Ocean Beach

Winners Announced of OB Town Council Community Grant Awards

July 28, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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  • Ocean Beach Planning Board – $500 to assist the OBPB in their administration, since they receive no funds from the City. Dan Dennison accepted the award on behalf of the planning committee.
  • 2. “Cases for a Child” – $350, the group of local sewers make pillow cases for cancer kids at Rady’s hospital; Nancy McHenry accepted the award.

    3. Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association – $500 – goes to support the organization, which is holding a kids’ surfing contest at the OB Pier on August 27th.

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    Fiesta Island Debate: “One of few open and undeveloped areas within City will end if current proposed plan is implemented.”

    July 28, 2016 by Source

    Fiesta Island mapBy Jean Spengel , FIDO Boardmember

    I would just like to reply to Ms. Swink’s editorial, ‘Improvements Needed to Expand Access’

    She obviously thinks that people enjoying the beach with their off-leash dogs do not matter,- they should be replaced by other users she wants to bring into the area.

    This is in spite of the fact that the 90 acre fenced off-leash area is the most heavily used space in all of Mission Bay Park.

    Every day, 365 days a year, hundreds to thousands of tax paying citizens use this area to exercise with their dogs.

    While there are over 40,000 acres of parkland in San Diego only about 40 of those acres (not including Fiesta Island) are available for off-leash use. That is about 1% of the public parkland.

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    Another Death at Sunset Cliffs – Fisherman Dies at Luscom’s

    July 26, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    There’s been yet another death at Sunset Cliffs – this time a man fishing near Luscom’s jumped into the ocean on Sunday, July 24th around 1 pm, reportedly to cool off, and ran into trouble immediately, according to bystanders. Luscom’s is near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Monaco Street.

    He’s been identified as San Diego resident AbelkHalek Boutayeb, 61.

    Boutayeb had been fishing for about2 hours when bystanders saw him either climb down the cliffs and got in the water or jumped in. As he struggled, he hit his head against the reef. One or 2 people jumped in and tried to save him, and one of them tried to keep the victim afloat.

    Latest Is 2nd Death – Plus Two Serious Injuries – at Sunset Cliffs This Month

    This most recent fatality comes just 3 weeks after a man fell to his death on July 5th near Ladera Street along Sunset Cliffs. And it comes just 11 days after …

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    50th Birthday of OB Pier Celebrated by OB Historical Society

    July 26, 2016 by Source
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    By Bryon Morton

    The Ocean Beach Historical Society had a presentation to coincide with the Ocean Beach Pier turning 50 years old. There was a briefing and celebration at the Point Loma United Methodist Church on Sunset Cliffs Blvd last week on Thursday, July 21stat 700PM.

    Ralph Teyssier lectured on the engineering and building that went into the Ocean Beach Fishing Pier.

    Per the Historical Society’s web site:

    Leonard Teyssier, Ralph’s father, was owner of one of the largest construction companies in San Diego in the mid- 1960s. Leonard’s firm, Teyssier, Teyssier, Inc., built the Ocean Beach Pier.”

    Ralph spoke to a packed house and engaged the audience with slides of historical photographs and architectural blue prints of the Ocean Beach Fishing Pier. He had been a teenager during the construction progress and was on-site to witness much of the pier fabrication and construction.

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    OB Town Council Looking to Fill Vacancy on Board of Directors

    July 26, 2016 by Source
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    The Ocean Beach Town Council is looking to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors.The following is from their website about applying:

    Are you interested in becoming more involved with your community? If you have a strong desire to promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of our residents, then please consider applying for the vacant seat on the Ocean Beach Town Council Board of Directors. We provide a great venue for you to engage deeply in our community and make a meaningful and lasting impact.

    To become an appointed board member, you first must be a dues-paying member of the OBTC, which requires that you live, work, or own a business within Ocean Beach. If you are not a member, you can apply and pay your dues directly on our website .

    Letter of Interest Needs to Be Submitted by August 5

    Once a member, please submit a letter of interest for your appointment to a vacant seat.

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    OB Town Council Meeting: Community Grant Awards to Be Announced – Wed., July 27th

    July 26, 2016 by Staff
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    At the upcoming OB Town Council meeting on Wednesday, July 27th, the board will announce the awards of their OB Community Grants program.

