Seaside Heights nixes plan to allow dogs on boardwalk year-round

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Not so fast, Fido.

A proposed ordinance to allow dogs on the Seaside Heights boardwalk was tabled after municipal officials received numerous complaints.

The regulation, approved unanimously on first vote and pending a final vote next week, would have permitted leashed dogs on the boardwalk year-round between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

But following mounting negative public reaction about the proposal, Mayor Anthony Vaz said the borough will not be moving forward with lifting the dog ban.

The mayor told the Asbury Park Press that “dozens of people,” including dog lovers, said it’s a bad idea since owners might not properly clean up after their pets or dogs could misbehave.

Dogs will remain permitted on the boardwalk between October and the weekend before Palm Sunday.

In recent summers Seaside Heights has also permitted dogs on the boardwalk and one beach during a few “Dog Royalty Days.”

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