Tahoe dog owners fight to keep beach open to pets
KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Dog owners are mounting a petition drive to keep a north Lake Tahoe beach open to their pets.
Resident Sheri Leorna launched the campaign after the North Tahoe Public Utility District board last month effectively banned the animals from the area’s last dog-friendly beach.
She said she has so far gathered the signatures of 800 residents opposing the ban at the beach near the Coon Street boat ramp here.
”We will in no way accept this decision,” she said. ”As miserable as the dog beach is, we still don’t want it taken away.”
At a meeting last week, board members forwarded the issue to the district’s Parks and Recreation Commission for review. The panel will consider the ban at a meeting Wednesday.
Commission member Bob Barrow said he thinks the district board overstepped its boundary by imposing the ban.
”Let us deal with it and come up with a plan that’s acceptable to the community so everybody’s happy,” he said.
Residents last week urged the district board to consider compromises, such as levying fines against owners who neglect to pick up their pet’s waste.
The ban was imposed after a series of complaints from residents and business owners about dogs drifting onto adjoining beach stretches and relieving themselves.
Other residents suggested opening another more isolated beach to dogs.
”I don’t think it’d be that bad of a thing if there was one beach where dogs could go,” said Mike Edison, who wants a beach where his dog can run and swim.
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