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    Dogs Could Get Limited Beach Access in Part of Belmont Shore; Pilot Plan To Be Discussed Thurs. Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m.) @ Lowell Elementary

    (Sept. 17, 2002) -- Part of LB's Belmont Shore beach could go to the dogs...under a proposal for a pilot program granting limited beach access for canines, a cause tirelessly championed by internet savvy LB PR whiz Justin Rudd.

    In response to efforts by Mr. Rudd and other dog lovers, Vice Mayor Frank Colonna asked LB's Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Marine and other city staff work up an initial plan that could give the idea a try.

    Details will be discussed at a public forum convened by LB's Marine Advisory Commission on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Lowell Elementary School, 5201 E. Broadway (at Nieto Ave.)

    Pros and cons will be "hashed out," said Mr. Rudd in one of his legendary mass emailings, adding, "You are cordially invited to attend this meeting, and to share your thoughts and ideas regarding the proposal with the MAC [Marine Advisory Commission], Vice Mayor Frank Colonna, and City staff."

    Mr. Rudd's email also provided the following history about dogs on beaches in LB:

    [begin Rudd text]

    For the first time in more than 30 years, dogs were permitted to play on a city beach on Sunday, June 24, 2001, despite complaints from nearby residents that the pooches would leave a mess behind when the day was done. In order to both comply and defy existing ordinances banning unleashed dogs, the city allowed some K-9 freedom on the beach in what was called an "event" to qualify for the one-time status. After several site changes and a last-minute petition seeking to stop the event, "Haute Dogs on the Beach" turned out to be a big success for the roughly 400 beach-loving dogs and their owners who made the trip downtown. Protests from downtown residents at that first Haute Dogs On the Beach forced city officials to relocate the event to a stretch of sand between Argonne and St. Joseph Avenues for the second beach event. Each month, more than 300 frolicking, tongue-wagging, four-legged critters eagerly take to the beach in Belmont Shore for this monthly event."

    Details are at

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