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Let’s Resurrect the Old 133

Editor: In light of Laguna’s disproportionately high number of vehicle-caused deaths involving cyclists and pedestrians, why can’t we take one small step now to separate vehicles from road bikes and pedestrians by opening the old 133 road for cyclists and walkers?...

Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Editor, We want to thank the Sawdust Festival’s board of directors and the city of Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission for agreeing to host the Blue Water Music Festival last weekend on the festival grounds. Rick Conkey and his team, including a large number of community...

Disgruntled Over Changes at the Marine Room

Editor, Permanently removing the historic cartoons by well-known Laguna artists (how about bringing back a few of the most iconic ones), taking down the colorful fish (why not return the most colorful one to its rightful place over the fireplace), and now discontinuing Tuesday...

Looking for a Worthy Landmark

Editor, What does it say about a town when its greatest cultural landmark is a former gas station tower? Local historian Andy Alison compared our Main Beach lifeguard tower to the Orange Circle and the San Juan Mission in last week’s story (“Restoring the Town’s Sentimental...

Lower Park’s Closure Was a Treat

Editor: Laguna could really shine and promote downtown foot traffic for retailers by closing the small portion of Park Avenue behind the library once or twice a month for live music performances and activities like those last weekend.  Kelp Fest/Earth Day brought many of our...

Missing Mar Bar Icons

Editor, The Marine Room’s walls seem dull without the historic and iconic cartoons by world-renowned Laguna artists and the colorful, mounted fish that once added so much character. Please bring them back, Chris Keller and Kelly Boyd, so we can continue to enjoy them at our...

Eye on Nature: Built to Last, Pelicans Thrive Again

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler Models of tactical precision, squadrons of brown pelicans have become a familiar sight in Laguna and all along the California coastline. They conduct their fish-finding missions gliding just above the waves in lines of three or more birds, or flying...

Quest for Improved Access

Editor, As many know, over the years (and, I hear from others, even decades), various people have pushed for easier, safer access to the beautiful fire road walk from the Top of the World side, similar to what has existed for a long time from the Moulton Meadows (Arch Beach)...