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February 25, 2003
People who complain about water quality today don't know how good they have it compared to the early days of Newport. A comparison of our two piers is illustrative. The Balboa Pier was a tourist pier. Thus, the Balboa Pier had railings so that tourists could lean against them while admiring the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. The Newport Pier had no railings. When ships tied up to load and unload, railings would have been a nuisance. Even when ships no longer tied up to it and trains no longer came out on the tracks, the Newport Pier had no railings.
May 19, 2000
Andrew Glazer & Jasmine Lee NEWPORT BEACH -- The body of a Santa Ana teen who was caught and pulled out to sea by a powerful rip current washed ashore near the Newport Pier on Thursday after rescue workers searched the surrounding waters for nearly two hours. Armando Roman Briseno, a 17-year-old Santa Ana Valley High School student and member of the school's varsity baseball team, was pronounced dead on the scene. He had been swimming along the surf line with two friends, both of whom made it to shore safely.
March 19, 2002
The Orange County Health Care Agency posted a handful of warning signs 150 feet from the Newport Pier in both directions on Sunday. The agency announced the posting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, after detecting heightened levels of bacteria in the water near the pier. Local officials and environmentalists have suspected for some time that a plume of treated sewage released into the ocean by the Orange County Sanitation District is depositing the bacteria in the water near the pier.
February 6, 2010
Friends and family of the late surfer Gregory Gladstone gathered in his memory during stormy weather at Newport Pier on Saturday. Gladstone died after lifeguards found him unresponsive and floating in big waves off 14th Street on Jan. 23. Fellow surfers called for help after finding his surfboard floating in the water. Authorities are awaiting a toxicology report before making a final determination on what caused Gladstone’s death. A Newport Beach resident since the early 1990s, Gladstone founded the company Gladstone Construction.
October 22, 2006
In Newport-Mesa, with the daily grind of everyday life, long commutes, heavy workloads, and the stresses of raising a family, it can seem that the rat race is inescapable — that it's impossible to take some time off for a vacation. Many find a quick and easy getaway by picking up a fishing pole, taking a stroll to the end of Balboa Pier or Newport Pier, and enjoying a beautiful sunset while casting into the ocean below. Fishing off the piers of Newport Beach means different things for different people.
By Brianna Bailey | October 24, 2009
It’s been a month an a half since beachgoers at Newport Pier have seen Ski Meinschein’s red electric scooter making its way down the boardwalk, with his two scarlet macaws perched on the front. Laid up in Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian for the past month and a half, Meinschein, known as the Bird Man of Newport Beach, misses his birds and making children at the pier laugh with their tricks. A retired oil field worker from Indiana, Meinschein and his birds have been a beloved fixture at the pier for the last 30 years.
July 20, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - The best host Balboa Yacht Club can do is third place, after falling to a boat from Australia in the semifinals Saturday at the 47th Governor's Cup yacht race north of the Newport Pier. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club of Perth, Australia won three straight races to advance to Sunday's final, in which it will compete against the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron that knocked off the San Diego Yacht Club in the other semifinal. Sam Gilmour, Chris Smith and Adam Negri topped the Balboa Yacht Club, led by Ryan Davidson, in the best-of-five format.
By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
The historic Balboa Village filled with new energy Sunday afternoon, as business owners gathered under white tents to offer passersby everything from lobster rolls to boating artwork. The event, called a Kickoff Fiesta, celebrated the upcoming Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. It also marked a chance to promote ongoing revitalization efforts on the Balboa Peninsula — an area sometimes better known for its plethora of bars and unruly twenty-somethings than for kid-friendly activity.
By Thomas Eastmond | March 28, 2014
It's a wild morning, pouring rain. At high tide the southwest swell is rolling under the Newport Pier and washing through the dory market, carving out big chunks of beach with each wave. Someone suggests moving the paddle-out to the bay. We confer — there's no time. The memorial service starts at 11. Storm or not, we're going. Six of us are former Newport lifeguards. If the side current washes us all the way to the river jetties, as looks entirely possible, maybe some of the 100 or so friends watching from shore can ferry us back.
By Emily Foxhall | February 26, 2014
The restoration of public piers is underway in Newport Harbor, and new piers may be coming soon. Harbor Commissioner Paul Blank offered a presentation on the state of Newport Beach's piers during the council study session Tuesday based on a recently completed report by a commission subcommittee. He said the city does not maintain each of its 11 public piers along the harbor shoreline as well as it could and suggested that better upkeep would draw more people to them. Some piers - such as the newest at Rhine Wharf - are well-used, Blank added, but not all. Configuration, location and upkeep all contribute to better usage, he said the Harbor Commission report found.
By Emily Foxhall | January 28, 2014
Newport Beach will put out a request for proposals from restaurants interested in occupying the empty building at the end of Newport Pier, which housed a seafood restaurant from 1993 until 2012, when its lease expired. Council members had considered seeking clearance from the Coastal Commission to remove the building and convert it into a flexible-use space that could host anything from food trucks to a tai chi class to music performances. Instead, during a study session Tuesday they decided that bringing a new restaurant to the space provided a tempting option - especially since Bluewater Grill had already expressed interest, city staff said during a study session that preceded the meeting.
By Emily Foxhall | January 3, 2014
On New Year's Eve, Beccy Rogers donned a black suit with a fur collar. She selected sparkling earrings and a necklace, and finished the look with a glitzy clip decorating her long hair, pulled back into a tight bun. She has worn this outfit on Dec. 31 for each of the many years she has spent working at Newport Beach's long-established Ritz Restaurant and Garden. But as the clock struck midnight, ringing in 2014, the turn of the year also indicated a more significant milestone. After more than 30 years, the night was Rogers' last New Year's Eve in the restaurant's 880 Newport Center Drive location, where it opened in 1982.
By Bradley Zint | December 18, 2013
In about two months, Jess Bingaman and his wife are poised to lose their beloved slice of Newport Beach, where friends and families have met year after year to enjoy the ocean views over pizza and beer in a jug. Considering that, though, he was in a chipper mood Tuesday afternoon. Dressed in Southern California winter casual - T-shirt, jeans and beanie - Bingaman smiled at the thought of running Perry's Pizza as long as he has. He's been working at the eclectic Balboa Peninsula pizza parlor since 1986 and has co-owned it with his wife, Dawn, since 1996.
By Michael Miller | December 11, 2013
Last year around this time, it was an almost ubiquitous news item in Newport Beach: the proposed boycott of the annual Christmas Boat Parade by residents who opposed a new city-imposed fee hike on their docks. The grass-roots group Stop the Dock Tax asked property owners to keep their vessels and homes dark out of protest. City Councilman Mike Henn used the Daily Pilot's opinion page to denounce the "sensationalized threats. " As the furor escalated, the tourism bureau, Visit Newport Beach, ended up putting out a statement clarifying that the parade would go on as planned.
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.
November 25, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council will vote Tuesday on a contract for renovations to the city's lifeguard headquarters building near the Newport Pier. A $1.55 million contract with Irvine-based Optima Reengineering and Project Management addresses the need for what staff described as "major" rehabilitation, as outlined in its report. "It takes a beating out there so close to marine spray and sand," City Manager Dave Kiff said in a regular email anticipating the twice-monthly council meeting.
October 15, 2013
The body of a man who committed suicide was found Tuesday near the waterline in Newport Beach, police said. He was the second person in the city to kill himself in public in the span of two days, according to police. Officers found the unidentified man dead near the Newport Pier at 12:50 p.m., police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Manzella said the man's death was self-inflicted and involved a firearm, but she did not elaborate on the fatal injury. Police were still investigating at the scene, Manzella said about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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