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Brightwaters officials crack down on dog poop in Gilbert Park

Brightwaters dog owners, you’ve been warned.

That’s the message from the village board of trustees, which agreed at a recent board meeting to step up enforcement at Gilbert Park, where piles of dog feces have village officials vexed.

Trustee Robert W. Fischer, who oversees code enforcement, said the park’s patrons haven’t been picking up after their dogs, creating unsanitary conditions.

“We’re getting so much dog poop down there,” said Fischer. “It’s just terrible.”

In addition to having a code enforcement officer at the park, where dogs are allowed to run off-leash from 6 to 9 a.m., another officer will be on-call to issue tickets. Officials say it’s likely the offenders are non-Brightwaters residents, and plan to ticket anyone parked at the park without a village sticker as a deterrent.

Code enforcement can also issue a summons for failure to dispose of dog waste, which could result in a fine of up to $250, according to village attorney John P. Finnerty.

“I would think word would get around fast,” said Fischer.

Mayor Joseph A. McNulty said if dog waste continues to pile up, he’ll close the park to dogs and their owners.

“We have to do something,” McNulty said. “We have the signs. We have the doggy bags .?.?. If this continues, we’ll send out a notice and lock it.”