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Seaside Heights Asks Whether To Allow Dogs on Boardwalk Year-Round

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Dogs on the Seaside Heights boardwalk during National Dog Day, Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Dogs on the Seaside Heights boardwalk during National Dog Day, Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The question of whether to extend the season to allow dogs on the boardwalk year-round is up for debate, borough officials said.

Currently borough ordinance allows for leashed dogs on the boardwalk between October 1 through the Sunday before Palm Sunday — a move that was passed about a year ago.

Now, the idea of allowing it year-round has come up.

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Mayor Anthony Vaz said a tentative discussion was held during the caucus session of the Seaside Heights borough council meeting this week, and will be up for more in-depth discussion at the next regular council meeting.

“There’s nothing decided right now,“ said the mayor, who added he was undecided himself. “Right now it’s just taking a look, weighing the pros and the cons, the positive and the negative of what it could mean to allow this year round.“

While the mayor said the current ordinance has worked well, he could also see how a change would encourage even more people to enjoy the boardwalk.

Before any change happens, the council would have to discuss it and have a public hearing to amend the current ordinance.

“We’ve had some discussion but want to review it with more feedback from council,” said Vaz.