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Wildwood makes a splash with their new dog beach

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WILDWOOD - Wildwood is releasing the hounds.

"We just felt like this is going to be another reason to come to Wildwood," said Wildwood Commissioner Pete Byron.

The city of Wildwood makes a big splash Saturday by officially opening a dog beach.

"We're really excited about this," said Byron.

After the Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance in May, allowing year round access to the beach and boardwalk, the dog days of summer have arrived for man's best friend.

"It's great because normally they're home all cooped up and now they can come out and you know enjoy the beaches with us and get a little exercise cause they need it after this long winter," said Wildwood tourist and dog owner Ed Murphy.

The designate area of the beach, for dogs to enjoy Frisbee, fetch, and play in the water on a leash was filled with animal lovers.

"This is her first time on the beach.  Never stepped foot on sand," expressed Joseph Thomas, Wildwood tourist and dog owner.

Previously, pets were only allowed on the beach during the off-season, October through May, which made going on a summer vacation "ruff" for some dog owners.

"Him being allowed on the beach is a big deciding factor on us coming down here this weekend, not so much coming here, but bringing him with us.  The fact that we can include him with our vacation is great.  You know it saves us money from having to kennel him,” explained Wildwood tourist and dog owner Jeff Nightlinger.

City officials said this could potentially drive more tourism.

"Animals have become such a huge part of the family make-up at this point," said Byron.

"Anytime you can include more of the public into your community it's a win win for everyone," explained Mayor Ernie Troiana, Wildwood.

The dog friendly beach, at Polar Avenue, features water stations, signage, doggy bags for owners to clean up after their pets and an abundance of space for fun in the sun.

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