Dog beach coming to Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Bob Adler drives from Boca Raton to Jupiter to take his two dogs, Monkey and Mika, to the beach.

But in two months, he'll be able to walk across the street. "It's going to be so tremendous to have a dog beach to take them legally on the beach," said Adler.

Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie proposed a pilot program to allow dogs to roam on a 100-yard stretch of beach.  The particular stretch has yet to be chosen.

"Constituents have asked about this over and over, so finally I said, 'Why not? We have the land. We can see how other communities are doing it, and this is an amenity we should offer to our residents,'" said Haynie.

But not everyone is excited about the plan. Some are worried that even though the dogs will only be allowed on the beach at certain times and days, their presence may "linger".

"Everybody will bring all kinds of dogs here small, big, all sizes. A lot of dog waste will be here.  It will smell here, they will be going in the water. It's not healthy at all," said John Caan.

Bob Adler and other dog lovers are excited to trade the streets, for the sands. "The day the beach opens for dogs, everybody in the neighborhood will be there," said Adler.

A park ranger will monitor the stretch of beach chosen.

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