The topic of dogs on Cape Town beaches has been a hot one for many years now. Those who are for beaches being dog-friendly environments have been at loggerheads with those who believe that dogs have a negative impact on the city’s beaches.

Our city has a number of dog-friendly beaches, but a proposal from Community Services and Special Projects could soon be changing this. Residents are encouraged to participate in this discussion with the city so a solution can be achieved.

In the past there have been a handful of unfortunate incidents involving dogs and Cape beaches, and it is a pity that these isolated attacks have thrown shade on the topic of dogs and beaches. I, for one, am all for letting (well-behaved) dogs roam free on our beaches, but a middle ground needs to be reached to take everybody into consideration.

As reported by Traveller24, these are the proposed changes:

Kommetjie – proposed change at Long Beach, Kommetjie from free-running to no dogs

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Soetwater – status quo, no dogs allowed

Witsand – status quo, dogs free-running

Misty Cliffs – minor change, no dogs allowed except on a leash before 9 am and after 6 pm

Millers Point – status quo, no dogs allowed

Fisherman’s Beach – proposed change to no dogs

Frank’s Beach – proposed change to no dogs

Windmill Beach – proposed change from free-running to dogs on a leash

Burghers’ Walk – status quo, dogs on a leash

Water’s Edge Beach – proposed no dogs allowed

Seaforth Beach – proposed no dogs allowed

Long Beach, Simon’s Town – status quo, dogs free-running

Mackerel Beach – status quo, dogs free-running

Shelley’s Beach and tidal pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Glencairn Beach and tidal pool – proposed change to no dogs allowed

Fish Hoek Beach – status quo of no dogs in the corner on the Jaggers Walk end of the beach, proposed dogs on a leash from the lighthouse to the start of Clovelly Beach

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Clovelly Beach – proposed change from a free-running area for dogs to time restrictions for free-running dogs (dogs on leash between 9 am and 6 pm)

Wooly’s Pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Kalk Bay Tidal Pools – status quo, no dogs allowed

Dalebrook Beach and tidal pool – proposed no dogs allowed

Danger Beach – proposed change from free-running area for dogs to dogs on a leash

St James Beach and tidal pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Muizenberg Beach including Surfer’s Corner – status quo, dogs on a leash December to March before 9 am and after 6 pm. Dogs on a leash April – November
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Sunrise Beach – status quo, dogs allowed

Sonwabe Beach – proposed dogs on a leash at all times

Strandfontein Beach – status quo, no dogs allowed

Nine Miles Beach – proposed dogs on a leash with horses at all times

Blue Waters Resort – status quo, no dogs allowed

Beyond Blue Waters Resort – Dogs free-running at all times

If you have any constructive input for the city about this matter, today is the D-Day for having your say. Emails can be sent to Helen Jordaan, Professional Officer: Beach Amenities Coordination Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department City of Cape Town (Helen.jordaan@capetown.gov.za).

Photography HSMimages/Juliette Bisset and Traveller24

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