Wildwood Dog Beach Reopens After Construction

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A newly reopened attraction at the Jersey shore is giving residents and their furry friends something to bark about.

At the start of the summer, the nationally ranked Wildwood Dog Beach closed temporarily to be relocated.

After a month of construction, the bigger and better dog beach reopened its doors, and tails have been wagging ever since.

Officials say it's not only helped the economy, but has also made vacationing a little easier.

"What this has done for the local economy is just tremendous because pets have become such a big and integral part of the family," said Pete Byron, Wildwood Commissioner. "It really gave us another niche and another reason to come to Wildwood."

Janice Platt, who is visiting the shore area, seconds that emotion.

"The dogs get a vacation and you get a vacation," said Platt. "Lots of times you can't go on vacation unless you bring your dogs and this allows [anyone] to bring their dogs."

Officials hope the renovated dog beach will help give them the advantage they need to become the No. 1 dog beach in the nation.

The new dog beach now stretches two blocks on the Wildwood beach between Maple and Glenwood avenues, and includes new activities for dogs as well as the signature fire hydrant.

Pet owners now have more space by the ocean to be with their furry companions.

The Wildwood Dog Beach was named the second most dog-friendly beach in the nation by USA Today last year.

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