FORT MYERS, Fla.- A messy situation on the sand is causing a stink on Fort Myers Beach. The issue is some dog owners aren't cleaning up after their pets and people are stepping on the waste. WINK has learned people are complaining and the town is taking action.
"You can't let a few bad apples ruin the whole batch," said FMB resident, Tree Andre.
For Fort Myers Beach resident, Tree Andre, she's not causing a stink about dogs on the beach.
"Fort Myers Beach has always been dog friendly, we are here as business owners because it is dog friendly."
But for Judi Charles, nothing spoils a walk on the sand faster than stepping into an unexpected mess.
"I have not seen them picking up after their dogs like they do in their own neighborhood," said Charles.
Both agree it's a dirty job but dog owners have to do it.
"They have got to figure out a way to control that waste somehow," said Charles.
Councilman Dan Andre says the town wants dogs to come to the beach.
"We want dogs on the beach, thats what makes us unique, and again it's just a few people not following the rules," said Councilman Andre.
We did see this owner following the town rule. The town did recieve a letter from someone against dogs on the beach.
"There are irresponsible dog owners that are probably causing this reaction and I dont blame them for feeling that way," explained Andre.
He said education of the town ordinance is step one into curbing this problem of cleaning up number two.
"We need to educate the dog owners here, the ones that are seasonal, the ones that are permanent residents."
There are doggie waste bags at every beach access on the gulf and bay side.
Councilman Andre says there are only two enforcement officers patrolling the beach. He says the town is looking to increase the budget for 2014, so they can double that number.
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