Dogs on the Beach?

Posted By Lisa Loyd / January 26, 2015 / , , / 171 Comments

One of the frequent complaints we hear about Tybee Island is that there is no place on the beach for dogs to play.  At the current time, dogs are not allowed anywhere on Tybee’s beach and violators are subject to a $290 fine plus court cost for the first offense. There are two dog parks located on the island, but many dog owners would like to include their pups on a fun filled day on the shore line.

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Most dogs absolutely enjoy romping on the beach and dog owners love to give their four legged friends a chance  to run across the sand, splash in waves, and socialize with other people and animals. However, opponents soundly argue that unruly canines can attack each other, children and older residents; spread contagions like hookworm and ringworm; and dig up fragile nests of endangered sea turtles. There are also worries that some dog owners will leave their dogs unattended, not pick up after them, and allow their dogs to indulge in inappropriate behavior.

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Savannahian, Robert Tucker has recently begun a petition that calls for dogs to be allowed on a section of Tybee’s beach. He states that by having a dog friendly beach area, revenue for the City of Tybee could potentially increase by having dog friendly events, and by offering daily and annual dog passes. It would also be much more convenient for residents of Chatham County who would no longer have to drive to Hilton Head Island so their companions can enjoy a beach day too.

Should there be a Tybee Dog Beach on a certain section of the island? Where do you stand on this issue? We would love to know. Please leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section.

 

Comments

171 Comments

  • Roxanne
    August 26, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Hi! Just a quick reminder that Fort Pulaski does have a “beach” that is dog friendly. It’s not perfect, but it’s something. They even give you a treat for your dog when you pass through the gate. While you do have to pay to visit, its not bad. Especially if you’re a local- they offer annual passes at a very reasonable rate. In regards to finding a solution for allowing dogs on the Tybee beach, I do hope that a solution is worked out. Even if in the off-season only, when turtle nesting is not happening, I think it could be worthwhile for all, if monitored correctly.

  • Diana Carter
    July 30, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Not allowing dogs at all is the reason I have never visited. For sure there are pet owners (and non-pet owners) who break the rules… this is where you should spend your time regulating. I will stick to other vacation spots, until I hear this has changed.

  • nathan f
    July 17, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Already staying in Savannah and just found out that our small dogs wont be allowed on the beach– did not even think to check– will definately being going up to SC now.

  • Bob Green
    July 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I was all set to pull the trigger on a vacation rental in a pet friendly vacation home but found out dogs are not allowed on the beach—-ANYWHERE!!!!!!!
    I am now booking on another nearby island.

  • Michael Campbell
    June 6, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Looking to return to Tybee w/my wife, I just discovered that no pets are allowed. We had no dog the last visit, but now have a 17 pound teddy bear we take everywhere with us. We would be more than happy to pay a fee to access whatever area of the beach that dogs are allowed. Sadly, since our little Shih Tzu Bichon can’t come, we aren’t coming either. Wake up Tybee….

  • Carolyn Royal
    March 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Yes dogs should be allowed on the beach I am very disappointed that they aren’t

    • Debbie Kuhn
      May 6, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      So disappointed to see the Atlantic ocean for the first time and couldn’t stay because we had our pup with us. On Oregon’s beaches they are allowed, we don’t have any problems.

  • Steven shearon
    January 16, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Yes dogs should be allowed on the beach as long as they are on a leash and the owners pickup after them. There are alot of days I wish I could bring my 4 legged family member with me to spend the day with me. It’s not fair she is my child.

    • Pat Welsh
      January 17, 2019 at 8:03 am

      I worked on the beach for years. Unfortunately 9 out of 10 dogs were not on a leash. I had a lot of people come to me and report them or call the dispatch. I have two very playful boxers that I would love to bring to the beach my self but don’t because it is not allowed. No one wants someone else’s wet dog running up on them.

      • Linda M Dickson
        January 18, 2019 at 4:49 pm

        We have traveled to many dog friendly beaches in every state (except Alaska) of the country. We, dog lovers understand there are people who do not like dogs, but to out and out banning them on beaches is not the way most beaches do it. Have an area on one side or the other of the beach that is dog friendly.If they have enforcers and ticket writers for dogs on the beach have the same people ticket a dog not on leash.Have distinct areas for dogs or no dogs. It really is quite easy and most all coastal beaches have somewhere for dogs and their family.Look at neighboring states and see how they do it. To be honest the dozens of dog friendly beaches we have visited have been by far the cleanest parts of the beach.

        • Pat Welsh
          January 18, 2019 at 7:29 pm

          Mam, Tybee island a tiny island with less than 2 miles of beach. There would not be anything that would eorw here. However, Hilton Head island is bigger and would be a better place for the fur babies

    • Ron
      January 17, 2019 at 11:03 am

      There should be at least a remote section of beach where dogs can legally go. Those folks that don’t want to be around the dogs can go to the many miles of beach that don’t allow the dogs

      • Pat Welsh
        January 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm

        the city has a total area of 5.2 miles . Of this, 3.7 miles is land and 1.4 miles. We don’t have miles of beach

        • Ron
          January 17, 2019 at 2:02 pm

          I have walked the beach end to end many times. There is at least two miles of open walkable beach on the ocean side and at least another walkable mile on the back river side. Surely there is enough beach that a remote section could be designated to allow dogs. Those few animal haters that run the city should not be able to dictate their wishes to control the whole community. We want a waterfront area for our dogs to enjoy.

  • Brian Deyoung
    November 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Yes beaches need to have certain areas aswell as times that dogs are allowed to play in the sand! After all they are family and it will also allow for newcomers to travel and visit knowing they can bring their pet

  • Don
    October 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Add me to the list of tourists no longer considering a visit to your island. It’s your island but my money won’t become part of it.

  • Celena Gracen
    July 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I did a google search to see if dogs were allowed on Tybee & this article came up saying they absolutely were NOT ….so I moved on to planning a visit to another beach. I will only visit dog-friendly beaches, and I’m sure many others feel the same way. If Tybee wants to stay in the running for collecting the $$ tourists spend for summer beach trips, they should reconsider the current rules.

  • Timothy James Werner
    July 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I came to Tybee beach over the 4th of July holiday whilst visiting Savannah. I have a registered service dog for my Epilepsy. My companion and I were swimming and playing, enjoying the water and sun, when an aggressive 4 wheeler cop came up to us on the shore. Began immediately writing me a ticket. My companion was wearing his Service Animal vest and doin his job, which is warning me when I am about to have an episode. I informed the officer that he’s a registered service animal and I’m disabled, it was as if I was talking to a wall. Now my companion was off leash, as he is off leashed trained and we were just swimming. I was unaware of the leash only laws here in Georgia as I am not from this state. So I am at fault for not knowing. But the officer proceeded to write me not one, but two tickets. One for having a dog off leash, and two for having a dog on the beach. Now while I am guilty for having him off leash I don’t see how I’m supposed to be able to swim and hold his leash, or I guess put it on immediately after we cease swimming, but the dog of the beach part was apparently unnecessary. I was being hassled by this officer and I became extremely distraught. My disability has been a long battle for me and also finally being eligible for a service animal has been such a blessing. Letting me go and do so many things I was unable to do without friends or family supervising me. It crushed me to receive two tickets for simply trying to live my friend. Now the business owners and locals were extremely polite to me. One person even came up to me after with a phone and I spoke to the mayor. The whole experience was traumatizing. Even if the policy is 0 tolerance I don’t see how he couldn’t inform me the leash only policy and letting me go with a warning given that I do have a service animal. He even went as far as to tell me that if my companion is off leash he is not working. I was deeply appalled by him trying to inform me about my service animal. After he wrote me both tickets he tried to tell me how my companion was very well trained and a cool looking dog. I was told I could easily get those charges dropped by going to court but I live 8 hours away. Overall Tybee island has a nice beach with accepting people but an overbearing beach police force. After this experience if I return, it will only be to show up to court. Not the way I would like to return.

    • Charissa
      July 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      I am so sorry this happened to you. 🙁

      • Pat
        July 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

        I’m sorry that this happened. However the beach has been flooded with ” service dogs”. I have seen these so called service dogs running up and down the beach. I have seen children walking the dog about a block away from the parent, and the dog is the parents dog. No way for the dog to do it’s job. I am not saying your dog is one of the make believe service dogs. But others have ruined it for people like you. You can buy the fake vest online.

