Our View: ‘Party’ at Children’s Pool a wrong step beyond the boundary
A little over a week ago, a group of people organized what they called a “celebratory” event to mark the 80th anniversary of the Children’s Pool — a nice idea that went too far.
They gathered at the beach — on the seals’ side of the rope barrier that’s supposed to guide people away from the marine mammals. Then they parked their chairs, lit their barbecues and partied for several hours.
One of them, pointing out that they are not anti-seal, called the evening “just magic … the seals came up and snuggled up around our feet. Not one seal flushed.”
On another occasion, one of our staff watched as a diver walked down the beach into the water, scaring the seals into the water. But the diver didn’t go in the water. After the seals swam away, he turned around and laughed all the way back to the place where his friends
had set up their awning.
We’ve complained about the pro-seal folks who yell at beachgoers and we’ve wondered why the tables clutter up the otherwise scenic Coast Boulevard sidewalk.
Now, it’s time to say the beach-access crowd has — literally — overstepped the boundary. If they’re trying to force the City Council to call for closing the beach permanently during pupping season or for a year-round rope barrier or to push those who enforce the Marine Mammal Protection Act into action, they need only keep parking their bodies and their barbecues as close as they can to the seals.
Both sides have points to make in this never-ending saga, but there are ways to go about getting a message across and having a barbecue on the beach as close to the seals as you can get is not the way it. (Nor is screaming at people who want to go into the water or preaching about their position to visitors.)
Now, with the rope down until December — or until the court or the city decides it should go back up — it’s time for the beach-access advocates to think before they act.
Their party “to honor” Ellen Browning Scripps for her gift of the breakwater could easily have been held on the high side of the beach. We just don’t understand why they had to disrespect the barrier and hope their actions don’t backfire on them.
We hold dear the right of public access to our beaches and take seriously Ellen Browning Scripps gift to La Jolla, however we wonder what these people were thinking. We really don’t want officials to give all of the Children’s Pool to the seals, even for part of the year, but after this would we certainly understand if that is they decision they make.
- Community View: Seals ‘attended’ the celebration at Children’s Pool
- Your View: There’s another side to Children’s Pool donation
- OPINION: Children’s Pool barrier should be rejected
- La Jolla Children’s Pool dedicated 80 years ago
- OPINION: Seals at Cove are unwelcome
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