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Corona del Mar Today: Parks commissioners to study beach fire pits

September 17, 2011|By Amy Senk
  • Newport Beach officials will study the safety of beach fire rings and whether they should be banned, nearly two years after the issue was tabled because of a storm of public outcry.
Newport Beach officials will study the safety of beach… (Amy Senk, Daily…)

Newport Beach officials will study the safety of beach fire rings and whether they should be banned, nearly two years after the issue was tabled because of a storm of public outcry.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Gardner asked that the city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission put fire rings on a future agenda.

She cited a recent $500,000 claim against the city of Huntington Beach after a child was severely burned when he fell into a ring.

"Before I get all kinds of angry emails," Gardner said, "I'm making no recommendation. There's a spectrum from doing what we do now to no fire pits."

The council agreed to ask parks commissioners to study fire rings at a future meeting.

Two years ago, the City Council discussed whether to ban fire rings because of concerns of pollution.

Almost immediately, fans of fire rings began to email council members. A Facebook page called "Save the Big Corona Fire Pits!" was formed and currently has 1,801 fans.

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By November 2009, Gardner asked that staff no longer make the fire ring ban a priority, saying that the passion on both sides was taking too much time when the city had budget concerns to address.

As of October 2009, there were 30 rings at Big Corona and 36 rings at the Balboa Pier. City officials did not immediately confirm whether that number has changed.

The Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission's next meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 4. The agenda is not yet posted.

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Patricia Beckman dies

G. Patricia "Pat" Beckman died earlier this summer in her Shore Cliffs home, sheriff's officials confirmed.

Beckman died of cardiovascular disease, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. She was 78.

Beckman's father was Arnold Orville Beckman, whose 1934 invention of the pH meter led him to found Beckman Instruments.

Arnold Beckman, who died in 2004 at age 104, also funded the first silicon transistor company, thus giving rise to Silicon Valley, according to Wikipedia.

Arnold Beckman also lived in Corona del Mar before his death. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has given more than $400 million to various charities and organizations.

Pat Beckman was a director at The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, as well as a trustee for the UC Irvine Foundation and a senior trustee for the California Institute of Technology.

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