    The board has selected local organizations, groups, and persons that promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of its residents.

    The meeting is open to the public, of course, as the OBTC invites all to “Come learn more about these important community groups and initiatives and lend them our collective congratulations.”

    There also will be a brief presentation from the Office of Councilmember Lorie Zapf on …

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    Ocean Beach Fishing Pier – a Video

    July 25, 2016 by Source
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    Here is a video honoring the 50th anniversary of the OB Pier. Produced by Randy Lane, it’s a video of artist Diane Marie Cobert-Brunner and her 3d artwork, “Ocean Beach Fishing Pier”.

    It’s currently showing at Teeter on Niagara.

    TO ACCESS VIDEO, COME INSIDE …

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    Outside Spaces, the Bold Vista of Ocean Beach, and Other Wonders : 2016 Summer Chronicles 6

    July 25, 2016 by Jim Miller

    sunset in OBOne of the great pleasures of my life to date was having access, for a period of several years, to a dingy little studio by the sea in Ocean Beach.

    It was so small that when you rolled out the futon, it took up the entire room. The kitchen was too tiny for a dinner table, the hot water frequently didn’t work in the bathroom, and the constant noise and pot smoke from the neighbors streamed through the cracked, paper-thin walls.

    It was paradise.

    The saving grace, no, the miracle, of this claustrophobic hovel was that you opened the door to the ocean and within a few steps you arrived at a disheveled patio full of rusty tables and moldy plastic chairs overlooking the cliffs and the pounding surf below. As with the dramatic difference between the cell-like studio and the big blue sea, on the patio, the juxtaposition of grit and grandeur was striking, and somehow perfect.

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    Reader Rant: “The community is being snookered about City’s lack of enforcement of 30-foot height violations.”

    July 22, 2016 by Source
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    By Local One

    I attended the Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting last night (Thursday, July 21) and listened intently to the presentations made by Mayor Faulconer’s representative and the head of the Developmental Services Department.

    Boy oh boy, what a bunch of packaged lies we were fed last night. The people can see with their own eyes that the community is being snookered with regard to the lack of enforcement, and continuing DSD approval, of numerous violations of the existing MC defined 30 foot coastal height limit.

    Speaker after speaker last night quoted directly from the Municipal Code in which the law is absolutely clear with regard to measuring the 30? height, but City representatives from the Mayor’s office and DSD kept insisting that the City Attorney’s office interprets the voter approved Proposition D very differently than any common sense reading of the law.

    Further, the Mayor and DSD shut down the Emerson Street project based on a violation of the FAR standards, NOT the obvious violation of the 30 foot coastal height limit.

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    Zapf Introduces Surveillance Cameras to OB at Press Conference But No Questions Were Allowed

    July 22, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Councilwoman Lori Zapf on Thursday, July 21st, introduced the newly-installed police surveillance cameras at a brief news conference held on the greens near the OB Lifeguard Station.

    With ranking police officers and OB merchants on both sides of her, Zapf led off the presser before 2 TV cameras, and a handful of protesters opposed to the cameras.

    Zapf said that over a year ago, police leaders at Western Division working with her office to come up with safety measures came up with the idea to install ten cameras along OB’s waterfront.

    Now they’ve all been placed, from the OB Pier to Dog Beach, and the signs went up just now, Zapf said, and the cameras can now go live.

    Emphasizing the cameras were a crime-prevention tool, a deterrent, they’ll make the beach more safe, she said, mentioning that the cameras will bring relief to the tourists worried about being victimized.

    Why the cameras? Zapf asked.

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    OB Rag Fund Raising Surpasses Goal by 2/3rds

    July 22, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    One week ago exactly, the OB Rag began a fund raising campaign – having found ourselves broke.

    We set a goal of $1,000 to raise for the week – Friday to Friday.

    And wow! Our supporters and readers came through – and we raised nearly $1650 ($1642.50 to be exact) in that week.

    That’s two-thirds over our goal!

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    Debate Over Future of Fiesta Island Continues: ‘Improvements Needed to Expand Access’

    July 21, 2016 by Source
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    Editor: This is a continuation of the debate over the future of Fiesta Island. It began with op-eds in the San Diego Union-Tribune, and we helped it along with our earlier post. Here below, Judith Swink rebuts the rebuttals.