    • Frances A Severns
      July 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      There are other beaches close by that allow dogs, Driftwood beach is one on Jekyll Island. Thank god I found out about Tybee Island’s ignorance before I came with my dog. Hearing this makes me not want to come to Tybee at all, or patron any of the nearby business’s that condone this action. Service dogs are supposed to be allowed everywhere-period-on or off leash. There is no way possible he could save you stuck on a leash, the idea of being leashed in the ocean is absolutely ludicrous.

    • Linda Dickson
      July 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      So sorry this has happened to you. I have been following this site for quite awhile. I just don’t get why they are the way they are there. We cancelled a vacation to the area a couple years ago after hearing about their extremely dog unfriendly beaches. Do you have any legal actions you can charge them with? The beach patrol was harassing you. Something needs to change on Tybee. They have a very bad reputation in the dog communities.

  • DANIELLE HARRISON
    July 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    I THINK IT WOULD BE ANAMZING IDEA TO ALLOW DOGS TO BE ON LEASH ON THE BEACH. I WAS LOOKING TO COMING TO TYBEE ISALND IN A FEW WEEKS, BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO LEAVE MY FUR BABIES AT THE HOUSE WHILE IM GONE, SO IWILL MOST LIKELY NOT BE COMING ANYMORE. I WOULD HAVE LOVED IF I COULD COME AND BRING THEM. I WOULD COME TO TYBEE ISLAND MORE OFTEN IF DOGS WERE ALLOWED ON THE BEACH.

  • Frances A Severns
    May 7, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    I think its a great idea. I would love to bring my 4 legged friends to see the big big water.

  • Diana
    April 30, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you, it’s about time merchants stand up for what is humanly correct. Everybody is not a dog lover, some have very bad allergies to
    dogs and would like to be able to enjoy the beach without stepping in dog crap. I’m a native Georgian living in Virginia and over 30 years come home to a clean and refreshing natural beach. Please stand firm with this decent approach to a healthy place to have a vacation. I get so sick one trying to find a hotel that didn’t have a dog sleeping in the bed and leaving crap, ticks.fleas and bad animal smells in the room.

  • Steve
    February 6, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I still really enjoy Tybee and the area but as for dog friendly, head south. Jekyll and St Simon are fantastic with my good friend. She was welcome at several restaurants and we were able to wander through the shops and all over the beaches. It was nice to actually have our servers at restaurants bring a bowl of water and treat our girl like she was a guest as well.

    • Charissa
      February 9, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Hi Steve, thanks for your nice message as you’ve seen this post gets pretty nasty. While our (city)beach is not friendly tons of our restaurants are as well. Huccapoos, North Beach Grill & Fannies patio are very welcoming to our 4 legged friends.

  • Eric Argo
    February 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I was just about to hit the rent button for a vacation in the area. This is very disappointing. You have lost out on tourism and I likely will not look again.

    • Charissa
      February 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Eric, it is disappointing. Please follow the link and add your name to the petition. Maybe one day City Hall will listen.

  • Dawn
    April 1, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Unfortunately, I am one of the many people that have recently received a fine for having a dog, on a leash, on the beach this past February. We were approached by a very rude officer that immediately asked if my daughter’s very polite dog whom at the time was on leash laying in the cool sand next to my chair, was a service dog, my reply was no. He asked if i had my identification….not knowing that dogs weren’t allowed on the beach this time of year (i am from out of town), i asked the officer was there a problem? He snapped and said mam there are signs all over the place stating dogs not allowed on beach. I said i’m sorry i wasn’t aware of that and didn’t notice the sign. He asked was i staying on Tybee, i replied no just visiting for the day. He didn’t say anything just took my ID walked back to his four wheeler and starting writing. I asked if he was writing a ticket or a warning? He stated a ticket, i was flabbergasted! i looked to my right and saw several more dogs not on leash in another area and question if we could just move down, that apparently it was ok to have dogs there. He said you can but you better have a boat to get out that’s “little Tybee” and it isn’t a part of the same beach and when the tide comes in you won’t be able to get out but you are still getting a ticket…we literally were approximately 50′ away.

    I like many other am a very avid dog lover. They do become part of your family and we enjoy frolicking on the beach during quick day trips and on vacation with our pet, this now means Tybee Beach will be marked off the list. Its a shame really because my daughter just recently moved to Thunderbolt.

    Anyone ever had any luck with getting charges reduced in Court? My upcoming Court date is this week and I’m trying to decide if it is worth missing work, gas and additional court cost for the hopes of having a reduced fine?? I don’t want to have to pay $546.00 dollars plus court cost if the Judge won’t budge. By the way, i would just like to add that i think the charge for this citation is OVERLY RIDICULOUS and whomever voted on this must not realize that if you were to get stopped for not having your CHILD (HUMAN CHILD, i’ll add) in a safety restraint while in car the fine starts at $50.00 and a point on insurance. That’s right folks $50.00….this fine was $510.00 with a $36.00 service fee, bang right from the beginning!! Something is terribly wrong with Society today.

    Help please….i would also love to sign a petition if available to present to City Council.

    • Nancy Bain
      May 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      I live on Tybee and have two dogs. I am a responsible pet owner and I have special bags to use when picking up their poop. But you would not believe the amount of dog poop that doesn’t get picked up. Even in the dog parks , where poop bags are provided, there is dog poop not picked up. It is for this reason that dogs are not allowed on the beach. EVERYONE says they are responsible pet owners but EVERYONE is obviously NOT. These people have spoiled it for everyone.
      Personally, I’m glad dogs are not allowed on the beach because then we would all be stepping in dog poop.

  • J Dog Lover
    March 17, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Don’t know where you get your information about the size of the fine that Tybee Island charges for having a Dog on the Beach. I am a senior citizen on a fixed income and didn’t see the sign as it faced away from the walkway going onto the beach. My small dog was on a leash and the police officer didn’t start writing the ticket until he knew I was from out of town and visiting on vacation. The amount of the fine is $510.00 with no way to have it reduced prior to my court date. I’ve been told over and over again that the Judge is the only one who can reduce the amount and he won’t talk to anyone until their court date. City officials don’t care if this amount is a burden to pay. The penalty/fine is an absolutely exorbitant amount for such a small infraction!. Also, it states on the back of the ticket that if you don’t pay it or show up for court, Tybee Island issues a warrant for your arrest!! You have to pay 24/7 for parking or receive a ticket, outrageous fines for any small infraction of the city ordinances, lots of traffic on very few roadways to even get there. Don’t waste your time; drive a few more miles and avoid this beach/city like the plague!

  • Gabe
    March 7, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Tybee citation for a leashed dog is $290 minimum!
    No tolerance. They don’t care, they will hit you with court costs if you try to appeal too.
    Dui minimum is $250……….not even close to having a dog on the beach.
    Sorry Tybee your out of control.
    Will not return and will dissuade EVERYONE from supporting your over policed community. Seriously try to have some honor, you hurt people’s lives with fines like that.

    • Me just me
      March 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Ha ha. Take your dog and his poop somewhere else.

      • Andrew
        July 9, 2017 at 11:28 am

        Wanted to go to Tybee un till I saw dogs not allowed on beaches.we will typically spend 4 to 6,000.00 on our visit.3 motor homes and family and friends 7 dogs total.two weeks.10 to 15 dinners out.fuel up before leaving 600 gals diesel
        Got news for one of the go some where else.we will be. On Hilton Head again.no poop on beaches.gorgeous beach at myrtle dogs all over after 5.been considering buying on hilton another 100,000 to 200,00.somebody needs to do the math on T y bee.

        • Linda Dickson
          February 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm

          My comment was just previous to yours. Like you, we vacationed in Hilton Head instead of Tybee. We were there before Memorial Day.Dogs were allowed on the beach all day then. It was fantastic and did not see one dog poop the entire time we were there. Reasonable and close parking, dog friendly and gorgeous beach.They got our vacation money and will return again this Spring. Have no plans on ever visiting Tybee.

      • Linda Dickson
        May 22, 2018 at 8:08 pm

        Many tourist have..taken their dog and poop elsewhere.We dog lovers who travel with our pets love to spend our vacation dollars else where. Probably places where our dogs are welcome. Hope tourism goes down the drain here.I would not spend a cent.

        • Me just me
          May 23, 2018 at 2:26 pm

          We haven’t missed a dime from you. All our business are open and doing fine.

          • Susan Bryan
            May 24, 2018 at 1:27 pm

            WOW! The issue was “Dawgs on the Beach”. Now, we should add; Responses from Baboons!!

            I hope your response is not a representation of all Tybee folks?

