Dogs will get more beach time this summer.
The City Council on Tuesday amended the municipal code to allow leashed dogs to frolic on city beaches until 9 a.m., starting June 15, which expands their time by an hour longer a day and two weeks.
The vote was 4 to 1, with Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly opposed.
"We should send this to the Environmental Committee," Egly said.
Recently appointed Recreation Committee member Stacy Dugger initiated the amendment. She would have liked to let the dogs back on the beaches at 5 p.m., but city lifeguards advised the committee that the beaches are still crowded until 6 p.m. in the summer.