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Should dogs be allowed on White Rock's promenade? Council set to vote Monday

Last Updated Feb 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm PDT

White Rock City Council will be discussing parking costs on June 10, 2019. (Credit: Screenshot/Google Maps)

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) – It’s a debate which has divided White Rock: should dogs be allowed on the waterfront promenade? Council is expected to vote on the controversial issue Monday night.

Right now, the walkway is a ‘no-go’ for dogs but there’s a proposal to relax the rules during the off-peak months.

White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker says he’s still not sure how he’ll vote tonight.

“My decision, while it may be somewhat close to being made up, there’s still a bit of work to be done and opportunities to listen and consider,” Walker adds. “It has been quite a debate, it has been in depth, we’ve had an opportunity to get a lot of information which is exactly what we as council need prior to making our final decision.”

Among the people in White Rock opposed to dogs on the promenade is Una Fester, who says her main concern is senior safety.

“You can slip on something that’s left on the promenade and break a hip or you know break a leg or whatever. It’s dangerous.”

She says cleanliness is another issue.

“The dog owners don’t pick up after their dogs,” Fester adds. “I mean who wants to step in something, get it on your shoes, get it in your car.”

If the pilot project is approved, dogs would be allowed on the promenade from September to April