I have a question. Public docks? What are the rules exactly? Today, as every day, I walked along the beach with my two dogs. One is a local dog and is always on a leash and the other is a little dog that loves swimming.
Much to the mirth of tourists, my little dog is obsessed with jumping from every dock along her route. I always make sure it is safe, walk down the dock to check it out and off she goes. I then walk back to shore to meet her.
Today, a very unpleasant security guard from one of the resorts approached me on the dock. He told me that the owners of the resort don't want dogs on the docks. I explained that I had never heard this rule and as far as I was concerned the docks were public. He didn't like that at all and became very aggressive. I told him that he didn't need to be so aggressive and his words were 'I'll get more aggressive if you don't do what I say'. When I asked him for his name so that I could report him he just said 'get out of my face'. The other security guard was so embarrassed he came over to apologise.
To be honest, I don't really care about the security guard as he is clearly a big bully and won't keep his job for long. I am more intrigued about the ability of individual resorts to introduce conditions or rules about the docks that they have built on public land.
The same resort had their security throw off local children who were jumping off of it and swimming around it a couple of weeks ago.
I am also aware that this is an issue for people who fish and snorkel off of docks. One friend was told he couldn't snorkel around a 'private' dock and many dock owners try to ban fishing. What is the real lowdown?