A proposal to ban dogs and cats on Folly Beach at the far west end of the island failed to get City Council approval Tuesday night.
Councilman Eddie Ellis had submitted the rule change for Council consideration. No one else on Council backed it.
Before the vote, information about the effect of dogs on shore birds was presented to the Council. And dog owners spoke, too.
Toni Manus, president of the Folly Island Dog Owners Club, said she was pleased that the west end of the island in the vicinity of the county park would remain territory for canines. She said dogs were banned at the east end of the island near the Morris Island Lighthouse in 2009.
The island has a 24-hour leash law. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May through September, she said.
"This is strictly a livability issue," Manus said.
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