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Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorSCARBOROUGH — After months of debate, the Town Council finalized animal control ordinance changes Wednesday that will create new restricted beach areas during piping plover nesting season and require dogs to be on leash from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. during the winter. The council passed the amended ordinance in a 4-1 vote, with Councilor James Benedict opposed and Councilor Katherine St. Clair absent. The ordinance included amendments proposed in a prior meeting by Chairman Richard Sullivan to simplify the so-called “protected areas” on public beaches for the endangered plovers during their nesting season, which begins April 1. Now called “restricted,” those areas will not be enlarged if plover chicks wander outside of them.  As previously proposed, the Higgins Beach restricted area would prohibit dogs on the beach from Champion Street to Spurwink Road. The Pine Point restricted area goes from Hurd Park to the jetty, but allows dogs on leashes.  New is an extension of the Ferry and Western Beach restricted area to include the majority of Ferry, extending south of the parking lot, where no dogs will be allowed.  The ordinance also moves forward with new winter restrictions on off-leash time, which councilors said was requested by some elderly residents and residents with small children. An amendment approved Wednesday night mandates that dogs be on-leash from Labor Day to May 14 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (read more at the Forecaster)