    By Judith Swink

    Improvements on Fiesta Island will happen eventually because they must.

    The 1994 Mission Bay Park Master Plan carried forward that intention from the previous master plans. The proposed Fiesta Island improvements will make the island more useful and inviting to a much larger number of people than just those who want to use it as it is today. It is a key tenet of both the Mission Bay Park Master Plan and the California Coastal Act that coastal recreation areas be developed to enable use and access for everyone.

    A Local Coastal Program amendment in 2002, in conjunction with approval of the Sea World Master Plan by the Coastal Commission requires the City to develop Fiesta Island as proposed in the 1994 Mission Bay Park Master Plan and LCP.

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    The Last Little Thrift Store on Newport in Ocean Beach

    July 21, 2016 by Source
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    Two Dollar Thrill Only Shop of Its Kind on Main Commercial Street

    By South OB Girl

    Newport Avenue has a long history of thrift shops and vintage clothing shops. A history that is decades long.

    Some folks are excited for the new coffee shop, OB Beans, opening at 4879 Newport Ave. But some folks are sad that Thrift Trader ended up closing its doors in that location.

    Thankfully — two doors down from the old Thrift Trader location is Two Dollar Thrill. Run by the owner of Thrift Trader. Two Dollar Thrill is now the only thrift shop on Newport. Since the thrift shop for animals on Newport also closed its doors this year.

    The current location at 4871 Newport — between OB Hardware and The Corner Store –is actually the original location, where Two Dollar Thrill first opened in OB 6 years ago. The larger store at 4879 was part of an attempted expansion.

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    Press Conference on Surveillance Cameras in OB Today – Thurs. at 11:30 a.m.

    July 21, 2016 by Staff

    Here is the Press Release for a Press Conference on the surveillance cameras installed in Ocean Beach.

    OB Crime Fighting Cameras Set to Go Live

    What: The City of San Diego has installed cameras in Ocean Beach near the ocean and parking lots to ward off potential criminals. The cameras are on a loop that is not monitored or reviewed unless a crime is reported. This will give law enforcement a valuable crime fighting tool to provide evidence and allow prosecutors to go after criminals to the fullest extent of the law.

    When: Thursday, July 21, 2016
    11:30 AM

    Where: Ocean Beach – at the intersection of Newport Ave and Abbott Street.

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    The People at the One-and-Only OB Farmers Market – A Photo Gallery

    July 20, 2016 by Source

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    Our good friend and photographer, Byron Morton, visited OB’s famous Farmers Market on Newport Avenue and captured some of the good folk who were in attendance – this was last week, July 13th.

    See a friend or 2 – give a shout out!

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    Good Samaritan Saves Woman After Fall Off Sunset Cliffs

    July 20, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    A Good Samaritan by the name of Sean Hanrahan saved a woman after she fell off Sunset Cliffs into the ocean, Tuesday night, July 19th.

    Around 8:15 pm at the end of Del Monte Avenue, the woman, with friends, somehow fell from the cliffs into the ocean and was immediately pulled out further by the rip current.

    Sean Hanrahan, who lives nearby, saw that the woman apparently having trouble in the waves, and saw her hit her head against rocks. Hanrahan jumped in and kept her afloat until lifeguards arrived.
    appeared to be struggling in the water and her head was hitting against the rocks. He jumped in to try and help her before lifeguards arrived to the scene.

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    The OB Pier Turns 50 ! – Join OB Historical Society for its Story – July 21

    July 20, 2016 by Staff

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    “Is the City Hard of Hearing or Just Slow?” – Residents Urged to Turn Out for Peninsula Planners Meeting on Showdown With City Over Height Limit “Loopholes”

    July 20, 2016 by Source
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    By Jon Linney

    Is the City hard of hearing or just slow?

    Four-story duplexes going up in the three-story zone of the Roseville neighborhood at Emerson and Evergreen created almost universal community outrage.

    Citizens turned out to protest. TV stations, social media and print publications such as the OB Rag, The Reader and The Beacon took note.

    Community advocates such as Elisa Brent, Babita Souza and this writer – organized a Town Hall meeting on June 27. Some 250 people attended and donated a third of the money necessary for a legal campaign in just five minutes.

