November 10, 2004
Alicia Robinson The Irvine Co. received the blessing of the Orange County Planning Commission Tuesday to begin moving dirt for a long-awaited resort next to the Pelican Hill Golf Club. The commission granted coastal development permits needed to build the Pelican Hill Resort, a project that will fill 119 acres around the golf club with 40 guest bungalows, 128 time-share units, an inn with a restaurant and a spa. The permit approvals can be appealed within 15 days by anyone, but planning staff members and Irvine Co. officials were able to meet most of residents' concerns by modifying the project, county planner Bill Melton said.
October 26, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- The City Council on Monday decided to consider proposals in addition to the Sutherland Talla resort suggested for the Marina Park Mobile Home and American Legion Post 291 site on the Balboa Peninsula. Council members said the proposal would force them to make a hard decision, weighing city revenue against preserving Newport's standard of living. "As much as we love this city there are seven people up here that have to pay the bills," Councilwoman Norma Glover said.
August 19, 2004
Alicia Robinson With the battle lines drawn over the proposed Marinapark resort project, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has officially taken sides in favor of the resort. Voters will decide in November whether to change the city's general plan to allow development of the resort. Opponents have argued that the luxury hotel and time-share units will be a profitless boondoggle that robs the public of waterfront space. On the front page of the chamber's August/September newsletter, the group's board of directors came out as a strong proponent of the Marinapark project, touting it as a financial benefit to the city and one that will improve public facilities.
September 10, 2004
Regarding "Marinapark project battle goes public," Tuesday in the Pilot -- as a famous Californian once said, "There they go again." The 1948 Newport Beach City Council might be forgiven for leasing a prime piece of public property for the creation of the Balboa Bay Club. At that time, there were lots of waterfront properties, and the creation of this facility probably made a lot of sense, because the use of land at that time was for dumping naval war equipment.
August 23, 2003
The very first pronouncement concerning the human condition in the Bible is, "It is not good for a person to be alone." Marriage is then ordained as the goodly relationship designed to overcome the condition that is "not good." The ideal of marriage is a permanent union, but Judaism understood that sometimes marriages are unsuccessful and divorce is the best recourse. As the old adage has it, "Love is a sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock."
August 29, 2004
Pelican Hill Golf Club will be able to all-but roll out of bed and hop in a cart. By then, a planned luxury resort with 40 guest bungalows, 128 time share units and a spa will be built and ready for business. And they shouldn't have to worry about leaving a mark on the land. The Irvine Co., which is developing the resort, and environmental group Orange County CoastKeeper have developed a water-reclamation plan that traps rainwater, pumps it to storage reservoirs and uses it in the irrigation system for the existing courses.
September 2, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- Developers for the proposed Newport Dunes Resort Hotel are expected to ask the city Tuesday to postpone a decision on the controversial project until after the November election. The City Council was expected to discuss the proposed 470-room hotel and 31,000-square-foot convention center at its Sept. 12 meeting. However, Deputy City Manager Dave Kiff said the project would be pushed back to a future date, adding he did not know when it would come before the City Council.
May 5, 2005
She has big hair, an even bigger laugh and an infectious personality that captivated the hearts of several hundred Orange Coast residents who came together on a Saturday night to honor actress Sally Struthers. It was the 2005 Laguna Playhouse Gala, set at the chic Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach. The black-tie dinner ceremony also honored Newport Beach attorney and restaurateur Ron Schwartz and his wife, Sindi. The Schwartz family, proprietors of the very popular Muldoon's Dublin Pub in Fashion Island, have been staunch supporters of Laguna Playhouse for many years.
September 23, 2004
Craig Dixon Regarding the Marinapark hotel proposal, many are concerned about the potential parking problem and traffic it could cause. A community park including a soccer field and boat-launch area has been proposed as an alternative to relieve Balboa Peninsula residents' traffic fears. This really needs to be considered much further. For example, a soccer game has around 15 players per team, two teams, at least two coaches per team and three referees.
October 13, 2004
The Daily Pilot seems to have gotten the idea that Measure L's opponents think it is only a referendum on Stephen Sutherland, the individual. You are echoing the bleeding-heart song about "personal attacks" that he's been singing for years. As the Pilot suggests in the editorial, look at the facts. The stated and restated objective (seemingly ignored by the Pilot) of the principal opponents of Measure L has been to stop the giveaway of designated public parkland to private interests.