The "dog days of summer" are now officially coming to Wildwood. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer, man's best friend will be able to play on the Wildwood beach.
The Wildwood board of commissioners passed an ordinance that allows canines on the beach and boardwalk year-round. Before Wednesday night's decision, dogs were only allowed on Wildwood beaches from October to mid-May but banned during the summer.
Board members say allowing dogs access during the summer could help tourism.
"The pets have become so much a part of the family and now we're going to take what was going to be a day tripper and turn them into a multi-day tripper because they're going to be able to bring their pets," said Peter Byron, Wildwood's Commissioner of Revenue and Finance/Beach services.
The Wildwood Dog Beach will be a block and a half in length and feature water stations, doggy bags and signs telling owners to clean up after their pets. The measure goes into effect Memorial Day Weekend.