For $41, Largo restaurateurs can be permitted offer patrons the option to dine with their dog.
City leaders gave unanimous final approval on rules that would allow certain business owners the option to offer outdoor doggie dining at the City Commission meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6.
“And the doggies are now happy too,” said Vice Mayor Harriet Crozier sitting for Mayor Pat Gerard, after the vote.
Restaurant owners must pay the one-time $41 permit and inspection fee before being able to allow diners and their dogs.
Under the rules, which follow state regulations, dogs need to wear leashes with a six-foot maximum length, and they are not allowed on tables and chairs. The dining option only allows dogs to be outdoors.
Hand sanitizer also must be available at each table in the designated dog-friendly areas. Also, employees must wash their hands after petting any dog.
Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Safety Harbor and Dunedin already have similar ordinances. The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners also approved a similar ordinance in April.
Largo restauranteurs, do you offer doggie dining? Let Largo Patch readers know in the comments.