Dogs on Cocoa Beach
Residents of Cocoa Beach are total dog lovers ❤️ Of course, we want our best friends to come to the beach with us.
On Thursday March 16, a city commission discussion on the topic will take place at 7pm.
There’s only one place where our pups receive a warm welcome – Lori Wilson Park has a designated dog park. It is a 32,000 square foot, fenced area where your dog can play without a leash. But, as their website states “It gets very crowded on the weekends in the late afternoon.”
The only dog beach in Brevard County is Canova Park at the end of Eau Gallie. Blvd The dog beach is via the South access and between the signs. Dogs need to be on a leash at all times.
There is currently an online petition circulating to allow dogs on all Brevard County beaches before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. The petition now has over 6,800 signatures of the 7,500 necessary for submission, however, a grass roots movement has taken place and it has the city’s attention.
The creator of the petition brings up a good point that having dog-friendly beaches may boost tourism:
“As an added bonus, it would be good for tourism to be able to offer a dog friendly beach in the area. There are many dog friendly beachfront hotels, motels and rental units and yet the tourists may not take their dogs to any beach at any time, anywhere in Brevard with the exception of the Sandy Paws Dog Park at Canova Park in Melbourne.”
We all know our beautiful beach relies on tourism to thrive. An increase would be great for local businesses.
A user on city-data.com made a valid point, although we aren’t sure how routed in science the claim is:
Once a dog goes to bathroom on the sand the sand is contaminated even if you bag it immediately; so it becomes a problem when people/kids dig and make sand castles in the sand and end up getting the contamination from their hands to their mouths . Not all dog owners are responsible so it makes it tough on the ones who are. Just covering it with sand like some do is not good enough. Eventually it is probably cleaned up by the waves filtering it but if a child gets that sand prior to its filtering out they can get sick.
The Cocoa Beach City Commission will discuss dog-friendly beaches Thursday night at City Hall, 2 S. Orlando Ave. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.