May 21, 2013
Jesse Heydorff likes to call the inaugural Crystal Cove State Park Junior Lifeguard program "outdoor science camp meets junior lifeguard training. " From 8:45 a.m. to noon June 24 through Aug. 2, children ages 9 to 15 will hike, swim, paddleboard, snorkel and learn about native plants and animals among the park's 2,400 woodland acres and 3.2 miles of beach. State park authorities tapped lifeguards Schuyler Kirby and Chris Heinrich to start the program this year, and the two have been creating a website and fliers to get the word out. They then tapped Heydorff, who spent 14 years as a Huntington Beach state lifeguard, to create the curriculum.
May 11, 2002
-- Lolita Harper If lifeguards at Crystal Cove wore belts they would be forced to tighten them this summer. State lifeguards are bracing for what could be the most challenging summer in the past 50 years, said Ken Kramer, the president of the California State Lifeguard Assn. As attendance to state parks and beaches has consistently increased, state coffers are being drained by the recent economic downturn and funding for seasonal lifeguards at Crystal Cove is hard to come by. As a result, Crystal Cove lifeguards will be manning less towers for fewer hours, Kramer said.
October 25, 2002
EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK A year ago July, after the last of the Crystal Cove cottage dwellers packed their bags, I wrote that there were two options for that beach that would best suit the taxpaying public, who truly owns the land. Those options were to turn the cottages into rustic getaway retreats for $100 a night, or tear down the cottage save for one or two for historic value and turn the place into a campground. After my column ran, I got a rather sarcastic message from a former Crystal Cove cottage resident who scoffed at the idea that anyone would ever be able to stay at the cottages for $100 a night.
November 8, 2007
The Laguna Beach City Council formed a subcommittee Tuesday to explore the effects that dumped sediment from an Upper Newport Bay dredging project may have on Laguna’s waters. Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly and Councilman Kelly Boyd will make up the committee, which will aim to address questions and concerns of local water quality activists. Boyd said there is no specific plan of action for the committee, but he, Egly and City Manager Ken Frank will meet in the near future to hammer out the details of what needs to be done.
November 20, 2008
It’s been almost 30 years since a campground was proposed at the site of the former El Morro Village Trailer Park at Crystal Cove. Now trucks are rolling and a new $22 million campground for RVs and tents, plus other amenities, is beginning to take shape on the 35-acre site. The park is expected to open in spring or summer of 2010, said Ken Kramer, Orange Coast District superintendent of the state Department of Parks and Recreation, which owns the park. Earth-moving equipment is contouring a new parking lot and amphitheater at the lower level of the site, while the old trailer park configuration makes a perfect RV park on the upper property, Kramer said.
October 18, 2002
-- Barbara Diamond Once upon a time there was a little princess. Her name was Joan. Princess Joan's father died when she was two, but she still had her mother, Athalie, and her grandfather, the powerful King James II of Irvine. Joan lived with her mother in the adjoining kingdoms of Los Angeles and Pasadena. But among her favorite childhood memories are the visits with James II. She rode with the cowboys who herded the king's cattle. She watched his crops grow -- he liked to call himself a farmer.
May 17, 2002
Deepa Bharath CRYSTAL COVE -- Improving visitor facilities and restoring the 46 dilapidated beachfront cottages for public use will be high on the priority list for the state park's historic district, officials said this week. The improvements and restoration project will be expedited, thanks to $9.2 million of Proposition 40 funds set aside by Gov. Gray Davis in his revised budget, which was released Tuesday. Plans could be unveiled by the fall.
August 15, 2008
American Beach House 619 Sleepy Hollow (949) 494-9707 Beachcomber at Crystal Cove 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast (949) 376-6900 Canyon Lodge & American Grill 31106 S. Coast Hwy. (949) 499-2663 The Cliff Restaurant 577 S. Coast Hwy. (949) 494-1956 Greeter?s Corner 329 S. Coast Hwy. (949) 494-0361 Husky Boy Burgers 802 N. Coast Hwy. (949) 497-9605 Johnny Rockets 188 S. Coast Hwy. (949)
June 15, 2007
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama held a fundraiser in Crystal Cove on Monday morning. About 100 people attended the event, where the Illinois senator, a Democrat, spoke about the environment, health care and the war. Among the attendees were Laguna Beach residents and co-hosts Frank Barbaro and Keiko Sakamoto, with her son Nicholas and daughter Olivia. Other Lagunans included Curt Barwick and his sons Brian and Chris, Dennis Berryman, Mark Christy, Bret Englander, Richard and Maggi Henrikson, Mike Meyer and his daughter Marissa, Bob and Stephanie Mister, Joe Smith and Peter Zeughauser.
August 22, 2008
Laguna home from 1883 bought by developer Tresor Properties has acquired an 1883 home — believed to be the oldest remaining house in Laguna Beach — at 154 Pearl St. Tresor, a real estate investment, construction and brokerage firm, is working with the city to preserve the original architectural integrity and character of the Pearl Street home, according to a news statement. “As longtime members of the Laguna Beach community, we recognize the value and distinctiveness of the historic Pearl Street house as a piece of the city’s unique culture,” Ken Fischbeck, vice president of construction, said in the news statement.