SD parks officials apply for extending seal barrier at La Jolla Children’s Pool

The city’s Park & Recreation Department has submitted a new application for a year-round barrier separating people from seals at La Jolla’s Children’s Pool.

The Coastal Commission had previously advised the city the rope barrier was within the city’s jurisdiction, but a subsequent boundary check determined that was incorrect partly because it didn’t consider the beach is on historic tidelands previously subject to a public trust and therefore subject to the Commission’s permit jurisdiction.

“Historic tideland trust lands can’t be delegated to local government so it remains with the Commission,” added Lee McEachern, district regulatory supervisor for the San Diego Coastal Commission’s District Office.

A notice about the barrier application has been posted at the Children’s Pool.

“We’ll be doing our own independent review and analysis,” McEachern added.

City Park and Recreation Director Stacey LoMedico in a letter confirmed an application has been submitted with the Coastal Commission for a year-round rope barrier at the pool along with a request that procedural regulations be waived “to allow the Coastal Commission’s decision on the Coastal Development Permit to be heard before the city’s hearing on a Site Development Permit.”

LoMedico’s letter suggested the earliest date the Coastal Commission will convene a public hearing on the city’s request for a coastal development permit is January 2012.

— By Dave Schwab