DOGS deserve to enjoy the seaside just as much as their two-legged owners.
That is the message from Ana Mula, Mayor of Fuengirola who has announced the town’s ‘dog beach’ is to be made bigger.
She declared on a visit to the beach just beneath the town’s castle that the local council will start administrative proceedings to formally request permission to extend the limits where dogs are allowed.
Currently, the canine-friendly beach is restricted to 2,000 sqm along a 68.2 metre length of coast. The plan is to make that 3,000 sqm along 83 metres.
Mula said: “We were pioneers in having a canine beach and now we want it to be the largest. It is true that we have been left with a small beach and that users and animal lovers want more.”
She noted that the town has seven kilometres of beaches which are “perfectly compatible” with being used by pets.
Now the town hall will ask the Junta de Andalucía regional government and then the Ministry of Health for permission.
The council takes the dog beach seriously. Not only is it fenced off with litterbins, but showers have been installed so dogs can cool off after a day on the beach.