, not to mention the impact it might have on the rental market in the community; but there needs to be some fairness in how we approach the needs and desires of all in our community. Hopefully, the Board will take up this challenge sooner rather than later.
September 1, 2019 at 5:46 pm #2882Miriam LloydParticipant
Below is the Delaware state Law concerning dogs on bathing beaches. Not allowing dogs on bathing beaches is the norm and has always been part of Towers Shores rules for as long as I have been a homeowner (over 25 years) to the best of my knowledge.
§ 1702 Dogs on state coastal beaches.
Whoever, being the owner, possessor, harborer or custodian of any dog, allows such dog to be upon the designated swimming or sunbathing area of a state coastal beach strand at any time between May 1 and September 30, inclusive, of any year, except when such dog is on said property on behalf of a law enforcement agency or a blind person, as defined in § 2101 of Title 31, is guilty of a violation and shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $50. For each subsequent offense, the person shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $100. “Coastal beach strand” shall mean all that coastal real property between the western base of the dunes and the low water mark except those lands within a municipality which has enacted an ordinance governing the activities of dogs on said real property.
September 4, 2019 at 1:41 am #2902Owen KirbyParticipant
I think we should avoid cherry-picking ordinances which suit certain personal preferences, while ignoring others that don’t, and instead come up with some mutually agreed upon arrangement that satisfies all homeowners; hence, the request proposed recently that we allow dogs in the AM (e.g. before 9:00), and then again after say 5:00PM, similar to Dewey, but not as liberal as some neighboring gated communities, which only require leashes at any time of the day. We also must face the fact that: 1) dogs not resident in our community cross “our” beach every day during the season – just this past weekend I noticed dogs being walked along the low water mark a number of times during peak swimming hours; and 2) we cannot prevent the owners of said dogs from walking along “our” shoreline as any jurisdiction Tower Shores might claim over the beach as “private” ends at the property line delimited in the survey of 4/4/19, which is available on the community website.
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