Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Stench may be ebbing but battle brews again over seal-pupping barrier

Though foul smells at the Cove emanating from sea lion and bird droppings appears to have abated, the City Council is preparing to grapple Feb. 24 with another pinniped matter — the divisive issue of whether to prohibit public access to Children’s Pool Beach during harbor-seal pupping season.

Reports from lifeguards, District 1 City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s office and the La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA) indicate the problem with persistent foul smells from the Cove has subsided — at least for now.

However, it’s difficult to determine if that change can be attributed to a new weeks-old city policy allowing humans out onto the bluffs, discouraging marine mammal haul-outs, or whether it can be chocked up to seasonal factors like winter marine-mammal migration or natural tidal flushing.

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