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Sanibel Dog Club to meet next week

By Staff | Dec 10, 2008

The next meeting of the Sanibel Dog Club will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, located on Library Way. All Dog Club members, along with folks interested in joining the Club, are welcome to attend.

The Sanibel City Council has passed a resolution approving the March Referendum seeking approval from the citizens of Sanibel to allow the exchange of property between the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and the City to provide a contiguous parcel of land for a park and to allow the Sanibel Dog Park to built on that Island Inn Road property, currently designated as Environmentally Sensitive. This is the same area that was used for the burn pile after Hurricane Charley.

The Club is presently focused on an effort to inform the citizens of Sanibel of the importance of the park and key issues related to the March Referendum vote. Those key issues are:

• Although the land is currently listed as environmentally sensitive, like all non-developed City property, the Dog Park would be located on the site of the former burn pile.

• All of the costs related to the development and maintenance of the Dog Park will be paid by the Sanibel Dog Club, Inc., it’s members and contributors. Although it will enhance the City, there will be no cost to tax payers.

• If a future hurricane hits, the site may revert back to a burn site and restored to a park utilizing Club, FEMA and City restoration funds.

• There is no plan or intent to have the Dog Park replace owners’ and their pet’s access to the beach. The Park is simply meant to be a place where dogs may run and play in a secured area, leash-free. It is in the Dog Club’s vision to not only have a leash-free park but to also help the City to promote and enforce leash and clean-up rules as they relate to non-park activities.

The Sanibel Dog Club and it’s members believe that Sanibel holds a very unique position in that it is a pet-friendly environment. This not only makes Sanibel a great place to live, it generates increased property values and local bed-tax revenues via increased rental rates for pet-friendly rental units.

Source: Sanibel Dog Club, Inc.