Community Leader’s View: Thank you for getting involved


The topic of commercial Jet Skis launching off the La Jolla Shores boat ramp was discussed and declined during the April meeting of the La Jolla Shores Association Meeting. At the May meeting, after hearing the initial concerns surrounding the topic, I took a position of questioning motorized craft in the area with the intent to spark interest and comment.

I am quite certain I have never been more successful in gaining input from the community and interested parties in my tenure. The message is clear. La Jollans want to maintain public access to the waters off La Jolla Shores but are equally committed to limiting commercial use of personal water craft in the area.

We will discuss this topic again with specific regard to geography at our June meeting. I encourage your continued comments at

, or please join us for our next meeting on June 10. The location and directions are available at


The installation of the playground equipment at Kellogg Park is back on track. We have incurred a couple of delays but are moving forward once again and, barring any further delay, expect the playground to be reopened in mid-June. We will add a few enhancements early in July. We will keep you updated regarding the date of the ribbon cutting. Please come and enjoy this wonderful new facility as soon as it is opened.

During the course of this project, the city decided to remove the two cement dolphins that graced the north end of the playground due to their deterioration. As a result, The Friends of La Jolla Shores, a nonprofit 501(c)3, is now raising funds to install a life-size bronze replica of JJ, the baby gray whale rescued and rehabilitated by the SeaWorld staff.

This sculpture is expected to be a 2000-year art piece that the children can play on and adults can appreciate far into our future. If you would like further information or to make a donation to this project, please go to

I would personally like to thank everyone for your thoughts and input with all the projects we have going on at the Shores. We look forward to your continued participation in all of our programs.

Jim Heaton is president of the La Jolla Shores Association.