Pismo Beach lets the goats in

June 18, 2014

Surfing GoatThe Pismo Beach City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night that will allow the presence of goats in town. [KSBY]

Residents may now apply to keep or raise goats on private property for a $300 fee. Individuals may also parade goats through public parks, so long as the animals are kept on leashes.

City staff crafted the ordinance after Pismo Beach resident and YouTube star Dana McGregor began raising goats at home and filming videos of the them surfing. No regulation currently prohibits goats from wandering the beach.

The new ordinance will require residents to inform their neighbors prior to keeping goats around the house.


3 Comments

  1. Ted Slanders says:

    “No regulation currently prohibits goats from wandering the beach.”

    Uh, I am sure there is no regulation prohibiting elephants from wandering the beach as well, but should they be allowed to do it in the first place? Little round goat poop balls along with dog poop too?

    “The new ordinance will require residents to inform their neighbors prior to keeping goats around the house.”

    This is so admirable. Conversely, is there a place in the existing ordinance where one has to inform their neighbors that they are raising Boa Constrictors, just in case one gets outdoors and strangles one of their children?

    “Individuals may also parade goats through public parks, so long as the animals are kept on leashes.”

    Seriously, who would want to be caught parading a goat on a leash in a public park? Would it be possible to parade a Komodo Dragon through the park as long as it had a leash on to prevent it from attacking a dog and ripping it’s throat out? Where does it stop?

    Barring the continuing bleating from goats ALL DAY LONG, and smelling like you live in a farming community in the San Joaquin Valley, I can just see the owners of their expensive one million dollar plus homes, where their next door neighbor decides to raise a “plethora” of goats. Albeit, that they can’t wait until the summertime where their neighbor’s piled up goat poop cooks in the sun all day long!

    “Honey, can you close the windows again, our neighbors haven’t cleaned up their back yard in over a week and their goat’s annoying bleating is preventing us from having the comfort of our windows open on this beautiful day”

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  2. r0y says:

    So what does the $300 fee cover? I’m only asking because in SLO I have four (4) dogs – any more than 3 triggers the $150 annual multi-animal use. I never got a clear answer what my extra fees went towards.

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