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Dogs playing with flying discs

Dogs playing with flying discs

Planning to visit Colonial Beach, are pets allowed on the beach?


Katrina's Reply: Leashed pets are allowed on the beach during certain times of the year. See this forum post for details.

July 2014: Here is what the current Town Code of Ordinances says about dogs on the beach:

Sec. 5-10. Control of animals on public beaches.

(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or has control of any animal to permit such animal to be on the public sand beaches or the boardwalk between April 1 and September 30 of each year. Any person violating this subsection (a) shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.
(b)
This section shall not be applicable to a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog trained to accompany a person with a disability while accompanying such person, or to any dog in the custody or control of a law enforcement officer while such officer is in the performance of his duties.
(c)
For the purposes of this section, the term "animal" shall include, but is not limited to, any mammal, bird, or reptile.
(d)
For the purposes of this section, the term "boardwalk" shall refer to the town owned right-of-way running parallel to the Potomac River between Hawthorn Street and Lincoln Avenue.
(Res. No. 61-93; Ord. No. 475; Ord. No. 584)

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Can I bring my dog to the beach?


My husband and I are looking for a beach near NOVA where we can bring our dogs. On leash of course! Can I bring my dogs to the public beach there?

Katrina's Reply: According to the Town Code of Ordinances, dogs and other animals are not allowed on the public beaches or the boardwalk from April 1 through September 30 of each year.
Touch base with me in the Fall. I'll bring my dogs and we'll walk them on the beach.

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Dog Friendly

by Beth
(NOVA)

What areas are dog friendly (beach, dining etc).

Thanks,

beth

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