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.09/16/2021 – LI-DOG Beach Petition Reaches 6,000 Signatures

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LI-DOG Beach Petition Reaches 6,000 Signatures!

Major milestone reached as New Yorker’s ask for change in longstanding policy that bans dogs on New York State’s Long Island beaches. As one former NYS Parks employee commented, “I know that a large majority of dog owners are responsible and should have access to our beautiful beaches on Long Island!” LI-DOG is optimistic the petition will result in a positive step forward by the NYS Office of Parks soon! For more information, go to LI-DOG Beach Petition Reaches 6,000 Signatures!

 


09/16/2021 – LI Beach Petition Reaches 6000 Signatures!

No Dogs Allowed Sign

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

PETITION UPDATE

 

LI-DOG Beach Petition Reaches 6,000 Signatures!

 

NYS Expected to Come Back with Proposal Soon

Yayyy!! We hit 6,000 signatures on our Petition to Lift the Dog Ban on New York State Beaches. Thank you SO much to everyone who has signed and shared our petition. 6,000 people is A LOT of people asking for change! The Comments people have left about why they’re signing have been great. As one former NYS Parks employee wrote, “I know that a large majority of dog owners are responsible and should have access to our beautiful beaches here on Long Island!”

Since we met with the NYS Office of Parks and Assemblyman Steve Stern in early June, we remain optimistic that our petition will result in a positive step forward by the Office of Parks. In fact, we expect that the Office of Parks will come back to us with a proposal soon. We will be sure to let everyone know as soon as we have more information!

In the meantime, thanks to everyone who is helping to spread the word about our petition and our efforts to lift the ban on dogs on NYS beaches.

Please keep sharing our petition to Lift the Dog Ban on NYS Long Island Beaches!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


.08/16/2021 – LI-DOG Named to Coindre Hall Advisory Board

LI-DOG Named to New Coindre Hall Advisory Board

The Coindre Hall Advisory Board is charged with providing recommendations to the Suffolk County Legislature for revitalizing Suffolk County’s unique and beautiful Coindre Hall park. The park, a former Gold Coast estate located in Huntington, has long attracted dog owners, but it has fallen into disrepair over the last 10 years. The County has allocated $1.5 million to refurbish the park, but it will need additional financial resources and creative ideas.   For more information about the Board’s work, its members and meetings, go to LI-DOG Named to Coindre Hall Advisory Board. 

 


08/16/2021 – LI-DOG Named to Coindre Hall Advisory Board

 

LI-DOG Named to New Coindre Hall Advisory Board

Board Charged with Revitalizing Unique and Beautiful Suffolk Park

 

LI-DOG is pleased to announce that it has been named to a new Coindre Hall Advisory Board. The Board is charged with providing recommendations to the Suffolk County Legislature for revitalizing this unique and beautiful Suffolk County Park. The park, a former Gold Coast estate in Huntington with rolling hills that provide views of Huntington Harbor, has long attracted people with dogs. Over the last 10 years, however, the park has fallen into disrepair as a result of Suffolk County’s serious financial problems.

The County has now allocated $1.5 million out of its Capital budget to refurbish the park beginning with the seawall and the boathouse, but the park needs additional financial resources and creative ideas for revitalizing the property.

LI-DOG, which has a long history of advocating for dog owners at Coindre Hall, is pleased to have been asked to serve on the Board by Suffolk Leg. William Spencer, along with others who have a stake in the park including neighbors, boaters, baymen, environmentalists, community organizers, the Town of Huntington, and the Suffolk Parks and Public Works departments.

A webpage has been set up for the Coindre Hall Advisory Board on the Suffolk County Legislature’s website. For updates on the Board’s work including information on upcoming meeting dates, agendas, and the minutes of past meetings plus links to resolutions establishing the board and brief biographies on the members of the Board, go to Coindre Hall Advisory Board. An email link is being created to take suggestions from the public about revitalizing the park.

In the meantime, dog owners who frequent Coindre Hall should feel free to reach out to us at lidog_news@yahoo.com with suggestions that will help LI-DOG contribute to the Board’s work.

Thank you!

 


.04/06/2021 – 5000 Signatures on our Petition

Petition Update: 5,000 Signatures on our Petition!

On Sun., April 4th, LI-DOG topped a major milestone–5,000 signatures on our petition to lift the dog ban on New York State’s Long Island beaches!  Five thousand signatures is A LOT of people! This strong show of support will now allow LI-DOG to move our campaign to the next level–engaging New York State officials in our effort to lift the ban and designate beaches appropriate for people with dogs! For more information, go to 5,000 Signatures on Our Petition.

 


04/06/2021 – 5000 Signatures on our Petition

 

PETITION UPDATE

5,000 Signatures on our Petition!

