Solana Beach considering leashes on beaches

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - A North County community is considering allowing dogs on its beaches.

City leaders in Solana Beach are scheduled to vote Wednesday evening on an ordinance that would permit leashes on beaches.

Dogs would be allowed on the beach throughout the entire year as long as lifeguards are on duty. They would be required to be on a leash at all times.

Danny Marwitz is visiting family from Arizona. He told 10News he is all for the idea.

"It's a ton of fun and I think it's a great way for people to interact," he said.

There are plenty of other people worried about pet owners not cleaning up after their animals. Even some dog owners think it is a bad idea.

Unlike Dog Beach in Del Mar, Jennifer McCurdy says Solana Beach's nearly two miles of coastline is too small.

"There's too many kids and families, so I wouldn't agree with that," said McCurdy. "Just adding dogs would be kind of chaotic."

Joan Koff who was at Fletcher Cove with her grandchild, said, "If they're not controlled at all, then it's not so nice for the people who also want to be there."

She added, "It's sort of a mixture of freedom and responsibility."

Lifeguards would not comment on the issue, but told 10News they will speak at Wednesday's meeting, which is set for 6:30 p.m.

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