Dogs on the beach

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#1 Jul 30, 2012
Ok. I drove 3 hrs to take my kids to the beach. No i did not read up on the regulations of Tybee Is. Yes, that was my poor planning. But after the drive and with 2 small kids dying to get on the beach, i decided to try it. Wow. The response of the beach folk was impressive. They turned and stared as if they had never seen such an animal. They continued to stare and give disapproving looks. Then it started. They began approaching and informing me that dogs were not allowed on the beach. Glares ensued. My dog was on a leash. She was sitting calmly beside me as I attempted to watch my kids play. She did not bark or poop. She just sat. A kind lady physician from Israel sitting near me said it was a shame that Tybee was this way. I agreed. Could have been a nice day. But the onslought of disapproval continued. So after maybe 30 min, we left. Only to find lady MD in parking lot with car trouble and needed a jump. Attempting to maneuver my vehicle near the disabled vehicle, I had to park at an awkward angle because of the position of the broken down car. The onslought continued in the parking lot. A lady riding her bike loudly commented how they were told there was no issues with parking on Tybee, but look at this! My guess is, if she had been the one broken down, she might have appreciated some assistance. I have been around the world and in many communities, but i do not think i have been in a place that was so snobbish. I was greatly disappointed in our Tybee experience. It wasnt the first time I have been to Tybee. But i really think I would rather drive another few hours down to Jax or St Aug just to avoid the ridiculous pompous attitudes of Tybee. Too bad. I would have preferred to support my home state tourism. Some places just aren't worth the hassle. Tybee is one of those places.

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