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Photo by Jim Grant.

250 Yards of OB Pier Damaged – Will Be Closed Another Week and Half

City workers  say the pier has  railing damaged including posts, railing members,  cap railing and other timbers !! Electrical conduit was ripped off as well.  The extensive damage includes  approximately 250 yards of damaged or broken wooden railing on the south side of the pier, including a bait sink. Work Control was contacted to have the carpenter’s out asap. Based on the amount of damage, General Services is estimating that the Ocean Beach Pier repairs will take at least ten more working days to complete.

61st Annual OB Kite Festival – March 6th

As sure as spring is around the corner, you can be sure it’s time to get out and go fly a kite. And kids of all ages have been marking kite season at one event for 61 years.

The 61st Annual Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival once again takes flight on Saturday, March 6, 2010.  From 9 am to 3pm. The community of O.B. welcomes all of San Diego for a fun day of festivities including a crafts fair, parade, food and entertainment along with kite making, decorating and a flying contest.

Awards will be given in each division (Toddlers & Preschoolers; Kindergartners, 1st & 2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, 7th & 8th graders, High School & Open Division), as well as for Most Unique, Best Decorated, Best Theme.


9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. -Kite making at Ocean Beach Rec. Center, all materials will be supplied.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.- Hot dogs and punch for participants & live band on Ocean Beach Elementary School court yard.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Craft Fair Booths, Amusement Rides on Santa Monica Blvd.

1 p.m. – Kite Judging on Ocean Beach Elementary School court yard.

The Kite Parade begins at 2:05 p.m. down Santa Monica Ave. and ends at the Beach with freestyle kite flying. Events are in the vicinity of the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Blvd. San Diego, CA 92107. For more information call (619) 531-1527. (Content courtesy of OB Kiwanis web site.)

OB Planning Board Election March 9th At Rec Center

The annual election to the Ocean Beach Planning Board takes place on March 9th. When: Tuesday March 9, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Where: Ocean Beach Recreation Center 4726 Santa Monica Ave

Come Out & Vote!

* Community Members are eligible to vote in their district when meeting one of the following qualifications, and presenting proof of qualification at the election poll: 1. 30-day Resident, a photo ID and current proof of address if not listed on photo ID (i.e. utility bill in your name showing street address); 2. Property Owner, a photo ID and current valid Property Deed in your name identifying street address of property; 3. Business Licensee, a photo ID and current valid Business License in your name identifying street address of business.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Ian Rammelkamp March 5, 2010 at 11:18 am


Have you seen the Google LIFE images from the 4th OB Kite Festival.



Frank Gormlie March 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

Yeah, they’re great! We even posted some a while ago.


Cat310 March 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Wow, if it costs $121,000 to maintain the firepits the damage to the pier mustbe in the millions!


jettyboy March 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

Yea, but they will fix the pier asap. It’s almost tourist season.


fstued March 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

don’t tourists use the fire pits
I thought they did.


Danny Morales March 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

EF the EFing tourists! Whatever happened to the Kite Festival and the community surrounding it? Only 3 years ago (see Beacon 2/22/07, pg. 1) the OBMA was forced to back down by a community outraged! Withdrawing its support for the 59th Kite Festival in 2007 because the city was going to ticket and tow cars on Newport the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association caused the festival to be canceled. Only after the People forced the OBMA to back down did the festival parade continue on Newport. Now the 62nd parade was rerouted to Santa Monica and not a peep from my peeps. The parade and kite fly was as dud from what I heard and yeah, maybe the weather had something to do about it but I think it’s worth noticing that another slice of community character is going down the tubes because of self interests and nobody seems to care much less give a damn.


Cat310 March 8, 2010 at 7:33 pm

The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind…


Editordude March 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

9:30 PM Tuesday: Just so’s you know, we’re awaiting the official results of the OB Planning Board election, held today. I have emailed Brittany Taylor – the Chair, and George Murphy, a member of the election committee requesting the results.


Frank Gormlie March 10, 2010 at 9:09 am

9 am Wednesday March 10: Editor has informed me that we still have no word on the election results of the OB Planning Board, held yesterday. There is nothing on the Board’s website and we have sent out several emails requesting the results.


lane tobias March 10, 2010 at 9:32 am

Im anxious to know – i voted at exactly 6:55 last night, and I was probably the last voter….


Danny Morales March 11, 2010 at 4:24 am

Nor were the results posted at the OB Rec. Center last night as per past practice!


pat March 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

The pier is open.
Have a wonderful OB weekend


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