It’s not only people wanting to enjoy the white sandy beaches this spring break but our furry friends as well! But dogs aren’t allowed just anywhere on the beach.
“They’re having a hard time with the leashes and are scared of the ocean but are loving the sand,” said Panama City resident John Evergreen.
On Monday he brought his puppies Stormy and Michael to the Dog Beach for the first time. The Dog Beach is located on the West side of the City Pier at Pier Park and is the only designated pet-friendly beach in the area.
“Otherwise we can’t take them to the beach they can’t see the ocean, and it’s just amazing to them,” said Evergreen.
Not everyone is a fan of the furry faces. The city has received complaints of dogs outside of the dog beach.
“We want people to bring their dogs but bring them to the right place,” said Panama City Beach Public Information Officer Debbie Ward.
City ordinance allows no more than three dogs per person. They need to be on a leash at all times and owners need to clean up after them. Dogs must also have tags and current shots.
“This entire winter we’ve had a lot more people on the beach than usual because of hurricane Michael and because of the people who have been displaced,” said Ward.
“I could see why someone who wasn’t familiar with the area would just walk down with their dog because they may not know any better,” said dog owner Walt Chaboude.
Beach Police enforce the ordinance and owners can face fines if they don’t comply.