Seals Prevail in Rope Barrier Case

Barrier will be up year-round after Coastal Commission vote

By Nina Martensson
|  Thursday, Jul 12, 2012  |  Updated 6:37 AM PDT
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The seals bathe in the sun at the Children's Pool in La Jolla.

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Officials with the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to keep a rope barrier up year-round for at least three years to protect the seals at the Children's Pool in La Jolla.

The decision will allow officials to construct a 152-foot-long rope barrier at the La Jolla beach to provide a year-round buffer between people and seals, particularly during the seals’ breeding season.

Currently, all but three feet of the Children's Pool is roped off from December to May, when the animals give birth.

The project was submitted by the City of San Diego. Opponents, however, wanted the Children’s Pool returned to its original purpose as a swimming area for children. 

The proposal for the barrier will also include support posts, foundations and signs with information.

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