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.
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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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