DOGS ON THE BOARDWALK: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW ORDINANCE

yappy9Canine companions are now officially permitted on the boardwalk.  Here is the lowdown….

The new ordinance will allow dogs to be on the Asbury Park boardwalk from October 1 thru April 30.  Between May 1 and September 31 dogs will be prohibited from the Asbury Park boardwalk. After 6 pm, there is a dog beach at the northernmost end of the Asbury Park waterfront.

While on the boardwalk or dog beach, owners must:

1.  Attend to their dogs at all times (not leaving them alone tied to something)

2.  Ensure their dog is currently licensed (in any town and the owner must be able to produce the license on-demand)

3.  Use leashes no longer than 6 feet (when on the boardwalk)

4.  Immediately clean up after their dog

This is about “responsible dog ownership” said a former councilwoman, meaning cleaning up after your dog is the key to this pilot ordinance being renewed.  ‘Pilot’ means it needs to be renewed each year by the City Council.  People who see other people not cleaning up after their dogs may want to, and need to, remind them of the importance of doing so.

Councilwoman Sue Henderson added:

“This ordinance – consistent with the regulation in Ocean Grove – will mean that more people will be down at the boardwalk during the off season and I hope it will bring more business.  It does not apply to the beach area.  The dog beach is located on the northernmost part of the city.

“I walked my girls on Sunday and Monday and met up with many people walking their dogs.  I even noticed several people eating outdoors with their dogs next to their table.

“I would love to thank all of the members of the dog committee which had members who were for the ordinance and some were against,” said Sue.  “We had representatives from the police department, from businesses in the city, Terry Reidy and residents.  We will continue to meet to try to solve problems like licensing and free rabies vaccinations.  We know that many people have dogs in our community – we want to be a dog-friendly city.”

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