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Wildwood Officials Hope Creating Dog-Friendly Beach Will Fetch Tourism Dollars

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By Molly Daly

WILDWOOD, N.J., (CBS) — Wildwood is working on making it legal to let sleeping dogs lie — on the beach.

Fido can legally frolic on Wildwood’s beach from October 2nd to May 15th.

Commissioner Pete Byron says the city commission has voted to make part of the oceanfront pooch-friendly year round.

“We needed to revise our ordinance to allow for pets to be able to cross over the boardwalk at that dedicated location,” says Byron. “So it’s not opening up the whole beach.”

Byron says they’re looking at a couple of sites but haven’t made a decision yet. They expect to have it open by June and the spot they pick will come with more than sand and surf.

“We’re going to provide little doggie bag stations, we’ll have a water station, plenty of trash receptacles,” the commissioner says.

Byron says being dog friendly will make owners feel especially welcome in Wildwood.

“Now they’re going to be able to bring their pet with them, and I think we’re going to take a day tripper and turn them into a multi-day tripper,” he says.

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