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July 23, 2009
One of the Balboa Island Ferry?s three boats is out of commission this week after the 57-foot vessel dubbed Captain struck an underground portion of sea wall in Newport Harbor. ?It would have been a fairly minor event, except the tide was going out and the ferry was stuck and we couldn?t get it off,? said ferry owner Seymour Beek. There were no passengers onboard during the incident, which happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The incident caused enough damage to the hull that the vessel is now at a local shipyard for repairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2008
The Balboa Island Ferry will be closed all day Monday through Friday morning while workers repair wooden docks. Balboa Peninsula residents will have to make a 3- to 5-mile trek up Balboa Boulevard to reach mainland points while the ferry is closed. Ferry owner Seymour Beek said workers would try and have the ferry up and running by mid-afternoon Friday. The closure marks the second time since March the ferry has been closed for more than a day for dock repairs. The ferry normally runs 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Saturday.
NEWS
July 8, 2003
June Casagrande The Balboa Island Ferry has shortened its summertime operations from 24 hours to a 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. schedule, ferry manager Lowell Swett said. The new schedule began this morning and is expected to be the permanent summertime operating schedule. The change was made because operating the ferry overnight costs more money than it brings in, Swett said. "Financially, it's just not feasible," he said. The ferry service operates three vessels and, until recently, it employed 16 captains.
NEWS
October 15, 2003
Allan, 75, Newport Beach, Seymour, 70, Balboa Island ... Members of one of Newport Beach's most influential families ... Father Joseph Beek was influential in developing much of Balboa Island beginning in 1913 ... Allan is author of the Greenlight initiative who ran unsuccessfully for a City Council seat in the 2002 election ... Environmentalist and key member of the local group Stop Polluting Our Newport, though he...
NEWS
August 16, 2007
U.S. Paralympic team member Nick Scandone needs help to win the Paralympic Trials in the SKUD-18 class in Newport, R.I., in October, part of his quest to secure a berth to compete in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Island Marine Fuel on Balboa Island will donate profits from its ValvTect fuel (both gas and diesel) sales from noon to 8 p.m. today to benefit Scandone's campaign. The ValvTect Island Marine fuel dock is next to the Balboa Island Ferry. Donations in Scandone's name may also be sent to: BYC Maritime Sciences and Seamanship Foundation Nick Scandone Campaign 1901 Newport Blvd.
FEATURES
By Kathleen Stinson | March 21, 2006
When Joseph Beek started the Balboa Island Ferry in 1919, he built it to accommodate a growing community. The area has grown more than he could have imagined, and the ferry still carries passengers and cars back and forth from the island to the peninsula. It's a throwback to the past that locals and visitors rely on and value. "There's nothing else like this in California," said Charleen Garcia of Laguna Niguel, who still rides the ferry to take bike rides on the peninsula, just as she did when she was a child.
NEWS
May 26, 2005
Businessman named citizen of the year Seymour Beek, the president of Balboa Island Ferry, will be honored June 3 as Newport Beach's citizen of the year at the Pelican Hill Golf Club. The gala ceremony, hosted by The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a gala ceremony. Former citizen of the year recipients will be honored, along with Chamber of Commerce board chairs. Beek, born in 1933, worked in the aerospace engineering industry for 35 years.
NEWS
October 18, 2002
Greenlight not a political party About two-thirds of Newport Beach voters approved the Greenlight Initiative. I voted for it to send a message to our city's leaders about my sentiment with respect to overbuilding our precious coastal properties. I think they got the message. I voted for a law to be enacted. But I did not vote for a self-annointed group of individuals, calling themselves the "Greenlight Committee," to take over our city's government.
NEWS
September 4, 2002
Paul Clinton Two people remained hospitalized Tuesday following a Labor Day accident in which an 87-year-old woman injured 13 pedestrians when she ran her sedan into a crowd. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred at 12:51 p.m. Monday when Newport Beach resident Mary Nash accelerated and lost control of her Volvo sedan. But police now believe that the car was functioning properly, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Shulman.
NEWS
May 2, 2012
Police advised residents to avoid Newport-Mesa areas that will be affected by the O.C. Marathon between 5 a.m. and about noon Sunday. Areas that are expected to be heavily impacted in Newport Beach include Corona del Mar, Promontory Point and Balboa, Linda and Harbor islands, which will be affected from about 5 to 8 a.m., according to the Newport Beach Police Department. The Balboa Island Bridge will be closed from 5 to 7:45 a.m., and residents are encouraged to use the Balboa Island Ferry during that time, Newport Beach police said.
