"When we start making policy that way, we don't get the fine-tuning right," said Councilwoman Nancy Gardner, who had suggested dropping the winter hours.
Before Tuesday's meeting, the council received letters and calls, Gardner said, suggesting ocean and bay beaches should have different rules and that unlimited winter hours may not be the best idea.
The parks commission will reconsider the matter at its Sept. 7 meeting. Commissioner Bill Garrett, who voted against the expanded hours, said that the real problem is unleashed dogs.
"No one speaks for the people who are frightened of dogs," he said. "People go down there with all kinds of scary dogs and let them run loose."
In other matters:
The council voted unanimously to form a citizens bicycle safety committee, which will be charged with implementing some of the changes recommended by a task force in May. Councilwoman Leslie Daigle prodded the city staff to take quick action to make the streets safer, in light of a recent fatal cyclist crash, while Mayor Keith Curry responded by saying many tourists who drive in the city and spend money are equally important.
City Manager Dave Kiff reported the city's performance on a series of measures it began tracking during the 2009-10 fiscal year. They included police response time, street sweeping regularity and other indications of government efficiency. Generally, they painted a rosy picture of city services. Kiff said he was concerned that the Development Services Department was taking too long to process plans.
Revealing the city's first example of a mixed-use building near Lido Marina Village, the council tentatively approved plans to convert an office building to a residential-office mix. The bayfront building, at 3388 Via Lido, would have two condominiums above office space. It requires special approval because the zoning ordinance that would allow such a mix of uses has not yet been approved by the city.