The seal debate of '09 ... (wouldn't it be great if it was the seal debate of '08? I love things that rhyme. Probably from my years working in TV, but I digress) ... The great seal debate of '09 has a new nugget; a new tasty morsel on which to chew.
San Diego Councilwoman Sherri Lightner tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that she has the perfect solution to those pesky seals inhabiting the people's beach at the Children's Pool in La Jolla.
As you may recall, someone in city government suggested playing recordings of dogs barking to drive the seals out of their natural habitat so people have more room to sunbathe and so that the children (it's always about the children, isn't it?) are safe.
But that golden idea also came with a heavy price tag at $700,000. And can you imagine if, while every city worker is taking a pay cut, 700 grand is being frittered away for seal control?
So that didn't fly.
But now, Lightner says she has the solution. Instead of recordings of dogs, let's use live ones! (My exclamation point. I mean, I don't know how excited she was when she came up with this idea.) She wants to turn the Children's Pool into dog beach, 'cause that makes sense. If people don't want to be around seals, they’re definitely going to want to be around dogs. Wet dogs. Dog poop. Barking dogs. Dog fights ('cause they don't all get along you know).
Never mind the fact that NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for those uninitiated) says there's a lot of potential risk associated with mixing dogs and marine life. Like, oh, potential risk of transmitting diseases.
Yeah, this sounds perfect.