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I am writing to urge you to please deny the appeal and approve the city of San Diego’s Site Development Permit Application for the year-round rope at Children’s Pool Beach. The seals are treasured by many residents, tourists and visitors to the area, and once they are gone, they cannot be replaced. We must do what we can to protect them and putting up a year-round rope is a very limited restriction on the beach and leaves swimmers with many options.

As you will recall, the City Council approved the year-round rope on May 17, 2010 by a supermajority vote. The mayor also signed this resolution, and the California Coastal Commission gave their unanimous approval on July 11, 2012. Given these facts, I strongly hope the Planning Commissioners will deny the appeal and approve the year-round rope.

Jill Marsal lives in San Diego.

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Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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