Anne Pancoast, of Margate, is described by her friends as a caring woman who served the Margate School District, the community, and had a love for animals.

Pancoast died in February, but the City of Margate has decided to perpetuate her spirit by dedicating the dog park - which Pancoast fought to establish - on North Argyle Avenue to the woman who was so passionate about dogs.

"It really was a project near and dear to her outside of the Concerned Citizens," Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube said. "She was a huge animal lover."

Pancoast was president of the Margate Concerned Citizens group, and she started the discussion about creating a dog park in Margate about 10 years ago, said friend Petie Subin, of Margate.

Subin said a serious initiative to see the dog park established did not begin until about 3½ years ago. At that point, a committee, which Pancoast and Subin were on, was created to boost the project.

"Anne became chairman of the committee," Subin said. "It was her mission. I think what got me is she didn't even have a dog at that point. She was going on her passion for dogs, that they should have a place like (a dog park). She was very, very committed to it and put all of her energy and effort into it."

At a March 6 Board of Commissioners meeting, the meeting's minutes indicate that Commissioner Maury Blumberg recommended Taube's suggestion to name the park for Pancoast wait pending a city policy for dedicating city-owned property to public figures, as there are other programs in place to honor residents, by recommendation of Administrator Richard Deaney.

Both Taube and Mayor Michael Becker disagreed with Blumberg, and voted 2-1 to pass a resolution naming the park for Pancoast.

"(The park) has been the most wonderful gathering and happy place, so many friends have been made and it's a wonderful thing," Subin said. "As soon as she died, I said, 'This has to be named for her.' I'm sorry it wasn't named before she died, it would've made her feel so very good."

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