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By Mike Reicher | July 25, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council voted Tuesday to allocate an additional $3.9 million to dredging the harbor's shallowest spots, bringing the total project to $10.4 million, including federal funds. Some of the remaining sediment is contaminated with chemicals that cannot be sunk in the open ocean. The city has been dumping some similar material at the Port of Long Beach, which is using the dirt for a construction project. But the port recently told the city that it is full at the moment.
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By Joseph Serna | July 4, 2012
Tiffany Sanchez relaxed on her patio on 44th Street off Balboa Boulevard in Newport Beach Wednesday sipping her drink and chatting with friends, a tranquil scene amid the revelry beginning to consume the neighborhood. "It's extremely quiet this year," she said, at least compared to the past four years she's been in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, her younger neighbors blasted music and set up games of beer pong. Homes and guests were decked out in red, white and blue. Quiet, in the case of Newport Beach on the Fourth of July, is always relative.
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By Mike Reicher | July 3, 2012
Boaters and tourists would be lost without it, Newport Beach city officials say. By "it" they mean a 71-foot lighthouse that remains on the drawings for the planned Marina Park on the Balboa Peninsula, despite the California Coastal Commission rejecting the tower when it approved the rest of the project in June. The city Planning Commission will hear arguments Thursday about whether it should make an exception to its bayfront building height limits. While the lighthouse would not be an official navigational aid, city leaders say the tower will become a landmark and is a critical element in the park's plans.
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June 21, 2012
A passenger on a 28-foot sailboat escaped unscathed after the boat beached in shallow water and sank off Balboa Peninsula, authorities said Thursday. The boat was discovered rocking in the surfline off F Street about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Newport Beach Fire Department. The sailboat's skipper was on shore at the time, according to the Fire Department. Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol deputies and Newport Beach lifeguards tried to pull the boat out of the inshore trench where it was stuck, fire authorities said.
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By Lauren Williams | June 15, 2012
A private island community in Newport Harbor will retain control of a bridge that connects it to the Balboa Peninsula, an appellate court ruled Thursday. The Bay Island Club, an association of 24 homes that owns Bay Island, sought the California Coastal Commission's approval in 2006 to replace its private foot path with one that would be wider, meet seismic standards and have accessibility requirements that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the time, the commission argued that the association could rebuild the 130-foot-long bridge, providing it be made public because it would span a city-owned canal.
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By Mona Shadia | June 14, 2012
HUNTINGTON BEACH — The California Coastal Commission this week approved plans to build a 23-slip marina, park and community center in Newport Beach but deadlocked on whether to allow the project's proposed ornamental lighthouse. Commissioners OK'd the Marina Park proposal for 10.45 acres between 15th and 19th streets along the Balboa Peninsula. A 57-unit mobile home park is currently at the site. The project will also include a 5,500-square-foot Girl Scout building, 157-space public parking area and new restrooms.
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By Sarah Peters | June 12, 2012
The Shore House Cafe in Newport Beach has closed, according to sources. The Balboa Peninsula restaurant on Balboa Boulevard and Main Street was first spotted featuring a "for lease" sign on its doors in early June, according to the Orange County Register. The Daily Pilot reported last year that the business had filed for bankruptcy. The Shore House, once part of a regional chain, closed about three weeks ago, said Fountain Valley resident Sarkis Hagopian, who works at a nearby business.
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By Mike Reicher | June 7, 2012
The California Coastal Commission will review proposals for Newport Beach's Marina Park and Sunset Ridge Park during its meeting in Huntington Beach next week. The commission's approval is the last major step in the Marina Park permitting process, which has dragged on for almost five years. In a report, the commission staff recommends approving Marina Park under 20 conditions. One is that a marquee element - a 71-foot ornamental lighthouse - would have to be about half that height to protect "public views and community character.
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By Sarah Peters | May 1, 2012
The bungee-style trampoline amusement ride at the Balboa Fun Zone must find a new home at the start of the summer season, the ride's co-owner said Tuesday. RocknBounce co-owner Richard Baranoski, who operates the trampoline with his wife, said that he was notified Friday that the month-to-month lease held by the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum would not be renewed beyond June 24. "I understand that the museum is doing their thing, and they're making changes," Baranoski said.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 25, 2012
This year will be the first in several in which streets will not be barricaded for the Fourth of July holiday, Newport Beach City Councilman Mike Henn reported during Tuesday's meeting. In recent years, Balboa Boulevard has been blocked off at West Coast Highway on the Fourth, forcing the unaware to walk more than a mile out of their way to get to the Balboa Peninsula. The city has been trying to tone down Fourth of July partying in recent years. Henn said that a new party house law has proven to be effective.
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