December 30, 2005
It's official, museum director says. Peninsula site changes hands, but much will remain.The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is the new owner of the Balboa Fun Zone, museum executive director David Muller said. Muller said he learned the buy had been officially recorded at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. "One major thing is off our plate, and a remarkable number of small things are on our plate," Muller said. The conclusion of the deal to buy Balboa Fun Zone from Balboa Fun Zone Rides Inc. clears the way for nautical museum operators to plan both the eventual move and long-term future for the museum.
September 12, 2005
A handful of restaurants are scheduled to make their first appearances at the Taste of Newport food festival this year. 2005 will mark the 17th year the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has hosted the three-day gastronomical event. The festival serves to draw attention to Newport's restaurants, and revenues are donated to nonprofits. This year, Newport Beach's Siena Cucina Italiana, Rudy's Pub & Grill and Ozumo are set to make their debuts at the festival, said Karin Graves, the chamber of commerce's special events director.
October 30, 2004
Resort will suck up local control, clientele As the former owner and operator of four hotels within a one-mile radius of the Marinapark proposed hotel site, it is my duty to inform all good citizens of Newport Beach to vote solidly and united against the proposal as it is put forth in Measure L. This measure takes away the control that the residents currently have and gives it to others who cannot assure the success of...
September 25, 2004
NEWPORT BEACH PLANNING COMMISSION THEATER EXPANSION The commission unanimously approved a request by Mary Lonich, executive director of the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation, to increase the height of the existing theater, at 707 E. Balboa Blvd., to a maximum height of 55 feet. Commissioner Barry Eaton was absent and Leslie Daigle's seat has been vacated since she was appointed to the City Council on Tuesday to fill Gary Adam's seat. The theater is a designated landmark.
September 12, 2004
BUSINESS Balboa Inn begins major renovations Renovations began last week at the Balboa Inn, a landmark hotel built in 1929 that will get a $1.5 million face lift. The revamped hotel will include 11 new ocean view suites, a parking area, a pool to replace the existing one, and a retail space that could become a coffee shop. The work is expected to wrap up in June. The United States Postal Service on Wednesday released a 37-cent commemorative stamp of legendary actor and former Bayshore resident John Wayne.
September 10, 2004
Alicia Robinson The Balboa Inn, a landmark hotel built in 1929, began a major renovation this week with a construction crew tearing out an adjacent bike-rental shop and filling the empty swimming pool with debris. The renovation will add more suites with an ocean view, a parking area and some retail space to the hotel. It has been in the works for about five years and is expected to cost about $1.5 million, Balboa Inn owner Michel Pourmussa said. Construction should wrap up in June.
May 24, 2004
Alicia Robinson A bevy of movies, commercials and TV shows, including hit show "The O.C.," are finding this city by the sea an ideal place to shoot. Newport's booming film business has produced a windfall for local business, with hotels and stores among the beneficiaries. "We are the No. 1 city in Orange County to film in, that's easy," said Joseph Cleary, a consultant who is essentially the city's film guru. "We do more filming in a month than the rest of the county does in a year."
April 11, 2004
Nearing 100 years old, the Balboa Pavilion is not showing its age in the least. And its latest youthful incarnation appears ready to mature nicely. Last week's opening of the Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom should be a welcome addition to the peninsula lifestyle, offering a high-end place to dine with a picture-pretty view of the harbor, Balboa Island and even Newport Coast rising in the distance. Owners David and Doug Salisbury, who are also behind the Newport Landing at the other end of the Fun Zone, have outfitted the interior nicely enough that it competes, almost, with the waterfront view.
October 13, 2003
June Casagrande On the one hand, the city has completed more than $6 million of improvements here. On the other hand, some of the most visitor-pleasing improvements are still to come. The economy is getting better, but the weather's been ugly. At first glance, one might guess that all the factors that affect business in this quaint village would cancel each other out. But a closer look reveals that the scales are tipped strongly toward a retail upswing.
March 30, 2003
Gay Wassall-Kelly It's the late 1960s, the "undisciplined age." Parents were sparing the rod, "good grief" miniskirts were the fad and Charles Manson was facing the death penalty. Some felt it was time to get the kids out of "this substandard life" and prepare them for a better world. What could be more perfect for your child than Copre College Preparatory School, situated on the ocean front on the spectacular Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach? Here stands this elaborate 1930s California Spanish Colonial revival building that was the former Balboa Inn. The new school, a unique college prep environment for the student with above-average potential, accepted girls and boys from the sixth through the 12th grade.