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By John Heffernan | December 24, 2012
Tidelands are most of the water areas in Newport Harbor that are located below the mean high tide line. The state owns those Tidelands. The city of Newport Beach manages most of those Tidelands under a public trust agreement with the state. No private party has the right to use those Tidelands unless paying a fee to do so. For too many years the city never raised those Tidelands fees. This City Council has properly decided to do so, to charge a more market rate fee for a very valuable property right — the right of a private user to use a public asset.
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By Emily Foxhall | September 24, 2013
A Newport Beach resident has filed a civil action against the city over the alleged mishandling of the permit for the dock that stretches in front of his family's Balboa Island home. The petition, filed Monday on behalf of former professional basketball player John Vallely, came just one day ahead of the third time the dock issue went before the City Council. Council members voted Tuesday to dismiss proposed changes to the city's harbor code that would have affected the way permits are transferred for piers that encroach on another's dock area, as Vallely's does.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and Jeremiah Dobruck | September 3, 2013
Newport Beach officials said Tuesday that the damage done to the Balboa pier when a 50-foot yacht drifted into it is minimal. A mechanical problem caused the privately owned yacht, called Lucky 7, to lose power Sunday, preventing it from proceeding on its set path, officials said. The vessel, which was also unable to stop and drop its anchor, drifted into the pier about 8 p.m. None of the estimated 13 people aboard the yacht was injured, according to a Newport Beach Police Department news release, although fog delayed some assistance.
NEWS
May 23, 2000
Alex Coolman BALBOA ISLAND -- The time has come for Andrew Glassell to do a little maintenance on his pier. The 84-year-old Balboa Island resident is putting in some redwood flooring and guardrails this week, replacing the weathered wood that used to be there. But the structural heart of the pier -- a 90-foot-long trunk of solid fir that was once the mast of a schooner -- isn't going anywhere. Besides an occasional coat of gray paint, Glassell said, the massive trunk hasn't needed any maintenance since his father, William, put it into place in 1925.
NEWS
June 12, 2001
Mathis Winkler BALBOA ISLAND -- A property owner's plan to park his 55-foot boat at a dock on South Bay Front has island residents up in arms. Lodwrick M. Cook, who owns houses at 1106 and 1108 S. Bay Front, plans to move an existing pier 40 feet to the east and dock his boat there. Cook's son, Scott, said his father just wants to do what's allowed by the law. "All we're trying to do is park our vessel out in front of our property," Scott Cook said Monday, adding that neighbors had already rejected an earlier plan to park the boat at the existing pier.
NEWS
July 12, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- At first, City Council members tried to talk about the bigger picture. After all, they'd met to discuss the city's policies regarding private piers during a study session on Tuesday afternoon. But when residents, more than 50 of whom had come to City Hall to attend the meeting, began to address city leaders on the subject, it became obvious that a specific issue had them concerned. "I'd like to introduce you to the 'Carole Diane,"' said Balboa Island resident Richard Ashoff.
NEWS
September 2, 2003
Deirdre Newman Most surfers catching the waves at the Newport Pier Saturday morning were not afraid that a sharks might be lurking in the waters. Three juvenile great white sharks have been sighted recently at San Onofre State Beach and some surfers have even ventured out among them. Many said they have never even seek sharks here. "Because we get dolphins and if there's dolphins, there's no sharks," said Max Yedor, 16, as he prepared to surf.
NEWS
May 25, 2005
The beach is a great place for swimming, sunning and socializing, but if you don't follow the rules, your summer will be a lot less fun. Here are some of the guidelines to keep your beach behavior within the rules and regulations: NEWPORT BEACH No smoking, no glass containers, no littering and no alcohol on the beaches or piers No dogs on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; at all other times dogs must be...
NEWS
December 11, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- A local gadfly hopes that one small step by the City Council tonight will be one giant leap for his cause to get a ladder removed from the south end of Balboa Island's Grand Canal and, ultimately, to improve access to his boat mooring. Jim Hildreth has been called a nuisance by the mayor and vice mayor for his regular appearances at council meetings dating back to 1999 when officials decided to remove an illegal pier the Hildreth family had built near their boat mooring.
NEWS
July 23, 2009
The south swell that was supposed to bring high peaks crashing just off the sand at the Wedge by today has slowed and will likely come in, if at all, by tomorrow, lifeguards said Thursday morning. The swell is coming from a large storm in Tahiti and was predicted to hit Southern California by today. So far, waves at the Wedge are 3- to 4-feet high, but are expected to steadily grow into the evening and could be up to 8 to 10 feet by today and Saturday, according to Surfline.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | October 20, 2013
To help promote the title sponsor, players on the stadium court at the AVP Championships near the Huntington Beach Pier crammed their lengthy, sweaty bodies into small convertible smart cars that served as benches that must have lacked supreme comfort. Turns out, uncomfortable was a fitting theme for both the top-seeded men's and women's teams, both of which included a Costa Mesa resident. The men's duo of Costa Mesa's Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson of Huntington Beach, as well as the favored women's tandem of Costa Mesa's April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings were both upset in the semifinals on Sunday.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 24, 2013
A Newport Beach resident has filed a civil action against the city over the alleged mishandling of the permit for the dock that stretches in front of his family's Balboa Island home. The petition, filed Monday on behalf of former professional basketball player John Vallely, came just one day ahead of the third time the dock issue went before the City Council. Council members voted Tuesday to dismiss proposed changes to the city's harbor code that would have affected the way permits are transferred for piers that encroach on another's dock area, as Vallely's does.
NEWS
By Bob McCaffrey and By Bob McCaffrey | September 11, 2013
Last December the Newport Beach City Council majority levied the largest tax in our city's history on the 1,100 residential dock owners of Newport Harbor. The dock tax was supposed to offset the cost of running the harbor, an elusive amount subject to the illusionary nuances of municipal accounting. The means of implementing the dock tax is a new "permit" that spells out the details. City Manager Dave Kiff has been quoted as saying, "There's always been annual dock fees with an annual permit.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and Jeremiah Dobruck | September 3, 2013
Newport Beach officials said Tuesday that the damage done to the Balboa pier when a 50-foot yacht drifted into it is minimal. A mechanical problem caused the privately owned yacht, called Lucky 7, to lose power Sunday, preventing it from proceeding on its set path, officials said. The vessel, which was also unable to stop and drop its anchor, drifted into the pier about 8 p.m. None of the estimated 13 people aboard the yacht was injured, according to a Newport Beach Police Department news release, although fog delayed some assistance.
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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.
SPORTS
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.
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