SAN DIEGO - People won't be allowed at the Children's Pool beach in La Jolla starting Monday and for the next five months during seal pupping season.
Earlier this year, the City of San Diego ruled to ban people from the beach. The California Coastal Commission approved the ban in August.
Ken Hunrichs, the president of Friends of the Children's Pool, said there's a problem with the ban. His organization has been fighting for 10 years to allow people to have access the beach to enter the ocean.
"We believe the courts will find and recognize that there is a constitutional issue," said Hunrichs.
Hunch said the beach should be split in half – equal parts for the seals and people.
"We're not advocating people go up and interact closely with seals, but the seals are well accustomed to being around people," said Hunrichs.
People at the beach didn't seem to mind the ban.
"It's perfectly normal for people to be upset, but you have to think about the animal. This is their habitat. Five months goes by real quickly," said Maggie Nunez, who was visiting the area.
"You want more of them coming back. And in order for more seals to be here year-round, you need to let them have their time for themselves," said another beach go-er.