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Dog Park

Sunday - Saturday
Sunrise to Sunset

The Shoreline South Bark Park is a specially designated area within the Shoreline Park South and dogs must be kept on a leash until inside the appropriate zone and re-leashed before exiting. The off-leash area is surrounded by chain-link fencing and bordered by trees. It is surfaced with a combination of sand, grass, and leaves.
 

We are now selling the pet licenses at the rec center, or you can complete this formstack and have it mailed. 

Pet Registration

Rules:

  1. The off-leash dog area is for dogs, their handlers, and those accompanying them. No other use is allowed.

  2. All dogs must be legally licensed in the City of Gulf Breeze and vaccinated, and shall wear a visible dog license.

  3. Dogs under 4 months of age and female dogs in heat are prohibited.

  4. Dogs must be on leash when entering and exiting the off-leash area.

  5. Dogs must be in view and under the control of their handler at all times.

  6. Spiked, choke, and prong collars are prohibited.

  7. Children 8 years and under are not allowed in the off-leash dog area; children ages 9-17 years must be accompanied by an adult.

  8. Handlers must be 18 years or older. Handlers must have possession of the dog leash at all times.

  9. Handlers are limited to a maximum of two dogs.

  10. Handlers must “scoop the poop” and fill any holes dug by dogs under their control.

  11. Food and drinks in glass containers are prohibited; training treats are allowed.

  12. Dogs must be removed from the off-leash area at the first sign of aggression.

  13. No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the area.

  14. Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by the dog(s) under their control.

  15. Users of the facility do so at their own risk.

  16. The City of Gulf Breeze shall not be liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog in the off-leash area.

From the Office of the City Manager:

 

The fenced dog parks at Shoreline Park South are temporarily closed in the interest of our residents. The City Council will next consider this matter on Monday, May 20th, to consider the extent of costs and liability to our residents, the taxpayers who maintain the dog parks. In the interim, city staff will consult with the city attorney and gather internal records to respond to public records requests and complaints by visitors to the city's dog parks. 

 

The city welcomes all visitors to its public parks. Sadly, staff resources associated with the dog park have steadily increased. The costs and potential liability are borne by our residents. Since January 2023, the city has received an increasing number of complaints from dog park visitors. The litany of complaints includes (but is not limited to) "harassment," "bullying," "violation of rights," "disability discrimination," "being run off" by another dog owner, "religious discrimination," and "discrimination and poor treatment by Gulf Breeze Police" as well as "Lack of action or involvement by Gulf Breeze Police." Late Friday afternoon, I received an email from a visitor that an ADA complaint would be filed today, Tuesday, May 7th, unless a meeting was scheduled to address particular complaints. Around the same time, the city received a complaint of harassment and fear for safety regarding the same visitor threatening the ADA complaint. Due to the short timeframe and numerous emails and complaints received by four city departments, the Police Chief and I recommended to the City Council that the fenced dog parks be temporarily closed so that city staff has time to gather the information and gauge potential liability in the interest of our residents.

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