Put dog on a leash because it's the law

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 4, 2014 

I agree with the letter writer who would like to see the Town of Hilton Head Island enforce its beach laws. Dog owners allowing their dogs to run free on the beach between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. are violating the regulations for this time of year. Yet there are many people who are doing it.

No one in authority is ever seen on the beach. The lifeguards don't get involved. In addition, Hilton Head ignores the fact that the beach is owned by the state of South Carolina and state law mandates that all dogs in public be leashed at all times. Yet no one is ever seen enforcing this. It is interesting to note that on April 26 in the newspaper, the town manager, Steve Riley, is quoted as saying, "I've got to comply with state law" when asked about allowing Segways on the island's pathways. And what about the beach, Mr. Riley?

Town Council has acknowledged the increase in the numbers of beach goers these past few years by doubling the number of lifeguards between the Westin and The Folly. With the coming of more people is the coming of more dogs. How about some enforcement?

Janet Jenkins

Hilton Head Island

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