The California Coastal Commission has approved San Diego's plan to close a children's beach for five months each year to protect seals that come ashore to care for their pups.
The commission on Thursday unanimously approved closing Children's Pool in La Jolla between Dec. 15 and May 15. Violators could face misdemeanor penalties of up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail.
The Children's Pool is an artificial cove that was used as a swimming hole until seals began moving in during the 1990s, spurring a feud between supporters of the animals and those who want beach access. The city put up a rope barrier and closed the beach at night but officials say some people still harass the seals.
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