The Town Council resolved at its monthly meeting on 29 November 2013 to allow the walking of dogs on sections of certain beaches, subject to certain rules, for a trial period from February 2014 to November 2014.
The approved beaches are Santos, Diaz, Bayview, Hartenbos, Little Brak River, Reebok/Tergniet, Great Brak River, Glentana and Dana Bay (only between First Beach and Second Beach).
Dog owners will have to comply with several conditions, including that their dogs must be under the control of the owner or handler at all times, and that the animals must be on a leash.
The owners of the dogs will also be responsible for picking up and the removal of the droppings of their dogs.
The Municipality’s By-law on the Control of the Coast and the Sea makes provision for the opening of sections of beaches to dogs and horses after an environmental impact study had been done and after public participation processes had been followed. This was done.