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February 23, 2012
A 49-year-old man was found dead about a half a mile from Balboa Pier, police said Thursday. The body of Nino Nobles of Irvine was found about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday about 30 yards from the Coronado Street lifeguard tower, which is about half a mile from the Balboa Pier, according to coroner and police reports. There were no apparent signs of foul play, said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. An autopsy was scheduled to performed Thursday, but no cause of death has been determined pending a toxicology report, which will likely take weeks, according to the coroner's office.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | September 1, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Lifelong surfer Billy Lewis stood on Balboa Pier watching the waves Thursday afternoon. Spots of water from the splashes shooting upward dotted his face, shirt and hat. "I had to take a look at it. I'm a surfer," the Newport Beach resident said. Hundreds joined Lewis on the pier because no one around there was up to experiencing Mother Nature first hand. Waves were up to 8 feet on average, with some peaking as high as 12, lifeguards said. The sand around the pier was absent of any people braving the waves, and only a few tried dipping their feet in the shorebreak.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2007
Professional and amateur skimboarders will compete this weekend in the third annual Oktoberfest Skimboard Contest sponsored by Exile Skimboards and Main Street Surf Shop. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the south side of the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. The contest marks the final stop on the United Skim Tour, which features professional riders from across the country competing for a spot in the tour?s rankings. Skimboarding has become more popular in this area over the years, and locals account for the majority of entrants in the amateur division.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | October 25, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — In a cost-saving move, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to reorganize the City Attorney's office. The staffing changes eliminate three positions: two vacant administrative roles and one deputy city attorney. The deputy city attorney was retained as a contractor and the hiring of a new legal secretary was approved. The council also granted a permit for a restaurant near the Balboa Pier, despite protests about adding another liquor license to the area.
NEWS
By Kelly Strodl | July 20, 2007
BALBOA PENINSULA — Chase Braun turned a subtle shade of blue as he shivered on the shores of Balboa Peninsula. But it was worth it. The 9-year-old, freckle-faced Newport Beach boy had just completed his first swim around the Balboa Pier with hundreds of his friends, and he came in first place for his age group. Every Thursday, the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguards program holds a competition day for the kids so they can apply the skills they have learned. "It was cool and nauseous at the same time," Chase said between shivers.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | July 30, 2009
There are probably few days at the Balboa Pier that feel as family-oriented as the annual Monster Mile race. The parking lot is jam-packed with cars and SUVs, the sand is lined with enough adults holding cameras that you would think they were shooting a surfing competition, and the pier is loaded with cheering parents. They’re all there for the same reason: to cheer on their and others’ kids as they go about completing a monster of a task, running a mile and swimming a mile up the beach.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Areas near the Balboa Pier flooded Wednesday due to a high tide and surf increase, according to lifeguards. A 6-foot tide at 11:20 a.m. flooded streets and closed the parking lot northwest of the pier and on A Street, said lifeguard Capt. Boyd Mickley. The increase was due to a swell from the Southern Hemisphere, Mickley said. Areas were affected for about 30 minutes. Cleanup will continue for several days, and use street sweepers, hand crews and other equipment to remove debris and sand that washed up, according to Mark Harmon of the city's General Services Department.
NEWS
By Jillian Beck | July 23, 2012
Samantha Olson slowly stepped to the edge of the Balboa Pier as the sun beat down on her tanned shoulders. "It's only 1.7 seconds, and then you'll be smiling for six days straight," Newport Beach lifeguard Ross Sinclair said to the 10-year-old, encouraging her to make the jump. With fear in her eyes and zinc oxide on her nose and cheeks, Olson put her hands to her sides and stepped off the pier, landing with a splash in the 65-degree water. She then swam to a group of about 20 others who were treading water around their instructor on a bright goldenrod paddleboard.
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By Mike Whitehead | January 24, 2014
Ahoy! Wow, I cannot believe that the 2014 Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is starting to show on the fringes of my radar screen once again. In only a few months, hundreds of sailboats will cross the start line in the ocean off Balboa Pier in Newport Beach and head to the finish line in the bay off Ensenada. The good news is that 88 boats have already registered as of the first of this week, and the world's largest international yacht race will have very serious racers and weekend just-for-fun sailors.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 29, 2013
How does a city decide what to put at the end of its pier? In Newport Beach, where the City Council is trying to figure out what to do with a vacant structure at the end of the Newport Pier, it surveyed the uses of 42 similar structures statewide. Then council members decided they wanted something different from the rest. As summarized in a 122-page retail study prepared by GRC Associates, options abound: Pier 28 in San Francisco County is used as part of the America's Cup. The Santa Barbara Stearns Wharf has an aquarium and places to shop and dine.
