The Crowd: Lido Isle greets clubhouse in new form

November 09, 2011|By B.W. Cook
  • RIBBON CUTTING: Fred Barnes, Leo Young, Mayor Mike Henn, Steve Kroh, Pete Manno, Roberta Fessler and Sharon Grimes cut the official ribbon at the new Lido Isle facility.
RIBBON CUTTING: Fred Barnes, Leo Young, Mayor Mike Henn,… (Daily Pilot )

The Lido Isle crowd converged on their handsome renovated and redecorated club Nov. 2 to formally welcome the new facility to the island.

Following months of construction in several phases, the iconic Newport family beach and sailing hub has an elegant yet comfortable "beach" look in keeping with classic East Coast Hamptons style.

Architects Steve Kroh and Roy Martinez worked closely with interior designers of note Karen Butera and Richard King and contractors Matt White, Bob Fernandez and Aaron Schmidt in creating the space that will serve Newport families for another century of generations.

In addition to its well-regarded sailing program for youth, the Lido Community Assn. Clubhouse is home to civic, holiday and family milestone events throughout the year, including the decades-long tradition of the Summer Friday night barbecue.

The grand-opening celebration featured a formal ribbon-cutting at the front door officiated by Newport Beach Mayor Mike Henn joining City Manager Dave Kiff and staffers from the city of Newport Beach Building Department. Super-dedicated Lido Isle resident project managers Pete Manno and Obie Rambeau stood side by side with the city officials at the ready to cut the red ribbon and welcome some 100 Lido Islanders for the formal first look.


Manno welcomed guests who were toasting champagne and sampling hors d'oeuvres of chilled jumbo shrimp and assorted artisan cheeses. They marveled at the new harbor vantage point through floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the main channel that replaced smaller panels of glass. Manno stood at the podium fronting a grand fireplace surrounded by a classic white painted wooden mantel and thanked the many locals who donated time, talent and financial support to the project.

Deserving praise were present and past LICA Board presidents, including Neil McFarland, Patrick Sanders, Jim Aust, Leo Young and Fred Barnes. LICA staff on hand were Paul Kotas, Sherry Champion and Lindsey Vaughn.

Special thanks were offered to the dedicated design committee women who worked diligently to create the exceptionally tasteful environment. Accepting kudos were Sharon Grimes, Betsy Dougherty, Barbara Wall, Kim Morris, Nancy Helm and Linda Kinninger. Finally, sincere appreciation was paid to the Crook family representing Quick Crete for the generous donation of tables and large cement planters helping to complete the project.

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