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Dog Park Resolution May Be Near

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New developments in the political dog fight over Shreveport's first dog park. It's a story we've been following for you from the beginning.

Last week, dog park supporters offered a plan "B" to their original Hamel park location. Now that idea is making some headway with city officials. For years the dog park debate has plagued the city and now there seems to be a compromise on the horizon and a date has been set for a resolution. In an exclusive interview with Mayor Glover and other city officials we take a look at the possibility of a dog park at Stoner beach."

"We just took a step back and said this was actually discussed as a viable location at one point, why don't we look at that again," said Dan Keele, the attorney for the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance. Keele says Stoner Beach has every thing they want and everything Mayor Glover says a city dog park would need. City councilman Jeff Everson says, the idea is gaining some traction. "Because of some changes in some surrounding developments and some new developments that have opened up in the area might have mitigated some of those concerns, so it's a very viable option to look at again."

Mayor Glover says he's always been in support of a dog park.  But it has to be the right move for the city and he said Hamel Park is not. Mayor Glover said, "We would find ourselves owing and being obligated to far far more than the legal fees than we've incurred at this point. Literally hundreds of thousands of dollars." Glover also says the Sheriff's Marina office at Stoner Beach could provide security and the sheriff's office has access to inmate labor to help save the city money when it comes to maintaining a dog park in the area. Now Mayor Glover says it's time to drop the Hamel Park lawsuit,  fire all the lawyers and get something done. "Let's move forward with discussions on how it is that we actually do an effective review of the Stoner location, determine what the actual projected costs will be and develop a project from that perspective."
There will be a public meeting on the dog park issue Tuesday, December 3rd at 10 o'clock at Government Plaza. 

 

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