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It would certainly be wonderful if Marco Island announced an "experiment" for allowing dogs in a clearly marked area of the beach. Try it for three months, say August 1st to October 31st. See if the dog owners who say that they're responsible actually indeed are responsible.
I myself, as a responsible dog owner acknowledge that there are many dog owners who do not want to accept the responsibility. We've taken our dogs to a few different beaches where dogs are allowed and the designated areas are indeed kept clean. Sometimes it's necessary to clean up after others, yes. Marco Island would have to make certain to put out trash cans and keep bags for dog-doo stocked on the beach.
I can certainly understand the need for keeping dogs away from areas where birds and wildlife are plentiful. So would there even be a location on the beach where an experiment with allowing dogs could be attempted? Since, from the above article, it's evident that people are already bringing dogs to the beach, why not at least try it and see if the dog owners prove themselves capable of cleaning up after their pets? It's been my experience that most pet owners follow the rules - especially if they know that the privilege might be taken away if the rules are not adhered to. I would think residents would obey the rules. Tourists and visitors would have to be kept informed by their hosts.
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