STONE HARBOR — People are beginning to take advantage of new regulations that allow dogs to go on the beach after 7 p.m., but getting people to obey those new rules might take some time.

Between June 1 and June 9, the Stone Harbor Police Department handed out 10 violation warnings to people with their dogs on the beach because the dogs were not on leashes. The information was announced at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Stone Harbor Municipal Council.

“This is the first year they’re allowed on the beach,” said Stone Harbor Police Chief William Toland. “But they have to be on leashes.”

In years past, Stone Harbor has placed a ban on dogs being allowed onto the beach that ran from June 1 through Sept. 30. This is the first year they are allowed onto the beach at all. They can only be on the beach from 7 p.m. until dusk.

Toland said the police will continue to monitor the beaches to see if it becomes a problem.

At past meetings, residents have voiced their concerns over the new rules that took effect this year. The council is also keeping a close eye on the success of the rules.

“If it does not work, there will be no dogs on the beach next year,” said Stone Harbor Councilwoman Joan Kramar.

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