OCNOW
By Gale Holland and By Gale Holland | September 1, 2013
Rescuers on Sunday removed passengers from a pleasure boat after it lost power and drifted into Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, officials said. No injuries were immediately reported in the 8:15 p.m. incident. The 35- to 40-foot power boat held 11 to 15 passengers, most of whom were taken to the beach, said Newport Beach police Lt. Damon Pasaros. It was unclear whether the pier, which typically is full of strollers and people fishing until closing time at 10 p.m., was damaged, but it was closed as a precaution.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | July 30, 2013
This post has been corrected, as noted below . The woman who put the Ruby in Ruby's Diner was all smiles Monday as she arrived at the restaurant where it all began. And though it was her 91st birthday, Ruby Cavanaugh remains forever young as the inspiration for a teenage mascot who delivers all-American comfort food to hungry diners. Cavanaugh laughed, posed for photos and signed autographs in front of the Ruby's Diner on the Balboa Pier for fans, employees and onlookers alike, some of whom made the long trip down the concrete pier just to see her. The Newport Beach location, which opened on Dec. 7, 1982, was the Irvine-based chain's first.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
I read with interest the story " Flood risk: Bane of Balboa's existence ," (May 5). About a century ago, a fast talking, fly-by-night entrepreneur named William Collins dredged up a swamp and sold tiny plots of land to buyers who didn't know what they were getting into. He used cheap cement to build shoddy bulkheads and barely dredged up enough sand to put the island even with the high-tide level. Today, residents are paying the price for Collins' poorly executed engineering project.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 5, 2012
Doug Cavanaugh had to disobey his mother to make her a household name. The founder of Ruby's Diner, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend, got the idea for his restaurant chain when he jogged past a dilapidated building on the Balboa Pier. He envisioned a 1940s-style diner similar to the ones his mother, Ruby Cavanaugh, frequented as a child, and he realized that her first name would look perfect on a sign. The only problem: She wasn't keen on it. "We were originally going to call it the Balboa Diner, but that didn't have a lot of longevity to it," Doug said Tuesday afternoon at a booth inside the Ruby's in Tustin.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 15, 2012
Corona del Mar State Beach and Balboa Pier visitors may soon play volleyball or monkey around on "interpretive play structures" where the beaches' hotly debated fire rings now stand, according to a letter the city of Newport Beach sent to the California Coastal Commission. The Oct. 19 letter - which was first reported by Corona del Mar Today - lays out the city's alternative plans for the fire ring areas if the commission approves Newport's application for a permit to remove the rings.
NEWS
By Jillian Beck | July 23, 2012
Samantha Olson slowly stepped to the edge of the Balboa Pier as the sun beat down on her tanned shoulders. "It's only 1.7 seconds, and then you'll be smiling for six days straight," Newport Beach lifeguard Ross Sinclair said to the 10-year-old, encouraging her to make the jump. With fear in her eyes and zinc oxide on her nose and cheeks, Olson put her hands to her sides and stepped off the pier, landing with a splash in the 65-degree water. She then swam to a group of about 20 others who were treading water around their instructor on a bright goldenrod paddleboard.
NEWS
February 23, 2012
A 49-year-old man was found dead about a half a mile from Balboa Pier, police said Thursday. The body of Nino Nobles of Irvine was found about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday about 30 yards from the Coronado Street lifeguard tower, which is about half a mile from the Balboa Pier, according to coroner and police reports. There were no apparent signs of foul play, said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. An autopsy was scheduled to performed Thursday, but no cause of death has been determined pending a toxicology report, which will likely take weeks, according to the coroner's office.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | October 25, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — In a cost-saving move, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to reorganize the City Attorney's office. The staffing changes eliminate three positions: two vacant administrative roles and one deputy city attorney. The deputy city attorney was retained as a contractor and the hiring of a new legal secretary was approved. The council also granted a permit for a restaurant near the Balboa Pier, despite protests about adding another liquor license to the area.
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