The story of the seals in the Cove at La Jolla and the dispute over whether or not they should be dispersed just took another turn:
At a cost of nearly $700,000 the city of San Diego wants to use a loudspeaker that emanates a barking dog sound from 6 A.M. till sunset and have police personnel on site to protect the person carrying/operating the device. If needed, even over the course of several years.
At nearly $700,000 per year (and rising, of course)?! Can one imagine a better use of taxes in times when we are told every day that we have to tighten our belts?
More background information on all of this and the law suit running now since over 10 years can be read here:
I just can imagine how pleased those citizens of La Jolla living near the Cove will be to be woken up every morning at 6 o’clock sharp by the sound of barking dogs.
And the kids! They will love it! “Mommy, Daddy, can we go down to the beach where the dogs bark all day and the man runs around who carries the machine making the noise, while two policemen take care that everybody is safe during this event?”
Yes, that is what kids and neighbors and guests in the hotels lining the Cove love. Much more than seals. Because seals apparently are a nuisance.
And what about those who want to see marine mammals in the only seal rookery between San Francisco and Mexico? Why, they can go to SeaWorld and pay about $60.00 to stare at some seals in a tank.