 

APR 5, 2021 — Thanks SO much to everyone who has signed LI-DOG’s petition to Lift the Dog Ban on New York State’s Long Island beaches! On Sunday April 4th, we topped a major milestone–5,000 signatures on our petition! Five thousand signatures is A LOT of people.

This strong show of support will now allow us to move our efforts to the next level–engaging New York State officials in our campaign! We’ll let everyone know as soon as we have new developments on this front.

We also want to thank all the reporters who picked up on our efforts and helped tell our story. Thank you to 880 News Radio, CBS2 News, Newsday, News12 LI, Suffolk News, and the Patch, among others!

In the meantime, please keep sharing our petition with all your dog-loving New York friends and family. Thanks again to the thousands of you who have signed our petition and helped move our campaign forward!


.03/19/2021 – Over 4300 Signatures Great Media Coverage

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Petition Update: Over 4,300 Signatures! Great Media Coverage!

Since submitting a press release on March 8th, our petition has gotten coverage on 880News Radio, CBS News, News12 and Newsday and the number of people who have signed our petition to lift the dog ban on New York State’s Long Island beaches has jumped to over 4,800. Check out our latest Petition Update: Over 4,300 Signatures! 

 


03/19/2021 – Over 4300 Signatures Great Media Coverage

 

No Dogs Allowed Sign

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

PETITION UPDATE

Over 4,300 Signatures! Great Media Coverage!

 

MAR 19, 2021 —
Thanks again everyone for coming to our aid and signing the petition! We have over 4,300 signatures now. Since submitting a press release on March 8, our story has been told on 880 News Radio, CBS News, News12 and Newsday. We are getting a lot of support, but we still need more! Please continue sharing with your New York neighbors and friends. Your furry kids will thank you!

Get LI-DOG’s  Lift the Dog Ban Petition Now!

 


.03/03/2021 – Over 2,500 People Sign LI-DOG Beach Petition PR

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Over 2,500 People Sign LI-DOG’s Petition to Lift the Dog Ban on NY’s Long Island Beaches!

Just a few weeks after launch, LI-DOG’s petition to lift the ban on dogs on New York State’s Long Island beaches has already generated more than 2,500 signatures. The petition got more than 1,000 signatures over its first weekend and then doubled that to over 2,000 signatures within 10 days of its Jan. 29th launch! The petition is the result of years of complaints from Long Island dog owners about a lack of access to Long Island’s primary recreational resource. To see the press release announcing the petition’s momentum, go to Over 2,500 People Sign LI-DOG Petition!


03/03/2021 – Over 2,500 People Sign LI-DOG Beach Petition PR

 

No Dogs Allowed Sign

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

 

Over 2,500 People Sign LI-DOG’s Petition to Lift the Dog Ban on New York State’s Long Island Beaches!

 

***Dropbox link at bottom of release with photos*** 

 

Get the Petition

 

Get the LI-DOG Beach Petition Press Release.pdf

 

March 8, 2021, Huntington, NY – More than 2,500 people have signed a petition launched Jan. 29th by the Long Island Dog Owners Group (LI-DOG) to lift the ban on dogs on New York State’s Long Island beaches! The Lift the Dog Ban on NY’s Long Island Beaches petition on Change.org received more than 1,000 signatures over its first weekend and then doubled to over 2,000 signatures within 10 days of launch. The petition has also generated dozens of supporting comments from Long Islanders and other New Yorkers. (See Highlights of Comments below.)

The petition is the result of years of complaints from Long Island dog owners about lack of access to Long Island’s primary recreational resource. Long Island is surrounded by miles of public beaches, but the vast majority of this public land is off limits to people with dogs. The New York State Office of Parks, which manages 14,000 acres of Long Island parks that have shoreline access, prohibits ALL access to NYS beaches on Long Island to people with dogs.

The petition states that denying access to so much recreational space to dog owners who pay taxes, which support this public land, is unacceptable. People should be allowed to bring their dogs to designated dog-friendly beaches.

The petition makes clear that LI-DOG is not asking for access to big, well-known public beaches where there are lifeguards and people sunbathe and swim during the summer. Dog owners are asking for access to non-lifeguarded beaches and shoreline areas appropriate for people with dogs. LI-DOG President Ginny Munger Kahn noted that there are long stretches of beach beyond lifeguarded areas where people could walk their dogs on-leash, just as the National Park Service allows at Fire Island National Seashore from Labor Day until March 15th. Moreover, there are bayside and Sound beaches where people don’t swim that would be appropriate for people with dogs.

The petition asks New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State elected officials to lift the dog ban on LI beaches and work with LI-DOG to designate appropriate beaches for people with dogs.

NY’s ban on dogs on NYS beaches impacts tens of thousands of Long Islanders. Estimates are that 457,000 Long Island families have dogs. Those numbers have likely increased substantially as approximately 12.6 million households nationwide took in pets from March to December last year, according to the American Pet Products Association.

