UPDATE: Man Apparently Drowned at Big Corona Beach

posted: September 2nd, 2014 01:30 pm | 0No Comments

A man in his 70s was pulled from the water at Big Corona Beach this morning, police said.

Officers pulled the man’s body out of the water about 9 a.m., said Lt. Jeff Brouwer.

“Detectives are still investigating if his car was in the lot and then contacting family,” he said. “It appears to be a drowning at this point.”

Lifeguards were on duty at the beach this morning, confirmed Lifeguard Capt. Rob Williams.

The man’s identity is not yet available.

The Orange County Sherif’s Department’s Harbor Patrol’s online blotter states that a general broadcast about the incident went out at 9:10 a.m., and that the subject had been seen going into the water 15 minutes before that. The Coast Guard was notified, and a police helicopter called, and the man was spotted in the water, and a civilian tried to pull him out.

Death Reported at Big Corona Beach

posted: September 2nd, 2014 11:11 am | 0No Comments

A man has died at Big Corona Beach, sources said.

“It appears that they have pulled a body out of the water,” said Newport Beach Police Department Lt. Jeff Brouwer

A witness at the scene said an officer said a man had passed away while swimming, and his covered body was near Tower 5. An ambulance arrived at the scene, the witness said, and lifeguard and police vehicles, including a Crime Scene Investigation van, were at the scene. The incident occurred about 9:30 a.m., the witness said.

The helicopter circling Corona del Mar this morning is related to this incident, Brouwer said.

We will update this story as information becomes available.

City Parking Lot Near Bayside Drive to be Closed Today

posted: September 2nd, 2014 08:15 am | 0No Comments

The city parking lot near Marguerite Avenue and Bayside Drive — the home of the Corona del Mar Farmers Market — will be closed today for tree trimming, according to the City of Newport Beach Facebook page.

The lot will reopen at the end of the day, the page said.

Tree trimming also shut a lane of East Coast Highway this morning from Hazel Drive to Goldenrod Avenue, but all lanes were open shortly after 7 a.m. The city’s Facebook page said tree trimming on East Coast Highway between Avocado and Poppy avenues will take place from 6 to 9 a.m. through Friday.

Goldenrod Footbridge on Parks Commission Agenda

posted: September 2nd, 2014 05:15 am | 1Comment

The Newport Beach Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission will discuss whether to classify the Goldenrod Footbridge as a Class 3 Local Historic Site at a meeting tonight.

In July, the City Council voted to ask staff to proceed with the application process; read our story here. City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner has suggested the historic designation in June after residents requested it.

The 6-foot wide footbridge is 243 feet long and connects the 300 and 400 blocks of Goldenrod Avenue above Bayside Drive, a staff report states. The bridge was built in 1928 over what was then called Pacific Gulch to provide beach access to residents.

An ad hoc city committee in 1992 suggested the bridge be designated a Class 4 “Structure of Historic Interest” but city staff now thinks that is a mistake, the staff report states.

“The footbridge is not representative of historic/architectural themes of statewide importance; therefore, a Class 2 (Historic Landmark) or Class 1 (Major Historic Landmark) designation is not warranted,” a staff report states. “However, the basic design and form of the footbridge is essentially the same as when it was constructed…Therefore, staff finds that the footbridge was incorrectly classified as Class 4 and should be classified as Class 3.”

Class 3 local historic sites are buildings, structures, objects, sites or natural features of “local significance only,” the staff report states.

“The footbridge is not connected to any persons or events that are historically significant,” the staff report states. “Nor does the footbridge employ unique architectural features or a notable work of a master builder, designer, or architect. However…(t)he footbridge is certainly a unique structure and serves as a landmark that is important to the character and visual quality of the area.”

The staff report includes copies of the original plans for the bridge, dated February 1928. Read our earlier stories on the footbridge’s historic status here and here.

The Parks Commission meets at 6 p.m. tonight in Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive. The public may attend and make comments.

The commissioners also will hear presentations on revisions to city policies regarding trees and tree removal, as well as consider whether to accept a sculpture from the city’s Sister City in Japan for Irvine Terrace Park; read our earlier story here.

Bottom image taken from a screen shot of a city staff report.

Big Holiday Weekend For Lifeguards

posted: September 1st, 2014 04:05 pm | 0No Comments

The big surf gave way to green flags over the days leading to Labor Day, but lifeguards kept busy, with more than 4,000 rescues as of midday today.

