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By Lynn Mitchell Haines | July 23, 2010
Fred Karger makes my blood boil. The Coast Inn is a lot more than just a gay Mecca, and his exaggerations about the history of the place make me crazy. So, thank you Cindy Frazier for your column about the Coast Inn ("Canyon to Cove: Finding history in a bar," July 9). It was such fun to read the recollections from people other than the gay community. The Coast Inn and I have quite a history together. I could write reams, but I'll try to be brief and add my family story the history.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 12, 2012
Laguna Beach Democrats will be drumming up support for their candidates with a temporary headquarters in the old Boom Boom Room. The Laguna Beach Democratic Club will be open for business from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Aug. 1 to Nov. 15, on the ground floor of the 3,000-square-foot vacant restaurant and bar area. Activities will include informal gatherings and distribution of literature. Realtor Audrey Prosser, a former club president, applied for the temporary-use permit, which was approved by the Planning Commission at the July 11 meeting.
BUSINESS
By Candice Baker | August 17, 2006
Laguna will have another 12 months to keep on boomin'. The landmark Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn have been granted a one-year lease renewal by new building owner Steven Udvar-Hazy. "We have a reprieve and hope that the reprieve will lead to a permanent solution," said Fred Karger, chairman of Save the Boom, a group that has been campaigning to keep the landmark gay bar intact. The breathing space comes just weeks before the current lease was due to expire in September.
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By Dan Beighley | June 23, 2006
Legendary gay venues the Boom Boom Room and the Coast Inn will have their last summer flings in Laguna Beach ? unless a band of petitioners convinces its new owner otherwise. Patrick O'Loughlin, co-owner of the Boom Boom Room and the Coast Inn, said it's over for his landmark businesses that cater to gays. At the end of September, the lease on the establishments expires, and is unlikely to be renewed, O'Loughlin said. O'Loughlin said the property's new landlord, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, wants to renovate it and is also asking for a higher rent.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | July 13, 2007
Aden competes for a spot in `Best Looking Men' fundraising calendar to help the Boom Boom Room. A couple weeks ago, Fred Karger — the leader in the effort to keep the Boom Boom Room, Laguna's landmark gay establishment, intact — announced his organization, Save the Boom, would be holding an open casting call for models to be in the Men of Laguna Beach 2008 Calendar. The calendar will publicize the cause and raise money for it. When I was assigned to cover the story, I never thought I would be competing for a spot in the calendar.
BUSINESS
By Cindy Frazier | January 12, 2007
Another gay-oriented establishment in Laguna Beach is on the way out. Woody's at the Beach restaurant will close Feb. 3, and reopen as Avila's El Ranchito Mexican restaurant. Avila's is a 40-year-old family-run business that owns 10 restaurants in Orange and Los Angeles counties and features traditional Mexican dining, according to its Web site. Woody's owner Joel Herzer announced the sale last week on his restaurant's Web site. In a letter dated Jan. 3, Herzer wrote: "To Our Guests: "After nearly a decade serving the community we have sold Woody's at the Beach effective in February.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | May 17, 2010
Laguna Beach Planning Commissioners were pleased with the final details on the renovation of the old Coast Inn at their May 12 meeting — including the addition of 1920s-themed flag poles and awnings — but continued to press the developer on a public display depicting the hotel’s long association with the gay community. The location of such an interpretive center is still to be determined. The hotel might have a retail space, or a restaurant/wine bar — or all three — at the former location of the Boom Café, a 1,200-square-foot storefront, according to architect Morris Skenderian.
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By Cindy Frazier | May 20, 2010
Laguna Beach planning commissioners were pleased with the final details on the renovation of the old Coast Inn at their May 12 meeting — including the addition of 1920s-themed flag poles and awnings — but continued to press the developer on a public display depicting the hotel’s long association with the gay community. The location of such an interpretive center is still to be determined. The hotel might have a retail space, or a restaurant/wine bar — or all three — at the former location of the Boom Café, a 1,200-square-foot storefront, according to architect Morris Skenderian.
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By Cindy Frazier | July 9, 2010
Like beauty, history is in the eye of the beholder. And when the beholders are viewing it from the vantage point of a bar stool, history can be a bit blurry. Take Tuesday's testimony about when and whether the Boom Boom Room, aka the South Seas, was or became a gay bar. Only in Laguna could this argument rise to the level of a City Council debate. The issue at hand: whether a wine bar should be required in the renovated Coast Inn. The verdict? A resounding "yes" from the Council.
