Dog friendly Oak Island may ban the animals during the summer

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Submitted: Mon, 07/07/2014 - 1:11pm
Updated: Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:11pm

OAK ISLAND, NC (AP) — A North Carolina beach that has made a name for itself by allowing dogs is considering limits on when the animals can run in the sand.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that the Oak Island Town Council will consider a ban on dogs on the beach during daytime hours.

Councilwoman Carol Painter placed the item on Tuesday night’s agenda to discuss whether to limit the hours dogs should be allowed on the beach during the summer. She also suggested giving animal control more power to deal with nuisance dogs on the beach as a compromise.

Mayor Betty Wallace says she hears few complaints about dogs, especially with the number of dogs that come to the beaches because of their loose rules on the animals.

Dogs are allowed year-round at Oak Island, but must be on a leash March 15 to Oct. 15.


  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Been a long time since I’ve read a post from someone that has less than 3 brain cells remaining. Greasyrider, look at reality here. Birds and fish are naturally occurring, untamed and unmanaged animals in our environment. The majority of dogs have owners. These owners should be responsible for the waste created by the animals they control. The only excuse for not doing so is called “ignorance” or “lazy” or a combination of both.

    “Beach is public domain.” Really now? Well, since it’s public domain, don’t you think it would at the very least, be considerate to other “public users” of that public domain to NOT have to step in your animals crap that YOU left laying there on purpose?

    The obtuse manner of your method of thinking is exactly was has this country in the shape it’s in today!

  • Ngt says:

    This report had nothing to do with animal fecal matter. Just saying…

  • easyrider says:

    sea gulls make more feces on beach compared to dogs. when children and some adults feed chips to gulls they bombard surrounding beachgoers when flying by. so, if someone complains to OKI politicians will the birds be banned as well? maybe the EPA needs to monitor bird and fish waste products. too many rules now! If you don’t like dogs on beach, mind your business. Beach is a public domain.

  • Beth says:

    Seagull droppings cannot be controlled, dog waste however can be. What about being a responsible pet owner and picking up after them? I live in a townhouse complex and more than once have almost stepped in dog droppings because the owners somehow think it is beneath them to pick up the waste. It you job to control your animal! If you can’t have the decency to pick up dog waste you shouldn’t have them. And that’s right, Beaches are a public domain. And as a public domain the rights of others to not have to step in dog waste should be respected.

  • HumTeeDumbTee says:

    Ban posts that contribute nothing to the conversation but stupidity.

  • SacredV says:

    I am all for this now, especially after watching a woman allow her large dog to take a watery crap in the sand in front of me then not cleaning it up. If I was a tourist that would have ruined me on Oak Island visits for life! I hate that my dog will no longer be allowed to enjoy the beach, I keep her leashed and carry waste bags, but that is the price paid for irresponsible ownership.

  • Mechanic says:

    I have never been a fan of dogs running loose anywhere. I feel as long as the owner has them on a leash and cleans up after them, dogs should be allowed on any beach anytime.

  • guest45 says:

    Well I for 1 do not have a dog but if Oak Island were to ban dogs I would consider another vacation spot, I get a lot more enjoyment on the beach watching dogs enjoy it then I do with the huge amount of unruly children an retarded adults, I have witnessed more people using the bathroom than dogs occasionally and for the most part dog owners do clean up after their pets, or at least bury it, granted a few people bring dogs to the beach that are antisocial and they should be removed, but a family beach should welcome them.

  • guest45 says:

    then Humpty Dumpty, you should be the first one to go, Adios!

  • easyrider says:

    if this is your only issue that upsets your day, you have it easy. look around and pay attention to important world and national events taking place now. dogs on beach is very low on list.

  • not another rule says:

    Most dog owners are responsible, I have never encountered a problem on OKI beaches. I will take my vacation money elsewhere if this restriction is applied. Entirely too many new laws and regulations at beach now. Enough!

  • Kathy_Sam says:

    For those residents opposing this agenda item please email the council members and let your opinion be known.

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