Fairfield Beach Access is a diverse and growing network of dog guardians, lovers, educators, rescuers and supporters.Our common bond has resulted in a unique and vigorous community that, like our dogs, displays character of devotion, spirit and tenacity.
Our mission statement
is displayed on the “Home” page of this site.Our over-arching goal is focused on developing a strong community of responsible dog guardians through an information and opinion-sharing network.We advocate inclusive public policy regarding public access, acceptance, and welfare of dogs and dog guardians in Fairfield County. To achieve that, our members are committed to combating the negativity, caricaturing and most particularly the false politicking that makes working toward solutions to important issues difficult; and determined to seek new pathways that incorporate and balance the opinions of all.
We are dedicated to building and maintaining communication channels between groups with interests or concerns about the issue of beach access for dogs—called “stakeholders”—so that we can work with the Town of Fairfield to ensure the long-term stability of winter season access for our ENTIRE families—which includes our faithful and devoted dogs.
"Surf Rescue Tails," with gracious permission from Artist Carol Saxe (East Hampton, NY): whose whimsical paintings are complete delight, evoking a fantasy of what we might wish it to be; (click the image to enjoy more of her work)
Approximately 62% of our members are Fairfield, CT residents, representing a significant block of taxpaying constituents. These citizens see that many of the Fairfield parks, open spaces, and public venues have areas dedicated for soccer or field hockey, baseball fields, jogging, skateboarding, juvenile playgrounds and other recreational uses: some constructed within exceptionally costly properties or at great expense. Many of these settings enfold facilities and necessitate costly ongoing maintenance.
These citizens gladly support these and a myriad of other passive or active recreational purposes as a matter of public policy. They—and many others—however, believe that supervised off-leash activity for families with dogs within designated areas also represents valid use of public space: but which, unlike other recreational designations, costs the Town of Fairfield virtually nothing to administer.
Daisy: exploring a post-storm wrack
fortunate we are...
In parallel, our beach access offers unmatched and enviable opportunity for family recreational activities that most US cities can only dream of offering— indeed, the Town of Fairfield is extraordinarily fortunate in this regard— and our members are disappointed that it has been curtailed despite the impassioned and overwhelming opposition demonstrated at the public hearing prior to rules changes in 2008.
Many are so-called “childless” couples who nevertheless financially support the town's school system (more than half of the Town's budget is diverted to public education): and question why it is so difficult to gain recognition of the needs and interests of their own families with “4-legged children.” For our members, the term dog “owner” is shunned: “Guardian” (not owner) is worn proudly, and identifies the remarkable, acute, and sometimes painful bond that exists between us human beings and our animal companions. This philosophy has led to representing the
guiding principle of our group:
“FAMILIES TOGETHER... at the beach.”
We invite you to take a moment to review our statement about the term “Guardian,” displayed on our “Home” page.
Bertie looks to a victory over Sasha on the next toss...
Approximately 25% of our members visit from their homes in nearby communities of about a 17-mile radius; and a further 10% from a greater—often significantly greater—distance.
Some take delight in visiting the beaches with their dogs while in town to call on relatives or friends, many of those having resided in Fairfield in the past. While concentrated in the tri-state area, some visit from other states as far as the Pacific Coast; and are anxious that Fairfield preserve its reputation as a progressive, welcoming community that continues to accommodate dogs—and their families—during the off-season.
Out-of-town dog guardians represent an important economic resource for Fairfield: many of these members patronize local retailers and restaurants while in town during their visits to walk their dogs at the beach (more than a few having adopted dogs from the town's shelter subsequent to enjoying a weekend sojurn); some have enjoyed it so much, they’ve formed scheduled lunch groups… others have bought property in town, in part specifically owing to Fairfield’s off-season access policy.
Kendall: staying dry is simply not an option...
Perhaps not surprisingly, many of our members do not have dogs in their families: they minimally believe that dog guardians should have similar rights of use of the beach that other groups hold, particularly during the winter (off-season), when— were it not for people with their dogs— the beach is commonly deserted.
More immediately, they encourage off-leash exercise as a direct avenue to “good canine citizenry,” an important cost-free benefit to the Fairfield community-at-large, and which town government should be expected to actively support.
Many take simple delight in just watching dogs romp freely: “there is no greater pleasure for me... than to visit the beach and enjoy the dogs dashing about in careless abandon…” wrote one to us.Indeed, there is an uncomplicated, down-to-earth pleasure to be had, beholding the dogs as though we ourselves once were: children on a playground—absorbed in the moment, lackingt pretention or prejudice, paying no regard to physical attributes or political barriers—most all forming “just-met” friendships with startling swiftness… and why not?it’s all in fun! Our members take pleasure in
You can brighten the long, lonely day of a needy dog:consider volunteering at a shelter. Your used but servicable linens, towels, bathmats, or cushions can provide comfort while he waits. Need help affording veterinary care? click HERE • Find low-cost spay neuter services: click HERE
Food & Safety Recalls/FDA Advisories for Dog Foods: click HERE
To think about: American taxpayers spend more than $1 billion annually to fund municipal animal shelters.
In those facilities, 14,000 animals are killed each day, often brutally: even in archaic gas chambers...
many within merely hours of their arrival: why are they called shelters?