    The mayor heard. Kevin Faulconer issued a stop-work order on the project the very next day.

    But that wasn’t enough, the broader issue of all the other potential height violations remained unaddressed.

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    Police Cameras Being Installed in Ocean Beach

    July 19, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    The police surveillance cameras are being installed in Ocean Beach. And more than was originally planned.

    CBS News8 reported that :

    Monday evening, crews were seen making adjustments to the cameras where there is one, two or three cameras mounted to light poles or a lifeguard tower.

    The original plan was 10 cameras but 12 were counted between Dog Beach and the Ocean Beach Pier and pointed in the parking lot or beach.

    Photographer Adam Ewing stated on facebook:

    The new cameras are going up. Looks like they’re starting at the Pier parking lot. If someone sees them installing the rest along the beach all the way down to dog beach.

    Councilwoman Lori Zapf’s Communications Director, Donna Cleary, told the media that a news conference is planned for this week.

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    News From Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-July 2016

    July 19, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    * PB Skateboarder Not Expected to Survive After Being Struck Monday Night
    * Woman says she was roofied, left paralyzed after drinking at Ocean Beach bar
    * How to Protect Yourself From Date Rape Drug
    * Pregnant Woman and Baby Injured in Car Crash
    * Naked Man Arrested
    * Navy pipeline project progressing to completion in 2017
    * Kevin Gormly Loses Battle to Cancer
    * Chichiuaua Dies at Dog Beach – Victim’s Owner Wants Changes

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    Possible 6th Victim of Attacks on Homeless Has Emerged – He Survived

    July 19, 2016 by Staff
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    A possible sixth victim in the series of attacks on homeless men has emerged from the shadows.

    Phillip Petrina says he was attacked by an unknown assailant with a rock while sleeping and he says the man who attacked him is the same man arrested by police for the murders and attacks recently.

    It happened on July 7th, he said, right in the middle of the serial attacks.

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    Son of Local Ocean Beach Homeless Man Who Died Christmas Day Qualifies for the Olympics

    July 19, 2016 by Source
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    Editor: With so many terrible stories involving San Diego’s homeless lately, here is something different. Earlier this year, writers Vera Sanchez and Sunny Rey had covered a story on Craig Miller, a homeless man who lived in the streets of OB but who died on Christmas Day. They recently found out that his son, Cody Miller, qualified for the Olympics in swimming. Here is that story.

    By Vera Sanchez and Sunny Rey

    It is a kid’s dream to stand on an Olympic podium and have their nation’s flag wave high as he smiles at his family. Cody Miller, of Billings, Montana, qualified on June 27th for the Men’s 100m Breaststroke coming from behind to secure his spot on the Olympic swim team. This year’s games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning August 5th, 2016. The road for Cody did not come easy. Cody was born with Pectus Excavatum, also known as a sunken or funnel chest.

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    Status of New Breweries on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach

    July 18, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    Here’s a real brief update on the status of all the new and in-coming breweries on or very near Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach.

    There’s really 5 new brew places – and so far only one is actually a “brewery” where beer is brewed on site. The rest are or will be “beer-tasting rooms”.

    The first new brew taster on OB’s main drag is “Culture Brewing Co.” right next to OB Warehouse in the 4800 block of Newport. Cultures has definitely established itself, serving quality beer with little overhead in terms of furniture. Any week night, there’s plenty of folks enjoying themselves.

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    Amazing Response to OB Rag Funding Appeal: Week’s Goal of $1,000 Surpassed in 3 Days

    July 18, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    It’s been an amazing 3 days for the OB Rag!

    We have now raised $1,200 since Friday morning, July 15th – so in just 3 days, we have surpassed our week’s goal of $1,000. Wow! The out-pouring of support and sense of sponsorship among our readers and fans has been humbling and inspiring all at once. And there’s a definite sense of relief.

    Many of the contributions have flowed in from our OB readers. Thanks so much, everyone. We’ll keep the campaign going the rest of the week, of course, …

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    Keep the “Conscience of Ocean Beach” – the OB Rag – Going

    July 15, 2016 by Staff

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    It’s Our Summer Funding Appeal!

    Michael Turko – of Turko Files – once called the OB Ragthe conscience of OB“. We love that moniker and wear it with pride.

