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East Hampton Village amends dog leash law

Ron Katz from East Hampton takes his dog,

Ron Katz from East Hampton takes his dog, Dolce, for a run on Main Beach in East Hampton. (April 19, 2013) Credit: Randee Daddona

The East Hampton Village board has adopted a modified version of its proposed dog leash law, which will require people to keep dogs on the beach leashed in the hours after the beaches are closed for bathing. It will take effect in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

Dogs are not permitted on the beach between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. when it is open for the season -- the second Sunday in May to Sept. 30.

Last month, the board proposed a law that would require dogs to be leashed after hours for the first 500 feet from the entrance to the village beach.

The proposal drew opposition from dog owners and from some people who said it would be hard for a handicapped person to get that far on the sand before letting their dog run free.

The new version of the law, adopted Friday in a 5-0 vote, sets the distance at 300 feet and requires the village to put up markers showing the limits of the restriction.

Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said the law strikes a balance between the interests of dog owners and village beachgoers, and will ensure that dog owners have better control over their pets and are better able to pick up dog waste.

The village will begin telling people with dogs on the beach about the law immediately, and plans to start enforcing it on July 1. Violation carries a fine of $250.

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