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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Murcia Region (Spain) planning to extend number of beaches which permit dog access

A meeting has been held at Murcia Region's Consejería de Agua, Agricultura y Medio Ambiente (Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment), chaired by Murcia Region's Minister in this department, Adela Martínez-Cachá, at which were present the mayors of several municipalities in the Region with beaches (Mazarrón, Águilas, San Pedro del Pinatar, Los Alcázares and San Javier), to discuss extending access for dogs on named beaches.

Representing Mazarrón at the meeting were the Mayoress, Alicia Jiménez, and the Councillor of Tourism, María Ángeles Román. Mazarrón was the first municipality in Murcia Region to permit dog access to certain beaches in recent years, when it decided last year to allow such access on three beaches (I wrote about this in a blog article in February 2015 - you can read it here).

The present meeting was called to take into account a petition signed by 4,148 residents of Murcia Region asking for authorisation for beach access for their pet dogs in clearly delineated beaches and beach pathways for recreation and walking. Sra. Martínez-Cachá stressed "the importance and need for these spaces for the use and enjoyment of citizens with their pets, and in addition to responding to the demands of citizens, also contribute to being a tourist attraction". The meeting has agreed to work on common signage and standardize usage rules for municipalities to have more facilities when enabling public spaces for canine recreation. One presumes from this that the Mazarrón "experiment" since last year is considered successful and can safely be extended in a controlled way to other parts of Murcia Region.

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