          • Charissa
            May 25, 2018 at 10:54 am

            Its not.

        • Linda
          May 24, 2018 at 12:43 pm

          Wonderful news for your business. Just imagine how much better it would be if you were like most of the.country. Today we head home from a trip that completed our dream of exploring every state. Now that we have completed that,I can say Tybee IS the craziest with their dog laws and fines. Be proud
          Don’t. Read any pet friendly travel sites though. Their outlook on your little island may.burst your bubble.

  • Michael
    January 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    My very large family is looking into having a vacation and are considering a few different locations along the East Coast. After reading that dogs aren’t welcome we will be spending thousands of dollars elsewhere.

    • Me just me
      May 25, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      So because you don’t get your way, you sort to name calling. Please, people like you are NOT wanted around here.

  • Peter Foster
    August 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Bev. I sympathize with you. I come to Tybee a lot, on business. Last year they caught me on the beach with my dog. There was no one else on the beach but the scooter cop. It cost me $460, even though they advertise the fine to be much less. I paid it because I have to come back.. But, if I did not have to go to Tybee for business, I would never go back.

    If I were you I would just go home, ignore their ridiculous fine, and write Tybee off your vacation list.

    For me, my dog is now a registered support animal, which they cannot bar from anywhere. (There is more than one way to get around those idiots)

    • Jessica
      July 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      There are no registries for emotional “support animals” and they have no public access rights… Only service dogs (who have gone through two years of intense training for a disabled handler) are covered by federal laws for public places and even then, there are exceptions.

    • Mitchel
      May 19, 2018 at 2:10 am

      You are breaking the law and making us actually disabled people suffer for your selfish comfort. I need my dog with me. She has gone through 2 years of training and we follow every service dog/ local dog law to the nose, yet we run into constant trouble because of people like you. Support animals do not have public access. Emotional support is not a trained task and therefore a support animal cannot be a service dog. There is no registry for either service dogs or ESAs and people like you who constantly boast being registered and flashing an ID for your animal have caused me to have to call the police on multiple places and leave crying because of how disgustingly rude the employees are because I cannot provide the ID they think makes a service dog legit so they refuse me and scream at me. I hope you’re arrested and get a nice, big fine and some jail time for disability and service animal fraud. If you’re caught while there is a legitimate service animal team in the same store and your “Registered support animal” tries to interact in any way with the dog, you’ll also get arrested for interfering with a service animal. In GA that’s up to $500 fine and jail time, but hey I can only hope

      • Charissa
        May 22, 2018 at 2:10 pm

        Service dogs are allowed on the beach.

  • Frankly Frank
    August 17, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Really? Stepped from the road to the sand and BAM there he was. What Street was this? Maybe your child went on the beach well ahead of you. I have to call B S on this post

    • AK
      August 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Or maybe Tybee island is comprised of a bunch if ignorant kooks and managed incompetently, her story is more than believable, anyone who has ever interacted with the Tybee police knows this is their MO.

  • Charissa
    August 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Bev, you may want to contact the City of Tybee. They would be the one to make these types of decisions. http://www.cityoftybee.org

    • Susan
      August 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      I used to get excited when anyone told me they were heading toward Tybee and would I like to join them as it was a, straight up, a fun coastal town. I stayed there almost 2 months Oceanfront. I rescued a German Shepard and it broke my heart not to let her play in the sand and we would watch other other dog lovers walking their dog on the beach. One girl said they just gave her a warning. I am curious as to why it was such a high ticket. The first ticket, I thought, was $200.00+ and the second was $500.00+. I was told by the locals that the dog catcher only works during daytime hours? Anyways, I am sickened for you as it is sooooo unreasonable the way they treat visitors and man’s and woman’s best friend. I’ve been back to the Ocean every year since but Tybee is off the list. I am going everywhere but Tybee!

  • Linda
    August 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Nope, big fat NO from these dog lovers. We are Rv traveling and hoped to go to Tybee. My dog isn’t allowed. We don’t go. We’ll spend our money elsewhere and be sure to let others know how Tybee Island hates dog.Ridiculous !!

    • Linda Dickson
      May 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Update…. we have now visited all 48 states in our RV. Most every state has been incredibly dog friendly. 48 states and District of Columbia and Tybee Island remains the most dog unfriendly place we have seen over the past 2 years!

  • shadow
    June 21, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I like the boards that just have like minded people posting as it makes you think everyone is like you. Dog owners, cat owners and pet owners alike think everyone loves what ever animal they have. This is not the case. As for the person saying they pay big bucks to have a beachfront condo and can’t even take their dog out on beach. Maybe you should have payed bigger bucks for a condo on HHI. I am sure their are some living in the same condo that bought on tybee for because they like the no dog policy. It’s real simple If you don’t like the rules go somewhere else. We deal with it everywhere we go. No guns allowed, no kids, no drones, no shorts….. What ever it is we just find somewhere else that will allow us to do the things we like. I personally like the no dogs rule. I’m not a anti dog person but it is nice not having to worry about a dog not on a leash coming near me wet and shaking off or listening to them bark.
    It’s not so much the responsible dog owners that truly train their dogs as much as it is the ones that don’t. Unfortunately, I know more untrained dogs than trained. Just as a unruly kids running around is obnoxious so is a unruly dog. Maybe cute to the owner but not everyone. The issue is we forget dogs are pets not humans so treat them as such. As much as you love your dog and fell it should be able to go everywhere with you, it shouldn’t. Their are people extremely allergic to them and just being close to the dog can set off a allergic reaction. Dogs don’t need to shop at homedepot or walmart. pets mart sure. Now with all that said sure have a designated spot for dogs to enjoy with their owners. But where is the question. If you are going to suggest to have a spot for dogs then it might be in your best interest to have a spot in mind with reasons why it’s a good spot. Like the north beach it’s away from the most congested area and would proved to have the least distribution to the current policy. Also remember if it does happen don’t start complaining about its to small or we are to far from “blank”.

    • AK
      June 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      I have spent over 40 days in the last two months at Tybee on both ends, and not a single visit yet have I not seen dogs on the beach off leash, particularly at the pier with lifeguards and cops in plain view. Yet the gentleman who lives on a boat at lazaretto creek was threatened with a $700 fine if his dogs paws touched the sand in transition from the dock to his truck. The selective nature in which the rules are enforced on Tybee Island is shameful and disgusting. Tybee Island is a joke, and thanks to people there who have attitudes like yours, we will be taking your advice and will find somewhere else to patron and visit, besides there is nothing on Tybee Island worth waiting for two hours plus to find a damn parking spot for. Quite frankly the residents I have encountered on Tybee Island are a bunch of freaking weirdos, which follows suit with the way the city is managed.

      • Me just me
        June 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        If you saw a dog beach and the cops or lifeguards did nothing there was a reason. I would venture to say the dog was a service dog and can go anywhere by federal law. It just sounds like you are butt hurt because your friend was caught breaking the rules.

        • AK
          June 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

          LOL, hardly the case.

    • Ron
      June 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      I agree with you. Kids are obnoxious. They should be banned from the beach.

    • Doug
      June 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

      We were coming to Tybee, then read dogs aren’t allowed and have since made reservations for Fripp. What I have found is that people who travel with pets are very responsible with them.

    • Tennessee
      June 30, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      It cracks me up when some ignorant local says if there is a dog on the beach there probably is a reason….” Yes, if you are a local you know that only the dog police will give the ticket and he gets off work with a safe time of 6ish… I learned that from the locals… That is “probably a good reason”… Also, you could have your Doctor write you a prescription stating you suffer from anxiety (caused by not being able to let you and your dog enjoy the beach)… I learned that from the locals too…

      • Mitchel
        May 19, 2018 at 2:16 am

        glad to see people really caring about the disabled community. My dog def. went through 100s of hours of training so some jack ass could take their “emotional support service dog” to the beach for the day and slap a horrible face on the service animal community with their unruly dog

  • Stephanie
    June 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    My husband and I were thinking of taking a trip this summer to Tybee. NOPE. The city wont be getting our business. There are many much more beautiful beaches that DO allow dogs. Hunting Island State Park just outside of Beaufort is wonderful! We camp ON the beach and dogs are allowed anytime. A disappointment, but maybe with enough protesters, the laws will change.
    It’s very stuck up if you ask me. Dogs don’t harm anything. And most are cleaner that some humans I know. About the attacking…
    Well, there’s leash laws for that. So I don’t believe that is the reasoning. The town/island/mayor just obviously doesn’t like dogs.
    And 99% of responsible dog owners wont bring an unruly dog.

