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Local Group Lobbies for Dog Beach

The newly formed San Clemente Dog Beach Now group wants a section of beach in town to run their pooches.

The new San Clemente Dog Beach Now group wants just what its name says—a place to run pooches in the surf.

Tuesday night, . Some people , but about a half-dozen residents came to lobby for a dog beach.

"We understand that these things can be daunting sometimes, but it has worked out in other places," said Don Slater, a founder of the group.

Members of the group cited the dog beaches in Huntington Beach and Del Mar as successes.

One member pointed to the potential economic benefit of an influx of dog lovers into town.

"I personally, just to practice with my dog, drive to San Diego," said Megan LaRue, a professional dog trainer and San Clemente resident. "And guess where my money goes? With these events, they attract thousands."

One resident, Helen McCue, worried that dog waste would infect the sand at the beach.

The Beaches, Parks and Recreation Committee with be responsible for presenting city officials with a recommendation concerning the potential for allowing dogs on the beach in San Clemente. They meet again in the first half of December.

Don Slater December 28, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Hi Lindsey, my Golden retriever is dying right now without having been on the beach for a year. I hope you are proud of yourself.
Lindsey Hanson December 28, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I am not proud of myself. More so I am relieved and thankful the people of San Clemente could make and educated decision on the matter. Sadly Don people do not clean up after their pets. Just last week, I stepped in Dog crap on the trail. I also watched an owner of a small dog let it crap on the sidewalk on Del Mar and they did not clean it up. Also at the top of the stairs near headquarters I watched a man let his dog crap in his neighbor’s yard and pretend like he didn’t notice. A side from the filth of dog waste animals are unpredictable. I am so so so very glad your dog along with all the other dogs in the area are not allowed on the beach. We as a community should be thankful the decision was made. People flocking from all over to bring their dogs to our beaches would be an absolute nightmare. As for your dog specifically, lots of dogs never make it to the beach. I'm sorry if you choose to live in a place that does not give your animal enough room to live a happy life. That decision above all others sounds like the tragedy. And why you think I specifically had anything to do with this to warrant pride is just strange, unless your note is soley based on my ability to voice my opinion.
Don Slater December 28, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Dakota passed away this morning at 8 am. Lindsey I hear that in person you are a completely different personality and rather nice. Here on the computer hidden away behind a mask of annonimity you are a mean-spirited, crass, angry woman. There were very few people against the Dog Beach. Moving a community forward is a tremendous amount of effort by passionate people working hard to make a difference. Unfortunately, you have found it far more entertaining to go the easy route. It is much easier to pop a balloon then it is to blow it up.Try to take that passion and make a difference in this world. I have gon back and read most of your posts on this site,maybe you should do the same. Yes, what you say probably influences a few people, the disgusting words and attitudes will appeal to a certain crowd. But having a mean mouth does no good for the future and only helps to foster a divided city. I have noticed that you ride a Harley motorcycle, I can appreciate the lifestyle. It looks like a lot of fun. These bikes are very loud, this is a bragging right of the owners. The noise sets up a resonance in many people's ears that actually hurts them physically. I am pretty sure that poop has never hurt you, yet you cannot live and let live. Your choise in recreation affects others yet they find a way to live and let live. In closing maybe you can find the personality you project in person and use it on the internet, it is far better to be a positive person working for good. Don & Dakota
Lindsey Hanson December 29, 2012 at 03:49 AM
All crazy aside, I am very sorry for your loss. Truly, please accept my condolences.
Don Slater December 29, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Thank You from the deepest part of my heart. Today has been a very hard day, but being able to hold his head and comfort him as he passed touched me deeply. I also thank you for your kind response. Love and kindness are all that matter in the end. Yours Truly, Don.

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