Volusia County says no to dogs on beaches

  • Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:01 a.m.

. - Dogs won't be allowed on Volusia County Beaches after all.

The Volusia County Council said no last week to a proposal to temporarily allow leashed dogs on the beaches. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports discussion about the issue touched on parasites, bites and possible confrontations between dog owners and people who would rather visit a dog-free beach.

Two weeks ago, the council agreed 6-1 to draft a test ordinance that would have allowed leashed dogs on everywhere on the beach. It would have been in place for up to three months.

But after hearing from the county's health department, federal officials and residents, the council decided to ditch the proposal. The vote was 5-2.

County Chair Jason Davis and Councilman Josh Wagner, who proposed the idea, were the dissenting voters. Wagner has pursued a plan to allow dogs on the beach for five years.

Several councilmembers feared turning Volusia County's beach patrol into a puppy patrol.

County health director Dr. Bonnie Sorensen recommended against the proposal due to threats of hookworms, roundworms and even rabies.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service opposed the plan based on its potential impact on shorebirds and sea turtle nests.

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