Gated Community in La Jolla Raising a Stink Over Poop Smell


sea lions at La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California (20)

The San Diego enclave of La Jolla has a poop problem, and like many things in this affluent seaside neighborhood, it’s hardly average. According to La Jolla Patch, those in the new gated community of La Jolla Shores have been complaining that protected marine life — such as sea lions, seals and sea birds — gather in such numbers on its ocean bluffs that their droppings have created a smell so noxious that it’s sickening residents and driving away customers from local businesses.

Last month, business owners in La Jolla — a place that recently saw controversy over Mitt Romney’s proposed oceanfront mansion — filed a lawsuit against the San Diego demanding that it find a solution to the stink. The suit, according to the Los Angeles Times, includes the claim that boxing champ Floyd Mayweather had booked two villas and six rooms at a local hotel, but the odor left by the animals prompted him to leave with his entourage only 15 minutes after arriving, at a cost to the inn of “$5,000 in one day’s rooms revenue.” (Pictured above: sea lions on La Jolla’s bluffs.)

The city of San Diego might have caused the problem to begin with, some believe, by erecting a fence years ago along La Jolla’s bluffs that barred humans from encroaching on marine life and from risking injury on unstable ground. But as Patch reported, this week La Jolla’s newest gated community got another gate — one that gives humans access to bluffs in the hope that “people scampering on the rocks will discourage large marine mammals from lounging there.”

Read more about the issue at La Jolla Patch.


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