Bay Families with Dogs is a non-profit advocacy group formed to improve the community environment for people who enjoy outdoor recreation with their dogs. Goals include better education and awareness for both dog owners and the non-dog owning community, and to obtain and maintain recreation zones on area beaches for Bay County families to enjoy responsibly with their dogs. ... more
Join Our Sister Organization, Friends of Shell Island
While Bay Families with Dogs was formed to fight for our continued access to Shell Island (Panama City, Florida) with our dogs, we have received a huge amount of support from boaters who don't even have a dog, but are concerned about their continued recreational access. As a result, they formed "Friends of Shell Island" to support anyone who is interested in maintaining our access to Shell Island in the future (dog or no-dog). Please join our sister organization, Friends of Shell Island, now! Here: www.friendsofshellisland.org.
URGENT! Shell Island Update! TAKE ACTION!
March 21, 2016: The State Park wants to give themselves a new "management authority" 50 feet out into all the waters around Shell Island. They will patrol our waters and decide when to close them down for "public safety" reasons. This is an unjustified regulation that is not needed because Fish and Wildlife already does these things. Based on the state park's bias against our dogs, the past police "raid" of innocent visitors, and the past incidents of abuse of power by their employees, we believe the catch-all phrase "public safety" will be used to frequently and randomly close off access to our favorite place in the world.
You, the public, owns the waterways and the wet sand beaches of our island. If this goes through, the state park will claim ownership and restrict your freedoms.
YOU CAN HELP! Please PRINT OUT this document. Take out a writing pen (use a non-black color like blue if you can because it will show up better), write your thoughts down by hand and mail, fax or scan-and-email it back to us ASAP.
Include your name and town. You can even take a picture of it with your phone and text it to us at 850-624-3219. Just write it by hand and get it to us by March 31, 2016. Please do this even if you have given your input before. We need it AGAIN in this format.
Mail to Bay Families with Dogs, 1016 Thomas Drive #121, Panama City, FL 32408. Or fax to 850-249-2599 with a cover letter asking to please put in box 121 for Bay Families with Dogs. Thanks for everyone's support!
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