On March 11, a peaceful marine conservation rally sponsored by the Tidepool Coalition was held on the 17-foot-wide sidewalks in front of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our purpose was to gather signatures protesting proposals before the Fish and Game Commission to commandeer our city-owned Pacific Grove Marine Garden Refuge.
We met no less than three times with the department to obtain necessary permits. We had a permit, and permission for keyboard music. Amplification was less than 60 decibels.
At 1:15 p.m. police appeared, responding to an aquarium complaint. The sergeant in charge had a single purpose — to intimidate and trash the event. He purposefully made conditions so restrictive, it was impossible to gather signatures or continue the assembly.