Pets could be banned on part of Folly Beach under proposed rule

Published: Jul. 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM EDT
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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - There's a chance pets could soon be banned altogether on part of Folly Beach.

City council will take up the issue at Tuesday night's council meeting.

City council member Eddie Ellis introduced the new rule. He says his intention is to use it as a starting point to exploring changes to the rule.

The new ordinance calls for no domestic animals, including dogs and cats on the beach everywhere west of the entrance, down to the Charleston County Park.

As it stands now, dog owners must always have a leash on their dogs which are only allowed on the beach from October 1st to April 30th.

Council member Ellis says he is prepared for changes to be made to his proposal.

He says a representative from the US Fish and Wildlife Service will be at the meeting to give a recommendation on what to do.

Ellis says changing the rule would depend on how the animal group believes pets, specifically dogs could affect wildlife on the beach.

The city council meeting starts Tuesday night at 7 o'clock. It will take place at the Folly Beach City Hall on Center Street.

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