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Tue, July 09, 2019

Dogs Rule at West Orange County Eateries

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The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) announced today that their goal to make all West Orange County “doggie dining friendly” was accomplished earlier this month with the city of Ocoee adopting its own ordinance, as Orange County, Oakland and Windermere had done recently.  The Chamber’s interest in this issue began in late 2017 when it learned that several member eateries were approached by the state health department for allowing dogs to dine with their owners without having the appropriate license by Orange County.  Further investigation revealed that the county, Oakland, Ocoee and Windermere needed to enact an ordinance that would allow eateries to apply for permits to allow for outside doggie dining.

Winter Garden and Orlando had enacted ordinances years before after the state had passed legislation in 2006 that would allow for outside doggie dining if a restaurant wanted to offer that service to its patrons.  The West Orange Chamber understood the confusion that patrons experienced because jurisdictional lines are blurred.  Patrons and even restaurants were not aware of the law but the popularity of doggie friendly businesses was growing. In order to gain economic equality for all its restaurant members, the Chamber embarked on an awareness campaign and enactment of the ordinance by the county and its remaining municipalities to bring all of West Orange County to doggie dining friendliness. 

Late last year, Mayor Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners took up this matter and passed its ordinance. Oakland, Ocoee and Windermere followed suit by modifying the county’s ordinance.  “We are thrilled to have all West Orange County as a doggie dining friendly place.  This just adds to all the other reasons why West Orange is the fastest growing residential community in Orange County,” stated Stina Duva, WOCC President/CEO. 

About West Orange Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1972, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) serves as the leading business advocate in Central Florida by building partnerships, promoting economic growth in the community, and facilitating opportunities for its 1,100 member businesses. In 2009, 2012, and 2015, the WOCC received the prestigious State of Florida’s Chamber of the Year award.

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