By Paul Schmitt
Man’s best friend will now be welcome in Sturgeon Bay parks. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved the Joint Park and Recreation Committee/Board recommendation on Tuesday to change a city ordinance and allow dogs in all city parks. The motion approved in a 5-2 vote and includes an exception for beaches, playgrounds, ballfields and ballfield areas with the understanding that all dogs must be leashed. Council member Rick Wiesner voted against changing the ordinance saying dogs should not be allowed in all parks.
Council Member Kelly Catarazoli says an earlier ordinance was difficult to enforce and that she would favor heavy fine for violators who won’t leash or clean up after their dog.
The fines will still be needed to be set by the Common Council in the future and signs will be placed in all city parks regarding the new ordinance.