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Ban Begins: No Dogs Allowed On Westport Beaches For Season

Residents have one day left to take their dogs for a jog on Westport beaches.
Residents have one day left to take their dogs for a jog on Westport beaches. Photo Credit: File: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. — As of Saturday, April 1, the town of Westport's ban on dogs at town beaches returns.

The town released a statement on the policy, which bans dogs for the spring and summer season.

"We would like to remind citizens that as of April 1 the 'no animals at the beaches' regulation will be in effect," the town of Westport said.

"It includes Compo, Burying Hill and Old Mill beaches. Animals will not be permitted on any beach property, which includes all grass, sand, and the parking areas, except Soundview parking lot at Compo Beach, as well as the roads within the beach area."

This regulation will remain in effect until Oct. 1.

We have regulations in place to insure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy the public beaches, fields and facilities in Westport,” said Westport Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Fava.

“For the safety and well-being of the public and athletes, and to help keep ball fields in good playing condition, animals are not allowed on playing fields at any time of year. It is recommended that dogs remain on leash while on the perimeter of these town facilities. Also, owners are welcome to walk dogs on leash on the road around Longshore Golf Course, but animals are not allowed on the course at any time.”

Fava said dogs are always welcome at Winslow Park.

"Located at Compo Road North and Post Road East, Winslow Park has posted on- and off-leash areas. The public is requested to heed those posted regulations while enjoying the park with their dogs.”

Additional information regarding Parks and Recreation policies are found at westportrecreation.com .

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