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Corona del Mar Today: Port Theater requests tree move

October 27, 2012|By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today
  • The orchid tree in front of the Port Theater.
The orchid tree in front of the Port Theater. (Amy Senk, Daily…)

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A Port Theater representative asked the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board last week if it would agree to remove an orchid tree that blocks the theater's electronic marquee.

"The tree completely blocks half of our marquee so traffic going north on PCH can't see what's going on," said Jessica Prause, a theater representative. "We spent a lot of money and time revitalizing the theater, making it look nice. We're happy to pay the costs of moving it. We just need permission."

The city's Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission had advised the theater's owner that the BID group would need to OK the request before going forward, Prause said.

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Scott Palmer, the BID's administrator, expressed concern that several other businesses had also requested removal of trees that block signs and that granting the Port's request would "open a real can of worms of people saying, 'You did it for the Port; you should do it for me.'"

Newport Beach City Councilman Ed Selich suggested the tree be moved to another location and replaced with a mature king palm with a trunk that rose above the marquee so fronds wouldn't block it.

The orchid tree could be moved to a tree well in front of Zinc Cafe & Market, the group decided.

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B. Candy opens bigger store

Ten weeks after closing a smaller shop down the street, B. Candy opened Tuesday at 3100 E. Coast Hwy., selling house-made baked goods and ice creams, gifts and, of course, candy.

"I love these chocolates," said the first customer, 3-year-old Ryder Thomas, who bounced from pumpkins to lollipops to birthday candles to Spiderman candies.

"He's been dying for this to open," said his father, Ramsey Thomas. "He's been peeking under the tarps, looking at the cupcake. When he saw they were unveiled, he literally ran in. We'll be spending some time here for sure."

Owner Brandy Valdez said that opening a candy store had been a childhood dream, and when her youngest son was in kindergarten, he spurred her to begin making it real. In April 2011, a small shop opened at 3617 E. Coast Hwy., but there was no room for an ice cream soda fountain or for an in-house bakery.

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