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Let the ponies swim!

This petition had 2,176 supporters

Members of the Pony Swim group as well as other residents have been taking their horses and ponies to Cedar Beach County Park in Southold, NY for many years to swim in the Peconic Bay during the summer months. It is a quiet, remote and not heavily trafficked park. Recently we were told that it is against the law, thrown out and anyone found there again with their horses would be fined $200.00 per horse. Currently Suffolk County has only 1 park that allows horses on the beach. Beach riding is only permitted at Smith Point from November 1-May 1. Horses along with their owners wish to enjoy the beaches and waters of Long Island during the summer months and warm weather, not in the dead of winter. Many spectators enjoy watching the playful activities and the sights of frolicking equines. We do not visit beaches during peak times as to be respectful of beach goers, we are diligent with clean up and practice the motto "leave no trace". We are asking Suffolk County to allow us the use of Cedar Beach with our horses as well as access to multiple beaches throughout the county. Please help us show officials there is a population of supporters who want horses to be allowed access to our beaches to swim and enjoy our island waters.

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Samantha Perry needs your help with “Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation, Suffolk County Executive, Steven Bellone: Let the ponies swim!”. Join Samantha and 2,175 supporters today.