Miami Beach

May 22, 2014

Miami Beach tentatively approves dog beach

Dogs may soon be allowed on the sand in a designated area of North Beach.

Miami Beach is closer to establishing a dog beach after a preliminary vote by the City Commission on Wednesday to allow canines on the sand in North Beach.

The proposal would allow dogs off-leash between 80th and 82nd streets from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Owners would need to buy a pass issued by the city, and their dogs would need a current rabies tag, collar and name tag.

A daily pass would cost $5 for residents or $10 for non-residents. An annual pass would cost $20 for residents or $50 for non-residents the first year the dog beach is in operation. The yearly fee would jump to $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents thereafter.

It would cost the city $27,000 a year to run the dog beach, due mostly to overtime pay to staff. Other costs are related to testing the water quality.

Mayor Philip Levine sponsored the change in city rules. Earlier this month, the city opened the beach to dogs and their owners for an afternoon to measure the public’s support.

A final vote is scheduled for a commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 28 at City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Drive.

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