Mission Beach News & Stories

First responders’ brine battle

On June 18 at 8 a.m. in the surf at Mission Beach in front of San Fernando Court, the Revolt Summer Surf Series will kick off their five-part Pro/Am contest featuring some of the world’s ...

City sued over Mission Beach Elementary School site redevelopment

Unacceptable: private roads, larger lot sizes, increased density...

As promised, a group of Mission Beach residents has filed a lawsuit against the city and developer Christopher McKellar over a proposed residential development to be built on the site of the former Mission Beach ...

Here comes Mission Beach fly season

Some blame the boom in short-term rentals that increase garbage

Mission Beach residents and businesses are gearing up to fight the annual fly infestation, and some are saying the problem is made worse by short-term rentals that have diminished the number of full-time residents. "Seventy ...

Mission Beach land-use ordinance kicked in the teeth

“...a classic example of a developer trying to stick it to the community.”

Residents in Mission Beach are accusing a La Jolla–based developer of using outdated maps and other tricks to try and skirt local planning laws and to avoid building a community park. They claim that doing ...

Council consents to Mission Beach project

City leaders hoodwinked into believing developer's "two projects" pitch?

A divided San Diego City Council sided with the developers who proposed one project and then split it in two at the site of the former Mission Beach Elementary School Monday (April 11), shooting down ...

UC students road trip in support of plastic bag ban

This report brought to you by Tizzy the turtle

Student members from California Student Public Interest Research Group chapters at various University of California campuses were stationed along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach on Friday (March 25) with their mascot Tizzy, a 30-foot inflatable ...

City Attorney's Office vs. People of Mission Beach

"We tried to get the city to settle this with no cost to the taxpayers."

Despite the City of San Diego's best efforts, the $250,000 in bond money that a group of Mission Beach residents raised to challenge the construction of a new, state-of-the-art lifeguard station will be returned. On ...

Who wants a new Mission Beach lifeguard tower again?

City attorney's office of stonewalling in order to keep project alive

On February 25, district court judge Katherine Bacal denied a request from the City of San Diego to wait until an appeal could be heard before returning a $250,000 bond that a group of residents ...

Mission Beach vs. clever developer

Alleged mathematical manipulations and staffing shenanigans

Thwarted by a developer's success at bypassing a full neighborhood-level review of the plan for 63 new homes on land where the Mission Beach Elementary School once stood, the Mission Beach Precise Planning Board voted ...

The Plunge is stripped to the bones

Mission Beach pool project has a long way to go, two years later

The Plunge at Belmont Park, which closed in February 2014 for a serious remodel, is now headed for a complete tear-down and reconstruction, and not very quickly, according to Nick Biancamano of Pacifica Enterprises, which ...

No new Mission Beach lifeguard station

Construction stopped following judge's ruling

On December 24, superior-court judge Katherine Bacal ruled that the City of San Diego violated the city's own site development permit while going about the construction of a state-of-the-art lifeguard tower in South Mission Beach. ...

Swell swells a thousand percent

Mission Beach coffee roaster Swell Café has experienced massive growth in the past four months. For one thing, it might no longer be right to call it a Mission Beach roaster. While its original café ...

But it's okay when the city's permit expires

Mission Beach lifeguard station project still hung up in court

Former development services directors for the City of San Diego say it is standard operating procedure to allow building permits for city projects to lapse while funding is procured and outside permits are obtained. In ...

Food is an afterthought at Draft

Stick with beer

Draft’s lunch menu is extensive, and in the past I have tried the Kobe burger and chopped salad. I wasn’t impressed. But I wanted to give the fun boardwalk place another chance. This time my ...

Sushi at SeaWorld?

Smoothies and wraps are your best bet

No one goes to a theme park for food. I get that. But I don’t understand why SeaWorld doesn’t sell sushi. When I see those those beautiful sea creatures at the park, I get hungry. ...

Off the Market is no one-and-done

Draft arranges a light conversation between sweetness and acidity in its beery cocktail

Draft in Belmont Park combines the best of beery cheer with a mix of high spirits (think: boilermaker in a cocktail dress) — such as the Off the Market. “We don’t incorporate beer into all ...

Mission Beach reef add-on

Soon-to-be-scuttled sailboat takes names of cancer survivors

On October 18, dozens of breast-cancer survivors signed a pink sailboat that will become part of the artificial reef off Mission Beach later this year. The event, held at the 32nd Street Marina in National ...

Ready for some beachfront property, Mission Hills?

Maps project sea level's rise from unchecked use of fossil fuels

A group of scientists studying climate change this week released a series of maps illustrating projections of the effects of sea levels rising for coastal communities around the globe, including San Diego. The maps offer ...

Cannonball's Rum Manhattan breaks the surface with a balance of taste and texture

Not one, but two, variations on a classic

While the usual vodka- and gin-based poolside-fixtures are welcomed mixtures on the menu, Cannonball’s general manager Ray Means says Cannonball also serves up the brown liquors and offers seasonal variations on classic cocktails. “We could ...

$250k raised, lifeguard project stopped

"I placed 44 calls to Zapf’s office. She refused to speak on the issue."

A group of Mission Beach residents fighting against unpermitted construction of a new lifeguard tower near the Mission Beach Jetty has raised the $250,000 bond needed to stop the project until a court trial can ...

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