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NEWS
April 27, 2001
Paul Clinton CORONA DEL MAR -- Last time, it was an ambush. This time, cooperation was in the air at a public meeting about the historic district in Crystal Cove. More than three months after hundreds of locals packed Lincoln Elementary School's auditorium to oppose plans for a luxury resort on the state-owned land, a less ornery group revisited the place to discuss the future of the 46 historic bungalows in Crystal Cove State Park. Leaders of environmental groups, concerned citizens and even those living in the cottages voiced their opinions at the first in a series of workshops scheduled by California State Parks.
NEWS
February 15, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- A member of the Sierra Club who is fighting for an environmentally sensitive project for Crystal Cove State Park spent Wednesday in Sacramento lobbying for changes in state law to ensure a luxury resort will not be built there. Jeannette Merrilees, one of a cadre of environmentalists mobilized against a San Francisco developer's $35-million resort plan, said she met with staff members of state Sen. Ross Johnson (R-Irvine)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Gretchen Meier, Special to the Daily Pilot | June 24, 2010
Even with a marine layer, a gorgeous view beats a Monday morning at the office any day. Crystal Cove State Park's celebration of the area's designation as a State and National Landmark on June 28 provides the ideal excuse to start the week with fresh air and an ocean breeze. The dedication of a new overlook, Reef Point, will be commemorated on Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an opportunity for visitors to partake in a guided hike with park naturalists, take pictures and speak with those involved in earning the unique designation for Crystal Cove.
NEWS
July 1, 2011
A Laguna Beach author will sign copies of her new guidebook about Orange County hiking trails at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday. Karin Klein, author of "50 Hikes in Orange County," will sign copies at the Store (Cottage No. 45), in Crystal Cove's historic cottage district near the Beachcomber Café, according to a news release. Proceeds from the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. event will go toward the Crystal Cove Alliance, a nonprofit that supports the state park. Klein works as an editor at the Los Angeles Times.
NEWS
July 1, 2008
Construction of the long-awaited El Moro Campground at Crystal Cove State Park is expected to begin after the weekend, Crystal Cove State Park Supt. Ken Kramer said. State Parks officials recently awarded a $12-million public works project contract to Los Angeles Engineering Inc. for the conversion of the former El Morro Village trailer park to a state park campground, beach and picnic area. The project is set to begin in mid-July and is expected to be open to the public by early 2010.
FEATURES
May 19, 2006
The release of the Historic Cottages at Crystal Cove State Park for overnight reservations generated unprecedented response by those wanting to spend a few nights at Crystal Cove State Park. The demand obviously far exceeded our inventory of available cottages. We ask that those who wish to stay overnight at the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District to be patient and hopefully everyone will get the opportunity to experience this exceptional resource. In the meantime, please come to the park for the day and discover the natural and cultural wonders of your beautiful park.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller, Dave Brooks and Alicia Robinson | May 25, 2006
CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK ? A Westminster man hiking with his girlfriend Wednesday at Crystal Cove State Park was rescued by helicopter after falling about 30 feet from a cliff, officials said. Officials said the man was 49 but they did not release his name or information on his condition. He was flown to Mission Trauma Center in Mission Viejo with head and arm injuries, Crystal Cove State Park Superintendent Ken Kramer said. Authorities are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2008
Crystal Cove State Park will celebrate the dedication of its newly renovated historic district visitor centers and educational exhibits with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The free event hosted by the Crystal Cove Alliance will include guided walking tours and a plein air painting demonstration. Visitors can also explore the park’s tide pools, picnic areas and whale watching from the cultural center patio deck. Free parking will be available at the Los Trancos parking lot. For more information, call the park office at (949)
NEWS
December 30, 2003
Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run accident A 38-year-old Huntington Beach man was hospitalized Sunday afternoon after he was injured in a hit-and-run crash while biking in Crystal Cove State Park, officials said. The man was traveling in the bike lane eastbound on Coast Highway from Corona del Mar toward Laguna Beach when he was hit from behind, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Ron Vallercamp said. "The driver made no attempt to stop," he said. The only description available of the vehicle was that it was a gold compact, Vallercamp said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2013
Beachgoers might find something more than just buried treasure in Crystal Cove on Thursday night. The Crystal Cove Alliance will screen the film classic "Treasure Island" on the beach, according to a news release. "We picked the 1934 version of 'Treasure Island' because it was partially filmed at Crystal Cove," said alliance education manager Sue Magdziarz. "There is a long history of filmmaking at Crystal Cove, and this movie night is one way that Crystal Cove Alliance and Crystal Cove State Park celebrate this history.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 11, 2013
Half a dozen visually impaired teenagers and a group of guides listened in silence in the middle of a tight trail at Crystal Cove State Park. Some cupped their ears or turned their heads to hear the different bird calls they were trying to count. "I got 10," said Nick Avalos, 16. He and his classmates from the Braille Institute in Los Angeles were at Moro Canyon in Laguna Beach on Thursday. There they participated in a pilot project of sorts with Crystal Cove Alliance, a nonprofit partner of the state park.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
Law enforcement officials seized a boat carrying 24 passengers early Thursday morning near Crystal Cove State Park. Officers from Orange County Sheriff's and Newport Beach Police departments, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, apprehended 20 men and four women about 4:30 a.m. after their 25-foot boat came ashore, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Jerry Conlin. Authorities didn't find any narcotics on board and took the passengers to a nearby border patrol station for processing, Conlin said.
