City News Service
The San Diego City Council will decide next week whether to ban dogs from the Children's Pool and the adjacent stairs and breakwater wall in La Jolla, according to an agenda made public today.
The ban, initially proposed at a council meeting a year ago, is slated to be taken up on Monday.
If approved, the municipal code for the use of park areas would be amended to keep dogs out of the area, with exception for service dogs and all city employees in the course of their work.
The Children's Pool, which was dedicated as a swimming spot in 1931 thanks to a gift from Ellen Browning Scripps, has been taken over by harbor seals since the early 1990s.
The clash landed environmentalists and beach access advocates in the courts for years.
The city has a rope across most of the beach during pupping season to discourage people from disturbing the seals. The rope is scheduled to come down May 15.
However this season, some people have been setting up beach chairs and sitting on the beach area past the rope, which is designed to be a guideline.