There’s a “For Sale” up at the apartments at Saratoga and Abbott. What does this mean for the planned 3-story 12 condos that were going in there ? Rumor has it that the builder/ developer couldn’t acquire sufficient capital to do the project, and had to scrap the whole plan. (More on this later ….)
Where Is the Missing OB Fire Pit?
According to the Park and Recreation Department, OB is supposed to have nine (9) fire pits. According to a recent survey by the OB Rag, our community only has 8. So, what gives? Is it hidden behind a sand dune somewhere? Help us find the missing OB fire pit.
In comparison, South Mission Beach has eleven (11) and the Belmont Park area of Mission Beach has another five. La Jolla has 7. Most of San Diego’s fire pits are around Mission Bay, including 37 on Fiesta Island. Here is the breakdown of the total of 186:
- La Jolla: 7
- Belmont: 5
- South Mission: 11
- Ocean Beach: 9
- Mission Bay Mission Point: 1
- Mission Bay Bonita Basin: 6
- Mission Bay Mariners: 8
- Mission Bay Ventura Cove: 10
- Mission Bay Sunset Park: 4
- Mission Bay Dana Landing: 2
- Mission Bay South Shores Park: 2
- Mission Bay Vacation Isle / North Cove: 19
- Mission Bay Vacation Isle / South Side: 11
- Mission Bay Ski Beach: 12
- Mission Bay Crown Point: 16
- Mission Bay De Anza Cove: 8
- Mission Bay De Anza Boat Launch: 2
- Mission Bay Playa Pacifica: 11
- Mission Bay Hilton – North side: 2
- Mission Bay Hilton – South side: 3
- Mission Bay Fiesta Island: 37
Lifeguards Do Cliff Rescues – Man on Sunday and Woman on Saturday
On Sunday, January 10th, at Sunset Cliffs, a fully dressed man jumped into the water and was unable to get out. A group of surfers pulled the man to safety. Once paramedics arrived, the man, with bloody feet, was vomiting and complaining of back pain, said Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.
The Union-Tribune reported that on Saturday, Jan. 9th, about 5:30 pm, a woman walking along some rocks with friends near Narragansett Avenue slipped and fell. She apparently injured her leg and needed help. But due to local big-wave conditions – the incoming tide and high waves – her rescue was very tricky and required a joint action between San Diego lifeguards, police and firefighters, said San Diego lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma.
The unidentified woman was taken to a local hospital but was not seriously injured. The high surf remained through the weekend, and was expected to drop off on Monday, the 11th.
Competition between OB’s Dog Beach and Coronado
For January’s Golden Local debate, NBCSanDiego is asking locals to vote for their favorite dog beach — Coronado or Ocean Beach. Voting lasts until Jan. 20. Let them know what you think. Click here to register your vote.
Short Film by Nazarene U Alumnus Could Get Oscar Nod
“Short-term 12,” a film by 2001 Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) alumnus Destin Daniel Cretton, claimed the U.S. Jury Prize for short films during the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. Now, the production may also become an Oscar nominee.
Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live-action short films had advanced in the voting process for the 2010 Academy Awards. Cretton’s film is among those making the cut.
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee helped winnow the list from the 71 films originally qualified in the category to the 10 now still in the running. Committee members viewed all the eligible entries at screenings in New York and Los Angeles and made their preliminary votes. For the remainder of this article, go here to SDNN.
Longboard Association to Hold First 2010 Event at Ocean Beach
The Professional Longboard Association has announced it has changed the date and location of its first event of the 2010 PLA season. The PLA’s first event which was originally set for February 13-14 in Ventura, CA, will now be held on February 27-28 in Ocean Beach, at the Ocean Beach Pier.
The PLA schedule changes, comes from complications with city schedules as well as other established events scheduled in other areas of the world. Jeff Stoner, Executive Director of the PLA, explained:
“We felt pushing the contest back to late February would help the surfers with other travel arrangements and registration for the event. We loved being down in Ocean Beach in 2009 and are very happy to be headed back to that community.”
The PLA is schedule to other events in Costa Rica, Huntington Beach, Oceanside, and Seaside Reef San Diego throughout the year. Information about the PLA, its sponsors and all schedule information can be found on the PLA website, surfpla.com
Here’s the full 2010 PLA Schedule:
- Feb 27-28 Ocean Beach (San Diego), CA- “C” St 2-Star
- April 1-4 Costa Rica- Boca Barranca 3- Star
- May 21-23 Huntington Beach, CA 6-Star
- Oct 8-10 Oceanside, CA 3 Star
- Oct 15-17 Seaside Reef- San Diego 6- Star
San Diego Reader: Sand Shift at “Big Jetty” Still a Concern for OB Surfers
Here’s San Diego Reader’s OB stringer Jimi Olsen’s take on the shifting concerns of local OB surfers due to the repairs at “Big Jetty” :
Since repairs to the Mission Bay Channel jetties began (a 350-ton crane capacity derrick barge and at least one support vessel have been at work there off and on since October), the enormous mound of boulders piled onto the tip of the southern jetty has had local surfers worried.
Their concerns are about the effects the increased size of the jetty, along with its modified footprint, might have on the quality of the waves. The fear was that swells might be blocked or refracted in such a manner as to ruin the waves for surfing. This has proven to not be the case.
As television news anchors continued to hype another “media swell,” hordes of surfers charged into the blue, hoping for the perfect wave (alone) on Saturday. The “Big Jetty” delivered head-high surf with excellent form to a daylong crowd of 30-plus surfers. One young surfer said it was “the best day all year” as peeling right-handers broke across the sand bar. Although crowded, the vibe in the lineup was mellow and there seemed to be plenty of waves to go around.
The next concern about the channel repair project will be the impact of tons of bottom sand that will be pumped over to Mission Beach as the channel is dredged to the proper depth for safe navigation. As this sand migrates off the beach and out into the surf zone, it will change the sand bars. This can be a good thing or it can ruin an existing peak. We’ll wait and see.
Sunset Cliffs Restoration Party – January 16th
The San Diego Audubon Society is hosting a restoration work party at Sunset Cliffs Park Saturday, Jan. 16 – 9 a.m. to noon. The event is to install about 300 native plants. Volunteers are asked to wear long pants, and sturdy shoes. Gloves, and tools will be provided. If you are coming, go ahead and join group about 50 yards south of parking lot along cliffs at roped area near where Sunset Cliffs Boulevard ends at Ladara Street. For more info call 619-224-4975.
OB Artist Designs Local Postage Stamps
Have you thought about getting your very own OB postage stamps? You can, because local OB artist David Linton creates his original images for US postage stamps, using oils, acrylic, water color, pen and ink, and pastels. Visit http://www.zazzle.com/davidlintonart/stamps#products