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By Bradley Zint | May 28, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council took another incremental step Thursday night toward approving Marina Park on the Balboa Peninsula. With a unanimous vote after no new public input, the council authorized the amendments made to its coastal development permit for the park, a facility to be located between 15th and 18th streets that will take up nearly 10 harborside acres. The amendments from the California Coastal Commission earlier this year allow the park to have a faux lighthouse rising no higher than 73 feet - a height close to what civic planners had originally sought but were denied.
NEWS
August 20, 2011
I am offering a rebuttal to the Community Commentary article written by Dr. Patricia Frostholm ("Action needed on making park public," Aug. 14). She has quite a few misconceptions about Marina Park and its residents. Frostholm obviously does not observe the three-block section of sand during the day. Monday through Friday, the beach is used extensively by day camps and sailing programs. I know, because I live smack in the middle of the span of beach in one of the "trailers," as she calls them.
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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 Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — After years of planning and delays, Newport Beach officials last week revealed they had made progress with a state agency that had been holding up the Marina Park development, a 10-acre project on the Balboa Peninsula with a proposed community center, park and marina. The State Lands Commission must approve projects on the state tidelands there, and has indicated it would sign off on the latest plan, according to city officials. Marina Park would replace 57 mobile homes and a ragtag collection of buildings and facilities between 15th and 19th Street with a gleaming sailing center, new tennis courts and other amenities.
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By Mike Reicher | August 10, 2012
It may still be another year before city officials can begin construction on Marina Park, the planned Balboa Peninsula community center. Although the California Coastal Commission approved the plans in June, the city of Newport Beach still has to obtain a coastal development permit, settle issues relating to a faux lighthouse, and budget for the $20-million project, said Public Works Director Steve Badum. Badum and Senior Civil Engineer Iris Lee presented the latest Marina Park plans Wednesday during a Speak Up Newport meeting.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | December 30, 2008
The price for a waterfront park on Balboa Peninsula could be as high as $30 million, Newport Beach city officials said Tuesday. Original plans for the park included a playground and some boat slips, estimated to cost about $12 million, but plans for the roughly 9-acre site grew to include a 11,115-foot sailing center with a lighthouse-themed design and a 10,200 square-foot community center. Earlier estimates have put the project’s cost about $20 million, said Dave Webb, Newport Beach deputy public works director.
NEWS
October 19, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- A developer has proposed building a 156-room luxury hotel resort on the site where American Legion Post 291 and Marina Park Mobile Home now stand. The City Council will consider the proposal at a study session on Oct. 25. The developer, Steve Sutherland of Sutherland Tala Hospitality, has proposed building 18 Italian-style villas on the land. The resort, which would produce an estimated $2.8 million in city revenue annually, would also include a spa, restaurant, bar, meeting spaces, tennis courts and a sailing club.
FEATURES
By Mike Whitehead | March 14, 2008
I am pleased to see that the Marina Park project is moving forward. Unfortunately, not everyone will agree on everything that is being planned. Area residents expressed concerned at the last City Council meeting that their bay views will be obstructed if any of the Marina Park buildings are built over the 65-foot height limit. The architectural design shows the community center to have the highest peak at 39 feet, and the sailing center at approximately 48 feet. Both of these buildings are designed to create a landmark in the area and give the buildings an artistic style that is missing in many newly built buildings of today’s design.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
While some Newport Beach residents eagerly await the opening of Marina Park in two years, others already have cause for celebration. They've been promised some of the location's sand. To make way for the 23-slip marina planned for the new Balboa Peninsula park, crews will soon dredge more than 40,000 cubic yards of material from the harbor and redistribute it throughout the city's shoreline. It's a perfect source for reusable beach material — a highly sought-after commodity for beach dwellers who experience, quite literally, life's shifting sands.
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By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
While some Newport Beach residents eagerly await the opening of Marina Park in two years, others already have cause for celebration. They've been promised some of the location's sand. To make way for the 23-slip marina planned for the new Balboa Peninsula park, crews will soon dredge more than 40,000 cubic yards of material from the harbor and redistribute it throughout the city's shoreline. It's a perfect source for reusable beach material — a highly sought-after commodity for beach dwellers who experience, quite literally, life's shifting sands.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 11, 2014
Following remarks from Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill, two City Council members and two representatives from Girl Scouts of Orange County, 11-year-old Olivia Bobrownicki approached the podium Tuesday. Dressed in her uniform, the Irvine Girl Scout climbed onto a green stool to speak directly and confidently into the microphone. Olivia outlined all that she had learned so far as a Scout, a list that included skills in marketing, goal setting and leadership. "And I learned that a girl can do anything," she said to the assembled crowd of more than 150 people.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | January 9, 2014
From pocket parks to 13.5-acre recreation spaces, new outdoor areas are being planned in Newport Beach. City administrators praised existing facilities and outlined plans for further construction at a public Speak Up Newport event Wednesday night in the Civic Center community room. Groundbreaking for bigger projects like Sunset Ridge Park on West Coast Highway at Superior Avenue and Marina Park between 15th and 18th streets on Balboa Boulevard mark the start to two major parks that have been years in the making, said Public Works Director Dave Webb.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 6, 2013
In its last meeting of the year, the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday is expected to make strides toward the completion of two long-planned parks, extend a lease for a popular community gathering spot and approve a slate of cultural grant recipients. * Parks contracts Though the meeting won't be preceded by a study session, it will start at 5:30 p.m. - an hour and a half earlier than usual. City officials also will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Sunset Ridge Park earlier that afternoon.
NEWS
By Keith D. Curry and By Keith D. Curry | December 6, 2013
As 2013 draws to a close it is time to pause and look back at what we have been able to accomplish together as a community. This was truly a transformational year for our city. We concluded an agreement to extend important protections in our unique Airport Settlement Agreement. This will ensure our community is protected for the next generation. Our award-winning Civic Center has created a public space that visitors from around the world are coming to see. The new Civic Green welcomes concertgoers, hundreds walk or take their dogs to the park and the library expansion is already filling up each day. The new City Hall also enabled us to go paperless and reduce printing by more than 22,000 pages per month.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 27, 2013
Earlier this week, Newport Beach resident Erin Kunkle took stock of the contents in the kitchen of her mobile home at Marina Park. She wondered not about which utensils to use to make turkey or stuffing, but instead how to pack all of the items from the cupboards and drawers into cardboard boxes. The Marina Park residents, whose homes along Balboa Boulevard will be removed to make way for a new public park, must vacate the city property by noon Monday - a final "date of surrender" set so that the mobile home dwellers might enjoy one last Thanksgiving meal at home.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | October 18, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council will hold a public hearing during its meeting next week on whether to require the annual use permits for some horse owners in the Santa Ana Heights residential equestrian district. The hearing follows an August decision by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to eliminate a regulation that calls for residents in the area to obtain annual permits if they keep three to six horses for non-commercial use. Newport Beach tried to eliminate this requirement in 2010 but failed to follow the appropriate steps, according to a staff report.
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 Bradley Zint | May 28, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council took another incremental step Thursday night toward approving Marina Park on the Balboa Peninsula. With a unanimous vote after no new public input, the council authorized the amendments made to its coastal development permit for the park, a facility to be located between 15th and 18th streets that will take up nearly 10 harborside acres. The amendments from the California Coastal Commission earlier this year allow the park to have a faux lighthouse rising no higher than 73 feet - a height close to what civic planners had originally sought but were denied.
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.
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