Dog beach?

Jeff of Grand Haven asked about the city's "dog beach." "There have been many new signs posted south of the Bil-Mar marking the area that dogs are allowed on the beach. There have been a lot of dogs on the beach this year, but not where they should be. I own a dog, and love all dogs that don't bite me, but not everyone feels that way."
Mark Brooky
Jul 24, 2013



City Manager Pat McGinnis said leashed dogs are allowed on the City Beach from the southernmost swim buoy to the city limits from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Owners must clean up after their pets at all times, and dogs must be on a leash at all times. 

"Dogs are allowed on the rest of the City Beach after Labor Day, and until the following Memorial Day," McGinnis added. "But again, owners must keep the dogs on leash and must clean up excrement immediately."

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This system is widely ignored! As soon as someone hears there is a dog beach, the gathering begins and the mayhem ensues.
Last weekend, we were on the beach just north of the new signs defineing the dog area. Very clearly indicating the requirements. People and their dogs come down and sit right next to the signs and either immediately release the dogs to run and shake or they are never on a leash to begin with.
There were two police officers there for awhile cruising the beach in a Gator, but not much improvement was seen in the situation, especially after they were gone.
I just don't understand why this is not clear to people. Its great there is a place for people to bring their dogs, but I don't want a wet sandy dog running around me when I am not in the dog area. "Sorry" just doesn't get it! Its kind of like driving in the left lane on the highway, have some consideration for those around you.


A lot of people ignore the signs and get very nasty when asked to move. We have had some real issues this summer and the city has been patrolling a bit more but we have yet to see an actual ticket issued, just warnings. I would hate to see the dog beach taken away because some people continue to abuse it.


Last weekend a guy was walking his dog off leash down the beach. His dog then pooped right at the water line, he didn't do anything and didn't even have a bag on him. He then tried to fight me when I asked him if he was going to pick it up. My kids were playing several feet away.

Jerks like that are going to ruin the dog beach for everyone.

From now on, my camera will be ready. I will get video and call 911, as the police officer who patrols the beach advised.


Here's an idea, and bear with me, if you don't like dogs running all around you, how about NOT sitting next to the dog beach?


We don't sit next to dog beach, not even close, and let me tell you- there are plenty of dog owners walking right through the city's newly signed areas. I was there again today and saw no less than 10 dog owners walk right through the signs and let their dogs go. Many of the dog owners headed for the dog beach area walk along the water or cut across the beach to get to that area.


It is true they park in the city lot because there is no parking there. how about cutting out that dune and putting in a bunch of parking along the dog beach and we will never see another dog on the non-dog beach! Maybe the signs should be in Spanish & Chinese too, because English seems to be a second language for most dog owners as the don't comprehend it.


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