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Playa del Carmen city council looking into creating beach area for dogs

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Playa del Carmen city council says they have begun the analysis of possibly having a dedicated beach area for dogs. Angello Vásquez Moreno, head of Centro de Bienestar Animal Municipal (Cebiam) says the city is looking to dedicating a place where dog owners can go with their pets.

The project would be headed by the Municipal Animal Welfare Center (Cebiam) and in coordination with Zona Federal Marítimo Terrestre (Zofemat). Moreno says that the analysis of opening this type of pet friendly beach area is currently being looked into by Zofemat personnel at the request of citizens.

“Everything stems from the discontent of citizens that dogs cannot be on the beaches. The regulations do not allow them to stay, so we are looking for an alternative as has been made in Cancun or other beach clubs,” he said.

If it is approved, “it will be made aware that the feces will always have to be picked up and that garbage always has to be picked up,” he said adding that “it will get a bit complicated, but it will work (…) to set rules for the beach.”

He also said that fines would be applied to those who fail to adhere to the beach rules regarding their pets, which would range between 862 to 4,481 pesos.

“We are in talks. We do not have a specific date. It remains to be seen with Zofemat for them to consider what place they should allocate. Next week, we will begin with the meetings to determine the basis of the project,” he added.

Places such as Cancun and Isla Mujeres already have a dedicated pet friendly beach area where locals can take their dogs.