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By Jim Carnett | April 14, 2014
Easter. It's not a pastel-hued springtime frolic.  It's a sonic boom that reverberates up and down the corridors of human existence. Put succinctly, Easter commemorates Christ's resurrection and his triumph over the grave. "O death, where is your victory?" roars the Apostle Paul. "O death, where is your sting?" Resurrection is Christianity's central tenet, its raison d'etre. Without it, all else is window dressing.  Absent the resurrection, Christianity is a social club.   "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins," Paul writes.
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NEWS
By Jim Carnett | February 10, 2014
"Jimmy, don't swing on that gate!" That was an oft-repeated admonition of my childhood. My brother, Bill, and I sauntered down memory lane last week as we walked the perimeter of Balboa Island. Sun-splashed and glorious, it was a day like many I remember from decades ago. I lived on Marine Avenue with my family for the first seven years of my life, from 1945 to 1952. Brother Billy came along in 1947. Bill drove up last week from San Diego and picked me up at my Costa Mesa dwelling.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | June 28, 2012
It was a low-key presentation for a laid-back guy who happened to rescue a family from drowning. The Newport Harbor Exchange Club Thursday honored Skip Staats, the boater who pulled three people out of a sinking car rammed off the Balboa Island Ferry in January. "Honestly, it was nothing," said Staats before the luncheon presentation at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. In a tan Hawaiian shirt and khaki pants, he received the group's Book of Golden Deeds award, for "quick thinking and knowing what to do immediately.
NEWS
May 2, 2012
Police advised residents to avoid Newport-Mesa areas that will be affected by the O.C. Marathon between 5 a.m. and about noon Sunday. Areas that are expected to be heavily impacted in Newport Beach include Corona del Mar, Promontory Point and Balboa, Linda and Harbor islands, which will be affected from about 5 to 8 a.m., according to the Newport Beach Police Department. The Balboa Island Bridge will be closed from 5 to 7:45 a.m., and residents are encouraged to use the Balboa Island Ferry during that time, Newport Beach police said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | January 16, 2012
A visiting Taiwanese family whose rental car was pushed off the Balboa Island Ferry and into the harbor Friday morning will have the cost of their car refunded, authorities said. Sean Busking, vice president of Fox Rent A Car - which has rental locations at airports worldwide and locally, including at John Wayne Airport and LAX - said in a phone interview Monday that the company decided to give a full refund to the Changs for the period they rented their Dodge minivan. He also said the company offered to give them a free rental for the duration of their vacation, although they have since found other accommodations.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | January 13, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - The tide was just high enough to bring his wooden dinghy up to the seawall. Skip Staats likes to sit atop the wall and sip coffee in the morning sun. Had it been any more shallow, he wouldn't have been relaxing next to the Balboa Island Ferry, and a visiting family of four from Taiwan could have drowned. Staats, 46, rescued three members of the Chang family from their sinking Dodge minivan Friday morning after a Mercedes, driven by a Balboa Island resident, accidentally rammed it from behind.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 16, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Every summer, school-aged children from neighborhoods like Dover Shores and Corona del Mar board the Balboa Island Ferry and travel together to the beach. They wear massive backpacks and matching red and blue clothes — all from a marquee surfwear brand, to be sure. Parents have to buy the expensive clothes and pay much more if they want their kids to join this group. These youngsters don't belong to a private swimming club or yacht club, but the city-run Junior Lifeguards program.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | March 10, 2011
BALBOA ISLAND — Gay Wassall-Kelly brought $2 with her to Thursday's re-dedication ceremony for the Balboa Island Ferry's historic marker, which was first dedicated in 1970 by the Newport Beach Historical Society. "I figured it was a good time to pay back my fares," said Wassall-Kelly, 71, of Newport Beach. "As a girl, we'd cheat by jumping off the ferry midway. " The fare for the four-minute ride cost about 10 cents then, she said, comparing that with today's rates, which are $1 for pedestrians, $1.25 for bicyclists and $2 for cars.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joseph Serna | December 10, 2009
It doesn’t matter whether you know it by its old title, the Illuminated Boat Parade or its current name, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: The point is, you know about it. And for the 101st time, Southern California locals will mix with tourists from around the country and the world to watch local sailors show off their boat-decorating skills. “What I love most about it is that it’s known about our city worldwide,” said Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry.
LOCAL
July 23, 2009
One of the Balboa Island Ferry?s three boats is out of commission this week after the 57-foot vessel dubbed Captain struck an underground portion of sea wall in Newport Harbor. ?It would have been a fairly minor event, except the tide was going out and the ferry was stuck and we couldn?t get it off,? said ferry owner Seymour Beek. There were no passengers onboard during the incident, which happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The incident caused enough damage to the hull that the vessel is now at a local shipyard for repairs.
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