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Doggie Dining

We've seen more and more restaurants in Pensacola become more dog friendly, but what about out on Pensacola Beach? Right now, it's not allowed but the Santa Rosa Island Authority is looking at changing that. They discussed it at their meeting on Tuesday night. 

Pensacola Beach has come a long way when it comes to being more dog friendly. They now have two beaches for owners to walk their dogs. Now they are discussing allowing restaurants to allow four-legged friends in.

Sandra Rodas traveled all the way from North Carolina with her dog Polo. She said, "I didn't think this was going to be such a perfect heaven for me and my Westie."

She was excited to see that she could take him on the beach but it would be even better, if she could bring him to sit outside of restaurants with her.
"I wish the restaurants can do it, with all this outside seating why not." she said.

She thinks it would encourage more dog owners to visit Pensacola Beach. The Island Authority says if approved, it would be up to each restaurant to decide whether they will allow customers to bring their pets. Peg Leg Pete's will probably remain human only but they are all for Doggie Dining at other places.

Manager Christina Perkins said, "It's great if other restaurants want to do it, but we have a playground and with dogs running around and doing their business, it's not something we are going to do."

Many places in Pensacola have already opened their doors to pet lovers who want to dine with their pet. The Wahoos have a bring your dog night. and East Hill yard allows pups in the outdoor seating. Owner Josh Flores says by allowing canines, it means more business. He said, "I think allowing the neighborhood to bring their pooch in and sit along side of them with wine, beer and food, it adds to scene we have encouraged here at The Yard." He also said, "We've never had to deal with negative feedback from customers. I do enforce there is a leash and clean up rule."

The committee will discuss the issue Tuesday night, and if approved, will send it to the council to vote on it February 12th.