The rope barrier at Children’s Pool in La Jolla will be reinstated until May 30, a federal appeals court ruled today.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit suspended a state court order that prevented the city of San Diego from erecting the rope barrier to keep visitors off the beach.

City Attorney Mike Aguirre welcomed the victory for the Animal Protection and Rescue League, even though the group has sued the city to keep the barrier up. The city is obligated to follow the order, Aguirre said, though “our hope is that the beach will be allowed to stay as it is (with the rope up).”

Aguirre’s office today also announced a state court decision that outlines a process for the relocation of residents at De Anza Harbor Resort, the mobile home park at Mission Bay.

Superior Court Judge Charles Hayes rejected homeowners’ request for the city to pay fair market value of the homes. Aguirre said that could have cost the city $48 million.

Hayes instead ordered the city to prepare an extensive plan to relocate the park’s residents. The city must hire a “relocation director” with staff, the judge ruled, to assist residents in relocation. The judge appointed two special masters, which the city must pay for, to oversee the implementation of the process.

“We’re committed 100 percent to the residents to relocate them,” Aguirre said.


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