Marine Science

La Jolla off-leash dog beach near SIO vetoed: Scientists say Area of Biological Significance is a poor fit

La Jolla off-leash dog beach near SIO vetoed: Scientists say Area of Biological Significance is a poor fit

Although La Jolla Country Day School student Navid Massarat is researching all options for an off-leash dog beach, the possibility of the area north of Scripps Pier has been effectively nixed. And, according to Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) lab researchers, it is for the best.

“We are still exploring all possible locations, but recent information provided by the City affirming Scripps’ jurisdiction has moved us to also look for a different location,” Navid said.

The area he was originally proposing is Scripps-owned property, and an Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS), so Scripps researchers indicated it would be an ill-fit for a dog beach. The beach...

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