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By Jill Cowan | March 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO — The Coastal Commission decided Wednesday morning that a faux lighthouse Newport Beach officials say will serve as a city icon and helpful landmark for boaters at the city's planned Marina Park can stand up to 73 feet tall — as tall as the city hoped. The commission, which regulates development along coasts up and down the state, voted 8 to 2 to allow an amendment to the city's coastal land use plan to allow for the structure, which will exceed an existing 35-foot height limit in the area.
NEWS
July 6, 2012
In a unanimous decision, the Newport Beach Planning Commission voted Thursday to allow a 73-foot lighthouse at the planned Marina Park, making an exception to the city's bayfront height restrictions. City administrators are hoping that they can return to the California Coastal Commission, which rejected the tower in June, and show that they narrowly tailored the exception to the Marina Park site. Some of the coastal commissioners said they didn't want to set a bad precedent.
NEWS
January 4, 2013
The California Coastal Commission is expected to give itself more time to review a proposed rule change that would allow a 73-foot faux lighthouse to be built at Newport Beach's planned Marina Park. The city needs the commission's approval to make an exception in its Shoreline Height Limitation Zone, which limits structures in that area to 35 feet. If approved at its Jan. 11 meeting, the commission's deadline for action on the matter would move to February 2014, but according to a commission staff report, the group would likely decide on the issue in March.
NEWS
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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By Jill Cowan | March 2, 2013
When Newport Beach city staffers head to San Diego on Wednesday for the March California Coastal Commission meeting, they plan to go big or go home when it comes to the 71-foot faux lighthouse the city hopes to build at Marina Park. Right now, said Public Works Director Dave Webb, the city has permission to build a tower of up to 35 feet - the current height limit for the area - as part of the commission's approval of the whole park. The city has applied separately for an exception to that height limit to build up to 73 feet.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | March 14, 2013
Ahoy! The weather is looking good for this weekend with afternoon sunshine breaking through the clouds. We will have patchy fog in the mornings that should burn off before noontime. The daytime air temperature will remain mild with the highs reaching only the low 70s, and nighttime temperatures dipping to the low 50s creating a 20-degree temperature swing. The seas will increase a foot by the weekend to three feet from the west-northwest with lazy one-foot swells from the south that should not create a washing machine for those cruising in the ocean.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | August 20, 2013
Newport Beach has received the final permit its needs to begin construction of the Marina Park project, more than a year after the plans were conditionally approved by the state . The California Coastal Commission document, which the city received Friday, marked the final hurdle before the city could move forward with the construction of the Balboa Peninsula development. "We've got our permit; we're moving ahead," said Councilman Mike Henn. "We're going to start our construction and get it done.
NEWS
By Paul Anderson | February 21, 2009
Growing up in the cornfields of Indiana, Dale Fitch never imagined he end up in California. He expected to start a family, plow a farm and live happily in the Midwestern fields. Now he spends his days as a shepherd for the area’s homeless in an experiment that started out with setting out a pot of coffee for them that has grown in to a temporary shelter and a major food distribution center. It all started after he fell from grace as the pastor of a Nazarene church in Maywood, the victim of his own sexual addictions.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 10, 2014
A 12-foot-tall piece of brown paper covered in blue writing was taped to a wall in The Lighthouse Church's auditorium Saturday morning. "How are we doing on that list?" asked Tim Zimmerman, who was working with his two sons sweeping up the last bits of debris from their work pulling up carpet from the auditorium's stage. They were part of a group of about 60 boys and their parents who were working through 14 items on the paper, such as removing the carpet from the chapel floor, painting fences, and installing shelves for a wardrobe room that holds donations for families in need.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | August 20, 2013
Newport Beach has received the final permit its needs to begin construction of the Marina Park project, more than a year after the plans were conditionally approved by the state . The California Coastal Commission document, which the city received Friday, marked the final hurdle before the city could move forward with the construction of the Balboa Peninsula development. "We've got our permit; we're moving ahead," said Councilman Mike Henn. "We're going to start our construction and get it done.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 23, 2013
Preschool teacher Peggy Williams doesn't talk as if she's just had her car stolen. "It's almost gotten to the point that I feel like I don't deserve all the amazing things that are happening to me," the Costa Mesa resident said Thursday. On Tuesday, her 1999 Honda Accord, with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer, was taken out of Lighthouse Community Church's parking lot in Costa Mesa, she said. When the 25-year-old and her fellow teachers left the church's preschool, called Lil' Lighthouse Preschool, the car was gone.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | March 14, 2013
Ahoy! The weather is looking good for this weekend with afternoon sunshine breaking through the clouds. We will have patchy fog in the mornings that should burn off before noontime. The daytime air temperature will remain mild with the highs reaching only the low 70s, and nighttime temperatures dipping to the low 50s creating a 20-degree temperature swing. The seas will increase a foot by the weekend to three feet from the west-northwest with lazy one-foot swells from the south that should not create a washing machine for those cruising in the ocean.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO — The Coastal Commission decided Wednesday morning that a faux lighthouse Newport Beach officials say will serve as a city icon and helpful landmark for boaters at the city's planned Marina Park can stand up to 73 feet tall — as tall as the city hoped. The commission, which regulates development along coasts up and down the state, voted 8 to 2 to allow an amendment to the city's coastal land use plan to allow for the structure, which will exceed an existing 35-foot height limit in the area.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 2, 2013
When Newport Beach city staffers head to San Diego on Wednesday for the March California Coastal Commission meeting, they plan to go big or go home when it comes to the 71-foot faux lighthouse the city hopes to build at Marina Park. Right now, said Public Works Director Dave Webb, the city has permission to build a tower of up to 35 feet - the current height limit for the area - as part of the commission's approval of the whole park. The city has applied separately for an exception to that height limit to build up to 73 feet.
NEWS
January 4, 2013
The California Coastal Commission is expected to give itself more time to review a proposed rule change that would allow a 73-foot faux lighthouse to be built at Newport Beach's planned Marina Park. The city needs the commission's approval to make an exception in its Shoreline Height Limitation Zone, which limits structures in that area to 35 feet. If approved at its Jan. 11 meeting, the commission's deadline for action on the matter would move to February 2014, but according to a commission staff report, the group would likely decide on the issue in March.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 14, 2012
Despite cries from equestrians and their supporters, the Newport Beach City Council voted this week to delay building a planned multiuse trail in Santa Ana Heights. Some homeowners on Mesa Drive on Tuesday protested the proposed trail, claiming it would devalue their property and that riders have enough trails already. The conflict stretches back years and stems from when the city annexed the area, inheriting a trail plan from the county. The trail's public right of way today is filled with landscaping and other encroachments from private estates overlooking Upper Newport Bay, which rides contend is unfair.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 10, 2012
As county traffic planners study the proposed 19th Street Bridge, Newport Beach city officials are lobbying to win street improvements, in case the bridge idea is permanently scrapped. They recently requested that the county eliminate some roads originally envisioned for Banning Ranch, as the developer's current plan does not include them, according to a report for Tuesday's City Council meeting. Taking these streets out of the study, in addition to the bridge, would presumably increase traffic on other streets and bolster Newport's arguments.
NEWS
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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