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Cape Cod Dog News for 2016

Lots of cool things happened for dogs on cape cod recently. Here’s the 5 top things you should know for the summer of 2016:

1. Yarmouth voted to allow dogs on their beaches in the off-season

Tails are wagging all over yarmouth! Dogs are allowed on Yarmouth beaches. This is big news.

Until recently, Yarmouth was the only town whose public beaches did not allow dog access in the off-season.

A big thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. Now lets be sure to keep the beaches clean. Clean up dog poop. It’s the #1 reason that dog access gets restricted.

2. The Barnstable dog park is opening this summer

The dog park in Barnstable is under construction and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. We can’t wait to check it out.

3. Nickerson state park’s cliff pond receiving treatment for toxic blue green algae

In 1998 two dogs died from this dangerous form of algae. The pond has been closed for human and dog use for most of the last three summers.

Light reflects of Big Cliff Pond in Brewster at Nickerson State Park
Big Cliff Pond in Nickerson State Park will receive treatments for toxic blue green algae, keeping the water safe for humans and dogs alike.

blue green algae is formed as a result of phosphorus that is produced by decomposing matter in the pond. It is expected that the treatments to cliff pond will prevent the algae from blooming for the next 20 years, allowing for safe use of the water all summer long.

View hiking trails around Cliff Pond and other dog walks at Nickerson State Park:

4. Once again the beaches on the outer cape took a beating in the off-season

Erosion once again destroyed the stairs at Nauset light beach in Eastham.
Erosion has taken a heavy toll at nauset light beach in recent years
Winter storms took 10 feet of the bluff at nauset light this past year. The year before it was 18 feet. Typical years see erosion only in the 3 foot range.

The erosion is an ongoing problem with the stairs that provide access down the 60 foot bluff. The stairs need to have a landing halfway down, so it’s a considerable construction project to create a safe stairway on shifting sands.

Erosion is also causing concern for the bath house, whose septic tank is only 10 feet from the bluff. This will likely be the last year it can be used, and there will likely be temporary facilities in 2017 and 2018 while the new permanent one is constructed.

Similar to Herring Cove Beach, erosion’s effects on the stability of Nauset Light’s parking lot is also a concern. The effects of weather and time. They’ll get us all in the end.

5. capebeachdog.com is all new!

We got a new website this spring—we love it, and hope you will too!

Our goal is to promote responsible dog ownership and to promote awareness of dog-friendly activities on cape cod, including beaches, restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, and dog walks.