    But you know what? We’re broke. And we need help right away to keep going.

    Even with our shoe-string budget, we do have costs – and occasionally we pay our writers – but right now we have practically run out of operating funds and must turn, as we do once in a while, to our readers, fans and supporters to help us ‘keep it all goin”.

    At this point in the middle of July we have to steer our efforts away from being the online citizen journal for Ocean Beach and Point Loma and focus instead on fund-raising.

    There’s a whole bunch of posts and articles in the works … like :

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    Suspect Arrested Friday After 2 More Attacks on Homeless Men

    July 15, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

    From abc10News:

    A man was detained and was being questioned in connection with an assault on homeless man in Golden Hill early Friday morning that investigators believe is linked to four other brutal attacks earlier this month that left three men dead and a fourth gravely injured.

    Shortly before 4:30 a.m., a 55-year-old man was beaten while asleep in the area of 19th and C streets. San Diego police officers responded and found the bloodied victim with significant trauma to his torso, San Diego police Capt. Dave Nisleit told reporters in a morning briefing.

    He was transported to a local hospital but is expected to survive.

    A little before 5:45 a.m., a man was taken into custody in the area of Laurel and Brant streets in Bankers Hill. Nisleit confirmed the detained man was being questioned in connection with the attack. His name was not disclosed.

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    Another New Brewery Coming to Newport Avenue Area

    July 14, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    Kilowatt Brewing on Cable Could Open by the Fall

    There’s another brewery – or rather, beer-tasting room – coming to the Newport Avenue area of Ocean Beach.

    This will make the 4th beer place on or right off Newport Avenue either having just opened recently or in the works.

    Chris Calva and his partners will be opening Kilowatt Brewing in the former motorcycle shop (former skate and surf shop) at 1875 Cable Street, next to the alley, and next door to the tire shop.

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    O’Bistro’s on Voltaire in Ocean Beach Has Closed and Is Moving

    July 14, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Popular Voltaire Eatery Had Faced Stiff Rent Increase

    A popular restaurant on the 4900 block of Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach, O’Bistro’s, has closed and is moving – probably over to the bay side of the Peninsula.

    It was quite a shock when I heard about it. Their Euro-beach cuisine was a favorite of good friends and north OB will certainly lose one of its more high-end eateries.

    I caught John – one of the owners – on a lunch break while packing up in the interior of the now-closed establishment at 4934 Voltaire. Chairs stood on tables, boxes were taking over the floors, and the moving truck stood close by. After expressing my condolences, he reassured me they will be opening up again probably close to Rosecrans, over the hill from OB.

    The rumor that O’Bistro had been hit with a rent increase was true, it turned out. John explained the background.

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    It’s Not Just Dog Owners Who Want to Keep Fiesta Island ‘Wild’

    July 13, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    By Frank Gormlie

    Perhaps you’ve been too busy with summer to notice, but there’s been a ‘quiet’ debate going on recently in certain circles – including the op-ed pages of the San Diego Union-Tribune – over the future of Fiesta Island.

    Fiesta Island – you know that flat and sandy piece of land that juts out into Mission Bay – it’s not really an island as it’s connected with the rest of San Diego by a narrow land bridge with an asphalt road – where people bike, do day-camps on the sand, water or jet-ski, or take their horses, have fires in the firepits, – oh, and who take their dogs to the great off-leash area on the Island.

    The land of Island Fiesta itself is what’s left from all the sludge dredged up during the 1950’s development of Mission Bay Park.

    There’s been for years an ongoing debate between dog owners who have formed a group Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) and others who want to see Fiesta Island developed with “improvements”. And the now the debate is ramping up ….

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    Artificial Turf Wars

    July 12, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Some parents at Silver Gate Elementary School in Point Loma are leading an uphill battle against artificial turf that is supposed to be installed on the school’s playing field next Fall. And other beach area activists have been fighting the artificial turf wars for a few years now.

    Writer Ashly McGlone, in a fairly exhaustive piece in Voice of San Diego published June 27th, captured the highlights of one of those battles in describing efforts of some parents at Silver Gate.

    McGlone focused on Point Loma resident Erika Lundeen, who became concerned to hear that the school her kids attend, Silver Gate, was getting a new artificial turf field called “crumb rubber”.

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