Del Mar city council officials voted Monday to make ticketing off-leash dogs a low priority while they await new rules for the city's beaches.
The area known as Dog Beach, or North Beach, is located north of 29th Street and stretches nearly one-half mile to the border shared with Solana Beach.
In this area, dogs are permitted off leash from the day after Labor Day until June 15. During the busy summer months, dogs must be leashed if they are to be in this beach area, under current city rules.
However, an online petition suggesting dogs run free from the 20th Street Lifeguard Station north before 8 a.m. garnered support.
So the council agreed to ask code enforcement to make ticketing off-leash dogs a low priority.
Only the worst offenders will be ticketed while the council waits for a new proposal regarding rules for dogs.
Dogs are not permitted north of Powerhouse Park to 29th street during the summer.
South of Powerhouse Park, dogs are permitted on a leash year round.
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