Ocean City councilman floats idea of allowing dogs on beach during summer

    Rules for dogs on the beach vary from town to town.. (Alan Tu/WHYY

    Rules for dogs on the beach vary from town to town.. (Alan Tu/WHYY

    Most municipalities prohibit dogs on the beach during the summer season but one Cape May County community might become a bit more canine friendly next summer. 

    And like nearly all beaches at the Jersey Shore, your family pet might need a beach badge just like you. 

    Ocean City Councilman Keith Hartzell tells OCNJ Daily that dog friendly beaches could attract more tourists to the community, dubbed by Coastal Living Magazine earlier this year as the “best beach town” in the United States.

    According to the report, he proposes a “dogs at dusk” regulation that would permit canine access between 6 and 9 p.m. The municipality currently prohibits dogs on the beach all year round.

    No formal ordinance has been proposed, but the councilman is aiming for dog access by next summer. 

    Anyone seeking to bring dogs to the beach would need to purchase a $10 beach badge in order to defray the costs of signs displaying rules for canine patrons and plastic bag dispensers, the report said. 

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.