LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Dino Revisited

No matter how Zoomars tries to win approval for Juan, the Apatosaurus, the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee is not on board.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The author is responding to reports that Zoomars Petting Zoo, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"zoo-mars-petting-zoo"} --> owner Carolyn Franks is trying another tact to get her dinosaur statue, known as Juan, city-approved. She has applied for a permit that would allow the 13-foot-tall Apatosaurus now that t, like it or not. Could Zoomars conceal the dinosaur to appease us? No.

Jennifer Maracle September 19, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Perhaps before condemning Zoomars for adding "4 MORE plans to their entertainment agenda" Mr. Nieblas should inquire what exactly they plan to do with those areas. As the OC Register reports it they are "reorganizing the zoo to include a Farm Area, and Old West Town and an Acajchemen Indian Village" in addition to the proposed prehistoric garden. Well let's look at this, Mr. Nieblas, shall we? A Farm Area, as a petting zoo that seems to be what most of the property consists of in the first place. I would hardly call that NEW. The same goes for the Western Town. After all they already have the mining and train ride, I would assume that is to be a part of what they intend to classify as the town. The dinosaur, although much debated and at the heart of the issue, already has a home at the zoo and the purpose of the amendment is to make him a legal part of the property and permit. Lastly, and most interestingly, is the Acjachemen Indian Village. Are these not the very same hunter/gatherers you mention as being so important to the city of San Juan Capistrano and the Los Rios District in the first place? I find it hard to believe you can find fault with Zoomars wanting to pay homage to these indigenous people in a way that is so respectful of their culture and the history of the city. You are upset that the dinosaur was installed without permits (which have yet to be proven as needed) yet now you are complaining that these "new" areas are in the amendment too? Shame on you, sir.
wschrimp September 19, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Bravo! Very well put. He seems to be a "Historical Bully", and what do we do with bullies?
Penny Arévalo September 19, 2012 at 06:18 PM
wscrhimp, Perhaps you should read my reply again. I didn't say Zoomars is on Los Rios. I said it part of the Los Rios Street Historic District and falls under the Los Rios Specific Plan. I didn't say it was residential. Where are you reading these things? I'm also NOT offering my opinion on the matter. Thanks!
wschrimp September 19, 2012 at 07:58 PM
LS, You are correct, San Juan was underwater 150 to 154 million years ago, when this dinosaur lived. However this dinosaur did roam parts of California. Zoomars should be allowed to show another part of California History?
Lon Uso September 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM
heaven forbid that someone might want to do something a little different to help their business, these people are hysterical, not historical


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