Help Save Beach Dog!
Help Save Beach Dog!
To my local Delray community,
My name is Jennifer Roselli and I am the owner of Beach Dog located at 820 SE 5th Ave in Delray Beach. I expanded Beach Dog to Delray Beach in January 2020. I have survived and thrived as a new business during an extremely challenging time between the pandemic and economy.
The City of Delray and a specific neighbor, Gary Wulf, have been trying to shut Beach Dog down regarding zoning issues. From day one Gary, who has a history of harassing local businesses that surround his property, began harassing us; we have video footage of these instances. When we moved in, we had the challenge of cleaning up the horrendous back area, which was frequented by local drug users. Many mornings I arrived only to find intoxicated locals hiding and passed out in the bushes and behind the building; the amount of needles, liquor bottles and trash that had to be cleaned up was outrageous.
When we erected the fence in the backyard, Gary Wulf slurred, yelled, stumbled and threatened to shoot my business partner, Don Harris, who is a retired lieutenant for Broward County. For our safety, we filed a police report, but the harassment continued; every time a dog barked he’d continuously contact animal control. We take into consideration that we have neighbors and do everything possible to keep our dogs quiet and inside after 7pm. We have a 5200 sq ft building and it’s hard to hear anything once the steel doors are shut.
The dogs that come to Beach Dog are very well taken care of by their owners and trained; we are selective, we do not take dogs that are unsocialized or nuisance barkers. I have been very involved in the rescue community for over 20 years which I utilize my own personal home for. However, there was one time I had to take a foster rescue to Beach Dog for 3 days because he didn’t get along with my personal dogs. Gary Wulf, recorded this anxious barking dog from outside our building and sent it to animal control; this resulted in an open investigation. Gary has also created numerous lies about Beach Dog and even went as far as saying dog feces were being washed onto his property. I am not sure how that is possible as we have a solid wood fence, our elevation is lower, we pick up after each dog, we triple bag it and have implemented a drainage system. Gary Wulf is known to have given every local business near his properties a challenging time; one was forced to move. He also has been banned from local neighborhood meetings with the City due to his intoxicated outbursts.
There are two other local businesses that offer the same services that Beach Dog does, respectively 2 miles north and west of us that are classified with the same zoning; Barkingham Palace & Pet Smart. My attorney has been told that they have been grandfathered in and that the zoning regulations have changed. Therefore, Beach Dog can not continue to run as needed to sustain and remain in business. Dog daycare can be classified as essential almost- as many people view their dogs as family and are very particular with who they trust.
Beach Dog has not only cleaned up the immediate area; but has also employed a staff of 7 including one with a learning disability through icanfl.org. Within a year, during the pandemic and economic downturn, we have grown to over 300 clients! We foster for local rescue groups and are signed up to board dogs for military people who are deployed. We are also considered essential as many of our clients are doctors, nurses and EMTs. During COVID, our clients need a safe place for their dogs while they are working tirelessly to save people’s lives. Beach Dog was highlighted in the Palm Beach Post because we took in a dog for over a month, at no charge, while one client fought for his life on a ventilator due to COVID. There was no place for his dog to go and we were grateful to help.
I have done everything the City of Delray has asked but it has been to no avail. For the City to shut down a local, woman owned, small business during a pandemic, that many clients consider as essential, well, this is not a good reflection on who I believe we are. Delray is a growing community, and a growing community for our four-legged friends.
I am asking for the help of the community to save Beach Dog. Beach Dog has an amazing staff that have all volunteered to help dogs in need; we are passionate about giving back. I am asking for the communities help by signing this petition and by reaching out to Mayor Shelly Petrolia (email@example.com) to help save Beach Dog.
Thank you and God Bless,