GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — A beautiful day for a walk on the beach but don’t take your dog if you are going to Gulf Shores. The city is reminding everyone “Fido” is not allowed.
For the last 12 winters, this has been a part of Larry Powell’s routine. “This is our daily jaunt two or three times a day. We walk anywhere from 3 to 4 to 6 miles a day.”
For “Lacy” and all the other furry family members, that will have to change. Dogs are not allowed in the public beach area or any of the city’s beach accesses. “I did not know,” says Powell. “That’s the first I’ve heard of it.”
Even folks like Curtis Emphriams who doesn’t have a dog are wondering why? “Why you going to go discriminate against dogs? Everybody loves animals.”
The city says the reason is simple. “As much as people love their animals and there are good people that pick up behind them, the predominant number will not and don’t and it becomes and health and sanitation issue,” according to city spokesman Grant Brown.
New signs making the public aware of the city’s ordinance are on their way and the penalties for bringing “Fido” to the beach are pretty stiff, up to a 500 dollar fine and six months in jail.
“I don’t see any problem down here. I’ve never seen anyone not picking up after their dog but I’m sure there are some,” says Powell. “It’s too bad.”
The city encourages pet owners to make use of dog parks in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and at Gulf State Park.
New signs banning dogs from the beach should arrive in the next couple of weeks.