Waterfront stories

Shelter Island boat ramp revamp

Extent of disruption at what could be California's busiest launch spot

On April 11, the Port of San Diego board of commissioners will consider approving a contract for improvements to the Shelter Island boat-launch facility (2210 Shelter Island Drive). Originally constructed in the 1950s, the ramp ...

California Boater Card to be required starting 2018

One more regulation

The California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, has announced new, mandatory, safety-training courses for anyone operating a motorized recreational vessel. The state’s new California Boater Card will become required starting January 1, 2018, ...

Squid eggs from San Diego beach hatched in jar of seawater

Squidwife

I was walking on the beach recently with a visiting Wisconsonite, giving the requisite talk about our giant kelp and the ecosystem it supports, when we made a peculiar find. In the sand near a ...

An alternative to Brigantine's Embarcadero plan

Former Fish Grotto owner suggests Waterfront Park extension

In the midst of the battle for jurisdiction over which government agency can give permission for a restaurant to be constructed at the old Anthony's Grotto site on Harbor Drive, former tenant Craig Ghio weighed ...

San Diego State hosts Marine Science Day at their Pt. Loma lab

Hear hourly lectures, get your hands on sea squirts on starfish

San Diego State’s Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory is located on a strip between Lindbergh’s terminal 2 parking lot and the channel that separates the airport from Liberty Station. The acre-and-a-quarter property boasts outdoor aquaria, ...

Kids' play area planned for small O.B. park

Where Saratoga Ave. meets the ocean is also homeless hangout

The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation has proposed several changes to the end of Saratoga Avenue in O.B., mainly a privately funded children’s playground and adult fitness center to be located at the west end ...

Brigantine plans for former Anthony's site hit big snag

Port district vs. California Coastal Commission

The battle between the California Coastal Commission and the Port of San Diego over whose rules a bayfront restaurant must follow comes to a head tomorrow (March 8). In December, the port gave the Brigantine ...

After Greenough

Who will claim the title of Kneeboard Surfing USA champ this year?

Kneeboard surfing has a devout but small fraction of the surfing population keeping the sport alive. The kneeboard came along in the early 1950s as post-war economic success made waterskiing popular. By the turn of ...

Anti-Trumpians root in Ocean Beach sand

Overflow protest crowd forms impromptu exclamation point

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday morning (March 4) to send a simple message conveying their feelings about Donald Trump's presidency: "Impeach!" "We've been organizing for the last two or three weeks," ...

Sharks and violet snails come ashore in O.B.

Small finds by a beachcombing marine biologist

Commonly called violet sea-snails or purple bubble raft snails, Janthina janthina is a creature you’re more likely to find in Aruba than Ocean Beach, but one beachcomber found a half dozen of the shells along ...

Dorms closest to the surf

Did you know colleges have surf teams?

In 1997, I returned to San Diego to work on a couple university projects; a new parking garage at USD and then the new Commons building at Point Loma Nazarene. The Point Loma job was ...

Signs of Tijuana sewage flow a long time ago

I.B. residents have been heaving from the smell of 143-million-gallon spill

"Three nights now, so horrible you wake in the a.m. with a sore throat and burning eyes," Imperial Beach resident Sherrie Simmons said recently on social media about a horrible stench in the air. "Fix ...

Eyesore for the birds at Lake Murray

Plywood sound barrier walls didn't keep out thieves

Beginning in late 2016 and continuing through mid 2017, the City of San Diego's water department started the Pipeline 4 Project, which entails relining pipes at Lake Murray. Along with construction crews, cement trucks, and ...

Tijuana River flushed hard

Valley weathers storm without heavy flooding

The beach north of the Tijuana River was littered with broken trees this weekend (February 18–19), a result of an enormous flow of rainwater and sewage from Tijuana hitting some of the 140,000 trees killed ...

Bass fishing not the same

Try your tricks at Lower Otay Reservoir this Saturday

Since the advent of the plastic sit-on-top kayak and the internet, anglers have posted shots of their catches, forgetting that the background might hold secrets. Plus, there’s the explosion of information on rigging, technique, and ...

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