The Council agreed new beach bye-laws today. By a majority of 11 (including all 3 Greens) to 7 the Councillors removed the rather draconian ban on dogs on the beaches during the summer. We replaced it with a requirement that dogs be on a leash during the summer when they’re in the "Reserved Bathing Areas" on the beaches. Councillors were unanimous in calling for proper enforcement of the Litter Act against those who fail to pick up after their dogs.
The other Bye-laws which came up were the Jet-ski and fast power boat bye-laws. These require jet-ski users to get permits and restrict where they can use jet-skis. These bye-laws have been approved for public display and will be on public display soon with a view to adopting bye-laws at the May Council meeting.