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Newport Beach Earth Day has a Lot Going On!

Wow, we have a busy Earth Day! First, the launch of the earth-friendly sailboat race, Newport to Ensenada, is happening today at 11am.  If you aren’t going to be near the Balboa Pier then, then you are missing out! But you can still catch it live thanks to Don Logan’s drone livesteam, which will start at 10:55am, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVWOoRIXeBA Second, Newport’s …

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Newport-2-Ensenada Race Starts Tomorrow!

Newport is having a busy week!  Today begins the Balboa Film Festival and Friday will be the race will begin at the Balboa Pier at 11:00 a.m– so if you want to see a huge cluster of world-class sailboats, head on down to Balboa Pier before lunch tomorrow! The race typically lasts overnight, with people arriving in Ensenada throughout Saturday.  Sunday a bus leaves for those too …

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Newport’s International Film Fest Starts Tomorrow!

Did you know that Newport has an internationally known Film Festival?  Living here, it’s easy to dismiss hyped up things as “just more local news”, but this is a really big deal!  Centered around the Lido Theater but having most other surrounding theaters also participating, the event kicks off tomorrow with the Opening Night Gala, a $175-per-person event where people dress up and …

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Dog Beach Update!

Last Friday, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel joined with California Assemblyman Matt Harper to voice their support of our Dog Beach. To say that this took effort would be an understatement, as the litany of governmental roadblocks is well… let’s just say there’s a reason UPS’s slogan isn’t “Moving at the Speed of Government”! But to her credit, as soon …

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Pet of the Week: Halo

As the codification of Dog Beach moves forward, if you don’t have your own pup, you’re gonna be missing out on seeing them appreciate one of the best spots in the world for dogs to be– oh, and their companionship, too.  Newport has a lot of great dogs in need of great homes and great owners… And we’ve got the perfect pup …

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Huge Dog Beach Announcement Scheduled for Tomorrow

Let me let you in on a little secret: Dog Beach is gonna have a hearing on the County level… soon! As many of you know, Dog Beach is the area between Newport and Huntington at the Santa Ana River jetties.  Dogs roam freely there and play in the water, surf, or just play fetch for as far as the arm …

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By-The-Wind Sailors Wash Ashore

By The Wind Sailors Photo by Newport Beach Marine Safety Battalion Chief Brent Jacobsen

Early yesterday morning, and doubtlessly some today, hundreds upon hundred of these By-The-Wind-Sailors washed ashore. The creatures are also known by their scientific binomial nomenclature, Velella velella. Each hydroid colony is carnivorous and feeds off plankton, but pose no risk to humans.  They are rare to find on land and tend to dry up quickly in the sunshine, resembling discarded plastic.  Before that happens, though, …

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Balboa Theater Bid, A Total Disaster

This is a story you should read all the way through. As many of you know, I placed a bid on the taxpayer-owned Balboa Theater in August of last year.  I bid the full asking price, in cash.  In the real world, this bid would have closed in 5 days– but government isn’t the real world. I sat on it for …

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Surge in Tar Counts on our Newport Beaches

Over the last few days, we have seen a huge increase in both the total number and total amount of tar concentrations on our beaches.  These tar balls are often caused by natural events as our oil-rich coastline bubbles them from the bottom of the ocean.  These deposits then surface to the top and are washed ashore, where people often play and walk barefoot. …

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Dirty Old Wedge – Already A Huge Success

As many of you probably know, Newporter Tim Burnham has created what is sure to be a classic Newport film entitled Dirty Old Wedge.  This film has been set to be shown in the Newport Beach Film Festival but what you may not know is that this film is selling out faster than any other film in the show. As …

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