A large dinosaur statue that’s led to divisive debate in San Juan Capistrano has got to go. The City Council on Tuesday turned down an attempt by Carolyn Franks, owner of the Zoomars Petting Zoo, to appeal the city Planning Commission’s rejection of the replica apatosaurus. The City Council’s vote was 2 to 2. Franks said she was stunned by the decision and wasn’t ready to say how she’ll move forward, including whether she’ll remove the statue or keep fighting. But Jerry Nieblas, the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee president who led the move against the statue, said he hopes Franks will move on. Nieblas and Franks hugged after the meeting, which included public testimony from about 30 people, about two-thirds of whom supported the dinosaur. “It’s a huge disappointment. I wasn’t expecting it, so I really don’t know what to say,” Franks said after the meeting. “I feel like I let the kids down.”
 

Click on the following link to read the full article in the Orange County Register: https://www.ocregister.com/2013/04/03/council-rejects-attempt-to-save-zoomars-dinosaur-statue/


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