By Judi Curry / OB Rag
For years the residents of the Point Loma and Ocean Beach areas have been complaining of the noise and air pollution spewed forth nightly by SeaWorld. Some people that own dogs have complained that the dogs are scared nightly by the horrendous percussion sounds while trying to hide from the shaking windows and doors. Some people that have children and babies complain that it wakes them up, usually crying, and has affected their everyday life.
Sunday night, August 15th, was one of the worst incidents of noise that I have heard in a long time. The noise reverberated for over two minutes; and as soon as one could relax another wave hit. And it wasn’t just here on the Point. Looking over the comments made on Facebook, Laura stated that she heard it in La Mesa. She said it wasn’t real loud; more like thunder but it was from Sea World.
For the life of me I cannot understand why SeaWorld has to have fireworks. People do not spend all that money to go see a fireworks show at 9:50 pm. People spend the admission price to see the SeaWorld Show. It wouldn’t make any difference if there were fireworks or not. Not only does it cause pollution in the bay and in the air, it disturbs their own animals, our animals, and for some time ago it was shown to disturb the nesting birds.
[Editor: In fact, just a little over a year ago, in July 2015, the OB Rag reposted a Petition to Stop the Nightly Fireworks at SeaWorld set up on change.org. It has since been closed, but not before 11,237 people signed it.]
Couple the noise from SeaWorld, the British Airways and Fed Ex planes taking off just about the same time, zip codes 92106/92107 is not a very healthy place to be at night.
And before people jump down my throat – I KNOW that some of you think it is nice. Some of you mentioned you know it is time to go to sleep when the fireworks are over. Some of you feel blessed to be able to see the “free” show every night. This is MY opinion.
I think that SeaWorld would see no loss of revenue if they stopped the fireworks. In fact, they might even gain some money because they wouldn’t have to pay for the fireworks. And we might all be able to breathe a cleaner air and swim in a cleaner bay.