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Judge rules seals can stay at Children's Pool in La Jolla Cove

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) -- A Superior Court judge Friday ruled a state law signed by the governor in July could allow the Children’s Pool in La Jolla to be designated as a seal sanctuary beginning in 2010.

The city was ordered to dredge the pool so it could be given back to swimmers earlier this year, but the governor’s bills set the stage for the pool to become the seals’ permanent home.

The area was designated as a Children’s Pool in 1931.

Visitors to La Jolla Cove said they are hopeful that this ruling will settle the issue once and for all, and they hope the city will spend the money it was using for lawyers’ fees on upgrades and other projects.

But while city officials said there are no upgrade projects in the pipeline, they do inspect the structure regularly.

While seal supported celebrated the win in court, the La Jolla Friends of Seals group has their eye on a marine mammal park establishment after Jan. 1, 2010, with some other upgrades.

The future of the Children’s Pool is in the city council’s hands. However, spending large amounts of money on upgrades may not be a priority for them.

Some seal supporters told News 8 that if the area is designated as a marine mammal park, some federal funding would become available.

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