  • Supriya McAlonan
    May 31, 2016 at 10:58 am

    My husband and I were planning to come to Tybee Island for Memorial Day with our pup, but decided against it once we found out that the beaches were not dog-friendly. We would love to be able to bring our pup to Tybee’s beaches. We enjoy Savannah and Tybee and are very responsible pet owners. I understand the concern about having unruly dogs on the beach, but taking the opportunity away from all dog owners is disappointing.

    • Dot
      June 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      At this moment, my family is at PAnama City Beach, Florida. They have an ice section of the beach that people can take their dogs. Lots of families here with their dogs. Boo Tybee Island. Never will go again. Rude cops & I’ll go to Zisle Of Palms or PCB.

  • Ron
    May 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

    When will you residents of Tybee get the message and vote into office some people that have a modicum of intelligence to run the city? Don’t you think it’s is finally time to get someone who represents you instead of their own selfish interests?

  • Dot
    April 15, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    The dog policy is why we vacation at Isle Of Palms, ( Charleston) Dog friendly, we have 2 small dogs, are retired & our pooches are family, so we don’t vacation at Tybee, what a shame, , we are in Atlanta, only 4 hours away.

    • Nick
      May 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

      It’s not just the beach and it doesn’t just affect tourists. I am a resident of Tybee Island and I had my retired service dog walking next to me in my back lot. It’s a private lot that I have access to through the back door from my flat and through two vehicle entrances. A cop drove up onto this private property and stopped his car next to me. Both my dog and I curiously looked to him a moment before he gruffly states that all dogs have to be on leashes. I’ve had enough experience with obstinate police to recognize his tone and demeanor, and I wasn’t about to get my dog taken away or shot because of some overweight cop on a power trip. I clipped bis leash and walked him the 5 feet back to my appartment door. The cop incessantly staring at me as if to make sure I didn’t pull anything fishy, like let my dog attempt to relieve himself. So of your a tourist don’t get disheartened about the assinine no pets law, and if the cops harass you know you’re not the only one. I’ve since seen the same cop drive by my back lot and circle multiple times a day as if waiting to catch me, I’m afraid to even take my dog out because of my past experience and the horror stories you hear. Basically if you have pets, just stay away from Tybee. It’s a sad thing to say and as a local business owner it’s not the kind of message I’d like to send. But it’s the truth.

      • Christine Mattila
        May 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm

        That’s so obnoxious and hateful it’s surreal. That is the attitude people had toward dogs in the South 20+ years ago. Tybee must be the lone pocket of anti-dog sentiment on the south east coast. I live in Charleston & take my dog pretty much everywhere. The beaches have rules, of course, during the summer, but they aren’t at all unreasonable. At least half the restaurants on IOP & Sullivan’s have patios that permit dogs, no store that I know bars them. Both Sullivan’s & IOP are far more upscale than Tybee and Sullivan’s far more quaint & charming. Folly’s even more dog-friendly. You can take your dog into Bert’s Grocery Store & they’ll give him a treat at check-out. You should move to a nicer town. Tybee really stinks. I wouldn’ go back there if somebody paid me.

  • Hal
    March 23, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    From what I’ve read, it’s time for the folks that want dogs on the beach to get those who don’t care either way that’s in their best interest and their wallets to let dogs on the beach. You then take that new larger voting group to find and back new government officials running for office on the “allow dogs on beach” issue. You vote out the “no dogs ever on beach” officials. A dog beach section all the time and seasonal hours for the rest of the beach could be a good way to go. The new government then votes for dogs back on the beach. In the meantime for protest, have a nice big dog show at Tybee where ever body walks their dogs on the beach. The police department is then grossly out numbered and wouldn’t be able to give tickets or to make arrests for fear of mass resistance, risk trouble and their own safety, and bad PR. Civil disobedience, big time! Hal.

    • Ron
      March 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Great idea. Who are the dog friendly politicians running for office in the Tybee City Council? If anyone out there is willing to run for office, please make it public so we can find you and get you in.

  • Jason
    March 8, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Shame on Tybee. I feel bad for the local business’s that take the brunt of the hit because of this ordinance. Our family reunion just canceled plans to eat at The Breakfast Club and Mac Elwees tomorrow (we heard great things about your establishments, don’t take it personnel). We had so much fun in Savannah today, enjoying all the pet friendly boutiques and pubs, yet our four legged friend cannot enjoy your beach…. Ha, lame, get over yourselves, we won’t even cross the bridge.

  • Oliver's Family
    March 7, 2016 at 1:57 am

    After staying at a dog-friendly B&B in Savannah, I decided to drive my teen daughter out to Tybee Island. We brought our well-mannered 4 lb poodle. We went to a beach-front restaurant that allowed us to have him on the patio. We went to look at the ocean and were flabbergasted at the “No Pets” rule. This was a brisk day in March, not the 4th of July. But, it was no dogs ever, not even 5 am in January. The sign said it was $1000 fine. That’s on par with a felony charge.LOL It tainted the whole town for us. It comes across as mean-spirited to say the least – completely incongruent with the rest of our stay. I’m used to a variety of different rules for dogs and I understand them. We live in Charleston and each beach has it’s own way of doing things. All beaches, even uber-exclusive Kiawah Island, allow dogs at some times per a variety of schedules. Do Tybee town leaders really think it’s more upscale than Kiawah or Sullivan’s Island? ROFL I thought it might just be “North Beach.? I asked the waiter and he said it was the whole town – even the rocky areas on the inlet that would barely be called a “beach.” I guess the law applies to people who have oceanfront homes as well. That would seem to limit residency to people who really dislike dogs. I’m surprised the numerous roaming cats are tolerated.
    (That would be the real threat to birds, in case the town council is genuinely concerned about that.)

    On the way out, we saw the “Dog Park” – which would have been funny – if it wasn’t so sad. It must have been a very twisted person(s) that came up with that. It looked like a kennel run. They might as well have a big stake and a rusty chain. Naturally, no one was there. Even if we didn’t have a dog, we’d never go back to Tybee Island as it felt so creepy and unfriendly after discovering the extremely negative attitude toward dogs.

    Like the other dog owners who have commented, we are very responsible dog owners. Our little dog doesn’t even like to “potty” outside as he’s indoor-trained, but I do keep “poop bags” just as a precaution, & if he did I’d certainly pick it up. I’d never let him off the leash for his own safety. He’s quiet, friendly, non-shedding and clean. He has all his shots & has never had a flea. I estimate we spent about $2000 in 4 days in Savannah & usually do a mini-vacation there twice a year. I’d guess Tybee is losing at least $600K/yr in standard tourism $ with their policy. That’s not even comparing it to beaches like Carmel, Ca with its “Poodle Days” which generates well over $1,000,000 in a 4-day-period.

    We’ll keep going to Savannah, but, as much as we love the beach, we will never want to go back to Tybee again for any reason.

  • Phil Samuell
    February 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

    OK, my wife and I were planning on renting a house for two weeks on Tybee Island. But because of the no dog policy, we are renting in Savannah instead. So, to the people who own businesses in Tybee, such as grocery stores and restaurants, you won’t be getting any of our money, and nor will the person who has aa house to rent. Your no dog policy on the beach is silly.

    • Charissa
      February 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      We agree but the city will not budge 🙁

    • barbara
      March 2, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Dogs are a part of the family too…..giving pet owners and their pets a portion of Tybee island would be wonderful! motels would be so wise to give up space too! I believe(((( GOD GAVE US THOSE LITTLE ANGELS TO LOVE ))))))

    • Nick
      May 20, 2016 at 10:36 am

      It’s funny that you think “the businesses” care what you think when It’s not just the beach and it doesn’t just affect tourists. I am a resident of Tybee Island and I had my retired service dog walking next to me in my back lot. It’s a private lot that I have access to through the back door from my flat and through two vehicle entrances. A cop drove up onto this private property and stopped his car next to me. Both my dog and I curiously looked to him a moment before he gruffly states that all dogs have to be on leashes. I’ve had enough experience with obstinate police to recognize his tone and demeanor, and I wasn’t about to get my dog taken away or shot because of some overweight cop on a power trip. I clipped bis leash and walked him the 5 feet back to my appartment door. The cop incessantly staring at me as if to make sure I didn’t pull anything fishy, like let my dog attempt to relieve himself. So it’s not “the businesses” you need to rally against, it’s Tybee law enforcement who choose to enforce these inane rules and people on the town council. Learn some basic city politics.

