Letter: Share the beach in South Portland

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The City Council of South Portland acted wisely and correctly when it enacted its Willard Beach compromise last winter. This compromise allows dog owners and their supervised dogs on the beach from 7 am. to 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m during the warmer months of the year.

The misnamed Save Willard Beach conspirators with their anti-sharing, mean-spirited referendum banning dogs completely are spitting in our faces and may succeed in hoodwinking a majority of voters this fall. Don’t allow them to do that to our freedom and our community.

Does South Portland want to tell a local returning veteran from Afghanistan that he is not free to walk his dog on Willard Beach at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m. on a warm summer day because Gary Crosby and Dan LaBrie said so and convinced the community to vote for this ridiculous referendum? Save Willard Beach is a phony name for a mean-spirited and flagrant assault on the freedom to enjoy and share our public beach.

Share Willard Beach. Vote no this fall and oppose the anti-sharing/anti-dog referendum.

Bob Goldman
South Portland