Bowers Beach Says Not To Dogs

Yesterday, The Town of Bowers Beach announced on their Facebook page … No more dogs on our beaches, per Delaware State Law. The recently had their beaches replenished over the winter.

Town of Bowers Beach … We are looking forward to all the visitors as Spring/Summer approach. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AWARE THAT WE FOLLOW Title 7, Chapter 17, CONCERNING DOGS ON THE BEACH
§ 1702 Dogs on state coastal beaches.
Whoever, being the owner, possessor, harborer or custodian of any dog, allows such dog to be upon the designated swimming or sunbathing area of a state coastal beach strand at any time between May 1 and September 30, inclusive, of any year, except when such dog is on said property on behalf of a law enforcement agency or a blind person, as defined in § 2101 of Title 31, is guilty of a violation and shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $50. For each subsequent offense, the person shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $100. “Coastal beach strand” shall mean all that coastal real property between the western base of the dunes and the low water mark except those lands within a municipality which has enacted an ordinance governing the activities of dogs on said real property.

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Murderkill River inlet at Bowers Beach

Basically this means unless the town puts out its own ordinance, they have to follow Delaware State Law’s regarding dogs on coastal beaches during May to September, or the summer season.

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Based on the responses on their Facebook page, the townsfolk are either not pleased by this or are okay with it. That depends on who you talk with. I can relate to the issue of dog poop on the beaches and the bags left behind. We pick a lot of these bags up in the state parks at every beach clean up. Maybe parks should follow suit for the summer season. Funny thing is the most dog poop bags left behind in state parks happens during the winter not summer.

Fish On!
Rich King

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