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Restoring a Sentimental Sentinel

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   “Orange has its Circle, San Juan its Mission, and for Laguna, it’s this tower,” says local historian Andy Alison, who helped renovate Laguna Beach’s iconic landmark tower beginning in 1997. That project fortified the structural integrity of the...

Still Seeking Artists for Lifeguard HQ

The city’s Arts Commission extended the deadline until April 1 for artists to submit their qualifications to compete for a public art installation outside the city’s lifeguard headquarters, under construction on Main Beach. Commissioners determined that none of the 26 applicants,...

City Manager Urges Public Participation

Laguna Beach faces a number of important planning decisions in the near future and residents should take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the process, City Manager John Pietig told members of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy on Monday. Pietig provided an overview of...

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...

Grateful for a Shrine of Solidarity

Editor, We want to express our deepest thanks to the people responsible for erecting the sign and Christmas tree at Main Beach, remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. As we stood at the remembrance sign which read, “Our hearts are with you,...

Swimmers Attempt Open Water Feat

The Oak Street Open Water Swimmers, or as they prefer to be known, the “Oak Streakers,” will tackle the 100 hundreds challenge Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. at Main Beach. The group, who have individually accomplished such feats as swimming the Catalina and English Channel, are...

Choosing Sides on Open Space

Editor: As you’re deciding how to vote on Measure CC, you may want to think about how you will look back on your vote 20 years from now.  And what side of history you want to be on. Back in 1968, when the city issued bonds to purchase the land that would become Main Beach Park, a...

Thrilla at the Grilla

Editor, I recently had a fowl and corny encounter at high noon with a policeman and lifeguard at a Main Beach park concrete chess table. I was cited for possession of a BBQ! The BBQ lid was on, so they could not possibly have seen any fowl play! Ears of corn were next to the...

Kelp, Frustration Mounts

Editor, Two weeks ago I emailed a letter to each council member regarding budget allocations, what money is and isn’t appropriated for things like sidewalk maintenance, flood prevention, and something that’s been gnawing at me for over two months now – the two...

Dressing Up a Construction Site

Editor, I read Alan Boinus’ Sept. 21’s “In Need Of An Artist’s Touch” and support his letter regarding the temporary construction trailers on Main Beach. Unfortunately any construction requires site protection and support buildings as a necessary evil. But I...

In Need of an Artist’s Touch

Editor, I recently wrote to all City Councilmembers and City Manager John Pietig about the temporary lifeguard office trailers at Main Beach. These trailers are a “blight” on Laguna. They are an ugly eyesore and are absolutely not becoming of Laguna Beach. Yet, to...

Monkeying Grounds Approved

The City Council approved a $225,000 contract for new Main Beach playground equipment featuring a play tower resembling the historic Main Beach lifeguard tower and a concrete dolphin surfacing for riding and photo ops.

Playground Talks

Parents who want a voice on shaping the Main Beach playground should attend an informal question-and-answer session with city staff over its replacement on Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. and Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. Sessions will be held at the Main Beach playground site. The playground is scheduled...

New Lifeguard HQ Set to Become a Reality

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach City Council authorized spending $5.6 million to build a new lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms on Main Beach this week. Since last year, about $1 million has already been spent on design and construction of...

Girls Volley In Tourney

The Girls 14 and Under Beach Tournament was held on Main Beach last week. Twenty-five teams from San Diego to Santa Barbara and Phoenix battled it out for California Beach Volleyball Association points.