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Doggy dining is coming to Pinellas County

Dunedin is one of three Pinellas cities that already has a doggy dining ordinance. In this 2009 photo, Jan Krave of Dunedin pets her dog Buster while visiting with friends, from left, Kathy Rosenbaum, Luther Evans, Don Story, Dave Theall and Don Schroyer, all of Dunedin, outside of the Happy Trails Cafe on the Pinellas Trail.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD -- Times (2009)

Dunedin is one of three Pinellas cities that already has a doggy dining ordinance. In this 2009 photo, Jan Krave of Dunedin pets her dog Buster while visiting with friends, from left, Kathy Rosenbaum, Luther Evans, Don Story, Dave Theall and Don Schroyer, all of Dunedin, outside of the Happy Trails Cafe on the Pinellas Trail.

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The Pinellas County Commission unanimously approved new rules Tuesday that will allow people to bring their dogs to outdoor areas at restaurants and cafes.

The new ordinance does not require businesses to open their sidewalks and patios to dogs. Instead, it lets those interested apply for a $215 permit, subjecting them to a series of rules in exchange for potentially bringing in more business.

Dogs will have to be leashed and they will not be allowed on chairs or tables. Bottles of hand sanitizer must be stationed at each table in designated dog-friendly areas. Also, if restaurant or cafe employees pet a dog, they must wash their hands after.

"Accidents involving dog waste shall be cleaned immediately and the area sanitized," the law reads. Establishments must keep "a kit with the appropriate materials" at the ready for this task.

Full story here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 2:15pm]

    

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