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Judge rules city must comply with order to dredge Children’s Pool

A cove in La Jolla known as the Children’s Pool that has become a nesting area for harbor seals should be restored to its 1931 configuration as a beach for humans, a judge ruled Friday.

Judge Yuri Hoffman denied the city of San Diego’s request for more time to comply with a court order initially made by Judge William Pate in 2005 that prohibited the city from putting up a rope barrier to keep people away from the seals.

Pate’s 2005 ruling ordered the city to restore the area to its “pre-seal’’ condition within six months by removing sand buildup and cleaning up the water.

Feces from the seals polluted the water and the beach, making them unhealthy for humans.

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Today, Hoffman ordered the city to find out what permits are needed to comply with the order to begin dredging. A further hearing was scheduled for Oct. 24.