City Council Taking Vote to Block Balboa Residential Streets

The City Council is going to force all residents between the streets of Island and Adams Street to register their cars with the city if they wish to park overnight.  The enforcement will be monitored by a roving car with a computerized, automatic license-plate reader which will log your license plate into a database.  If you want someone to spend …

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4 Years Ago Today, We Lost Lifeguard Ben Carlson

Ben Carlson Unveiling - Cover by Jamie Dow

On July 6, 2014, Ben Carlson was lost off the shores of Newport while on-duty as a Lifeguard of Newport Beach.  His act of heroism effected people well beyond the reaches of Newport Beach. Today, waves are huge, approaching 10 feet in the normal spots and nearly double that at the Wedge, the sun is beating down on us pushing …

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10 FOOT Waves, High Heat on Thursday and Friday!

Balboa's Wedge, photo credit unknown

Today, Surfline is reporting a forecast of TEN FOOT waves at the Wedge… so you know what that means!  The structure of The Wedge often double those sizes, and is sure to attract a ton of tourists– especially after the 4th of July– so if you want to check it out, consider a rideshare or riding a bike. The Swells are supposed …

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A Day to Remember

Today, let us remember the time in which we rebelled against an oppressive government that did not represent the interests of its own people, taxed too much, and did not allow for personal liberty. Through a violent bloody revolution against many of our friends, neighbors, and even our own families, we secured freedom… for the first time in recorded history. …

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DUI Saturation Patrol Tomorrow Through Sunday

Tomorrow through Sunday, July 8th from 6pm to 3am, there will be DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the city, and concentrated in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-related impaired driving crashes. During the four-day Fourth of July holiday period in 2017, 17 people were killed and 430 people …

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Boat Auction on Friday Morning!

Boat Auction

Get your “new-to-you” boat here– for cheap!  On Friday, June 29th, 2018 starting at 8am until 9am, you can view the boats to be auctioned at 9am by the Orange County Sheriff Harbor Patrol. Minimum bids vary with each vessel, but this is a CASH ONLY event, so bring cash, as payment is immediately due after the auction. The address for the event is NO LONGER ON …

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Newport’s 4th of July: Everything You Need in One Spot

You’ll probably want to share this comprehensive post with your friends– the 4th of July is just one week away! PRELUDE: Annual Citizen Flag Raised by Toddland Toddland raised their giant American Flag for the 4th year for the 4th.  If you don’t know where it is, it’s the building in the middle of the intersection between Malarky’s and Newport Beach BrewCo– you …

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4th Annual Citizen Flag Raising for the 4th

Back in 2015, the good folks at Toddland along with their friends and family (me included!) raised enough money in just $20 donations to buy and raise a monster flag at the start of Balboa Peninsula, right between Malarky’s and Newport BrewCo. Monday morning, it was raised for the fourth time, in honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  While the storage of …

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Here They Go Again! “The Really Big Show” Debuts Saturday at Noon!

Kick your summer off right!  Yesterday was the Summer Solstice and this is the first official weekend of summer– and this time, it starts with a doozy! If you remember the send-off for Original Pizza early last year, you remember how much of a blast it was, how many familiar faces you saw, and that it all went to a good …

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Newport Beach Re-Launches Illegal Zoning Practices for 4th of July

Whether you like rowdy 4th of July Parties or you hate them, creating zones of disproportionate fines within the same city is a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, and therefore unconstitutional. If a $1,000 or a $3,000 fine is better to have for a rowdy house party, then that fine good or bad for the entire city, …

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