Something that keeps coming up in discussion with the readers of pcbdaily are whether or not dogs should be allowed in the Pier Park retail areas. I can certainly understand the appeal of bringing our k-9 friends with us for a stroll down the boardwalk area of Pier Park – Simon has done a great job of creating large walk areas for strolling.
I’m a dog person, but I’ve never been one to bring my pet with me everywhere, but I know people who do.
This is a question for discussion, something may or may not come of this, but I wanted to open up the subject. Should dogs be allowed in the retail areas of Pier Park.
Several good points have been made:
- Clean up: Not every owner picks up after their pet. Would a possible solution be to enforce some sort of fine/ticket if caught not scooping the poop? How would that be enforced? Would on-site security be able to “ticket” people with something that could be enforced by local municipalities?
- Safety: Are all dogs safe in public places? Do all dogs love every fearless child that excitedly runs up expecting to pet the “puppy”. There could also be an issue between two or more dogs that may become unfriendly with one another.
- Noise: Would more shoppers than not be bothered by the noise of a barking dog?
- General comfort: What about those that are uncomfortable around dogs? Sure, they can steer clear of one if they see it, but should they have to?
These are just questions. I’m asking for the opinions of the reader. Personally I like dogs, but I’m unsure if it is appropriate to have them in a retail shopping environment.
Confirmed, Simon has in place a rule that mandates what kind of animals are permitted in the mall. The sign states “Only service animals training to assist persons with disabilities are permitted within the Shopping Center.”
I’ve seen these signs, but frankly have not ever read them before now. I can’t say that I’ve paid specific attention to whether security is ignoring the fact that people are walking their dogs up and down the boardwalk area of Pier Park, but I can say that security is all over that place on their trike-mobile and feel fairly confident that they have seen the dogs. Maybe they are asking the owners to leave when they see them with their pets, I can’t say that I know this one way or another.