The pandemic highlights that access to public parks and beaches is critical to the health and well-being of people and their pets. In his State-of-the-State address in January asking for $440 million for public parks, Gov. Cuomo noted, “the ability to safely recreate outdoors will remain a critical complement to public health measures for months.” However, New York State has closed off thousands of acres of public land to Long Islanders with dogs at this critical time.

It’s time for Gov. Cuomo and elected officials to lift the ban on dogs on Long Island beaches. Public officials should work with LI-DOG to designate appropriate beaches and shoreline areas for people to take their dogs for exercise and recreation.

LI-DOG’s petition has generated dozens of supportive comments from Long Islanders and other New Yorkers. Check out all the great comments below:

Margo K., Port Washington, “As a taxpayer and dog owner it is ridiculous that I can’t walk my dogs on most Long Island beaches.  My taxes support lots of public lands I don’t use like golf courses, tennis courts, sports arenas, etc.  My taxes support the health & maintenance of the beaches so I should be allowed to walk my on-leash dogs on the beaches.  And it shouldn’t be a poop issue, as I always pick up after my dogs, unlike numerous people who leave trash.”

Linda M., North Babylon, “I live and pay taxes in an area with vast beaches, yet cannot bring my two well behaved dogs to the beach!  That needs to change.”

Tricia R., Massapequa, “I would love to enjoy outdoor spaces with my dog on public lands I pay taxes on! It is so vital, now more than ever, to enjoy the freedom that outdoor spaces provide and to enjoy them with our pets that we see as family! Long Island is particularly an unfriendly dog region and yet nearly every household has a dog…These old policies and laws need to be updated!”

Eileen D., Long Beach, “Long Island is an island, surrounded by shoreline with beaches.  There must be a way to share some of the NYS controlled beachfront with dog owners and their dogs. Other states do it so NYS can figure out how to do it too…Please help us enjoy our dogs at the beach legally, safely, and fairly for all concerned.”

Gail P., Centerport, “Dogs are family and we taxpayers should be allowed to bring them with us to quiet beaches.”

Michael R., Merrick, “With so much beach on the Long Island Sound and ocean sides there must be areas opened up for dog owners.”

Judy D.,  Holbrook, “…The image of dogs running on beaches, splashing in the waves, even catching a Frisbee are iconic to American culture, yet the reality is denied to so many Long Islanders. It’s time to change that.”

Honi R., Baldwin, “Dogs do so much to improve our mental and physical health. Spending some time on a beach with them is good for both mind and spirit. Dogs should be allowed certain hours of the day and definitely off season. They certainly keep the beach cleaner than a lot of humans.”

Melissa S., Smithtown, “My dogs are part of my family.  We have been looking for dog friendly places to retire because Long Island is one of the worst places to be…We are beach lovers and would love to share these moments with them. The [f]act that I cannot walk my dogs on a beach that is EMPTY most of the year is really ridiculous.”

Bonnie A., NY, “I love taking my dog for a walk on the beach. I am a responsible dog owner and always clean up after my dog.”

Carol G., Hampton Bays, “Long Islanders are responsible pet owners and tax payers and should have the option to walk their dog on a beach. Dogs are an integral part of family life on Long Island.”

William R., Port Washington, “It’s estimated that there are 459,000 dog-owning households on Long Island, yet NY State prohibits ALL access to New York State beaches on Long Island to people with dogs.  This is wrong and must be changed.”

John D., East Northport, “I live near the North Shore beaches and would love to bring my dogs with me when I walk along the sound.”

Barbara W., New Hyde Park, “Because it’s shameful that responsible dog owners with their dogs are not allowed!!”

Michelle H., Great River, “Responsible dog owners should have beach access”

Theresa S., Levittown, “I have 2 dogs that love the water and I would love to just take a nice walk on the beach with them. I always have poop bags with me and if everyone cleans up after their dogs there should not be an issue. Long Island seems to be the worst place in the country when it comes to places dogs can go.”

Richard V., Syosset, “Long overdue!”

Sherri P., Patchogue, “It’s the right thing to do!”

To see the petition, go to Lift the Dog Ban on NY’s Long Island Beaches on Change.org.

Dropbox link with photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s4au7znf6rghsuf/AAAkk7ulWrwoQERFlHaMy_Kha?dl=0

Photo Credits: LI-DOG or Joann Garguola, LI-DOG

Friends of Long Island Dog Parks, which does business as The Long Island Dog Owners Group, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to public parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their dogs. Since its founding in 1998, LI-DOG has worked with elected officials and parks officials to open 10 dog parks and dozens of dog-friendly parks and trails around Long Island. For more information, go to www.lidog.org.

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