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LA Could Get Its First Dog Beach

Inner Cabrillo Beach could become LA's first dog beach.

LA residents may soon be able to take their dogs to the beach, if a new plan is approved for a stretch of San Pedro coastline.

City Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the South Bay area, proposed the idea to turn inner Cabrillo Beach into a dog-friendly destination last month and presented it to the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee on Monday.

Buscaino said there is a need for more dog-friendly areas in LA and people want to be able to bring their dogs to the beach rather than leave them at home or drive to a dog beach farther away.

"There's definitely a need, an interest to create a city's dog beach and I'm saying, 'What better location than the inner Cabrillo Beach?'" he said.

The water quality of inner Cabrillo Beach regularly receives "F" grades from environmental groups because of its lack of circulation, Buscaino said, so the area lends itself to nonaquatic activities.

"I think it would just be better used as a dog beach," Buscaino said.

Buscaino said the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Port of Los Angeles will report on the feasibility of establishing a dog beach within 30 days.

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