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Children's pool rope to stay put, despite seal pupping season ending

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LA JOLLA (CBS 8) – Even in the middle of May, the 152-foot rope separating seals and spectators at Children's Pool isn't going anywhere.

At the end of pupping season, which is May 15, the rope is supposed to come down, but that changed after the California Coastal Commission issued a permit to the city of San Diego on Wednesday.

"Now that they have the actual physical permit, the rope will stay up and it will stay up year round," said Bryan Pease, a local attorney who has worked on litigation involving the La Jolla seals since 2005.

He's all for the rope being up year round to protect against the kicking and taunting of seals recorded on video this year.

The permit will be up for renewal in three years. It also includes a monitoring plan where qualified biologists, park rangers, and lifeguards will keep track of the seal population and alleged harassment of seals. They are required to keep reports at least 16 days a month.

Still, tension remains between Pease and those who want the rope shortened with more cove access for people.

Advocates on the other side say the area has been meant for humans since 1931.

Ken Hunrichs with Friends Of The Children's Pool says he and his attorneys are "investigating their options" in the wake of Wednesday's news.


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