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Group tries to derail White Rock plans to allow dogs on promenade

Last Updated Jan 17, 2019 at 8:16 pm PDT

Marine Drive in White Rock. (Source: Google Maps, screenshot)

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) — The dog debate is heating up in White Rock as City Council looks at allowing pets on the promenade.

A group planned to bring their concerns to an unrelated public meeting hosted by city staff Thursday evening, to speak on why the idea shouldn’t go ahead. It is being put forward in an attempt to boost business at businesses along the water, which are facing some difficulties since the pier was destroyed in December’s windstorm.

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Dogs would be allowed during quieter months, but a ban would be in effect between May and August.

But Masha Soraya, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, says if people start walking their dogs on the promenade, someone could get hurt.

“The people who walk the pier are generally senior citizens, who are much older people, using canes or walking sticks, or not being able to be very mobile,” she says.

Soraya said she would present on behalf of a group of people who don’t want the changes to go through. They also say there is concern owners won’t pick up after their pets, and some people are afraid of dogs.

“If there were no parks, if there were no dogs allowed anywhere, I would understand this motion,” she says.

A final vote on the plan is set for later this month.