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By Michael Miller | February 19, 2008
The owner of Picante Martin’s Mexican Restaurant, a popular dining spot for years on Balboa Island, has died, the Orange County Coroner’s Office confirmed this morning. Martin Diaz-Puente, a Mexican immigrant who founded the restaurant in 1998, died Thursday at his Costa Mesa home. According to Supervising Deputy Coroner Dan Aikin, the 44-year-old Diaz-Puente went to lie down shortly after noon when he did not feel well, and a family member discovered him not breathing several minutes later.
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March 23, 2004
ROBERT GARDNER I have often accused early Balboa Island of being a stodgy place in comparison to old Balboa. Balboa had bootleggers, gamblers, rum runners and their ilk. Balboa Island had ... residents. However, in fairness, I must point out that Balboa Island was at one time the scene of a criminal case that made national and maybe even international headlines. The case was People vs. Spreckels, and it occurred about 50 years ago in quiet, peaceful, boring Balboa Island.
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October 3, 2003
S.J. Cahn Think this piece of paradise couldn't get any more heavenly? It has. Anaheim Angels manager Mike Scioscia has bought a harbor front island house, which was listed at $3.495 million. Scioscia had been renting a summer home in Newport Beach. "They fell in love with Balboa Island," Cabot Harvey, of Prudential Real Estate, said of Scioscia and his wife, Anne. Harvey was the selling agent. "They had talked about it for years and then got real serious about it this year," Harvey added.
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June 3, 2002
Christine Carrillo BALBOA ISLAND -- With the 2002 Winter Olympic torch in hand, Pete Trapani, jogged down Marine Avenue in his Olympic running suit leading fire departments from New York and Newport Beach. A firefighter paramedic from Seal Beach, Trapani was asked to be a torchbearer for the Winter Olympics and has continued his torch-bearing career as a participant in the 9th annual Balboa Island Parade Sunday. "Being a firefighter paramedic I thought it would be nice to honor the New York Fire Department contingency and to show our support here on the West Coast," Trapani said.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 17, 2014
Getting the go-ahead for major construction on Balboa Island is no easy task, but homeowners may get some relief since a federal agency acknowledged an error in the way it calculated a key flooding threshold. The recalculation could also ease insurance rates for those in the area, a flood plain. Until now, any homeowners who wished to make improvements that cost more than 50% of the value of the home (excluding the property value) also needed to comply with a requirement that the home stand nine feet above sea level.
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By Jill Cowan | June 5, 2013
It was built through a feat of engineering a long time ago, it regularly draws tourists from around the world and it rises from the sand. No, it's not the Great Pyramid at Giza. But according to Visit Newport Beach, the city's marketing arm, Balboa Island could be counted alongside that ancient marvel as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The agency recently submitted the island as its nominee to VirtualTourist.com's contest, which allows travelers to vote on more than 200 submissions to determine which global destination should land the title.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2009
Balboa Island will host its 19th annual community garage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. More than 150 homeowners and businesses are expected to participate in this year’s sale, held annually in the alley ways on Balboa Island. Shoppers can grab a map of sales and free Starbucks coffee in the alley at 118 Agate Ave. beginning 7:30 a.m. today. Organizers of the event are instructing sale goers to be prepared to come early or park off the island on Bayside Drive, as parking will be scarce.
NEWS
March 20, 2002
June Casagrande BALBOA ISLAND -- Valinda Martin used to circle the island's dense downtown in search of a parking spot where she could get her wheelchair out of her van without holding up traffic for five minutes. Her search is over. Last week, Balboa Island got its first-ever parking spot for people with disabilities after a little work by City Councilman Steve Bromberg. "It was very nice that Steve worked on having this done," said Martin, owner of Art for the Soul on Marine Avenue.
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April 8, 2003
I ran into George Yardley at the doctor's office, both of us waiting for our regular checkup, and it reminded me that one part of our city has made a significant contribution to professional sports. Not many places the size of Balboa Island can boast of having had two nationally known professional athletes. Oh, professional athletes might congregate in some desirable place they can now afford. The notorious Dennis Rodman has a home on the peninsula, and a number of other former professionals live in the area, but the idea of having two athletes who were good enough to become professionals actually come from a place as small as Balboa Island is rather amazing.
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June 6, 2005
Andrew Edwards Cookies and cinnamon rolls are Danielle Winchell's business. Not doughnuts, as the surname might imply. Cinnamon Roll Fair, a Balboa Island bakery, opened in late March. The tiny shop is owned by Danielle and her husband Greg Winchell. It started because Danielle needed more kitchen space to expand her other home-based cookie company. "I had a part-time business doing cookies, and I needed a kitchen to expand my clientele to corporate accounts."
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