Published: Aug 23, 2010 3:44 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2010 12:44 PM EDT

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Residents in one Florida community may soon be able to invite Fido out to dinner.

The Palm Beach Gardens city council has given an initial approval to outdoor dining for dogs.

The proposal would allow canine companions to be with their owners at designated outdoor areas in restaurants. They could not sit on chairs or eat at the table and must remain leashed.

Dogs would also be forbidden from entering restaurants or from coming in contact with serving dishes and utensils. Extra hand sanitizers would be required.

The measure must be approved at a second reading. Permits for restaurants owners would cost $175.