Saco City Council Reach Compromise Over Dogs on City Beaches 

The Saco City Council has reached a compromise in the controversy over dogs on city beaches. The council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to allow dogs on city beaches leashes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August only if they are leashed. Dogs had previously been allowed on the beaches unleashed, prompting complaints from some people about aggressive dogs and too much waste left behind. The Baywood Condominium Owner’s Association that said Saco has become a “mecca” for dog owners across southern Maine because most other towns bar dogs from their beaches during the summer months. Dog owners disputed those claims. Baywood resident Sally Sea called the ordinance a fair compromise.