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Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Laguna’s beachgoers, pedestrians and passing motorists may soon again behold an unobstructed view of Main Beach and the ocean beyond. If the new $7 million lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms open on schedule by mid-April, the temporary quarters marring Laguna’s signature vista will be removed shortly thereafter, according to the city’s project director, Wade Brown, […]

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Artistic Touch Needed on Guards HQ

Artistic Touch Needed on Guards HQ

Editor,                                                                                                                                                 Like many of Laguna’s lucky residents, I walk by Main Beach on a daily basis. It’s with growing anticipation that I await the completion of the new lifeguard headquarters. All of the signs of construction, the fencing and wires, portable offices and cranes will soon be a thing of the past and our hardworking […]

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Musings on the Coast: Spying on Laguna

Musings on the Coast: Spying on Laguna

Dear National Security Agency: I know you know everything about me, including the dirty parts.  Especially the dirty parts.  After all, they are the ones worth savoring. I know, deep in your digital brain, you have categorized me as only a mild security risk and that you follow my movements because you follow everyone’s movements.  […]

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Fatigued Diver Dies Returning to Shore

Fatigued Diver Dies Returning to Shore

A scuba diver died from cardiac arrest after surfacing from an afternoon dive with his son in one of Laguna Beach’s most popular coves on Sunday, Sept. 29, lifeguards said Monday. Paul Peto, of Yorba Linda, became unresponsive while diving, according to a coroner’s office statement. A lifeguard stationed at Heisler Park’s Picnic Beach, who […]

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Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Residents will soon see a hike in fees for some recreation programs as a result of a joint-use agreement adopted by the City Council on Tuesday. The new agreement with the Laguna Beach Unified School District sets terms for the shared use of school athletic facilities, as well as shared funding to renovate the tennis […]

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Lifeguards Make an Unusual Rescue

Lifeguards Make an Unusual Rescue

Confronted with a situation omitted from routine training, O.C. Lifeguards improvised their own rescue procedure on Sunday, July 14 when a young deer tumbled from the surf below one of Laguna Beach’s most isolated but popular coves. Lifeguards physically restrained the animal, laying their hands on the exhausted, shivering deer for nearly two hours until […]

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Employees Agree to Share Pension Costs

Employees Agree to Share Pension Costs

City employees will for the first time contribute to their own retirement benefits, under a three-year agreement covering salaries and benefits between the Municipal Employees’ Association and city that the City Council approved last Friday. The pact was effective July 1. The new contract covering 106 workers, coupled with adjustments to salary and benefits for […]

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Recognizing a Hero Regardless of Residency

Recognizing a Hero Regardless of Residency

Editor, Although our dedicated and highly trained lifeguards do a spectacular job for our city and on our beaches, it’s individuals like Pat Watson who truly make our community special (“Skim Boarder Dives For a Miracle Save,” May 31 edition). After quickly and selflessly diving into big surf to make a spectacular rescue he deserves […]

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Diver’s Death Remains a Mystery

Diver’s Death Remains a Mystery

The death of a 51-year-old diver, who was unresponsive when pulled from the ocean at a popular dive spot in Laguna Beach, remains under investigation, according to the county coroner. An autopsy was performed on the body of Mark Gibbs, of Tustin, but no ruling was made on the cause of death pending the outcome […]

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Sports Briefs 4/19/13

Sports Briefs 4/19/13

Fall Soccer Registration Begins AYSO 86, Laguna Beach’s youth soccer league, is holding walk-in registration for the fall season on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. For information, visit ayso86.org   Jr. Guards Train at Moro Beach Potential junior lifeguard participants are invited to […]

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Black and White and Blue All Over

Black and White and Blue All Over

Editor, I was with a group of 20 Laguna Beach residents who are seniors, and I told them of councilmember Steve Dicterow’s plan to change the color of the city’s police cars from blue and white to black and white. One voted in favor and the rest said no. If Dicterow is trying to identify […]

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Safety Rules on the Way for Stand Up Paddlers

Safety Rules on the Way for Stand Up Paddlers

Testimony about potential hazards due to the surge of companies offering stand-up paddling lessons on local beaches prompted the City Council on Tuesday to approve developing an ordinance covering safety, insurance and liability rules related to companies providing instruction for the sport, sidestepping a call to also ban mobile operators. Complaints stemming from the impacts […]

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Will Laguna Stand Up to Regulate Paddlers?

Will Laguna Stand Up to Regulate Paddlers?

Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday will consider potential regulation of stand-up paddling instruction due to complaints stemming from the surge of companies offering lessons on public beaches. In a letter sent to council members last November, owners or managers of four local shops involved with surf and paddleboard rentals or instruction decried the plethora […]

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Boat Shoves Off, But Not Under Sail

Boat Shoves Off, But Not Under Sail

Laguna Beach lifeguards on Monday deployed a city tractor to haul away a sailboat that ran aground near Main Beach the previous day. The owner of the 36-foot Catalina, San Diego resident Stephen Michael Fryer, 47, was arrested and released Sunday for suspicion of boating while intoxicated, according to police Sgt. Louise Callus. He joylessly […]

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In Good Hands

In Good Hands

Editor, This past Monday, during our regular morning workout, one of the participants in our group suddenly fell to the ground and was in apparent severe distress. Fortunately, two of the individuals in our group were Laguna Beach lifeguards. What took place in the next several minutes was the most amazing performance of competence and […]