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On October 25, 2011
The Santa Monica City Council voted 6 to 1 for the City to find a way to work with the state to create an unleashed dog beach pilot program up to the waterline!
The proposal was presented by Mayor pro temp Gleam Davis and Councilman Terry O'Day.
It had strong backing from Councilmembers Kevin McKeown and Robert Holbrook. Councilmember Richard Bloom, who is also on the Coastal Commission, voted in favor. Councilmember Bobby Shriver gave many warnings and tried to put conditions on the proposal, but in the end he also voted yes. The lone hold out was Councilmember Pam O'Connor.
Heal the Bay Director Mark Gold had sent in his objections, seconded by lawyer Joel Reynolds from NRDC. Mr. Gold has continued to object to a dog beach on the grounds of potential pollution. The California Research Bureau Report which as surveyed over 60 dog beaches in California states that none of them have caused pollution levels to rise.