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By Billy Fried | May 1, 2014
Many big, and often contentious, events have defined our city for the modern era. MTV made us a shallow brand. The Montage heralded a new level of upscale tourism. The closing of the Boom Boom Room ended our vibrant gay scene. Skyrocketing real estate profoundly changed the fabric of our city from funky, artsy and eclectic to elderly, wealthy and homogenized. Now comes a project that will surpass all of these in defining for future generations just who we are as people. Our very legacy as a generous, tolerant and welcoming community is at stake.
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By David Hansen | March 20, 2014
It resembled a midterm election rally in the old Boom Boom Room: red balloons, smooth jazz, refreshments and heavy-duty political talk. But instead of election maps on the walls, there was art. Artist Louis Longi invited people to an event March 14 to gather signatures supporting his live-work project in Laguna Canyon. The issue is supposed to go before the City Council on April 1. What started last year as a routine 30-unit live-work housing proposal has turned into a heated battle, pitting some neighbors against Longi.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 12, 2012
Laguna Beach Democrats will be drumming up support for their candidates with a temporary headquarters in the old Boom Boom Room. The Laguna Beach Democratic Club will be open for business from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Aug. 1 to Nov. 15, on the ground floor of the 3,000-square-foot vacant restaurant and bar area. Activities will include informal gatherings and distribution of literature. Realtor Audrey Prosser, a former club president, applied for the temporary-use permit, which was approved by the Planning Commission at the July 11 meeting.
NEWS
July 5, 2012
The Planning Commission at its June 27 meeting unanimously approved a two-year extension for the renovation of the Coast Inn, the former home of the Boom Boom Room. Morris Skenderian and Associates, the architect overseeing the project for Coast Inn owner Emerald Financial LLC, requested the extension to "allow sufficient time to address an appeal of our approvals by the California Coastal Commission and assuming a successful resolution, sufficient time to complete construction documents and processing for building permits.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
The California Coastal Commission decided Friday to take up on appeal the redevelopment of the Coast Inn and the loss of the Boom Boom Room gay bar at a future hearing. Acting at the request of Commissioners Sarah Wan and Mary Shallenberger, and Laguna Beach activist Audrey Prosser, the commission decided that the proposed project raised "a substantial issue" with respect to the provision of visitor and tourist-serving facilities on the coast. The property, at 1401 S. Coast Hwy., is situated between the sea and the first public road in the city's designated Commercial/Tourist Corridor, according to a commission staff report.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 5, 2010
Two California Coastal commissioners and a Laguna Beach gay activist have filed an appeal of the redevelopment of the Coast Inn. Commission staff is supporting the request by Laguna Beach resident Audrey Prosser and Commissioners Sara Wan and Mary Shallenberger that the commission consider an appeal of the city-issued coastal permit allowing the redevelopment of the historic Laguna Beach hotel at 1401 S. Coast Hwy. The property is owned by...
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By Lynn Mitchell Haines | July 23, 2010
Fred Karger makes my blood boil. The Coast Inn is a lot more than just a gay Mecca, and his exaggerations about the history of the place make me crazy. So, thank you Cindy Frazier for your column about the Coast Inn ("Canyon to Cove: Finding history in a bar," July 9). It was such fun to read the recollections from people other than the gay community. The Coast Inn and I have quite a history together. I could write reams, but I'll try to be brief and add my family story the history.
NEWS
July 16, 2010
Gay activists are delighted, and local historians should be pleased, that the City Council is requiring that a "bar" — a wine bar, to be precise — be included in the redevelopment of the Coast Inn. It may seem an odd request to make of a developer, especially in a town where residents and council members routinely complain about the noise, traffic and poor behavior of patrons of some of the more popular watering-holes. But there it is. The history of the Coast Inn and its famous bar, the South Seas, which became known as the Boom Boom Room by the military types who made it their hangout, is long and noteworthy.
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By Roger Carter | July 16, 2010
Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson's statement that we as a town are tolerant is true, ("Coast Inn project OK'd," July 9) but her statements that "every bar and restaurant is a gay and straight bar" is questionable. Pearson and Councilwoman Jane Egly are slightly out of touch with reality. The Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn was a destination bar/cafe and inn. The "Boom" did $60,000 plus on big weekends years ago, and gays, lesbians and others from around the planet enjoyed gathering in their own establishments and landmarks such as West Street beach in South Laguna, another international destination which attracts thousands every year and brings millions into our economy.
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