Corona del Mar Today: Upper Buck Gully trail project construction underway

December 10, 2011
  • A crew clears the trails on Buck Gully Trail on the looped path that begins at Fifth and Poppy avenues.
A crew clears the trails on Buck Gully Trail on the looped… (Amy Senk, Daily…)

Work has begun on the Upper Buck Gully trail project, with crews clearing the trails on the looped path that begins at Fifth and Poppy avenues.

City officials toured the site Thursday, where workers are preparing to install footings for four bridges currently under construction, said City Manager Dave Kiff.

When the bridges are complete, he said it would take minutes to install them, with a helicopter dropping them into place.

The trail, which will connect to San Joaquin Hills Road, should be complete by February, Kiff said.

The work is managed by the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and the California Conservation Corps is doing some of the work.

The project will cost $180,000, with about half paid for by grants and the rest paid with funds from the Buck Gully erosion project.

Funds from the erosion project also will cover $185,000 to be paid for maintenance of the trail, which will be overseen by the IRC.


The IRC will provide basic management services for Buck Gully, including field monitoring, habitat and natural resource management, regional coordination with adjacent open space land managers, assistance with fire and fuels management, public outreach, education and recreational programs, as well as volunteer management for stewardship and public access programs, Newport Beach Deputy Public Works Director Dave Webb said in an email.


Couture Dress Shop Opens

A new couture dress shop has opened in Corona del Mar at 3034 E. Coast Hwy.

Andrea's Couture sells custom-designed formal wear for mothers' of the bride and other special occasions, said owner and designer Andrea Williams.

"We can add sleeves, we can change the necklines, we can dye a dress any color in the world," Williams said. "Everything is custom."

Williams was six months old when her mother, Carmen Popa, opened Andrea's Fashions in Beverly Hills, she said.

"I grew up with couture design," she said.

The shop held a soft opening during last week's Corona del Mar Christmas Walk, but an official grand opening party will be held Jan. 19.

The shop's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, with appointments available on Tuesdays. For more information, call (949) 644-4200.


B.Candy to move to former psychic shop space

B.Candy will move to a larger location at 3100 E. Coast Hwy. this spring, the owner has confirmed.

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