Saturday, October 23, 2010
Dogs and Snowy Plovers on Linda Mar Beach
Nov 8th, the city council will vote on how to handle protection of the Snowy Plover on Linda Mar Beach. The open space committee is attempting to get dogs banned for this protection. They are pushing hard. They have already inundated the city council with letters and presentation at council. The parks and rec dept and a sub committee (including POOCH) wants to use signage, fencing (along the walk way), and education. (This approach has been very effective at many places including the Coal Oil Point Beach (http://coaloilpoint.ucnrs.org/SnowyPloverProgram.html).
Dogs are just one of many things that will disturb the Snowy Plover and are just the first of many bans planned: Events, fireworks, too much human traffic etc.
If we do not demonstrate support for this more rational, inclusive method of protection, there is a good chance that dogs may be banned completely from the beach (i don't mean just off leash, I mean not allowed at all or anywhere north of the restrooms).
Please write the city council (( email@example.com ),- address it to all city council members) and come to the city council meeting Monday, November 8th at 7PM 2212 Beach Boulevard, second floor).
Remember, it is not just us locals that love that beach - (so spread the word to all your neighbors, facebook, email); but it is also many visitors (with dogs)who come to Pacifica because of that beach. If you own a business, or know of folks who own businesses in Pacifica and understand what shutting that beach down to dogs and their owners will mean,,,get them to also participate in the letter writing and speaking at the council meeting.
PLEASE GET FOLKS INVOLVED IN THIS DECISION
Using the S.C.A.L.E. to balance your dog and excel in training.
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Submitted by Jim Alex