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March 1, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- The state will provide $40,000 for the city to study dredging as a way to prevent erosion on Balboa Island, part of a $10-million grant package aimed at shoring up California beaches. The funding, which will be included in the upcoming 2001-02 budget, was announced by Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday. "California's beaches are a valuable ecological, economic and recreational resource," Davis said in a statement. "These grants will help cities and counties along the coast to restore public beaches and study new approaches to controlling seashore erosion."
By ROBERT GARDNER | February 26, 2006
A few weeks ago I said that as a young man living in Balboa, I viewed Balboa Island as a pretty poky place. That jaundiced perspective may have been colored by an earlier incident. As a child, all I knew about Balboa Island was that it was across the bay, and that on the Fourth of July everyone on the Balboa side where I lived shot skyrockets over there trying to burn the place down. That was the extent of my consideration. Then, something happened that colored my thinking about the place.
January 26, 2003
Gay Wassall-Kelly Visitors ask Balboa Island residents all the time, "Is there a gas station near by?" Not since 1989 has Balboa Island had a gas station. And the last one old timers can tell you was like the friendly "Main Street USA" kind of business owned by Jim Jennings, who still lives on the island. Jennings came to California in 1945 when he was 16. He married Marybelle, his best friend's sister, who was his first girlfriend, in the Santa Ana courthouse for a $3 fee. Jennings recalls overhearing someone say, "That will last about six months."
October 4, 2003
Deepa Bharath E. Frank Beall could make poetry out of paint, wood and primer. The affable painter, who lived in Balboa Island for 60 years, could almost always be seen walking around in Levi's jeans, a T-shirt, with paint on his hands and no shoes -- year-round. "Barefoot Frank!" his friends called him. Beall died Sept. 21 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 65. Beall was a true-blue local. He graduated from Newport Harbor High School, attended Orange Coast College and was a member of the college's renowned crew team.
June 19, 2001
Mathis Winkler BALBOA ISLAND -- Newport Beach city officials have denied a request by an island property owner to move an existing pier 40 feet to the east to dock his 55-foot boat there. Neighbors had opposed the proposal, saying the boat would block views of Newport Harbor, as well as beach access for swimming and other water activities. The applicant, Lodwrick M. Cook, owns houses at 1106 and 1008 S. Bay Front but does not live on the island. Councilman Steve Bromberg, who represents the island and had expressed concerns about the project, said Monday he felt city officials had made the appropriate decision.
May 11, 2003
Lolita Harper In the center of a bustling little island, a banking tradition was born. Balboa Bank was opened Sept. 27, 1922, by George Edwards on the northeast corner of Central Avenue, which is now Balboa Avenue, Balboa historian Jim Fournier said. The bank stood at that location, now occupied by Pavilion Real Estate for six years, until a new building was built kitty-cornered to accommodate the newly organized and prominent bank. In 1927, the bank restructured its board of directors to "read like a who's who of Balboa," said Fournier, who is also the editor and chief of the newsletter Tales of Balboa.
December 27, 2004
Alicia Robinson Moving to Balboa Island will cost you at least a million bucks these days, and you're not likely to get by more cheaply on the Balboa Peninsula. The island's 92662 ZIP Code had the second-highest number of million-dollar home sales in the country between July 2003 and June 2004, according to data from New York-based OnBoard LLC. The real estate information company collects data reflecting sales transactions in 800 metropolitan areas around the U.S., said Pete Goldey at OnBoard LLC. Sales data showed that 96% of homes sold in the island ZIP Code in the one-year period cost at least $1 million.
November 5, 2002
I notice that there seems to be some controversy about noise on Balboa Island. Balboa Island? Noise? It certainly wasn't that way in the old days. I grew up with a rather condescending attitude toward Balboa Island because it was so quiet. Balboa, where I lived, was a rude, crude, noisy honky-tonk resort. Balboa Island was quiet, staid, respectable -- a bedroom community. I suppose that one reared in the early West, in Dodge City or Tombstone, would find Mingo, Iowa, a little dull, just as one reared on Bourbon Street in New Orleans would find life in an Amish village downright dreary.
August 3, 2007
Local plein-air artists will have easels and canvases set up along Balboa Island from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 through 10. Their completed pieces will be framed and hung at the Debra Huse Gallery, 229 Marine Ave., Suite E, Balboa Island on Aug. 10. There will be a "Brush Off" on Marine Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m. , when the artists will have to complete a painting in two hours. The public can meet the artists and view paintings on display at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.
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