Originally Posted by matt-dublin
it will biodegrade but will take weeks and weeks to do so...whats not to say that a kid comes along the same day diges a hole in the sand and gets to play with a warm piece of poo???
OK, even if the kid dug deep enough, the odds are 250,000 to 1, based on 1.25km x50m beach and 4 holes to the square metre. But just walking around barefoot, you are in contact with bird droppings, rotting seaweed, stinky decomposing crabs, and the millions of crawling sandhoppers that feed on all the above. The point is; the beach was never going to be a sterile place. If you want sterile, look to the swimming pool.
Originally Posted by conlof
the fact that the rest of us would be a lot happier if they stayed off the beach and kept their dogs on leashes.
You are entitled to your own personal space as a dog free zone, which IMO is a few metres around you, but you are not entitled to "wave off" any dog you see running on the beach without a leash.
Suppose I felt menaced by groups of teenagers wearing hoodies. I should be able to walk the beach without being contacted or hassled by them, but I can't ban them from the beach. I would have to just "get a handle on" my own prejudices.
If I see any
dog crap on the beach, I bury it out of harms way. I'll bet most of the indignant posters on this thread would just walk past and leave it for some kid to walk in.
IMO the worst hazard for kids on the South Beach is broken glass, which is why I often have some in my pocket when the dog and I go home.