By Carolyn Franks, Owner, Zoomars Petting Zoo
On June 29, Zoomars received a letter from the city staff detailing their ruling on our dinosaur sculpture. We were offered the opportunity to have our animal exhibit reviewed further in order to secure a building permit. This decision was based off of our conditional use permit for the petting zoo, in existence for 30 years, and an approved site plan for a ‘play area’ where the dinosaur sits.
We were offered several options on how to manage the situation. Due to the positive feedback we have received from thousands of Orange County locals, San Juan residents, dinosaur enthusiasts everywhere and hundreds of children every day, we have decided to take the necessary measures to keep our dinosaur on the property.
We are working closely with city officials to find a solution that will be beneficial to the City of San Juan Capistrano, the Los Rios Historic District and Zoomars Petting Zoo.
In the meantime, we would like to thank the community, our friends and farm fans who have shown their overwhelming support for our apatosaurus.