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On your next family vacation to Ocean City, you might be able to bring the whole family – that’s right, Fido too.

An Ocean City councilman recently introduced a “Dogs at Dusk” plan that would allow four-legged friends on the beach between 6 and 9 pm.

“I think we’re pretty much a dog town,” Councilman Keith Hartzell told reporters. “We’re a family town, and most families have a pet.”

Hartzell says he hopes his legislation will help make Ocean City a pet-friendly town, something vacationers take into consideration when deciding where to go for the summer.

The pushback facing the campaign is from those who worry about dog droppings polluting the beach. But Hatzell is confident that pet owners will self-police, and with good reason: Under his plan, those who don’t pick up after their dogs could face a $500 fine.

Owners would have to pay for their canine friends too: A $10 beach tag for every dog. The cost of the beach tags would help pay for waste bag dispensers at the entrance to every beach, as well as signs detailing dog beach etiquette.

Hartzell says he hopes his plan can be approved by the city in time for summer vacationers in 2017. Dogs are currently banned on all Ocean City beaches, year-round.

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