On Wednesday, lifeguards made 88 rescues, had 10,485 wet preventative actions, said Lifeguard Battalion Chief Jim Turner. On Wednesday, there were 20- to 25-foot waves at the Wedge and at the Point, he said.

On Thursday, guards made 64 rescues with 12- to 15-foot surf with larger sets, he said. On Friday, there were 56 rescues with surf of 8 to 10 feet, and on Saturday there were 84 rescues with surf of 5 to 7 feet. On Sunday, there were 43 rescues with medium surf of 3 to 5 feet.

Today, surf is about 3 feet with water temperature at 71 degrees, he said. The number of rescues, he said, was on pace to surpass the average.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is Jim Turner’s last day as a Newport Beach lifeguard. He has been an amazing source of beach information for Corona del Mar Today, and we wish him the best in his retirement. Congratulations, Jim!

Shogun Statue May End Up in Irvine Terrace Park, Not Library Courtyard

posted: September 1st, 2014 11:24 am | 0No Comments

A shogun sculpture — a gift from Newport Beach’s Sister City in Japan — may end up in Irvine Terrace Park and not in the library courtyard.

The City of Okazaki presented as a gift a sculpture called “Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.” The Newport Beach Arts Commission accepted the gift, and last month, the Board of Library Trustees agreed the sculpture could be placed inside, or at the entrance of, the Central Library’s Bamboo Courtyard; read our story here.

At a meeting Tuesday of the city’s Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, the commissioners could approve placement at Irvine Terrace Park.

Ieyasu was born in Okazaki and is considered to be the founder of the Edo Period and the first shogun to establish a peaceful Japan, staff reports say. The sculpture is made of granite from Okazaki and would be about 150 centimeters, or about 5 feet tall, on a base of 55 centimeters. The gift honors the 20th anniversary of the two cities’ Sister City relationship, a staff report said.

The Arts Commission agreed to accept the gift, and believed either the library or Irvine Terrace Park would be an appropriate setting. Although the library trustees agreed the sculpture could be placed at the library, a staff report for Tuesday’s Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission meeting states that the park is the “appropriate site.”

“The statue would be an aesthetically pleasing complement to the existing lantern sculptures and Japanese black pine trees in the park, which were also gifts from the City of Okazaki,” the staff report said, adding that the scale and martial would be comparable to an existing park sculpture.

“Irvine Terrace Park has a long history of Sister City involvement and seems to be a logical and apt site for the statue,” the report said. “The late Wendell Fish, one of the founders of the Newport Beach Sister City Association, resided in the Irvine Terrace neighborhood, and a commemorative bench in the area of the garden bears his name.”

Read more about the commemorative bench in our story here.

The commissioners would have to approve placement of the sculpture at the park because of Council policy. The City Council will have final approval of acceptance of the gift and placement of it.

The Parks Commission meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive. The public may attend and make comments.

The commissioners also could approve acceptance of a tree donation for Irvine Terrace Park, according to the meeting agenda. The tree donation would be for Hunter Glyer and made by Steve Glyer, and the tree would be placed near the playground area, a staff report said.

The Goldenrod Footbridge’s historic status, and a staff report on revisions to two Council policies related to city trees also are on the agenda.

Photo taken from a screenshot of a Newport Beach staff report.

Happy Labor Day, CdM!

posted: September 1st, 2014 10:52 am | 0No Comments

District Schools Open Tuesday

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The first day of school for thousands of local children will be Tuesday, and at Corona del Mar High School, a new drop-off lot will be available, according to a school email.

The three lots for drop off and pickup include the pool lot, the administration/staff lot and the new enclave lot. New middle school parents may park in reserved spaces in the enclave lot along the baseball field fence on Tuesday only.

School officials urge parents not to stop on Mar Vista to drop off students, and to remember there is no left turn from Eastbluff onto Mar Vista from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There also is no left turn permitted from the staff lot between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

“Be a patient and courteous driver on and around CdM campus,” the email said. “Rudeness does not expedite traffic flow. The best advice is to arrive on campus before 7:45 am to minimize your frustration.”

CdM Today Poll of the Week

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Labor Day Closures

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Government offices and banks will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day, and trash collection in Newport Beach will be delayed one day all week because of the holiday.

City Hall, libraries and post offices are closed, and there will be no street sweeping or trash pickup on Monday in Newport Beach.