MORE than two thirds of Olive Press readers disagree with the Junta’s decision to ban dogs from beaches on the Costa del Sol this summer.
In an online poll, 70% voted against the ruling, which includes specific dog-friendly beaches set up in Casares, Fuengirola and Malaga.
The controversial decree has been circulated to all 14 coastal municipalities, but some owners are still planning to flout the ban.
Jesus, 22, a lifeguard and dog-walker from a beach in Sabinillas, Malaga, told the Olive Press: “I’ll continue to walk my dogs along this beach in spite of the Junta’s decision.”
Expat Jennifer Knowles commented: “Why make a dog friendly beach and then ban them? Most people live in apartments with nowhere to take their dog. Lets start thinking of the dogs!”
While, Paco, a 65-year old holidaymaker from Madrid, said: “I don’t like taking my dog on the beach. I believe that dog-friendly beaches should be treated in the same way as nudist beaches – they should be away from everything else.”
And Briton Richard Hopkins, 46, who lives in Sabinillas, told the Olive Press: ““I haven’t got anything against dogs, but they can make a mess on the beach.”
Compared to the 450 beaches in the UK or the nearly 200 in France, the number of dog-friendly beaches in Spain is only around 50.
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