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Get ready for party at Kellogg Park

BY JIM HEATON

Mark your calendars and prepare to join us at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the playground equipment at Kellogg Park. We will couple this event with the annual, albeit unofficial, celebration of potentially the best beach month of summer.

Loren Nancarrow, formerly of Channel 10 News, is set to emcee this family-friendly event which will include the award-winning band Hullabaloo Band, games and a wonderful early evening at the beach. Come join us and celebrate the new playground and the incredible community spirit that made is possible.

We continue to movie forward towards our goal to dedicate the bronze statue of JJ the Baby Gray Whale at the north end of the Kellogg Park playground. The life-size, 15-foot clay sculpture is nearly complete and we are only weeks away from moving her to the foundry. We are continuing to accept donations for this effort at

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  1. We expect completion of this program will carry into next year.

We have made tremendous progress on our efforts to ban commercial personal watercraft from the boat launch. Stacey Lomedico, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, has confirmed that the City Municipal Code specifically prohibits any commercial activity on the beach or boat launch without a permit from the Department of Parks and Recreation. Violators can be fined up to $700 per infraction for operating without a permit.

She has further assured us that her department will not be issuing any such permits now or in the future and has notified the lifeguards of this position. We would like to thank Stacey for her support in our efforts to protect all who use or live in our wonderful marine environment.

Please be assured we will continue our efforts to modify the Municipal Code to permanently ban commercial personal watercraft from the boat launch.

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Mark your calendars and come join at the playground for an evening of fun and celebration.

Jim Heaton is chairman of the La Jolla Shores Association.