Two code enforcement officers monitoring the beach.

Sunny Isles Beach Boosts Enforcement on the Beach

Dogs not allowed on the beach: violators subject to fines or removal.

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2024) – The City of Sunny Isles Beach is committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable beach experience for all residents and visitors. To uphold this commitment, our Code Enforcement Officers, in conjunction with Ocean Rescue and Police Beach Patrol, will be increasing their presence and enforcement efforts on the beach throughout the month of March.

We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful beach responsibly; therefore, any violations of beach rules will be subject to penalties and/or removal.

We want to remind everyone that according to the City’s Code of Ordinances, no domestic animals are allowed on the beach, except for service dogs that are specifically trained to aid a person with a disability. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not considered service animals under the ADA and are therefore not permitted. Violations to this rule may result in removal from the beach and/or fines. Falsely claiming a pet as a service dog is a second-degree misdemeanor in Florida under state statute 413.08.

Additionally, service animals must be leashed, unless it interferes with their work or a person’s disability prevents it. Owners must ensure they do not defecate on the beach or cause a nuisance. Failure to comply may result in penalties and/or removal from the beach.

If you witness a violation occurring, you can contact the City’s Code Compliance hotline at 786.239.0553 between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. After business hours, contact our police department’s non-emergency dispatch number at 305.947.4440 or use the QR code on our beach access signs to be directed to our dispatch number. Violations can also be reported via our mobile app – My Sunny Isles Beach.

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