SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has given the seal of approval to a rope barrier designed to protect the marine mammals.
U-T San Diego says the judge ruled Friday that the rope can remain up year-round at Children's Pool in La Jolla.
Seals moved into the former children's swimming cove in the 1990s, sparking a long feud between their supporters and advocates of beach access.
The city eventually put up a rope barrier to keep people away during the seals' winter-to-May pupping season. An animal protection group sued San Diego last year to keep the rope up year-round.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner favored that move. Last month, he ordered the beach closed overnight after video surfaced showing people kicking, punching and sitting on the seals.
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