The Corona del Mar Farmers Market is the village's go-to gathering spot Saturday mornings, where friends bump into one another while loading shopping bags with fresh eggs, flowers and fruit, often walking their dogs past signs that say "No Dogs Allowed."
Dogs violate certain health codes, and this summer, they caught the eye of a county health inspector.
The inspector "was concerned," said Mike Haller, manager for the Orange County Environmental Health Agency's Food Protection Program. "There were a lot of dogs."
Based on the July 7 visit, health inspectors issued a notice of violation to the market manager, Rick Heil. As a follow up, they held a hearing July 24, where they presented a slide show of the canine violations in the market.
"The inspector had taken photos of violations," Haller said. "There were different breeds of dogs. One picture, we have had three dogs. To our perspective, this is a certified farmers market that's kind of being overrun with dogs."