: Marilyn Young [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] 2/15/13I find it extremely difficult to believe that the voice of one person, Matt Norklin, who continues To hammer away at dogs onthe beach has so much sway power!I am a dog owner and I do believe I speak for many others when I say that we not only obey The beach rules but enforcethem when observing otherwise. As far as Main Beach is concerned, I do believe the humans have done more to defacethe beach than dogs. Banana peels, Styrofoam cups, etc., etc. are all over especially on weekends when the day tripperscome in.I will do everything in my power to keep our beaches open to dogs during the hours presently In effect for the summer season. Sincerely, Marilyn Young, East Hampton
Paul Vogel [mailto:email@example.com] 2/14/13Keeping the beaches clean is an important responsibility for anyone who uses them, especially dog walkers. I walk mydogs on Georgica Beach every morning, clean up after them and also pick up any debris I find. Many other walkers do thesame. Regulations are vital but shouldn't be so restrictive that their purpose is to effectively ban an enjoyable stroll withyour pooch along the shore. Yours sincerely, Paul Vogel
maidstonepgm [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] 2/12/13I understand that the East Hampton Village Trustees are once again considering imposing additional restrictions againstdogs on the Village beaches. I would urge the Trustees to reconsider. Taking my dogs to the beach in the summer is oneof the few respites that I get during the summer. I own a local business and it is a major stress reducer during our veryhectic summer season.Rather than punishing the majority who follow the rules and control their dogs, I would suggest that heavier fines beimplemented. Sincerely, Pamela G. McDonald, Bermuda Bikes, 36 Gingerbread Lane
NORBERT WEISSBERG [mailto:email@example.com] 2/10/13Mr. Lester: I have been walking my dog on Maidstone and Wyborg beaches for many years. I assure you, testimony tothe contrary notwithstanding, that the community of dog owners there are ever vigilant in keeping the beaches clean for use by others.We are proud of our privilege to have our dogs on the beach. It is a fundamental reason why we live here in EastHampton rather than elsewhere. And, we are mindful of the responsibilities that go along with that privilege. Any time adog poops and the owner doesn't realize it, others on the beach point the fact out and get the owner to react.There is rarely, if ever, any difficulty with this self-policing.In light of this I am at a loss to explain the testimony about filthy beaches. It is at considerable odds with my experience,and I am there several times a week.We dog owners are open to any further reasonable self-policing ideas the complainants may suggest, including fines for failure to abide by clean-up rules. No-one in the dog community wants dirty beaches.However, making the beaches unavailable to dog owners would the wrong thing to do and would injure scores of peoplewho enjoy East Hampton's uniqueness with their animals.Perhaps you might be influential in getting the two parties together in a small arena to drum out rules that both can accept.I'd be happy to assist. Sincerely, Norbert Weissberg, 335 Further Lane, East Hampton, NY, 631 324 3280
Eileen Lordahl [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] 2/8/13
The beach is why I live here with my two dogsI walk my two dogs on the beach twice every day. I go to Main Beach, Wiborg and Indian Wells. It is such an importantpart of their day, and mine. I very seldom see "poop" remains and if I do, I clean up after other dogs. Most other ownersdo the same. I know two poop-eating dogs (Belle and Shep)who have little to munch on the beach, and their owners areglad.
Whweil [mailto:email@example.com] 2/9/13My wife, Rita, and I are residents of East Hampton Village. We own a beloved chocolate labrador retriever, Bosco. Hisfavorite times are spent at Georgica and Wyborg beachs where he can meet other dogs and sniff the unusual smells thebeach provides. For eight years, he did "therapy" work at the Hamptons Center for Rehab and Nursing. While he is not anoble animal (after all he did that work for the treats), the consequences of his behavior have been noble indeed.We have been participants in the beachdogs11937 cleanup details and are diligent in picking up after Bosco. It is our observation that almost all dog owners clean up after their pets. We would hope that dog access to the beaches wouldnot become more restrictive because of a few bad apples.We understand that mandatory leashing of dogs on the beach is being considered. In our opinion, that would defeat thepurpose of taking Bosco to beaches. His freedom of movement without the leash is a good part of his enjoyment there.Perhaps resurrection of the beachdogs11937 activities, which seemed to be appreciated by local authorities, or somevariant of that endeavor would stem this tide against dogs on the beach.Sincerely, Walter Weilp.s. I would also suggest, that in the interest of fairness, this discussion be postponed until the next season, when dogowners who rent homes in East Hampton Village can participate.