COCOA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Sunday was the first day for people to bring their dogs to Cocoa Beach.
The ordinance, which passed in May, allows dogs on leashes no less than six feet long to walk the sand from 4th Street south to Robert Murkshe Memorial Park on 16th Street.
But, there's a catch. The ordinance is only a trial-run for six months.
When it was proposed, residents feared attacks, mess left behind and a danger to natural wildlife.
“The only people that I talked to that are against dogs on the beach are the people that look for the turtle eggs in the morning,” said resident Joe McLaughlin.
Local surfer Paul Evans took his surf board out Sunday and said he wasn’t bothered by dogs swimming nearby.
“I can't speak for other surfers, of course, but I don't see a problem,” he said.
If city officials decide it’s a problem, they’ll pull the ordinance.