In municipal jargon, this is a “canine beach area.” More commonly called “Doggie beach”.
“There are some in neighboring municipalities, and there was a regular demand in La Seyne to have one,” explains Nathalie Soriano, City Councilor for Tourism and Animal Welfare.
“It was decided to create one, outside the bathing area, in order to meet this expectation and no longer have dog owners who come with their pet on the beach of Les Sablettes where it is forbidden.”
So that the four-legged companions can enjoy the joys of swimming, a location has just been marked in Saint-Elme, south of the nautical base.
“This space is eccentric and delimited, along the dike, by signage and a water line. It’s a place where there’s not really sand, but rather pebbles; so it’s not a place frequented by bathers and summer visitors. After all, it is a place where dog owners used to come. But it is now regulated. “ specifies the elected official in charge.
The municipal decree relating to the establishment of “Toutou beach” indicates access to this area “is only allowed on dogs kept on a leash, and muzzled for those of the second category (tip (American Staffordshire Terrier – formerly Staffordshire Terrier-, Rottweiller and Tosa). On the other hand, first-class dogs are not allowed (American Staffordshire Terrier – formerly Staffordshire Terrier – also called pit bulls; and Mastiff, also called boerbulls). “
It is suspected that dog droppings are also prohibited and “A bin equipped with a canine bag dispenser must be collected for this purpose”, is installed.
Finally, “Dogs may not be allowed to play or run on the beach or in the water.
“Don’t think that there will be dog holiday camps that will land”, estimates Nathalie Soriano. And to indicate, for all intents and purposes, that “The place is not just for dog owners, it is open to everyone.” And this throughout the year, because the “Toutou beach” is destined to last beyond the summer period.