Leash laws to change in Del Mar

People and their dogs at Dog Beach in Del Mar last year.
(Union-Tribune file photo by Hayne Palmour IV)

A change to Del Mar's leash laws that will give dog owners more time with their pooches in certain sections of city beaches was approved on Monday, June 18, by the City Council.

Currently, dogs are allowed off-leash from the day after Labor Day until June 15, from 29th Street north to the Solana Beach city limits, and on-leash during the summer in that area. Under the new rules, dogs will also be allowed off-leash from dawn until 8 a.m., year-round, from 29th Street north to the city limits.

The new rules also will allow dogs off-leash from dawn through 8 a.m., in the off-season period from the day after Labor Day through June 15, in the area between 25th and 29th streets. Currently in that area, dogs are not allowed at all during the summer, and on-leash only during the off-season.

The new ordinance will come before the council for two readings, and can then take effect 30 days after it is approved, which will likely occur in September, according to a report by city staff.

No change will be made to the leash laws for the southern section of Del Mar's beaches, which runs from Powerhouse Park south to the border of Torrey Pines State Beach. Dogs are allowed on-leash in that area year-round.

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