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Zoomars Dinosaur

By Marie Evans, San Juan Capistrano

I was reading your article on the dinosaur and find it amazing that there is so much to say about a 40-foot-long dinosaur.

You might ask, “What does a dinosaur have to do with historic San Juan Capistrano?” Nothing at all. The fact that Ms. Franks has spent thousands of dollars on this case is amazing. She could have saved herself all this by simply going to the city and getting a permit and permission to bring a dinosaur into the Los Rios Historic District. She had to get a permit to open Zoomars, so she knows what the city require permits. Most cities do, but she chose to ignore this simple fact.

This is simply a case of “Do what you want and ask for forgiveness later.” I applaud those on the city council that voted against this dinosaur. If this was allowed to stay, one might ask themselves, “What’s next?”

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comments (2)

  • Clearly you haven’t been following this story for very long Ms. Evans. Ms. Franks did not need a permit or permission for the dinosaur. You are correct however in saying that she needed a permit for a children’s petting zoo which she has. This animal replica fell within that regard. This entire issue was NOT about a dinosaur. It’s also obvious you know nothing about Ms. Franks who has given back to the San Juan community more than anybody I know. Please get your facts straight before slandering someone publicly.

  • Ms. Evans, who are you and what rock did you just crawl out from under?
    If you had been following this story at all, you would not the untruths you are speaking where put forth last year by people looking to find some reason to have it removed. Just because they keep repeating the same lies does not make them true.
    Your comments about this issue are false and misleading. As the other responder has stated, the issue was never about a permit, because there was never a permit needed for the dinosaur statue. The city has no such law or code.
    The dinosaur is now on to a better place where he can be enjoyed by millions, in another historic district that welcomed him with open arms.
    You comment about the story were just plain mean and uncalled for and you should apologize to Ms. Franks and Zoomars.

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