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Mailbag: Truth about dredging and sea water intrusion

May 03, 2014

The article "The Fading of the Grand Canal" (April 27) contains a lot of truth.

Newport Beach used to dredge it every decade or two. I was a child living on the canal, and I remember watching the work. Workers did it correctly, at high tide only, taking sand from the center and piling it up under water so it could compact properly and stay put.

The last time workers dredged the canal, in about the 1980s, they did it fast and incorrectly. They dredged at any time, and the sand wasn't piled up under water. Consequently, it did not compact and stay in place for more than a couple of years.

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Since then, nothing has been done. The recent raking away of the slimy green stuff is a silly, pointless cosmetic gesture.

The article's mention of sea water coming in under the sea wall is important. It may be the water under the wall, rather than over it, that ends up erasing Balboa Island from everything but our fond memories.

Dariela Wilson

Newport Beach

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Alternative post office locations

As my husband and I were doing our errands around Newport Beach, we chatted about the potential loss of the post office on Riverside Drive.

He brought up two locations that have ample parking and would serve the community well: the site of the now-defunct Promeli's Westcliff at 17th Street and Irvine Avenue and, with even more parking, the former McDonald's on Bristol Street between Birch Street and Jamboree Road, in the plaza near Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizzeria & Deli.

As plans are sorted out, perhaps these suggestions will inspire city planners when they consider alternatives.

Vicki Zimmerman

Newport Beach

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It's OK to fence Adams Elementary

I want to thank Newport-Mesa School Board Trustee Vicki Snell and Principal Gabe Del Real for the tour of the fencing plans for Adams Elementary School.

I was especially impressed by Del Real's explanation of the students' view of the field as their school, their yard. He said that during play, they move easily from the blacktop to the field. I realized that I don't want to segment their school.

I now support fencing the full school property and remove my name from the petition requesting a small fencing footprint. I can't imagine that a safe, fenced school in our neighborhood will affect property values.

In Mesa Verde we are blessed with nice homes, and we do fence our yards, sometimes even our front yards. Let's not withhold that safety and sense of security from schoolchildren in our neighborhood.

Margaret Mooney

Costa Mesa

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Veterans deserve final resting place

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