Volusia County says no to dogs on beaches

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 24 2014 10:45:34 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

Dogs won't be allowed on Volusia County Beaches after all.

The Volusia County Council said no Thursday to a proposal to temporarily allow leashed dogs on the beaches. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports discussion about the issue touched on parasites, bites and possible confrontations between dog owners and people who would rather visit a dog-free beach.

Earlier in January, the council agreed to draft a test ordinance to allow leashed dogs on beaches for up to three months. On Thursday, they heard from the county's health department, federal officials and residents before ditching the proposal.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service opposed the plan based on its potential impact on shorebirds and sea turtle nests.

The county has several dog-friendly beach areas.

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