Fries for Fido: Dogs Now Allowed in Leon Co. Outdoor Dining Areas

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 13:07:13-04

LEON CO., FL (WTXL) - A long-standing ban on dog-owners bringing their pooches along for outdoor dining in Leon County has been lifted.

Tuesday evening, County Commissioners unanimously passed the "Doggie-Dining Ordinance".

Now, businesses in the unincorporated parts of Leon County can apply for a permit for an initial fee of $100, and a $50 annual renewal fee.

County officials say the City of Tallahassee decided to opt out of the ordinance.

42 jurisdictions in the state have followed suit in adopting ordinances to allow for dog-friendly dining within designated outdoors areas since 2006.

That's when the Florida Legislature dropped a state ban on the practice.

The ordinance goes into effect on July 1, 2016.