  • Beth Sullivan
    February 14, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I was looking for a nice, family friendly place to travel with my mom, my dog and her dog…guess Tybee Island is off the list of possible destinations. BTW we are responsible pet owners, keep our dogs on leashes and always pick up after our dogs but I do understand that there are people who do not. Sorry that I will not ever be able to see your beautiful beaches and island.

  • Sammy
    February 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    We own properties at Tybee and enjoy renting to guests. We pay a lot of taxes, but have no say in the governmental processes. We also visit several times a year and wish the city would allow pets on the beach (as well as parking permits we can use with rental cars.) We have read all the comments on dogs at the beach and could not agree more. We have signed every petition we can find, but still the city government does not even want to hear about allowing dogs on the beach. Just go to a meeting and ask to speak in favor of dogs and see what happens. Nothing. There is a long term planning process going on and some open public meetings are scheduled. If you live near Tybee please go to a meeting and try to get them to listen about dogs on the beach. Meanwhile, I would like to know if we property owners who are not residents would have any way to get the Tybee government to allow dogs on the beach. Some questions come to mind. Is there a process through the disabilities acts to get them to listen? Have realtors or large rental companies done studies on the impact of the unfriendly policies? We love Tybee and want to remain as part of the community and want to allow dogs on the beach.

    • my 2 cents 2
      May 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      The problem with dogs on the beach are: Owners that take them off the leash. They run up and down the beach, and jump on people. They let the dogs poop and dont pick it up. Some dogs even run up on people that are enjoying taking in the sun, . They chase the birds. How do I know this? I am on the beach almost every day. Out of all the dogs I have seen on the beach I have only seen two that did not do any of what I mentioned. Oh and as far as disabilities, if your dog is a service dog and you have documentation then they AREALLOWED

      • Mitchel
        May 19, 2018 at 2:23 am

        Actually service dogs have no official documentation, unless you got your dog from a program (SOME programs have certificates or IDs). It’s usually the fakes that have registration paperwork

  • Ann
    January 31, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Well, there goes our plans for going to this island. We are from Chicago, and travel with our dachshunds every year to Isle of Palms SC–JUST for the dog-friendly beach! Thought trying somewhere in GA would be a great idea, booked a VRBO and now will be canceling due to this. And we were looking for a retirement location!! Too bad!

    • Steve
      February 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      We just got back yesterday from St George Island, FL and it is a great Dog friendly beach with lots of places that welcome us and our Sheltie. Franklin County is a great place for the dogs and owners alike. We also like Jekyll for short trips. I love Tybee Island but won’t stay there unless in Savannah for business.

  • Ranelle
    November 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    My sister and I was planning to vacation on Tybee but after I did some research I think we will change our plans. We always vacation in St. Augustine because it is dog friendly. We have two ShihTzu and they love the beach. Why do you have pet friendly lodging but don’t allow dogs on the beach? Makes no sense. We always keep our dogs on a leash and clean up after them. So sad we can’t visit.

    Ranelle Clark
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    • Charissa
      November 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Ranelle, it is the City’s rule. 🙁 The beaches around Ft. Pulaski are dog friendly. The reasoning we hear often is it has to do with the bird population and migration.

      • Ron
        November 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm

        HI Charissa: You are right. The beaches around Ft. Pulaski are dog friendly. However, you must pay extra to get into Ft. Pulaski and, while dogs can easily access the beach access for humans is difficult.

        I don’t believe the prohibition of dogs on Tybee has anything to do with birds and migration. I believe it is strictly political and am anxiously looking forward to a change in administration so that Tybee can finally join the human race.

        • Charissa
          November 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

          Hi Ron, we would really like to see dogs allowed as well. 🙂

    • Debra
      November 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      The people that hang out at the beach on tybee are much more of a nuisance than any dog would be. One can take his/her gun to the beach but can’t take a pet!!! Does that sound right???? And anyone that wants to bring their dog to any beach should be in control of that animal at all times. I have a dog that absolutely enjoys the warm ocean on his old bones in the summer and it’s a crying shame you have to travel out of the community to let him get his feet wet!!! 🙁

  • Ben
    October 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

    As we are looking to retire by the beach, Tybee Island happens to be high on the list as my wife’s family has been in the Savannah area since late 1680’s. However we have started to lean towards other retirement locations, as Tybee does not allow dogs on the beach at any time.
    We have always had a dog and brought him with us on our annual family gathering (more than a century old tradition) at Tybee, however for our beach vacations we have always gone to more dog friendly beaches.
    I am an avid supporter of keeping the beaches clean and that dog owners pick up after their dogs. I truly believe that there could be a compromise in this matter, in one form or another.
    For example;
    – allowing dogs at certain parts of the beach, away from “typical wildlife areas” or even restrict during hatching or similar.
    – allowing dogs on the beach only before 9.00AM and after 6.00PM. And/or have different time seasonal restrictions (high/low season)
    In addition a “dog permit fee” would probably not scare away too many dog owners, but administering and collecting the fee could be a challenging process, however some locations and resorts “wrist-band” both their humans and dogs for beach access… The fee would cover the potential additional costs, i.e. for adding “pick-up” bags (for out-of-towners) and for emptying dumpsters.
    I wish the Tybee city council would be open to look into allowing dogs at the beach and reach out for feedback to how other towns have survived by allowing dogs play in their sands.

    • Ron
      October 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      You got it: Instead of fining someone $460 for having a dog on the beach, as the city now does, they can charge $460 for a license to bring your dog to the beach. That should make the city council happy, cause it will bring in more revenue to the city. So, perhaps the city council, with all their majestic benevolence, will consider your proposal, (if they will even listen).

  • dallas
    September 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

    We live in Atlanta and always look up if the Tybee council has changed the pet on the beach law….always disheartened and sad to see that not any part of the beach or any time of the day can be accommodated for responsible pet owners. We have considered purchasing a vacation home and at least would travel two or more times a year to visit. However, we have to resort to Hilton Head or parts fo gulf coast as the city does not understand the financial impact this could have for the island. You dont have to open the entire beach…open and area!/section! It is not fair that Georgia residence with pets can’t enjoy the beach…..I feel abad for island residence…what heartache to not be able to enjoy your companion on the beach. My wife is a vet and we take care of our pets by picking up and keep them on a leash. If you live on the island and want pets on the beach….please run for office and get this changed so we can come visit and enjoy ‘OUR’ Georgia beach island.

  • Ginger
    August 11, 2015 at 10:55 am

    It’s true. I’d never been to Tybee sland but when I read about No dog friendly beaches, well let’s just say I quickly changed my mind .Anyone that doesn’t welcome my four legged family member doesn’t welcome me. Period. Just lost a potential returning guest. But hats off to all the dog friendly restaurants. Unfortunately, the dog friendly beach access makes or breaks it.

    • Ranelle
      November 10, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      That is exactly how I feel and I agree with you 100%.

  • Tom
    July 15, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Won’t be traveling to Tybee Island until it is pet friendly. (at least a section of it)

  • Dave
    July 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    It works just fine on Hilton Head and they are rewarded by all the business that dog-owners bring to the island. Tybee is clueless.

    • Charissa
      July 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

      We really wish Tybee would add a dog section. 🙂

      • Jammie
        July 15, 2015 at 12:24 am

        I am currently looking for a vacation home to buy. We are actually seriously thinking about Tybee, however it will be unlikely since we have two Border Collies. One is a registered Therapy Dog, and the other is a performing Agility Dog. They currently have 60 acres that they enjoy on a daily basis. So they would need lots of space to run and have a good time. I can not see us looking into a purchase around a beach for our home that will not allow dogs. Hopefully there would be a section of the beach that person could bring their pets.

        • Charissa
          July 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm

          Hi Jammie, currently it does not look like the city has any intentions on changing the current ban or adding a dog beach. 🙁

  • Emily
    June 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I am SO disappointed to learn (as I was researching just now) that there are no dogs allowed at any beach on Tybee! We are headed to Savannah this weekend with our dog and I was so looking forward to spending a little (very rare) time on the beach at Tybee, but if we can’t bring Bella we won’t be able to put our toes in the water either.

    Another comment about leash laws would be much better than nothing, at least we could go to the beach! but also a section of beach that allows dogs (still pick up the poop folks) would be truly wonderful. Until this changes, we will look for other things to do, but I doubt we’ll go all the way to Tybee if we can’t enjoy the beach.
    ):

  • Ashley
    June 10, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Never leave without my pups . Hilton head is always going to receive my business. Unless tybee can become dog lovers . I’m not changing my mind .