NEWS
July 2, 2011
After years of legal battles and political wrangling, Crystal Cove State Park will finally have its crowning touch: a 60-space RV park atop the ocean-view site where a private mobile home park stood for many years. Just in time for the Fourth of July, this spectacular spot will be open to the public at affordable rates. There should be wonderful views of the Independence Day pyrotechnics along the coast. The opening of Moro Campground, said to be the last oceanfront park to be built in the state of California, will no doubt mean a burst of fresh economic activity for Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach and other local communities that will benefit from the added influx of vacationers.
NEWS
July 1, 2011
A Laguna Beach author will sign copies of her new guidebook about Orange County hiking trails at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday. Karin Klein, author of "50 Hikes in Orange County," will sign copies at the Store (Cottage No. 45), in Crystal Cove's historic cottage district near the Beachcomber Café, according to a news release. Proceeds from the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. event will go toward the Crystal Cove Alliance, a nonprofit that supports the state park. Klein works as an editor at the Los Angeles Times.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 24, 2010
CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK — He fought powerful interests: Caltrans, Orange County, the state parks system and the Irvine Co., all in the name of ocean views. Dale Ghere, then a high school biology teacher, spent the late 1990s eradicating a towering brush from swaths of Crystal Cove State Park. The saltbrush was blocking views — not from his home — but from Coast Highway, where he rode his bike each day. Everything was clear until May, when a cell phone company stuck a pole next to the state-owned highway.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 24, 2010
An environmental group that studied beach litter in Crystal Cove State Park for seven years has found less trash over time and that most debris comes from inland or is dumped onto the beach, rather than washing up from the sea. Volunteers from Coastkeeper Orange County surveyed a 200-yard stretch of beach just south of Pelican Point. Starting in 2003, they collected trash many times a year and analyzed results. While they found everything from lobster traps to condoms, the most common items were made of plastic and came from landlubbers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Gretchen Meier, Special to the Daily Pilot | June 24, 2010
Even with a marine layer, a gorgeous view beats a Monday morning at the office any day. Crystal Cove State Park's celebration of the area's designation as a State and National Landmark on June 28 provides the ideal excuse to start the week with fresh air and an ocean breeze. The dedication of a new overlook, Reef Point, will be commemorated on Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an opportunity for visitors to partake in a guided hike with park naturalists, take pictures and speak with those involved in earning the unique designation for Crystal Cove.
NEWS
John Canalis | May 29, 2010
A nyone around here knows that getting one of those beach cottages that creak with charm and memories in the making at Crystal Cove State Park can be a challenge. Rental spots open at 8 a.m. the first of every month for a period of seven months out. Bargain-hunting would-be guests rush online to book them, and the better weekends go especially quick. My wife and I know a couple who have mastered the online reservation system. They consistently book choice cottages on seemingly perfect days.
NEWS
By Jonathan Oyama | May 7, 2010
The new superintendent of Crystal Cove State Park is striving to complete the RV park by spring of next year. Todd Lewis, who most recently worked for the park system in Northern California, said he is busy but so far hasn’t had any difficulty in handling everything that is going on in the park. According to him, the transition to his new job has been smooth. “I’m from San Diego County,” Lewis said. “Lived down there for many years. And so I knew what I was getting into.
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