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Children’s Pool: Commission Will Hear Full-Time Rope Request Wednesday

The city of San Diego applied to the commission to keep the barrier up year-round.

A long-awaited California Coastal Commission hearing is scheduled Wednesday on whether to keep a rope barrier designed to protect harbor seals up full-time at the in La Jolla.   

The city of San Diego applied to the commission to keep the barrier up year-round to discourage visitors from annoying the seals that took over the beach a couple of decades ago. The barrier is currently up for six months ­– from December to May – when the marine mammals are giving birth and weaning their young.   

Animal rights groups contend that seals harassed by people return to the water, sometimes abandoning their offspring.   

The rope, which leaves a three-foot opening, is designed to discourage people from going onto the beach, not prevent them from doing so.   

The animal rights groups are opposed by beach access advocates, who want the beach returned to its original use, as a safe swimming area for children.   

CCC staff is recommending approval of the city's application, on the conditions that the city develop a plan to monitor conditions at the Children's Pool, submit annual reports on how many seals use the pool and the effectiveness of the rope, and that approval is for a three-year term.   

The San Diego City Council voted to apply for a commission permit for the year-round rope in 2010. 

The Coastal Commission will meet at 276 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910 at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Children's Pool is agenda item 10D. 

If you can not make it, you can watch a live webcast here. You need to have at least version 9 of Windows Media Player installed on your computer.

See the staff report with recommendations/PDF document to the right of this article.

–City News Service

Roger Teasman July 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
There are other beaches in San Diego used by Pacific harbor seals in San Diego Bay and Point Loma. These are much more isolated beaches than the Children's Pool. The seals at the Children's Pool are domesticated losing their fear of people and thus significant wild behavior. Help return the seals to the wild by incidental flushing of the seals off the Children's Pool beach. Please consult the Facebook page FLUSH THE SEALS FROM THE CHILDREN'S POOL for suggested ways on how to flush the seals off the beach.
Serge Dedina July 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Patch readers should be aware that Mr. Teasman is advocating that people break federal, state and local wildlife protection laws by deliberately harassing harbor seals at Children's Beach. it is this type of behavior in which private citizens deliberately break the law and continue to harass harbor seals that has created the problems at Casa Beach. The harbor seals at Casa Beach engage in the same type of behaviors as in other pupping and hauling out areas. WiLDCOAST helped to conserve one of the largest harbor seal pupping areas in Mexico, and the animals there are just as curious and friendly as they are in San Diego. Hopefully the City of San Diego and the State of California will collaborate effectively to prevent Mr. Teasman and his cohorts from harassing defenseless wild animals.
Diane Castaneda July 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Yes Mr. Teasman there is much more isolated beaches than the Children's Pool that residents can use. This is a great places for families to take their kids to learn about San Diego's amazing wildlife, instead of spending $60 to take them to Sea World to see seals to tricks. So instead of encouraging citizens to break the law we should encourage citizens to share our environment with all living things.

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