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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

Announcing "Friends of Shell Island!" A new advocacy group supporting 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.

View Photos of the first annual Canine Swimsuit Contest at our dog friendly beach!

SHELL ISLAND - RECLAIMING OUR ACCESS
  Other Local Public Access Topics

You can take your dog by boat to Shell Island (off Panama City, Florida) due to Bay Families with Dogs members’ efforts in 2006. Head to the center point of the island (where all the boats anchor). This section is a residential subdivision called “Spanish Ante.” It is NOT a State Park in this area. If you don’t have a boat, take the pet-friendly St. Andrew Bay Ferry or rent a boat from pet-friendly Scotty Boat Rental! Read more:

In the summer of 2006, a controversial decision by the State of Florida sparked the formation of Bay Families with Dogs. Citizens who had been enjoying the shores of Shell Island (off Panama City, FL) for generations with their dogs along were forced off the island by armed patrols making criminal charges. As the controversy raged, the Bay County Commission voted unanimously to ask the State to work with them on a solution for recreational access at Shell Island as well as on some mainland beach areas. The State held a public meeting in Panama City that drew a huge turnout in favor of restoring the generations-old recreational access these families cherish.

Click here to learn more, see pictures and sign the petition....*

First Mate Pets - Nautical dog beds and accessories

Dog Beaches:
Dog Friendly Beach
Established in Bay County!


Sign the petition here to show your support for keeping this dog beach
and adding others

Dog-Friendly Public Spaces:
 Panama City Beach:
  • Pier Park
  • Frank Brown Park
  • Zollie Young Park

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      Dog Parks and Beaches Nationwide
      Pet Travel
      Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals
      Public Access Freedoms
      Responsible Dog Guardianship in Public

    Proposed Rules for Dog Beaches in Bay County
    • ALWAYS clean up after your dog!
    • Do not let your dog visit other people unless invited.
    • Your dog must be well-behaved and under your control at all times, whether by voice or leash.
    • Always pay attention to where your dog is and what your dog is doing.
    • Your dog must be fully immunized and wear ID tags.
    • Cooperation between dog owners is essential - ensure that other owners know and comply with the rules.
    • For Children and their Parents: How to Greet a Dog