2009-06-05 / Top Stories

Confusion Over Beach Rules Signs

By Noel Flego

Can your dog run free on the beach? Clearly, that is against Department of Parks regulations.

Can you walk your leashed dog on the beach?

That depends on your interpretation of the regulations listed on new signs that were put up along the Rockaway boardwalk by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation only last week.

Those signs have caused confusion and a couple of summonses for local residents.

One of the rules for the beach, boardwalk and promenade prohibits "unleashed dogs at any time."

It says nothing of leashed dogs, so many locals took that to mean that they can walk their leashed dogs on the boardwalk or beach at any time.

And, therein lies the problem, a problem that has led to some locals, who were walking their leashed dogs on the beach last week, getting summonsed.

Jill Weber, who runs Rockaway's parks and beaches, says that the sign was clearly in error.

"The signs should have said that no dogs, leashed or unleashed, are allowed on the beach from May 1 until September 30," Weber told The Wave, adding that the agency was printing stickers that would be affixed to the signs.

How does that impact those who already got summonses?

Nobody will say, but it is expected that they will fight the summonses in court.

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