  • Susan
    May 31, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    We were planning a trip to Tybee Island, but are changing our minds after reading the dog policy. Why not just change it to leash only?

    • Charissa
      June 1, 2015 at 11:37 am

      The no dogs on the beach is a city policy. There is however a dog beach at FT. Pulaski.

      • Ron
        June 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        what kind of mindless i—ts are running the city?

        • Charissa
          June 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

          Well it is an election year. LOL

      • Susan
        June 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

        Why would I take my dog over a half hour minimum, each way, for a walk on the beach when I am paying big bucks to have an oceanfront condo where it is only five steps to the beach. Especially, when there is NO ONE else on the beach??? I did try the dog park that was a joke for my dog, Pulaski which was over crowded with other dog walkers and Hilton Head which was insane to drive round trip just to let my dog step on the beach!!! By the way… Hilton Head beat, by far, the other two options!!!

        • Charissa
          June 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

          We know it sucks! 🙁

  • Savanah
    May 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I used to live in Savannah, and am planning to move back next summer. My boyfriend and I decided to visit next weekend to get a feel for the area again, and realized that we cannot bring our pup to the beach! I think this is just insane… we frequently go to South Carolina beaches and they have dog friendly beaches all over. I think these issues that Tybee claims would happen if dogs were allowed never seem to happen at other beaches. Many people who travel with their dogs are careful and respectful dog owners… and those that are not can be asked to leave.

    In fact, I think that by not allowing dogs, Tybee is cutting out a lot of people who would be interested in visiting or moving to the area. Even if it is just before 10am and after 5pm, like a lot of beaches allow, this would be better than nothing.

    • Charissa
      May 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

      We agree but sadly the City does not. 🙁

      • kevin
        May 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm

        We moved here from wichita ks a year ago.our dog is trained for search and rescue and he loves the water.he is 100 percent trained and as a service dog tybee will not let him on the beach or hilton head during summer time.a service dog has as much right to be on the beach than a life guard does or anybody else.dogs should be allowed. They can enforce a policy for our best friends (dogs).rules.fines if not followed and if issued a ticket then depending on the type of fine possible 1mo or 2 or 3 mo ban from bring your dog back.the tybee council needs to address this issue. Tybee you can make it happen just do it.watch the extra money come into your island i will spend more and come to your wonderful island lots more.so please let our best friend our family member (dog) enjoy the time with us.

        • Elaine weathers
          June 11, 2015 at 10:51 am

          We had a house on Tybee for years back in the late fifties and the sixties. There were stil jetties on the beach and dogs had free range. It was so much fun to have your pets go everywhere with you on the island. I’m not sure what happened to change the policy. However, when I bought a condo in 2004, I quickly found out dogs had been banned. Tybee did a long range planning survey a few years after I bought when the current Mayor was new to the office. The issue of dogs on the beach was addressed in the survey and a majority of residents voted for dogs being allowed on the beach but the City Council has never made any effort to compile with those who voted yes.

          I suggested to the Mayor and before the Council to issue dog tag licenses to people wishing to have dogs on the beach. T he owner would wear the dog tag so the beach patrol could easily check if the person had registered with the city. To control the problem of pet owners who are not responsible adults and don’t follow the rules of cleaning up after their pets, those who see violations would report to the patrol and those would be fined and banned from
          taking their dogs on the beach for a year .

          The city could raise revenue by charging for the tags and before issuing the tags they would sign a rules sheet that the rules were understood and would be followed. I believe pet lovers could form a volunteer dog patrol and help the paid patrols keep eyes on violators. I know I have seen pet owners leave poop on the ground in the park behind the library. Those pet owners should be fined, too. We don’t need dog poop left anywhere on the island.

          Maybe we could form a group to work on getting volunteers together to make a proposal that would pass the Council for all the dog lovers who are responsible adults.

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  • Allie S.
    April 6, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I am so disappointed regarding Tybee’s No Dogs Allowed Anywhere On The Beach law. I drove out here to spend the afternoon with my family and our Yorkie. I grew up just outside of Augusta, GA and after living abroad for nearly 20 years, was so anxious to visit my old get away spot. Well, I must say that I am so disappointed that I will be going to either Hilton Head or Myrtle from here on forth. Too bad Tybee is willing to cut a lot of revenue from tourists out because of narrow minded folks who think that all dog owners are irresponsible.

    • Susan
      April 7, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      TYBEE!!! Please post when you adjust your law on “DOGS ON THE BEACH”!!! You are such a friendly, coastal community!!! What about a law that “CATS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE BEACH”??? I watched my neighbors 3 cats do their business with no fines!!! Please let MAN’S (AND WOMAN’S) BEST FRIEND join their owner’s for a walk ON THE BEACH!!! The walk restores our souls!!!

  • mike c
    April 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Why can’t they take a page out of the Hilton head handbook on this? They have a before memorial day, after labor day rule where you can take dogs before 10 am and I think after 6. And all day during the rest of the year. I have never seen an issue there with dogs. Is the tybee island council saying that the residents and visitors are not as responsible as people in Hilton Head? I have seen more disguting behavior from people and their kids than any dog on the beach!

    • Ron
      April 6, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Mike C. has a great idea. Why can’t the Tybee City Council establish reasonable hours in which dogs will be allowed on the beach, like Hilton Head? Seems like that would solve the problem. Actually, that would probably bring in more income to the city than all they make from the fines they now get for the dogs they catch on the beach, from the increased tax income resulting from the increased business Tybee would receive from visiting dog lovers that now go elsewhere.

      • admin
        April 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        We really like and agree with Mike C. and you on this. We would love to see Tybee become Dog friendly!

  • Steve
    February 26, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I am for dogs on the beach, but they should be leashed. Some beaches forbid dogs during the height of tourist season. Some compromise should be worked out to allow dogs

  • Susan Wuori
    February 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    If it’s so bad to have dogs on the beach, why are there so many places in the country that allow them.? I am more offended by what humans leave ;baby diapers, condoms, cigarette butts, and other gross things……. . Let’s get with the program.

    • Susan Bryan
      February 27, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      I was helping my step-son open a business in Savannah and I told him if I was gunna help him we were staying on Tybee Island. I love Tybee!!! This was my 4th visit. I rescued a German Shepard 4 years back for my husband as he was dying and the dog was his comfort. After my husband’s death, the dog is my comfort. My dog goes everywhere with me and I was excited to have her feet touch the beach as I didn’t know if she ever had that experience. You can imagine my dismay when I found out the day before arrival DOGS WERE NOT ALLOWED ON THE BEACH!!! What made it worse was that I had an Oceanfront Condo for over a month. It tore me up to see people getting away with walking their dog on the beach and my dog watching other dogs getting away with it. I could understand if it was tourist season but there was literally NO ONE ON THE BEACH!!! I drove 3 hours round trip to let my dog take her first steps on the beach. CRAZY!!! Anyways, I took her during the end of my stay where locals told me I could and I never saw a happier dog. Come on TYBEE…

  • Irene
    February 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I love coming to Tybee. We try to come every year. I love dogs however, I would NOT like having dogs running on the beach. My animals are part of my family but they do not belong on the beach because parasite could remain on the sand even if the poop is picked up, among many other reasons. I like the beach being dog free.

    • Elaine
      February 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      I am sure there are often parasites in the sand from bird poop, cat poop and other creatures that move along the shoreline. There is a leash law for dogs on Tybee so I don’t think dogs will run free on the beach. If you owned property on Tybee but had to leave the Island to walk your bed along the beach, you might feel differently.

  • Jessie
    February 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I’d go to Tybee more often if I could take my dog. We’ve had to go down to Brunswick area to go to the beach. Have thought about going to Folly Beach.

  • Susan Downey
    February 1, 2015 at 10:13 am

    My mom has a house on Tybee and even though she rents it out a lot I am at Tybee a great a bit. I have two dogs that are like my children who absolutely love the beach. It is very frustrating, sad and unfortunate that there is not an area on the beach that owners can let their dogs run free on. Most dog owners are responsible and even help in “policing” other dog owners. Humans are allowed on the beach and they are unpredictable and don’t always follow the rules. Just like humans dogs are not perfect but the majority do the right thing just as humans do. I would gladly pay a daily pass to let my dogs run on an area of the beach. Please consider making Tybee a dog friendly place. I think the pros outweigh the cons!

