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February 9, 2002
-- Paul Clinton Plans to expand the Boy Scout sea base in Corona del Mar were put on hold indefinitely by the California Coastal Commission this week. The Orange County chapter of the Boy Scouts has been working to expand the base for almost four years. The project hit the skids in mid-December, when commission staff members objected to the height of the project, saying it would reduce the view of Newport Harbor from West Coast Highway by about 20%. The commission pulled the item from its agenda at a Wednesday meeting in San Diego.
NEWS
April 2, 2004
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. When you drive along Mariner's Mile, do you notice anything different at 1931 W. Coast Highway? 1931 is the address of the Newport sea base that is finishing a major renovation to the tune of approximately $6 million. I am very impressed with the final appearances of this property and how well the area is improved from the old to the new sea base. I must confess that I am a member of the sea base committee and that I have seen this dream turn into reality.
NEWS
June 13, 2002
Paul Clinton MARINER'S MILE -- Ignoring advice from their own staff, California coastal commissioners on Tuesday approved a new Boy Scouts sea base. Commissioners voted 7 to 1 at their monthly meeting to approve the project, despite some in-house objections about the size of the new building, which will block some of the "view corridor" facing Newport Harbor. Local Scout leaders now say they'll move ahead full steam on the $4.5-million base, which has been stalled for more than a year.
NEWS
October 4, 2002
Paul Clinton More than four years after launching an effort for a new sea base in Corona del Mar, local Boy Scouts are at last ready to turn over the first shovel of dirt to build their new digs. Construction is set to begin today on the new $5.2-million Scout Sea Base, which is expected to be completed in June, exactly five years after they had first hoped to build it. The work will kick off with a 6:30 p.m. ground-breaking ceremony. The new base, which includes expanded classroom space, a new dock and a rowing center, hit a few bumps along the road, including objections from the California Coastal Commission and a long-running effort to raise funds to pay for the project.
NEWS
May 3, 2001
Mathis Winkler MARINERS MILE -- A two-story sailing building and another for rowing. A new waterfront walkway and a floating boat dock. That's what Orange County's Boy Scouts hope to build after demolishing their existing sea base if Newport Beach's planning commissioners approve the project tonight. The sea base of the Boy Scouts of America -- Orange Council Chapter, as the organization is officially named, has existed for about 64 years, according to city officials.
NEWS
May 5, 2001
Mathis Winkler MARINER'S MILE -- The Boy Scouts have some more work to do before planning commissioners will approve a proposed expansion of their sea base. On Thursday, commissioners unanimously voted to postpone a decision until their June 7 meeting, saying they still had concerns about the project. The main concern is the reduction of bay views from West Coast Highway. Right now, there's an open space of about 207 feet where people driving on the street can look at the water.
NEWS
August 2, 2003
Paul Clinton Boy Scout leaders said they aren't worried about a federal judge's ruling that overturned a San Diego scout group's lease on Thursday because that group excluded some groups from a public park. The Boy Scouts Orange County Council have a $6.5-million sea base on Orange County tidelands. The group holds the lease to the 1.1-acre property at no cost. "The San Diego facility was exclusively used for Boy Scout functions," council spokesman Brett Beck said Friday.
NEWS
October 7, 2002
Ahoy. "Phenomenal that we are breaking ground for the new Sea Base," said retired Rear Admiral Dave Janes, who is the chairman of the Sea Base's executive committee. "We are nearing our financial goal and looking for the remaining money to complete this project." Personally leading the charge for the committee's 2010 vision, Dave is dedicated to having a state-of-the-art maritime facility in Newport Harbor. Thousands of lives have been touched by the Sea Base, which now is in need of a face lift and interior renovation, so it is the perfect time to focus the effort and see that the vision materializes.
NEWS
July 7, 2000
Alex Coolman With her little, wet head poking out of an enormous orange life vest, 10-year-old Nicole Colgrove almost resembled a young turtle that had somehow climbed its way from the harbor onto the dock at the Boy Scout Sea Base. Nicole was shivering, her tiny arms wrapped around her body, but she was smiling. "It's cold," she noted. "But there's a couple of warm spots." Nicole was taking a momentary break from her busy routine Thursday as she and about 140 of her youthful colleagues from the Stanton Community Center partook in a free community outreach effort.
