Council votes down summer Oceanfront dog ban

FILE PHOTO (WAVY/Joel Hilton)
FILE PHOTO (WAVY/Joel Hilton)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach City Council voted 10-1 Tuesday to change the restrictions on dogs at the Oceanfront during summer months.

Councilman John Moss cast the only “no” vote.

The new rule allows people to walk dogs on the boardwalk and grassy areas between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But there are still restrictions: dog owners would only be able to walk their dogs between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

“In the morning hours, it’s not nearly as crowded,” said Councilman John Uhrin. “And I think the general consensus is it’s a good fit.”

Dog owners must still keep their dogs on a leash and clean up after them. Dogs would still be banned from the actual beach.

Before now, pets were only allowed at the Oceanfront after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.

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