Seals on the beach at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The city will reopen the Children’s Pool in La Jolla to the public on Tuesday morning following the end of seal pupping season.

The area was closed on Dec. 15 to provide protection to the harbor seal population during the vulnerable pupping season.

The city is in the midst of a long-running legal battle with opponents who seek to keep the historic swimming area open year-round.

As part of the Children’s Pool reopening, the city reinstalled the rope line which serves as a guide and reminder for the public to keep a safe distance from any seals that may be present on the beach. Harassing the seals at any time is a violation of federal and local laws.

City park rangers and lifeguards will monitor the Children’s Pool while the area is open to keep the public and wildlife safe.

The Children’s Pool was deeded to the city in 1931 to be used as a safe swimming spot, but the seals moved into the area in the 1990s — leading to the current controversy.

According to California Coastal Commission, water quality is poor in the area because of the seals, so it is no longer a good place for swimming.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.