mike detoy almost 4 years ago

Allow responsible dog owners and their registered dogs in Hermosa Beach to use the strand AND beach from sunrise to 10 AM and 5 PM to sunset. Corresponding with this new rule, would be not allowing dogs on the strand from 10 AM to 5 PM to ease foot traffic during peak hours.

This would be similar to Newport Beach's rules which allow residents to enjoy the beauty of beaches. This will also limit non-residents who walk their dogs on the strand, who may be less likely to clean up after their dogs because they do not have the personal connection to the city.

If you want to limit the area of beach use, I would propose the northern border of 4th street to the city limits on the south.

Newport Beach Dog Rules

Dogs are never allowed on the beach or any beachfront sidewalk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., including the ocean front beaches and bay front beaches.

Before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m., dogs are allowed, if they are securely restrained by a substantial leash or chain not exceeding six feet in length and controlled by a person who is competent to restrain the dog.

Please be aware that the person having control of the dog must have in his or her possession, an implement or device capable of removing any feces deposited by the animal

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Robert Allen over 3 years ago

This is an AWFUL idea! Why should we erode our civil liberties to control where people walk their dogs? And why should we give the city the right to harass both residents and visitors alike because they aren't walking their dogs in a designated area during a designated time? This idea reminds me a lot of the street parking in Santa Monica - it's a complete mess that does not solve the problem. Furthermore, the only claim you make to substantiate your position is to be more like Newport Beach. Well guess what, this isn't NB, and if you like the way they govern, then I suggest you move there. Don't ruin a good thing for the rest of us with your convoluted ideas.

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mike detoy over 3 years ago

There are other discussions that people want dog owners to carry a bleach solution to clean up after our pets. It was a discussion post to limit non residents access to the strand during peak hours. The city requires us to register out dogs yet provides no dog parks within city limits... This was simply an idea to be able to use the beach. We all pay a premium to live in this beautiful area. Some of us to not have children and our pets are our children. It would be nice to have the opportunity to use the "Beach" of Hermosa Beach.

You mention civil liberties... The current city rules "harass" us and our animals but not allowing them on the beach. Besides terrible Newport, anther grimy city south of us called La Jolla, has a no dogs on the beach after 9 am rule. A law in place so residents can use the beach with their pets before peak hours.

All that being said, thank you for your suggestions but I'm very happy calling Hermosa Beach home.

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Robert Allen over 3 years ago

It's unfortunate that we live in an age where we permit some people to walk their dogs in certain places due to their proximity and locale. Limiting non residents will, unfortunately, tarnish the image and feeling of this great place we live in. You know not everyone walks their bike when the light is flashing... Everyone should be afforded equal protection under the law. California has made it their mantra that all beaches are public, and I think this same philosophy should be used when thinking about the adjacent areas, including the strand. But because we have an open policy about our beaches, we need to keep them clean and kept up, hence the no dogs rule. But I agree with you, there is no true dog park within our city limits. Noble Park (between 14th and 15th) may be the closest thing to a dog park, and I hear people want to keep dogs out of it. Sometimes I wish people used the same motivation to push drug users out of that same park.

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Thomas French over 3 years ago

I just now saw this survey but would like to chime in. If the City announces that dogs can go on any part of the beach at any time, people will bring their dogs from all over the South Bay. The bleach idea would make Hermosa a laughing stock because of the same sort of extreme solutions to trivial issues for which my old city, Santa Monica, was famous.

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Joel Cooper over 3 years ago

Any new rule, law ,ordinance,etc.would only reward the scofflaw and punish the rule follower. The City council is infamous for passing various self aggrandizing, "feel good" demagogic laws then not incorporate any method of enforcement. It is currently illegal to smoke on the beach, strand, greenbelt, in the parks etc.but you'd never know it. There is also a City wide leash law which is generally regarded as a joke. Clarke Field, which is within eyesight of the animal control officers building, has dogs off leash hourly. Enforce it or get it off the books.

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Sandy Skerlecz over 2 years ago

Why can't the designate a section of the beach close to Redondo jetty for dogs. They can designate where they can't pass and dogs must be on a leash. It works very well in San Elijo Beach

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