Live Oak Off-Leash Dog Group Gaining Momentum

This Live Oak group is trying to have the beaches around 20th Avenue declared off-leash for dogs.


Live Oak Off Leash Advocates are asking to have the beaches from 20th Avenue to Moran Lake Beach open to dogs without leashes from sunrise to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sunset.

The group, which started in the spring, has adopted a beach to clean for publicity and good will, according to this article in the Sentinel.

Its online petition has 1, 097 signatures.

Its website, here, proclaims: This is our chance to ask the County to legalize an activity on the beach that we have had for the past 20 years!

The Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors will have final say on the proposal.

Jean April 09, 2013 at 08:46 PM
What LOOLA is asking for is the entire stretch of beach from 20th Avenue to Moran Beach, to be dedicated to loose dogs in the morning and in the afternoon. This single-use of the beach for unleashed dogs (a public safety/liability issue), would become an instant draw for thousands of dogs (currently 50,000 dogs in Santa Cruz County). It would also be advertised for vacation rental users and all tourists and require the presence of Animal Control officers for 6 hours every day in order to warn or ticket those who have their dogs off-leash at all hours of the day. Current enforcement is slowly reducing the number of off-leash dogs on the beach, although every day there are at least 6 or 8 (sometimes many more) dogs still off-leash throughout the day. Unfortunately, many dog owners have started using the beach at Pleasure Point but AC is checking there also. Still, dog owners are learning (by warnings or ticketing) that the signs that say "Dogs must be on-leash" mean it.
Angela Heywood April 10, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Yesterday, around noon, at Its Beach, I saw a "grey-bearded old fart" who seemed unhealthy and whose single-subject obsessive rant is tiring. As we have seen in recent incidents all around the world, these old farts are a constant threat to wildlife yet these old farts are roaming free on our beaches! Even within the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary, where disturbance of any wildlife is prohibited (and there is plenty of documentation that wildlife finds it disturbing when old or young farts use the beach)! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031412/Diseased-sea-lion-attacks-elderly-couple-swimming-Venice-Beach.html Shakira attacked: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/shakira-attacked-by-sea-lion_n_1276784.html Chelsea Handler attacked: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2201827/Chelsea-Handler-battles-rogue-sea-lion-paddle-boards-near-palatial-Malibu-home.html Man dragged from boat: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/46558519 The biggest threat to marine wildlife is trash/litter. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37894#.UWS9CN2st6Q I've never seen a dog leave behind fireworks or beer bottles. And I haven't seen Michael Lewis or Jean Brocklebank even mention the damage that HUMANS do to the beach. They both just have issues with dogs (and only since theirs died).
Michael A. Lewis April 10, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Angela Heywood: Cute! Guess what? I wasn't at the beach yesterday! Oh, darn! And, alas, I don't have issues. It is not illegal to roam the beaches at any time. It is illegal to allow dogs to run off-leash on any Santa Cruz beach other than Mitchell's Cove during specified off-leash hours.
Angela Heywood April 10, 2013 at 01:58 AM
So sorry, Michael! I didn't understand that you did not actually witness this yourself and are just telling a story you made up or heard second- or third-hand? Michael A. Lewis 1:44 pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Yesterday, April 8, around noon, a young elephant seal beached at Its Beach (Lighthouse Field State Beach). It seemed tired and unhealthy, lying in the sand while it became surrounded by onlookers and their dogs.
Brad Kava April 10, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Please let's be respectful and NOT make personal attacks. Let's talk about he issues...thanks


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