Waterfront stories

Children's Pool was just for kids

Seals' Occupy Children’s Pool movement holding strong

Ask an adult who grew up in the San Diego area about his hometown and he’ll say something akin to, “It’s a great place to be a kid.” Our weather, beaches, and the ocean provide ...

Coronado Shores to fight public restroom

“We are sure Senator John McCain is not in favor..."

Coronado’s plan to build a plaza and restrooms at the ocean end of Avenida del Sol is being challenged by Coronado Shores residents — and two California Coastal Commission members. “You don’t build a bathroom ...

Sunset Cliff edge road repair

Street Division removes band-aid, performs surgery

City of San Diego work crews began repairs today (January 17) on a sinkhole in the 1000 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The hole has been a concern of the neighborhood and the Sunset Cliffs ...

Ambitious slack-liners under O.B. Pier

"We set it up during high tide so we could slack at low tide."

Last week, what looked like red "caution" tape was strung up between two pilings at the far end of the Ocean Beach Pier, a few feet above the water line. “No there wasn’t any danger…someone ...

It's bootie time

The only socially acceptable surfing accessory for cold water

It usually happens around this time of year, when the ocean water temperature drops below 60 degrees. Some surfers refuse to wear booties no matter what the water temperature might be, but most surfers are ...

In defense of Cardiff beach parking lot

Riprap repairs deemed necessary — bring on the rocks

It's nearly an annual event — a big storm tears up the riprap that protects the turn-around for emergency vehicles in the Cardiff State Beach parking lot. "It got eaten away again last year," said ...

Lord of the wind

Windsurfers and kitesurfers head south for annual competition

Los Barriles sits on the Sea of Cortez halfway between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. Known mostly for its fishery, this area enjoys wintertime winds that funnel down the Gulf of California from the ...

Low tide reveals Marine's remains at Sunset Cliffs

"When I realized what everything was I sort of dropped the urn."

You never know what you’re going to find at low tide along the coast — sea-glass, coins, wallets, and sunglasses aren't so out of the ordinary. On Sunday afternoon, Frank Gaffney found something rather unique. ...

Can't you smell that smell in Ocean Beach?

And downtown, Loma Portal, Mira Mesa, Linda Vista, Chula Vista...

Residents in Ocean Beach and Loma Portal woke up this morning (December 22) to a mysterious odor hanging in the damp air. Over the course of an hour, dozens of people reported the smell via ...

Seahorse dreams: San Diego Bay's most elusive creature

Wake-up call to the Navy’s nighttime dredging operation.

She rose from afternoon slumbers with something pinching her tail. Three feet below the surface of San Diego Bay her equine head, crowned with a five-point coronet, poked through a blanket of eel grass. Alarm ...

Last year's emergencies

The best of Lifeguard and Harbor Patrol reports from over the 2015 holidays

January 2, 2016 Subject broke into a 85’ Hornblower vessel shortly after midnight and was able to start the vessel and remove it from the dock. The vessel was later discovered missing by employees and ...

State of emergency in the Tijuana River Valley

Declared every month since 1993 over ongoing sewage spills

Since 1993, the San Diego City Council has been redeclaring a state of emergency in the Tijuana River Valley over the sewage, sediment, and rubbish as large as tires that flow into the area in ...

Shot at the O.B. pier the old-fashioned way

"Same chemistry, same process, everything from 1851, literally.”

On Monday morning (December 12), Scott Basile was set up with an unusual camera to take photos of the pier in Ocean Beach. “I was just about to pour another plate and get it rolling ...

Intruding sea lion gets illegally nailed

Ordered set free

December 9 — HP were dispatched to a dinghy that was a hazard to navigation near Shelter Island. HP located the halfway-submerged dingy and transported it to the impound dock. December 5 — HP responded ...

City workers' sa-weet O.B. Pier gig

Park & Rec employees linger long time — lunching on free café food?

The summer of 2014 in Ocean Beach was hot, the water was unusually warm, dolphins were leaping out of the water, and fishermen were having a heyday, filling their buckets with everything from mackerel to ...

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