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Laguna to support marine life with whale decals

August 20, 2011 |  1:08 pm

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The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously approved Councilwoman Toni Iseman's suggestion to place decals of the new whale tail license plate on the back of city trolleys and buses. The decals will cost less than $2,000 and be installed by city staff.

The 12-by-20 inch decals will be paid for out of the city's Water Quality Educational Fund.  Whale artist Bill Atkins presented the council with a rendering of the plate Tuesday. His design replaces the one created by marine muralist Robert Wyland, which was discontinued after a dispute about the plate's proceeds.

"All of the money raised in the sale goes to educational programs," Atkins said.

Proceeds support the annual Coastal Cleanup Day, the year-round Adopt-A-Beach program, grants and the Coastal Conservancy beach access and habitat restoration projects.

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--Barbara Diamond, Times Community News

Photo: Coastal Commission

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