Letter: Share the South Portland beach
"Share, share, that's fair" is what I've said to my children since they were toddlers. I wish someone had taught the same values to the folks who oppose sharing Willard Beach.
Some folks like dogs, others do not. Under the current rules, the best beach times are reserved for those folks who don't like dogs, while those who like dogs are limited to specific times. That seems more than fair to those who want dog-free time. My kids have asked me why adults would be so opposed to sharing. I don't have a good answer for them. The SoPo Dog group puts volunteer time and energy into cleaning the beach regularly so that everyone can enjoy it. I haven't seen any organized beach cleaning days from the dog ban group, and yet they feel entitled to exclusive use of the beach.
I hope that even those folks who don't care for dogs will vote against the ordinance on Nov. 3. Public beaches should be shared.