Hull may reverse town beach dog ban

Rover, Lucy, Spot, Cody and all their canine pals would be allowed on Hull’s town beaches during the summer if a Special Town Meeting in August changes the current rules.

Dogs are now banned from town beaches from June 1 to September 15, with a $50 fine for violators.

The state bars dogs from its Nantasket Beach Reservation from May 1 to mid September, and that prohibition would not be affected by the voting outcome since the town has no jurisdiction over the state property, according to Town Clerk Lori West.

The proposed rule change would allow leashed and licensed dogs on local beaches June 1 to September 15 from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. Dog owners would have to buy $14 annual dog passes for their pets, and the money would go toward local animal control and care.


A similar proposal failed in 2015, with the naysayers concerned about badly behaving owners failing to control or pick up after their pets.

“We’re optimistic this will pass,” said Chesley Oriel, an attorney who lives four houses from the beach and who organized the petition drive to get the issue before a Special Town Meeting to fulfill a promise he made to his 12-year-old miniature schnauzer Cody.

“It’s hard for him to understand why, come June first, he can’t go to the beach any more,” Oriel said. “So I said to him I’d do the best I could to give him the privilege of being able to go to the beach.”

On the website he created to inform people about the issue — dogsonhullbeach.com — Oriel explained it clearly: “Is there anything more important than bringing a few more moments of happiness to your dog while strolling the beach?”

The Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at Hull High School.


Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.