Ocean Beach is digging out of palm fronds up to our ankles after the weekend’s big storm.
The Pier was closed Saturday morning and there’s no time table for reopening it after waves crashed over it throughout the weekend.
Things got a bit dicey during the weekend’s biggest rain and winds, but could have been worse. Most businesses stayed open as usual, despite most places on Newport putting out sandbags.
Said Denny Knox, CEO of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association:
“Through the years, everyone has gotten into the (sandbag) habit. Especially the low lying streets.”
The only place that was really closed was the OB Pier, which was off limits for much of the weekend – and with good reason, as waves continually crashed over the pier’s walls.
The storm had a cleansing effect on the neighborhood, especially with the palm trees. Palm fronds lined the sidewalks and nearly every street had a pile of them. Sunset Cliffs was a virtual mine field of palm droppings.
“You’re dodging them all over the place. We called the city to report it and they said ‘What’s new? Get in line.’ So they’ll be here sometime. Or never.”
One store that was closed for the weekend was – ironically – the women’s store Raindrops, on the corner of Abbott and Santa Monica. The store was dark all day Friday and through the weekend, with sandbags lining the front door.
Reader Ruby White sent us a photo of a tree falling on a car on Lotus Street. We also found a downed tree on Newport, just up the hill.
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