County Votes to Make Dog Beach Official

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For Immediate Release                                 Contact: Michelle Cook (714) 834-3220

County Votes to Make Dog Beach Official

Paving the way for Orange County’s first dog park

(Huntington Beach, CA) –The first hurdle to making the commonly known “Dog Beach” an official, and the first, County dog park has been cleared. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve an amendment, proposed by Vice Chair Michelle Steel, to the County’s leash law that would exempt the small area of county land sandwiched between the cities of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

During the discussion, Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Steel said “it’s common sense. This area is already a dog park. With the official designation, the County and the City of Newport Beach can now work together to bring attention and resources to protect the safety and keep the community clean.”

For decades, the area has been used by local dog owners, who allow their pets to roam the beach area and swim in the jetty off leash. Despite the county enacting a leash law ordinance in 1975, the County has no record of issuing a ticket for violating the ordinance in the area.

With the opportunity to have the de facto “Dog Beach” officially recognized by the County as the first official dog park, many dog owners attended the board meeting to urge the Supervisors to vote in the affirmative.

Many Newport Beach city officials and local residents voiced their support for the changes to the County leash laws, including Newport Beach City Council Members Scott Peotter, Tony Petros , and Duffy Duffield who all spoke encouraging the Supervisors to vote in favor of the change.

One more meeting stands in the way of officially naming “Dog Beach” an official County dog
park. Because the action is an amendment to the County’s Ordinances, the Board of Supervisors will have to consider the item once again on second reading during their May 10 meeting.

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