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Lido Hotel Lease Guarantees a Taxpayer Loss

Newport Waste

The city’s plan to award a long-term lease for old City Hall land is a guaranteed loser for taxpayers.  Let’s quickly run through the three possible scenarios that could play out during a long-term land-lease from the city of Newport: Let’s assume that Newport wants to lease land for 85 years to an entity, and they come to an agreement with the …

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Record-Setting Heat This Weekend

Heatwave

Record-setting heat will be coming tomorrow through Tuesday. Dress for warm weather, as we’ll likely break into the three-digit temps this weekend.  Meteorologists say the heat is being generated by an upper-level ridge of high pressure building off the California coast combined with weakening onshore flow.  Residents will need to beware of this record-setting heat during the months of September …

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A Day of Remembrance

WTC, photo credit unknown

13 years ago today, we witnessed the worst terrorist attack ever performed on US soil, losing 2,977 innocent victims.  Over ten percent of those victims– 343– were FDNY firefighters who rushed into the disaster to help. However, the beauty of America– and Americans ourselves– shone brightly through that very day and in the days following. Americans from all walks of life …

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Newport’s Own Tallship Returns!

Pilgrim of Newport, photo credit unknown

A fun, educational, and free adventure for the family!  This Friday, step back in time to the days of Tallships when Newport’s own “Pilgrim of Newport” returns to her port of origin here in Newport Beach. Tallships are works of Oak, Fir, and Pine– and are built for sheer power and strength. Their speed and ability to carry cargo was unmatched in …

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SUPERMOON To Shine on Newport

Supermoon 9/9/2014

Please LIKE and SHARE! Tomorrow night at 7:36pm, the moon will begin to rise from the direction of East (for you areo or nautical buffs, it’s at a heading of 87 degrees). It will have a luminosity at nearly 100% and will appear very large as it is rising. But don’t miss it– after only 10-20 minutes you will begin …

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SaveNewport Site Goes LIVE!

Save Newport Logo

While we’ve noisily building momentum on Facebook over the last year, SaveNewport now has over 2,800 subscribers and a weekly reach of more than 35,000 people in [mostly] Newport Beach.  Some weeks, our reach peaks over 6 figures!  As a project that I started simply to help raise awareness of our city council and management, this has grown further than I had …

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Oktoberfest Arrives in Newport!

Oktoberfest Photo

“Cold Beer, Hearty Faire, Live Music, Plenty of Fun… and More Beer!” Saturday, September 27, 2014 2 pm – 5 pm For those of you who can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, you can celebrate with the Balboa Bay Resort at their first-annual OktoberFestival – the large party will kick off the Oktoberfest season!  This will be a new, modern take …

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Coastline Classic Car Show is Today!

2014 Coastline Classic

CdM’s Coastline Classic Car Show begins today at 10am.  This classic car show benefits The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, and will last until 4pm today.  Tickets are $15 (kids under 12 are free), and do not include parking (shuttles provided free of cost for off-site parking) Doors open at 10am, and at 11am commentators will begin. From 10am to 2pm, the event …

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Vodka-infused Gummybears Now in Newport

Maverick's Vodka-infused Gummybears, photo by Mike Glenn

Don’t tell the non-adventurous, but Mavericks Gastro Pub on Balboa Peninsula is now serving vodka-infused gummybears, and they are dangerously delicious! (So are their burgers, fried chicken, and shockingly-delicious pickle chips!) Mavericks is a new Gastropub located on the corner of Palm and Balboa, at the location of the old Bubbles.

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Blue Whales Are Back– and In Force!

Blue Whale, photo by Velvet Park

Huge numbers for blue whales sightings recently, with the warm waters of the coming El Nino pushing them up from their normal habitats.  Combined local counts in the last week (8/31 – 9/5) show: 10 blue whales, 3 Fin Whales, many thousands of common dolphin and a few dozen bottlenose dolphin spotted off Newport’s coast alone. These numbers suggest that there …

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