Our View: Time for both sides to take a time out at Children’s Pool
With only a month left in the official seal pupping season, we’re hopeful that the advocates on both sides of this emotional issue will take a time out to consider what they have created.
We realize people are passionate about wanting or not wanting the harbor seals at the Children’s Pool. We’ve listened to both sides and are as conflicted about it as many locals are. Our own staff staff stands on both sides of the discussion.
The point here is not to take a stand, but rather to ask those that feel they have to cross the rope barrier and set up their beach camps and those that shout and send videotapes showing what they say is harassment to step back. Take a look at YouTube and you can view both sides, and neither presentation is pretty.
People who live here and come to La Jolla enjoy our spectacular views and usually peaceful beaches. Some like seeing the seals; others partake of our shopping, dining and vacation spots. Sometimes do all of the above.
But when the experience is interrupted by shouting matches or the view is cluttered by tables full of literature and items for sale, we believe the Jewel loses a good bit of its luster. The Light has received many letters from tourists complaining about the tension they feel walking by the Children’s Pool, and even a few who said they will never return because of what they and their children witnessed.
We urge the “pro-beach” people and the “seal advocates” to take a look inward. If they were innocent passersby with their children in tow, how would they explain the shouting and the people who don’t respect the signs or the rope barrier?
We don’t have a solution but think city and state officials should take another look at the rules, including the “free speech tables” and the use of a ranger, none of which seem to be working at this point.
Meanwhile, we encourage the two sides to step back. Maybe they could all take the rest of pupping season off and see what happens. Maybe the people and seals who want to use the beach would all be better off. For sure, those of us who like to walk along the coastline would be.
- Your View: Situation at Children’s Pool makes no sense
- Your View: An ode to the Coast Boulevard regulars
- Opinion: Key to ocean safety is not to panic
- Opinion: I don’t want a seal rookery
- OPINION: Speak up if you care about the Village
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