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Thursday, March 01, 2012

La Jolla and Its Silly Seal Problem

Boasting a stunning rocky coastline, where sand-lined coves are hemmed in by the rock, La Jolla is always a highlight on any trip to San Diego. Add the numerous seals that like to sunbathe on those beaches and swim in the nearby waters and you have a great destination for families that’s far cheaper than visiting nearby Sea World. I brought my family here last Saturday to stroll the boardwalk that leads to the famous La Jolla Cove. We stopped first at Children’s Pool Beach to see the seals and was surprised to find a women with a megaphone harassing visitors who were getting too close to the seals on the beach. I was even more surprised to find another guy with a megaphone harassing the seal advocate. Here’s how the conversation went:
 
Seal Advocate: “Please get off the beach. You’re too close to the seals. There are pregnant mothers who need to sleep.”
Dude at Other End, A Diver Advocating for Access to the Beach (to Seal Advocate): “Please stop harassing humans. They have every right to be on the beach.” 
 
This is ridiculous, I thought, straight out of a Saturday Night Live skit. Adding to the confusion was a rope on the beach that served as a barrier. Yet, it was only three-quarters of the way across, with signs that read, “Beach Open.” Huh? Listen, San Diego City Council, make a finite decision. Either the public is allowed on the beach or not. Then arrest any person with a megaphone, which is probably doing more harm to the seals than approaching them with a camera. At least it would stop the noise pollution at such an incredibly scenic and serene locale. 
 

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 03/01/12 at 02:00 PM
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Sorry, but our City Attorney is afraid of their lawyer who is known for vindictive lawsuits on 1st amendment grounds. The CA has told the police bullhorn restrictions are unenforceable. The City is trying hard to get the means to close that beach to appease the radicals but State Law is against it. You are quite perceptive. That rope was approved by the Coastal Commission because the City swore its intent was not to impede public access to the shore. There is a lot of money and power involved. The seals and the tourists are only pawns.

Picture of John Leek Comment by John Leek
on 03/01/12 at 06:18 PM
 


Thanks for chiming in, John! Sounds like one big convoluted mess.

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 03/01/12 at 06:27 PM
 


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