Your furry four-legged best friend is welcome on the Crystal Coast beaches, but you need to know these three important facts:
1. Local beaches require dogs to be kept on a leash. Lest you think there will be no consequence of letting your dog run freely, the fine for a dog off the leash is that the dog may be impounded. If the impounded dog is not claimed in four days, the family pet could meet a sad end.
2. No dogs are allowed in the area of Atlantic Beach which is protected by lifeguards.
3. Dog owners must clean up after their pet. Garbage cans are conveniently located at regular intervals on the beach. The penalty for not scooping the poop is a civil fine of $50.
Information is taken from the websites of the Town of Emerald Isle and the Town of Atlantic Beach website.