  • Carolyn P.
    January 31, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    We have been going to Fripp Island, SC for close to 20 yrs now and have always been allowed to bring our dog. The island is open all day to dogs on a leash and offer numerous clean-up stations with bags and disposal containers. It’s simple–here are the free bags, just pick it up. I have wanted to visit Tybee Island, but the no dogs allowed just canceled it out for me. You have to make rules to abide by, but it is possible. Until then, we will go where we and our dogs are welcome.

  • Elaine weathers
    January 31, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Tybee voted yes to dogs on the beach about 6 or more years ago in a survey that was sent out to all residents for long term planning. Even though a majority voted yes , the city council ignored the majority rule.
    I went before the council and to the mayor and requested that we require citizens and visitors to apply for a dog on beach permit. Part of that procedure would require that the requesting party read and sign a sheet agreeing to maintain the rules and regulations as stated in the permit. Also, those paying for a permit would identify themselves by wearing a dog tag around their necks so the beach patrol would know they had registered and paid for the privilege of taking their pet on the beach and will follow the rules or loose their right to participate and be fined for breaking the permit.
    I also suggested that pet owners volunteer a week a year to help patrol the designated beach areas and report or give out fines to persons not abiding by the regulations they read and signed.
    I feel if we started out strictly enforcing the rules and revoking the permits of those not complying that we could have a great place for responsible pet owners to enjoy their pets on Tybee like they do on other beaches.
    I don’t think pets should be allowed on the beach all the time. The hours should be restricted during the summer months to early morning and late evening after most families have gone. In the off season hours could be expanded as the crowds are no longer there.
    I think we could find enough volunteers to help make a plan work for all of the responsible pet owners that want to have the opportunity to make Tybee pet friendly!

  • Pat Daniel
    January 31, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I own a condo at Tybee and would love to take my little dog on the beach. My family had a house on Tybee in the 50’s and 60’s. Dog’s were allowed to go to the beach anytime.
    I think a permit would be the best way to start. I also agree that early morning and late afternoon would be a good idea. Owners who do not clean up after their dogs anywhere on Tybee should be fined. A visible permit should be purchased and worn. Citizens would be able to see the number and report those breaking the rules.
    Dogs are one of God’s greatest gifts. It is sad that the powers that be not listen to Tybee property owners and at least let us vote on this issue.

  • Deborah
    January 31, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    As lifelong dog owners and a co-property owner on Tybee Island our family is not a proponent of dogs on the beach; its very difficult to police. Perhaps a compromise would be to allow them on the beach during the off season as a way to entice more people onto the island. We’ve lived in beach areas where dogs are permitted and its a mess, literally.

  • Pat Valle
    January 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I totally support dogs on the beach. While I agree that we do not need dogs on the beach at noon on July 4, I think it would be reasonable establish dog friendly times. For example, allow pet before 10am and after 5pm Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends,

  • Penny M
    January 30, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I would LOVE to bring our dog with us to Tybee. We are currently looking into going to a beach and I would like to go back to Tybee but since our dog is not allowed on the beach., we are looking at other beaches that do allow dogs. I would even be happy if just a part to the beach was dog friendly.

  • Linda
    January 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Absolutely, yes; my dog is my family and he goes everywhere with me and loves to play on the beach. If I come to Savannah or even to Tybee, I would not be able to enjoy the beach myself if my dog could not also enjoy it. However, I do not want to have to pay to allow him to play on the beach. I pick up after my dog in public areas and at home. If others do not, they should be the ones who have to pay to have their pets on the beach – or to be banned from having them there at all.

  • Marian
    January 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I have cats so they don’t travel with me, but they are part of my family. If I had a dog, I would absolutely want it to be able to join me on the beach. Having a dog friendly section makes perfect sense to me.

    • Beth
      January 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Very important for me and my dog.

  • RHONDA
    January 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Yes, dogs should be allowed any place on the beach at anytime. Maybe a good place to start would be to allow dogs on the beach in early mornings and late evenings when there are usually fewer people present.

    I read the listed reasons that some were against dogs on the beach and do not think responsible dog owners should be limited because something might happen or because some people do not take appropriate care of their animals (or children, or…). Yes, if unattended, dogs could attack something or someone, spread worms (highly unlikely), and dig up turtle nests/eggs.

    I ask you to consider this: Do you not hear of adults without dogs doing some of the same things? Humans, no doubt could spread many more diseases than dogs. What about all of the children left unattended defacating on the beach and in the water…I overheard an adult telling a child to go “poo” in the water. Does this frequently happen; probably not, nor will it happen often by dogs.

    Let’s make the beaches and Tybee friendly for everyone; those with dogs, children, alcohol, loud voices,or any number of other differences!

  • Jan
    January 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I MIGHT consider coming back to Tybee if I could bring my two small dogs to enjoy the trip with us

  • Cynthia Hobbs
    January 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I think it is a shame that the Tybee Island’s ”POWERS THAT Be ” do not allow dogs on the beach ! Time to vote them out of office and get some new blood in office .

    • Ron
      January 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      I agree. Time to get some people in office with some brains.

  • Kamil
    January 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    To be able to take my leashed dog on the beach would be a wish come true. I live on Tybee and walk “Fred” everywhere…but on the beach. We do walk up to the beach and gaze out at the beautiful site…and I know we are both thinking,”if only…”. Pet lovers take care of their animals and those who don’t are subject to fines. What about Humans??? Isn’t it the same??? There are rules for humans that walk on the beach. How do they measure up with their behavior???
    Anyway, I vote YES for dogs on the beach with restrictions!

  • Beverly
    January 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

    It makes sense in several different ways for dogs with their owners to be allowed on the beach. Most vacation travel (hotels, cabin/home rentals, etc.) these days includes pets and the lack of dogs on the beach on Tybee is a DRAWBACK. If you are willing to FINE people for having dogs on the beach, then you should also be able to uphold rules with fines for the owner IF a dog breaks behavorial rules. There are leash laws in Georgia.

  • Mary
    January 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Would love to bring my two small dogs to Tybee when we come there 2 times a year. i know they would love the beach. I would hope that most dog owners would be responsible and respectful in cleaning up any mess created by their animals as well as keeping the dogs on a leash so as not to disturb others. Our resort Tybrisa At The Beach at this time is not pet friendly but hopefully some day that will change. There are always a lot of cats roaming free on the island, I wish dogs could have the same fun experience but on a leash.

  • Ron
    January 30, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hell yes! Tybee should allow dogs on the beach. I regularly come to tybee several times per year and usually stay 1-2 weeks each time. It is totally absurd that my dog can’t enjoy the beach with the rest of the family. One day last winter I got brave & took my dog on a leash to the beach with me. We were the only people within sight up & down the entire front beach. Wouldn’t you know a beach cop came out of nowhere on his golf cart & gave me a ticket. It says above that the fine for the first offense is $290, but that is a huge lie. Tybee court charged me $460 by mail for my first offense . Not the best advertising for tybee.

    Tybee city officials need to get real ang get a life

  • Comer
    January 30, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I have lived on Tybee for over 70 years. Earlier in my life my dogs enjoyed going to the beach with me. I will confess that when I was young I had my share of ringworm, but times have changed and people are more conscious today of picking up after their dogs, be it on a walk or on the beach — if theywere to get there. I favor allowing dogs on the beach everywhere, not just in a designated area, on their leashes with some time off briefly for play. Having restrictions on the hours of the day that they could be allowed on the beach makes sense to me — early morning and late afternoon.

  • Kay
    January 30, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Is is possibly finally time for our City’s “Fathers” to come into reality! We’ve been pleading for decades to let our pets enjoy the same assets the rest of us do. It’s a pity that we have to fraction our time into ‘pet friendly’activities at Tybee, at the expense of being able to enjoy the beach. Unfortunately, that means we rarely get to see the ocean, although we live on an island. Pitiful! Get with the plan, City Council! Beaches everywhere allow dogs, and you are cutting off your nose to spite your face. You are a tourist destination, and MANY tourists demand pet friendly. Of course, you can see this as an opportunity to “police” more or “set fees” (ever popular with the “Fathers”) however, most pet owners are responsible individuals, and really don’t require these. Please get on board with this request.

  • Tonya Yarbrough
    January 30, 2015 at 8:09 am

    You could section off the area that dogs are allowed on so they wouldn’t disturb people who rather not have them around. There are many dog beaches elsewhere, so it would seem that they don’t have the issues that most people fear with letting dogs on Tybee beach. I know my family would be much more likely to return to Tybee if we could bring our dog with us.

