Children’s Pool rope barrier goes up, but only for pupping season

City workers put up a rope barrier at Children's Pool. Photo: Dave Schwab

The city of San Diego has determined the Planning Commission’s Dec. 9 decision not to allow the rope barrier to be placed year-round at La Jolla’s Children’s Pool is a final decision and not appealable.

In a letter dated Dec. 14, city Parks and recreation director Stacey LoMedico states, “The permit to amend the seasonal rope placement to allow year-round placement was heard at the Dec. 9, 2010 Planning Commission Hearing. The Planning Commission denied the amendment and as such there will be no rope placement year-round. This Planning Commission decision is final and is not appealable to the Coastal Commission. The current Coastal Permit remains with the Park and Recreation Department staff placing the rope annually during ‘pupping season’ which is Dec. 15 to May 15.”

True to their word, a city work crew appeared at 6:30 a.m. this morning to put the Children’s Pool rope barrier up. Erecting the barrier with signs sunk into the sand in concrete went smoothly and there were a handful of early-morning onlookers, but no one was there to protest the action.

— Dave Schwab

Crews were out early at Children's Pool on Dec. 15 putting a rope barrier up for the seals pupping season. Photo: Dave Schwab

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Posted by Dave Schwab on Dec 15, 2010. Filed under Featured Story, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Comments for “Children’s Pool rope barrier goes up, but only for pupping season”

  1. Johnny be good

    “It’s not a fence — the rope is just a guideline,” said Dorota Valli of the Animal Protection and Rescue League. “It doesn’t prohibit people from going on the beach and accessing the water.”

    Bryan Pease, who represents the Animal Protection and Rescue League and La Jolla Friends of the Seals, said a year-round rope is good for both people and seals.
    “The rope is such a common-sense, unobtrusive solution to people getting close to the seals,” Pease said. “Anyone who wants to cross the rope is not prevented from doing so.

  2. bigdipper

    It is a solution to people getting too close to seals and anyone who wants to cross it can do so? And where does it say how close is too close? Adding a contradiction does not produce a solution.
    A non-prohibitive guideline is not a solution unless Dorota is there to yell at people with her megaphone like she does every year. Then it becomes a solution, imposed by the vigilantes pretending the rope is what they say it is not. An official tool for owning a public beach by intimidation. The only danger to the seal colony is the resentment these people and their tricks engender.
    The Planning Commission knew what it was doing when it rejected the yer round rope. They knew the City could lose millions again if it violated the Coastal Act again. The City cannot afford to continue to bend the law for a special interest group. It dares not let the decision be appealed to the Coastal Commission because the CCC could invalidate the winter rope too, given the facts it lacked last year.

  3. Chris Cott

    Using fabricated or skewed numbers to make your point is not only transparent, but should be checked by the paper before being printed. Stated in the 12/22 isuue AGAIN was " Fact: According to the lifeguard census there were more than 2 million visitors to the Casa/Children's Pool in 2009"
    First of all, I didn't know the lifeguards did a census, maybe a rough estimate. But OVER 2 million visitors? That is OVER 5,479 people a DAY! If they were coming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that would be over 228 people an hour, Non-stop!
    No wonder I can never find a parking spot!
    Maybe if each one of these seal visitors gave $1, we could finish the lifeguard tower, take down the hideous scaffolding and we could incorporate a spa area for the seals and a lounge for the "over 2 million visitors a year".

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