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Business owners, including La Valencia Hotel and George's at the Cove are feed up with not only the officials of La Jolla Cove in San Diego but the uncontrollable poop along the shore. They recently filed a lawsuit against the city over the poop problem. What seems to be the problem? Sea gulls, pelicans, ducks, or other birds? Nope, the loving, adorable and cute sea lions.

Sea lions have taken over the shore of this quaint little town. They add character to the shore and visitors look forward to seeing them --- but not smelling them. The stench is so bad that visitors are refraining from coming. Businesses are losing business and the city doesn't seem to want to do anything.

The lawsuit states, "The stink is driving away customers and poses a health risk."

Are the city's hands tied or are they trying to avoid the problem and hoping it goes away naturally? According to Federal Law, it is illegal to harass, capture, or kill sea lions. So what can they do? Wildlife poop is not a foreign problem for any city on the coast. They deal with this stuff all the time. La Jolla dealt with poop issues last year when they had to hire a company to spray bacterial cleaner for bird feces accumulation. So, the reason that they are holding off handling the sea lion problem is still being investigated.

"We are well aware this is a problem impacting businesses and quality of life in La Jolla," said Alex Roth, representative to Major Todd Gloria of La Jolla. "We are actively working toward a solution. No options are off the table."

But, the owner of George's at the Cove told U-T San Diego that the city has been giving him that same line for over two years. "We consider this to be a potential health hazard and a serious public nuisance and we faced the resulting financial hardships too long," he said. "We've run out of patience."


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