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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Questioning Motives of Local Democrats

Editor, We have heard for years that in Laguna Beach one person can create havoc. Is it true that Audrey Prosser, a member of the local Democrats, does not like Mayor Jane Egly and caused the group to refuse endorsing her for election? Is it true that county Democrats never...

Can’t Dodge the Dodgeball Tournament

Due to popular demand, SchoolPower’s third annual Dodgeball tournament will match up 30 junior division teams to compete Wednesday, Oct. 17, starting at 3:15 p.m. The 24-team adult division tournament will begin at 5:30. Teams comprised of students, teachers, parents, fireman,...

Swooping in to Aid Ground Personnel

Emergency personnel in Laguna Beach turned to helicopter medical evacuations more than once over the Labor Day weekend, rescuing injured swimmers in South Laguna and an injured cyclist in Laguna Canyon on Monday. On Sunday, a man in his 20s and a teenage girl were airlifted from...

Dive Instructor Ignored Warning

Editor,   The multi diver rescue mentioned in your April 13 article “Instinct Saves a Life” shows the value and courage of people like Mr. McErlane and our lifeguards.   I personally met the bald and bearded dive instructor standing to the right of center in the...

‘Instinct’ Saves a Life

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   As is his habit, Laguna Beach resident and surfer Ian McErlane, 37, was out walking his two dogs in Heisler Park recently when red-flag surf conditions transformed the routine into life-saving heroism.   McErlane’s attention...

Follow-Up to ‘Diver Rescue’

Editor, Re: the picture on the front page in the April 6 issue.   The woman shown on the beach was actually rescued by my son, Ian McErlane.  I know this because he came home that morning with his clothes completely wet up to his neck, somewhat in shock over what had just...

Try Outs for the Best Spot on the Beach

More than 50 rookie and first-year lifeguard hopefuls lineup under near perfect conditions for the city’s annual 2012 summer tryouts last Saturday, which included the first cut 1,000-yard swim in under 20 minutes. Those who succeed went on to two more run and swim...

Bigger Lifeguard HQs Underway

Costs on the rise Main Beach’s basketball players are dribbling elsewhere, forced off the beach in recent weeks by a new crew. The popular basketball courts now covered in plywood lie beneath mounds of dirt and gear as excavation for a new sewer pump station next to the lifeguard...

Laguna Lifeguards Take Third in Stacked Competition

By Scott Diederich, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach’s 110-person lifeguard force more than held their own at the California Surf Lifesaving Association Regional Championships, placing third of 13 teams last month. Laguna was only bested by Los Angeles County’s...

Summertime is Anything But Easy for Guards

 The summer season that lures sun-seekers has seen multiple overhead south swells lighting up local beaches, and lifeguards making 220 rescues last weekend, far more than the 25 to 75 average. Lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow, describing “a very busy weekend,” said it was due in part...