Saco Schedules Public Hearing to Discuss Banning Dogs From the City’s Public Beaches 

A proposal to ban dogs from Saco’s public beaches is getting so much attention that city councilors have scheduled a public hearing on the matter . The council was scheduled to hold a first hearing on the ordinance Monday, but about 100 people showed up to the meeting. Under the proposal, dogs would barred from town beaches between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., from June 15 to Sept. 15. The measure was prosed after the Baywood Condominium Owner’s Association wrote a letter complaining about aggressive dogs and the amount of animal waste left behind. The letter said Saco has become a “mecca” for dog owners since many nearby communities already ban dogs from the beach. Dog owners say most dogs are well-behaved. The public hearing is Aug. 20.