MAITLAND, Fla. - A Labor Day walk in the park for Samantha Cranis and her daughter means dodging dog poop.
"It's a beautiful
That's exactly why the Maitland
In a city full of lakes, officials are worried the wayward waste is hurting the environment.
"It really is a harbinger of virus, bacteria, disease," Elizabeth Schneider-Peele said.
Schneider-Peele just finished her term with the city's parks and recreation department.
She and Vice Mayor Linda Frosch would like to see "waste management" taught to
"A lot like how kids have to tell their parents to put their
A proposed school class would also teach them to tell their parents to pick up after their pet.
"It could go quite far," Schneider-Peele said.
The proposal is getting mixed reactions.
I think there (are) far better things to learn than pick up dog poop," Cranis said.
"I think kids would tell their parents if they knew it was wrong," resident Marilyn Schwartz said.
A second idea being tossed around is imposing city fines on offenders.
Orange County already has
The mayor says it's all still being researched.
"We want this to be a showcase for Maitland. If it's littered it detracts from the beauty at large," Schneider-Peele said.
Officials said it's still being studied before any decisions are made.