  • Jim
    January 30, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Our family would visit Tybee more often if we could allow our dog to walk on the beach with us as we consider her a part of our family. Maybe this could be allowed during the off season or at a section of the beach that does not impose on others or by holding owners responsible for their dogs & cleaning up after them. Please let us know if this changes as we would like to bring our whole family to Tybee & enjoy the beach…

  • Barbara
    January 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Yes, we would love to bring our furry friends to stroll on the beach. We always look for dog friendly rental houses when we go to Tybee, but the dog park by the police station is very disappointing. If there was a leash law on the beach and a designated romp area, that would be wonderful!

  • Steve Lawrence
    January 30, 2015 at 6:30 am

    We love Tybee and go frequently for short trips. However for longer stays we go to Jekyll or to St George Island because we can all enjoy the beach. It would be great to have some areas of Tybee Beach open to bringing the pups as well.

  • Vicki
    January 30, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Yes! I’d come and stay awhile if I was able to bring my dog to the beach.

  • Cat Person
    January 29, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Full disclosure – I am not a dog person. That being said I do think peoples experience on Tybee would be enhanced if people were allowed to bring their dogs to the beach. I could fully support leashed dogs on the beach. During the high season it makes sense to me for leashed dogs on the beach to be restricted to before 10:00 am and after 6:00 pm only.

  • Karen
    January 28, 2015 at 12:07 am

    We are planning a camping trip is the south US for April/May and heard about Tybee Island, but won’t go because our dog is not accepted. We went severals places in north eastern US and our old english sheep dog enjoys following us the beach and going in the wave (we then keep a longer leash). Never had any problesms, other people are friendly, comes to pet him, and he makes a lot of four legged friends. Keeping strict regulation on dog behavior and fines for those not cleaning after their dog (though I never saw that at the beach) would do the job.
    Karen, René and Max, from Québec Canada

    • Christy
      January 30, 2015 at 8:16 am

      I have visited Tybee & fell in love with the laid back lifestyle. I would visit more if my two Chihuahua’s were also welcome there.

  • Melanie Clearman
    January 27, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    As a new Tybee Island property owner, I would love to be able to take all of my family to the beach – four legged ones included. It could easily be managed with set hours and the purchase of a dog permit which brings in added revenue for the city. So many Tybee residents have dogs as evidenced by the number of dog walkers seen daily. Many of the businesses are pet friendly…shouldn’t our beaches be too?

  • Tammie Warren
    January 27, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Yes, I agree we should have a dog friendly beach….we have a jack russell and would love to bring Dude with us on a beach walk. We’ve been a resident for 3 years and have seen unleased dogs with their owners on the beach alot! That’s not fair…everyone should be able to share the fun! I think a leashed,dog friendly, set hours on any beach here at Tybee would work. I will buy a permit! And please….have random permit checks to make sure we are doing it right! The reason I say leashed is for our many turtle nests we have here between May and Oct.

  • Tammie Warren
    January 27, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I totally agree with a dog section on the beach. We walk the beach each morning at the Sugar Shack board walk and see people with loose dogs any way! Thats not fair….We have a jack russell and would love to have a dog section to have fun also. I think leashed is the way to go if we do get to have one.
    Thanks for starting this potition.

  • Toni glass
    January 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    My parents have dogs and one expetally would love to go to the beach. He hates to take bath’s or get wet by any means but loves to play at the beach and run in the water. I would love to see him happy again since we move down south over 6 years ago from Michigan and here in Savannah he has no beach to play on.

  • Celeste Crane
    January 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    My father bought a house on Tybee in the late 60s. I use to walk my dog on the beach all the time and there was never a problem. My sister owns the house now and I don’t know when it became illegal to walk your dog on the beach, but I hate it. I bought a house on the island 3 years ago and I would love to be able to walk my dogs.

  • Travis
    January 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I have been coming to Tybee all my life! Now that I have a family of my own, including the four legged members, I would absolutely love to bring them with us! In fact, we may even visit more often! Our fur babies have never seen the beach/ ocean… It would be AWESOME!

  • Liz
    January 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    A leashed dog law for the entire beach and a designated area for, off leash, frolicking should do it.

  • Melissa
    January 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Yes, we go away from our own town and area so we can enjoy a day with our pups on the beach, would much rather spend and stay local.

  • AK
    January 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Hell yes dogs should be legally allowed on the beach. I have never been able to bring my dogs to the beach because it’s against the law. That being said, for the last 10 years I have lived here, I have never not seen people with their dogs on the beach. I see plenty of unleashed dogs having a blast on Tybee all year round, especially around the pier and the most crowded section, and have never once seen a police or lifeguard do anything about it, patrols drive right past them and do nothing. I am sure that if I brought my dogs out there I would be ticketed right away. The no dogs law is quite simply asinine.

  • Rudy Villarreal
    January 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    We go to Hunting Island for many reasons but , one is that our fur babies can romp on the beach. We have gone there for years and have never seen dog poo left by anyone but have seen parents allow their kids to run amuck Adults are the problem, not the dogs

  • Kay Petty
    January 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    As a property owner since 2008 we want to see Tybee Island allow dogs on the beach. Set rules and hours. Tags could be a source of income and monitoring. Those of us who take pride in Tybee Island being a clean beach will continue to push for better educated and responsible pet owners.

  • Kimberly Wallis
    January 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    We agree totally, that there should be more dog-friendly options. We are not dog owners but our girls love the friendly, socialized dogs that frequent Tybee! Perhaps another option would be seasonal availability? For example, the beaches of Guernsey in the UK allow for dogs on any beach up until the “high” season in the long summers, when there are many, many more tourists.

  • Tao ("Tay-Oh")
    January 26, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I would love to be able to play on the beach and in the ocean at Tybee! Tybee is overrun with ants and they bit my paws when my humans took me out for walks and that was no fun. We went to what is called a dog park next to the police station but that was very disappointing! It was very small and the water was filthy. I’m sure something could be worked out to let us doggies have some fun with our humans on the beach and I bet we would come to Tybee Island more often if we doggies could enjoy the beach, too! Sincerely, Tao

  • Mary
    January 26, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve been coming to Tybee for the last 5+ years. I never walk the beach because my dog gets so upset when I leave him. I had a great opportunity to buy a condo last year but didn’t because I wasn’t sure about a commitment to a beach that wasn’t dog friendly. I understand the rule because of the rude people who don’t have the common sense to clean up after their pets. I would be willing to buy a permit or pay a fee to take my dog out. I miss Tybee so much!

  • Karen
    January 26, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Yes!! We have been so disappointed with the no dogs rule and the dog parks in Tybee are really pathetic. Dogs belong on the beach!!

  • Queenie
    January 26, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    i am totally in favor of having dogs on the beach on tybee. I do not support a specific section of the beach for dogs. That would be chaotic with everyone driving to a spot on the beach. The photos all show happy dog s running free on the beach. Is this how it would work or would owners have the dogs on leashes? A complaint in the past has been a concern of dog waste. A specific beach spot would essentially be a doggy litter box even with owners cleaning up. I would rather see a seasonal permit for dogs on the beach. Other communities allow owners to bring their dogs to the beach during the off season or specific hours such as before 8am and after 7:30 pm.
    These are my thoughts as a permanent resident of Tybee.
    Thank you

  • Norma Breckenridge
    January 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    We moved to Rincon in June of last year and absolutely live Tybee Island. If there were a beach where we could bring our dog we would spend twice as much time there.

  • Hannah
    January 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    We visit Tybee quite regularly and we would love love to have a place for our dogs to go to the beach! We take them to Fernandina Beach and they have a blast! Never had any problems and most everyone keeps there dogs on leashes!

    • Sara Godwin
      July 30, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Hilton Head is a very upscale beach and they allow dogs on the beach(yes they have a schedule).I am from Georgia and it is a shame that I have to spend my money in South Carolina to accommodate such an easy fix.Tybee has always been know for it’s junky atmosphere(they have improved some) so I don’t know how a dog on the beach could bring them down!! The Hotels are extremely overpriced and it is ridiculous that they charge for parking(even in hotel parking lots) where you are already spending hundreds of dollars!!!! My suggestion is to just let the people of Tybee have their beach and go somewhere else with our pups!!!!

  • mark
    January 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    This should be a no brainer, of course there should ne a dog friendly section of the beach. Just shows how many no brainers are running tybee that this hasn’t happened sooner

  • john egan
    January 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I feel that you should check out how other dog friendly beaches handle…Perhaps a time when they can go on the beach

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