July 21: The California Coastal Commission decided not to appeal county Superior Court Judge Kirk Nakamura's tentatively ruling barring commission intervention in development of a 17,000-square-foot home on 12 acres on Mar Vista in South Laguna.
Neighbors had appealed the project to the city and to the commission property owner Gerald Massineo went to court on both appeals and won.
July 28: After half a century in her famous garden, Hortense Miller, 97, was moved to a care facility.
Aug. 4: Sam Goldstein paid a reported $11.1 million for the building that was home to the Jolly Roger for more than 50 years. The restaurant closed down in October after losing its liquor license.
Aug. 25: Max Caputo, 17, was killed in a hit-and-run accident on South Coast Highway. Police asked for public assistance in finding the driver involved in the early morning collision.
Sept. 8: The council voted to hear a request for the revocation of a building permit and design review approval for Charles and Valerie Griswold's proposed residence in Three Arch Bay.
Sept. 15: The council shied away from North Laguna resident Otis Healey's request to expand the privilege of drinking with meals at city parks to Shaw's Cove, citing concerns about "drinking and diving" on city beaches.
Sept. 22: Out-of-town volunteers out-numbered Lagunans three-to-one at the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, according to coordinator Roger Butow.
Retailers reported that summer tourist spending was down this year, despite high traffic counts. "People were filling trash cans at Main Beach, not cash registers," Fawn Memories owner George Nelson said.
Sept. 29: The Meister family moved back to Bluebird Canyon, the first residents to return since 16 homes were destroyed or too badly damaged to safely inhabit.
Oct 6: The Exchange Club honored Skipper Carillo with the Book of Golden Deeds Award.