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Manorhaven Is Going To The Dogs

Manorhaven Mayor Giovanna Giunta and the Board of Trustees in partnership with “Friends of Manorhaven Dog Park” announced the creation of an “Off the Leash” community dog park during a public hearing, August 22.

The Dog Park, the first on the peninsula, will have its official opening on Saturday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m. It will be open to all Port Washington residents.

The park is located in the Manorhaven Nature Preserve and has an entrance from Manhasset Isle and another from Manorhaven Boulevard behind the Senior Citizens Center. It features a “small dog park,” a “large dog park,” shade structures, benches and “dogipot” waste disposal receptacles. Each dog park will have four foot high fencing.

The Village is required by New York State to pass a law setting out the rules and regulations for a dog park within its jurisdiction. During the public hearing regarding the law, Dave Gruen was the only resident to address the trustees. While he welcomed the dog park he found the proposed law lacking. He noted that the law omitted references to prong collars which are dangerous. He noted that much of the other rules are ambiguous, citing a lack of agreement on terms such as “aggressive dog,” and what constitutes “a child in need of supervision.”

While acknowledging Gruen’s comments as valid, village attorney Charles Casolaro reiterated that the state requires any municipality that has a dog park to implement a law governing the park. Casolaro stressed that this is supposed to be a fun and relaxing place for dogs and their owners. He expressed the hope that common sense would prevail among dog owners bringing their dogs to play.

The law is specific on some requirements. Licenses and vaccinations are required. Female dogs in heat are not allowed in the park. Dogs under the age of four months are not permitted. Owners must possess a device for removal of dog feces and must clean up after their dogs.

Mayor Giunta and the trustees have often expressed a “vision to expand the recreational programs and activities in an effort to create a positive quality of life in the community.” Most residents at the meeting agreed that the creation of the Off the Leash Dog Park is one step towards realizing the vision.

In other business the board held hearings and passed several laws: a law regulating any filming of movies, television shows or television commercials in Manorhaven, a law requiring an Impact Fee for any building of two or more family homes, and a law that places a moratorium on the issuance of any village permits either building or otherwise to any individual, corporation or combination of both whose owner, shareholder or affiliate shall have existing arrears to the village government.

The board also passed an amendment by resolution to the Rental Registration Fee schedule increasing the multiple dwelling fees (four or more units) from $100 to $250. The fee is due every two years.