UPDATE: Winter closure of La Jolla Children’s Pool headed back to Planning Commission Jan. 16

People view harbor seals at Children’s Pool Dec. 30. The planning commission will again consider closing the beach to humans during the seals’ five-month pupping on Jan. 16. Pat Sherman

The San Diego Planning Commission will reconsider its Dec. 12 vote on the proposed winter closure of La Jolla Children’s Pool (aka Casa Beach) during its next meeting, 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.  On Dec. 12 the Planning Commission voted 4-3 in support of a refined proposed complementing  its 4-2 support for a closure of the beach during the harbor seals five-month pupping season (Dec. 15-May15).

The issue is being heard again at the request of Commissioner Michael Smiley, who said after the Dec. 12 meeting that his ‘yes’ vote was miscast.

The Planning Commission meets on the 12 floor of the City Administration Building (202 C Street), in San Diego City Council Chambers.

The proposed beach closure must still be approved by the San Diego City Council and California Coastal Commission.

–Pat Sherman

Related posts:

  1. The Seal Deal: Part 1 of series explores the pinniped world at Children’s Pool in La Jolla
  2. Mayor shares details of recently installed ‘seal cam’ at La Jolla Children’s Pool
  3. Mayor extends length of pupping season rope at La Jolla Children’s Pool
  4. Commission cuts down year-round seal rope permit request for La Jolla Children’s Pool
  5. Coastal Commission approves permit for year-round seal rope

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1 Comment for “UPDATE: Winter closure of La Jolla Children’s Pool headed back to Planning Commission Jan. 16”

  1. The Children’s Pool was built for toddlers and for the disabled. When will San Diego acutally support the disabled at the only ocean pool we have? Seals can swim 12 m.p.h. are are populated as pidgeons, have 197 species on their menu, devouring Garibaldi and polluting the shallows and sand that can not wash clean ever. Decades of fitlth , Open those sluiceways and lets make it back into a real ocean npool, and update the ramp to ADA standards. Lets give our disalbed their pool back. We have no other ocean pool entry to the real Pacific Ocean. Sea stars could be planted and help to repopulate what the seal feces has destroyed. Lets give all mammals a clean pool. There is not meant to be a beach , its a POOL. Seals will be happier too, and haul out at many other natural beaches that wash clean. We have thousands of disabled people and small children who are disabled and could actually snorkel here and see a real sea star in the real Pacific Ocean. Better visin? I hope you agree an will support ADA access and the Restoration of the Children’s Pool. For the cost of one bomb the pool can be restored to be a great Pacific Ocean ADA facility and serve those for whom the bombs have blown apart. Please support Disabled Vets and demand the restoration of the Children’s Pool for the Disabled and the weaker folks like the elderly and toddlers who can not swim in surf. We have a jewel here that has been allowed to become a t oilet. KIds are forced to play in seal poop mixed with sand behind the rope development on the beach that never allowed for ADA access either. Did you know that the ramnp was the primary access to the Children’s Pool for decades, not the stairs? In 1988 it was to be concreted to ‘improve current wheelchair access”. See La Jolla LIght articles of 1984 and 1988. Ray Gotch the City Manager was going to upgrade the ramp to ADA and then appears to have dropped the ball. Why?
    Lets put San Diego on the ADA Map of the World. Clean , clear water, no smells. Walk the restored wall and look to the left and see seals and look to the right and see Challenged Athletics swimming and a few seals too.

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