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Hearing Set For La Jolla Children’s Pool Rope Barrier

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Aired 3/10/10

The California Coastal Commission Wednesday decides whether a temporary rope barrier at the La Jolla Children's Pool should be removed.

The California Coastal Commission Wednesday decides whether a temporary rope barrier at the La Jolla Children's Pool should be removed.

Seals sun bathe at Children's Pool beach in La Jolla.
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Above: Seals sun bathe at Children's Pool beach in La Jolla.

The San Diego Council of Divers, Friend's of Children's Pool and San Diego resident John Leek are appealing the Coastal Commissions decision approving the rope barrier.

The rope and signs are placed at the beach during pupping season between December and May each year.

The groups favor continued beach access. They say seals and divers have existed at the location for many years. But Friends of the Seals president Ellen Shively said disturbing the animals during the crucial birthing time is harmful.

"Without the barrier, people will go down and disturb the seals, sometimes inadvertently not knowing that as wild animals, they have unpredictable behavior," said Shively.

The San Diego City Council was granted the authority by state law to determine how the Children's Pool should be used.

The Council has yet to take action, but a committee is expected to consider the Children's Pool issue next week.

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Avatar for user 'beachaccess'

beachaccess | March 10, 2010 at 9:33 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

It does not matter what plan is implemented for the Children's Pool in La Jolla to create a marine mammal park. While the beach may be closed, private citizens control the ocean around the Children's Pool.

If the beach is closed, private citizens will begin a harassment program in the water to get rid of the seals. This will be successful with devices and other strategies that will drive the seals away from the area for good.

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madmacks | March 10, 2010 at 1:35 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

So much money wasted on litigation around the pool. Why can't people dive and swim somewhere else besides this miniscule 40 yard area. The ocean is massive and these people continue to harass the seals and burn funds that can be used for something useful towards their OWN community - waste of resources and energy all around when these types of requests are obliged by anything more than a simple letter of denial.

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