TELL US: Was It the Right Call to Allow Dogs Back on City Patios?

Tell us what you think about this hot topic in the comments.

, Salem dogs will be allowed back on outdoor dining patios provided restaurants request a variance (check out the form attached to this article).

to ban dogs from city patios, and

On Saturday Mayor Kimberley Driscoll took to her Facebook page to address the announcement dogs were allowed back on patios under the new provision and referenced the Salem News article referencing canines' return to Salem dining spots.

"Who let the dogs out?!," Driscoll wrote. "Well behaved canines welcomed back to outdoor dining patios in Salem. #wooftastic."

What do you think about the decision to allow dogs back on patios in Salem. Was it the right move? Do you agree with the new variance form?

Be sure to tell us in the comments.

Ellen Simard August 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Yes, absolutely.
Diane Wolf August 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Please, I really think it is time to give this issue a rest. Yes, of course it was the right call. The good people of Salem have been doing this safely and peacefully for years. I would like to go back to the days when having your dog on a patio wasn't controversial, but rather just a normal part of life in our city. Can we now just let sleeping dogs lie?
Wendy August 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Yes! I have met more people (while walking my dogs) who said that was oneof the many things they liked about Salem.
Leanne Schild August 13, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Yes! I don't even have a dog but I've always thought it was great that Salem allowed them. Reminds me of when I lived in Europe.
Don Armell August 13, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Common sense has prevailed in the most dog friendly city on the north shore.
Kimmy the inept August 13, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Bowing to the pressure of a few influential business owners (yes, that means you Lobster Shanty. Keep that rent money flowing) completely undermines the Admistration's creditability and exposes them for what they are - followers of public opinion, not leaders willing to make hard decisions and enforce the laws of our fair City - all of them, not just the ones that are popular with a few bar owners in our fair City.
BJ Larson August 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Yes, absolutely. Now can we talk about something else?
Judith Lazdowski August 13, 2012 at 05:36 PM
If the Health Department allows restaurants to seat people on the sidewalk with all the traffic driving by, there should be no reason to not allow well behaved dogs to be there.
Mack Donald August 13, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Well Kimmy, it is safe to say you are a first class idiot. I can tell you believe in conspiracy theories too, siting that the city bows to "influential business owners", all over a dog on patio's issue. Boy, talk about delusional! If you don't like it that people bring their dogs to restaurants that allows it, then by all means stay away. The mayor's office is doing a great job running this city. Salem is a friendly place that is very pleasant to live in. If morons like you ran the show it will be totally the opposite. Stay in your cave please, and let the rest of us enjoy what Salem has to offer without you and your brethren trying to ban everything.
gene August 13, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Hey Mack looks like you missed your medication. Breathe!
Cwheels August 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM
"followers of public opinion" Really? You must be speaking of a different city hall in some other Salem.
Joseph Kaye August 14, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Woof :)
Lisa Dolloff August 14, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Don't we elect officials to follow our (aka "public") opinion?
chester suchecki August 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM
who in their right mind wants to eat a meal outside while the wold drives by spewing auto exhaust and street dirt all over their food is nuts.then to add pets into the mix ,you will never see me there. i like the taste of food not pollution and dog hair
Randy Russell August 15, 2012 at 02:56 AM
It was the right decision. Dogs eating on the patios was part of what made my trip to Salem so memorable. All of the dogs that I encountered were clean and very well behaved.
Mack Donald August 16, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Yeah, it is clear old Kimmy is as crazy as a shit-house rat.
Mack Donald August 16, 2012 at 09:16 PM
And that is your choice. As long as you leave those who choose to alone. To all their own. I wouldn't want to sit next to an old fart like you either, and neither would my dogs.
Alicia August 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM
To the people that don't like it, there are a ton of other places for you to eat, especially in Salem. I'm very happy that dogs are welcome back!! Woohoo!


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