- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Children’s Pool beach in San Diego will not close for at least the first stretch of seal pupping season, but a rope line will be in place to deter visitors from approaching the seals.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2hzSmKY ) that the La Jolla beach has been the subject of a long-standing dispute between animal rights activists and local beach-goers.

The City Council voted in 2014 to restrict public access to the beach between December 15 and May 15 after complaints that people were harassing a colony of seals gathered there. A group called Friends of the Children’s Pool filed a lawsuit over the issue and a judge ruled in May that closing the beach so long breaks state and federal law.

San Diego has appealed the decision.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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