- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:05
- Written by Super User
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider scheduling a public hearing for their January 14th meeting to hear input on a proposal to change the rules governing animals in public places.
Currently the Town's ordinance that permits animals on the beach is different than Kure Beach's ordinance.
According to Town staff, that has caused confusion with property owners and tourists and the goal of the amendment is to make rules in both Town's consistent and to clarify language in the code of ordinances for the municipal beach front and Freeman Park on the northern end of Pleasure Island.
Currently the Town of Kure Beach ordinance states, "It shall be unlawful for any person to have or allow their dog to be upon the beach strand of Kure Beach during the period of April 1 through September 30 of each year."
The Carolina Beach ordinance currently states in part, "It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, owner, or keeper of any dog(s) to allow said animal upon the public beaches within the jurisdictional limits of the town from November 1 to February 28 without a leash of a type to restrain said animal, and it shall be unlawful to allow any dog(s), whether on leash or not, upon the public beaches within the jurisdictional limits of the town from March 1 to October 31 or within the boardwalk areas of the town (A-1 Zoning District as displayed upon the official town zoning map); and furthermore, it shall be unlawful for any such owner or keeper to allow any said dog(s) upon other public rights-of-ways, public lands, or property without a leash."
Part of the proposed change to the Carolina Beach ordinance states:
For purposes of this chapter other "commonly accepted domestic animals or fowls", as defined in section 3-2, hereby referred to as “animals” shall be subject to the provisions as specified herein.
1. Animals on the public beach strand, public rights-of-ways, public lands, and property within the jurisdictional limits shall be restrained by a leash.
2. It shall be unlawful for any person to have or allow their animal to be upon the public beach strand during the period of April 1 through September 30 of each year.
3. The owner or keeper of animals who harm or cause offenses or damages to the public, or who deposit waste upon public land or property, shall be held responsible for such action and shall be held responsible for cleanup or have cleaned up said waste immediately following the occurrence.
4. An owner or custodian of an animal will have on or near their person a device such as a plastic bag, or other suitable plastic or paper container, that can be used to fully clean up and contain animal waste until it can be disposed of in an appropriate container. Such a device must be produced and shown, upon request, to anyone authorized to enforce these ordinances.
5. Animals are prohibited from entering any park building (i.e., restrooms, concession stands and score towers). Animals are prohibited within one hundred feet (100) of any concession or vending areas.
Dogs and pets are prohibited from any established athletic field or court (i.e., baseball fields, football/soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts).
Dogs and pets are prohibited within fifty (50) feet of any children's playground except on designated walking paths.
Dogs and pets are prohibited from any mass gathering, identified as any planned event of two hundred (200) or more people.
It will still be illegal to have a dog in Freeman Park from April 1 to September 30 without a leash of a type to restrain the animal.
Between October 1 and March 31, animals will be allowed off of a leash in Freeman Park so long as they remain under voice command and the owner is within a reasonable distance from the pet.