NEWS
July 28, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- From the balcony outside his office at the Boy Scout Sea Base, Bill Mountford watches a car try to execute an awkward U-turn in the narrow parking lot. It's the kind of thing Mountford, the base director, sees almost every day -- especially when dozens of parents come to pick up their kids from sailing programs. "When it gets loaded in here, it's a challenge" to drive around, he says. But soon enough, the tricky turning situation should have a solution: the Sea Base is planning a major expansion, which will not only address its traffic concerns but lay the foundation for future growth.
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By Jill Cowan | October 3, 2012
Bill Ficker's list of maritime accomplishments is long, but at a luncheon Wednesday he reminded attendees about one that event organizers forgot: early adopter of stand-up paddleboarding. "I'm a little hurt," joked Ficker, an America's Cup winner and architect who was being honored with the 2012 Good Sea Scout Award from the Newport Sea Base. The 84-year-old then showed off a picture of himself as a boy, gliding across a wide open Newport Harbor, using what he said was a kayak paddle.
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By Joanna Clay | April 14, 2012
To traditional yacht clubs on the East Coast, Opening Day signals the melting of ice from its harbor. Newport Sea Base's celebration Saturday aptly signaled the start of the season with sun and high winds. Director Shana Bannert Aguirre said she checked the weather daily, concerned after Friday's rain. Hundreds of locals came out to support the Open House, which offered free events such as pontoon boat rides around the bay, tours of the Sea Scout boats and free burgers and hot dogs cooked up by the Newport Beach Firefighters Assn.
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By Michael Miller | April 19, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Dave George is only 20 years old, but he’s already a seasoned sailor — not to mention a mentor for the next generation. The Cal State Fullerton student serves as the boatswain of the Del Mar, one of the sailboats docked at the Newport Sea Base. He also has seven and a half years of experience in the Sea Scouts, an offshoot of the Boy Scouts of America, and Saturday morning and afternoon, he joined fellow crew members in giving tours of the Del Mar to families.
NEWS
September 8, 2007
The Newport Sea Base, 1931 W. Coast Highway, has announced that classes for boys and girls ages 6 to 18 will begin Sept. 18 and continue till February. The classes will be offered on weekdays, weekends and evenings, and will cover a variety of subjects including beginning, intermediate and advanced sailing, canoeing, kayaking, first aid and more. The base is operated by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, and has provided maritime programs for Orange County youth since 1937.
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By Michael Alexander | February 2, 2007
At 62, some people start thinking about retirement. For George Wood, it was time to declare victory, move across the country and start from scratch. As he took the reins of the Newport Sea Base, the Boy Scouts of America-operated community center that holds maritime education programs for numerous youths, Wood was eager to face new challenges. He began work Thursday, filling a position vacant since August. At that time, his predecessor Charlie Abbott was fired for undisclosed reasons after six months with the base.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | November 18, 2006
A championship-winning college sailing coach with nearly 30 years of experience at sea will become the director of the Boy Scouts' Newport Sea Base, officials announced Friday. George Wood will begin as base director Feb. 1. He will fill a post that has been vacant since early August, when former sea base director Charlie Abbott was fired for undisclosed reasons after six months with the base. Wood has been head sailing coach at the College of Charleston in South Carolina since 1980, according to a statement from the Orange County Council of Boy Scouts.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | August 29, 2006
Management is again changing at the Newport Sea Base where executive director Charlie Abbott was fired for undisclosed reasons after about six months on the job. A former sailing and windsurfing instructor with a bachelor's degree in economics, Abbott took charge of the sea base in February. He was terminated in early August, said Lara Fisher, marketing director for the Orange County Council of Boy Scouts, which operates the sea base. Fisher is acting as director until a replacement is found.
NEWS
May 31, 2006
Young sailors could get their sea legs this summer on Kelpie if an inspection shows the ship is up to U.S. Coast Guard standards. Newport Sea Base officials have been searching for a ship to replace Argus, the 101-year-old topsail ketch that's been used for Boy Scout sail training for 35 years but needs a major overhaul. Sea base executive director Charlie Abbott helped deliver the boat last week from San Diego to Long Beach, where it is now being inspected by the Coast Guard.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | February 11, 2006
Sailing instructor joins Newport facility as executive director and sets to work on new programs for Scouts.With the addition of a new executive director this week, the Newport Sea Base is now fully staffed and preparing to launch new programs, base officials said Friday. Former sailing and windsurfing instructor Charles Abbot was chosen from among 60 applicants as the sea base's director. He replaces Catherine Malm at the helm, an educational sailing facility operated by the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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