Brigantine City Council muzzled our dog park by voting to shut it down this past Saturday morning. At a special Council meeting scheduled to attract more summer visitors to “see how Brigantine politics work”, the council majority announced this fast and jarring action right at the start of our summer season.
Brigantine Council closed the Natasha & Nikita Weiss Dog Park at 42nd st., within one hour of voting, without an alternative space for letting Fido run free on the Island.
Whether it was the sound of playing dogs or the potential for odor, this so-called temporary puppy park of 5 years was quickly padlocked without a suitable back-up ready to go.
Confused residents howled with anger at this quick action, especially after many recently paid their annual fee of $35. We imagine that the park’s namesake; Weiis, may not be amused at how their $20,000 financial input for this much needed city service has been mis-managed.
The city is currently considering moving the dog park to some open space next to Brigantine Beach Community Center. We’ll find out more, when city council meets on July 17.
What do you think? Good or bad move by Brigantine City Council? Place your comments below. We know that City Council reads this site often. It’s where they can take an un-filtered pulse of Brigantine.
Here’s a sample of a resident comments after hearing of the dog park shut down:
I brought my house specifically near the dog park. I can hear the tennis balls going very early in morning. Are they going to start complaining about that noise soon? Or maybe the mini golf playing their music too loud? No one knows who complained, but they closed it within the hour after the meeting. I want to know whose pockets were lined. Money talks, that’s all I’m saying. Really, it’s a f’en dog park. There are more important issues than a dog park that may offend one or two residents. Can’t make everyone happy. People make me sick. Guess where I will be walking my dog there three times a day? Right past their houses. Enjoy the dogs around your home now.
Michael M. — Disappointed… very disappointed. Most dog owners who bring their pets to the park are going to be responsible and clean up after their dog. Most dog owners who bring their pets to the park also ensure that all dogs there are safe and minimize potential ‘doggy disagreements’. The park as been there for 5 years, and now someone is changing the rules?
Robert V. — That is insane. Dog parks ‘noisy’ or ‘smelly’? Huh? I would dig deeper to see what happens to it. New Jersey is very corrupt so there is no telling what could be up. New Jersey is run by bullies. My parents have a house in Brigantine and Medford, and the same type of nonsense goes on in Medford. These over the top dramatics and acting before anyone has a chance to discuss is what gets me the most. Dog parks are so benign…and bring happiness to so many.
Grace K. — There IS an effort to resolve this situation as soon as possible. A meeting is scheduled for today at 1 PM and we hope there will be constructive suggestions for a new, permanent location for the park that will not offend residents.