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Corona del Mar Today: Officials conclude investigation on balcony collapse

November 06, 2010|By Amy Senk
  • A second-story balcony collapsed at the home at 422 Goldenrod Ave. on Oct. 23, sending two people to the hospital.
A second-story balcony collapsed at the home at 422 Goldenrod… (Daily Pilot )

Newport Beach officials have concluded their investigation of a balcony that collapsed last month on Goldenrod Avenue, turning over any follow-up inspections to the homeowner's insurance company, city officials have confirmed.

The second-story balcony collapsed at the home at 422 Goldenrod Ave. on Oct. 23, sending two people to the hospital. Neighbors from blocks away heard the collapse, and the first 911 calls erroneously reported nine people trapped.

City inspectors investigated the collapse, putting a red tag near the balcony and using yellow tape to cordon the yard. The building itself was deemed safe.

Because the home is private and not a public space, city officials said that the homeowner's insurance company could take over the follow-up reports.

City officials will work with the homeowner and any architect or contractor to make sure repairs are made to code, and in a reasonable time frame, said Daniel Kennedy, a principal engineer with the city.

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The collapse appeared to be accidental and not because of any code violations, he said.

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Reagan discussion will wait

Tuesday's meeting of the Newport Beach Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission has been canceled.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 3300 Newport Blvd.

Meanwhile, Mayor Keith Curry said that he had not made any definitive plans in going forward with a proposal to name a local sports park after late President Ronald Reagan. At the last City Council meeting, two proposals failed to pass, including a proposal to send the topic to the parks commission for consideration as well as a proposal to create a committee to explore ways to honor Reagan on his 100th birthday next year.

Curry has not had time to plan what action he may take, he said.

He added that he soon would be canvassing a few people to see if he could develop an appropriate plan.

At last week's meeting after the second failed vote, Curry vowed the topic was not dead and would return "in some form or fashion."

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Home Tour raises $130,000 for PTA

The 37th annual Corona del Mar Home Tour raised about $130,000 for the Corona del Mar Middle and High School's PTA — $10,000 more than expected, organizers said.

The event was held Oct. 26 and featured seven homes, plus breakfast, lunch and a post-tour party.

A total of 1,400 tickets were sold, including 50 the day of the tour, said co-chairwoman Jane Owen.

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