Sarasota News Leader

12/14/2012

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PAYNE PARK SPOTLIGHT A child demonstrates disc golf. Contributed/City of Sarasota FOCUS ON CITY FACILITY COMES AS A RESULT OF A POSSIBLE NEW LEASH LAW, UPGRADED AMENITIES AND A SKATEBOARD PARK PACKAGE SNAFU By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Sarasota County has rules requiring all dogs to be on leashes in parks, except where cities allow them to run free. The City of Sarasota has ruled all city parks are leash-free except Gillespie Park, Arlington Park and Bayfront (Island) Park, where leashes are required. ing a final decision. Staff alone cannot amend the existing ordinance, said Brown. Current regulations allow leashes no longer than 26 feet in the three parks requiring them. One small wrinkle on leashes applies to dogs in Bayfront Park: A dog can go for a swim but However, after complaints at Payne Park, city must be leashed upon its return from the wastaffers are looking to add it to the areas reter. No dog swimming is allowed in the ponds quiring leashes. Deputy City Manager Marlon of Gillespie and Arlington parks. Brown says if staff members believe the leash law should be required for health and safety In the three parks allowing unleashed dogs, reasons, they will appear before the City Com- the animals must stay within 100 feet of their mission with that recommendation. owners and respond to voice control. SarasoThe commission could ask an ordinance be ta Police Department officers enforce these drafted and set for public hearing before mak- city regulations.

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