Ocean Beach News & Stories

San Diego's last ocean front lots

32 empty spaces left – from Oceanside to Imperial Beach

Thirty-six years ago, the Reader surveyed the San Diego County coastline in search of any remaining vacant, buildable land along the coast. In January of 1982, we found a scant 79 parcels of land remaining, ...

"Hey, you broke your surfboard"

To thread the needle at OB Pier

Name: Joel Wasserman Lives: El Cajon: Surfs: Ocean Beach I have been surfing Ocean Beach Pier for about 12 years. I love the south side – it is great for goofy footed surfers like me, ...

So much for riding bike along the river

West Mission Bay Drive bridge will include two three-lane segments.

Recently, cyclists that bike along the southside embankment of the San Diego River — stopped cycling by the West Mission Bay Drive exit (off of the I-8 exit) — because of a “BIKE LANE CLOSED ...

Surfing changed my life

"I’d probably be fat now, drinking beer in San Jose.”

Name: Mike Age: 47 From: Ocean Beach Interviewed: Ocean Beach jetty Mike was ripping a large chunk of his board off. “Yeah, I knew this board needed to get retired. I heard it crack out ...

Like a runner going for a run

Scripps sea lion face-off – "I wasn't going to back off"

Name: Bruce Fearson Age: 56 From: Clairemont Interviewed: Ocean Beach jetty On a 75-degree day, Bruce Fearson had just finished his morning surf session. Fearson’s primary beach is Scripps, but OB is a close second. ...

San Diego River views — one-fifth complete

Join the volunteers from O.B. to Julian

Nature lovers around the globe will soon be able to experience the San Diego River in a virtual environment. Staff, interns, and volunteers from the San Diego River Park Foundation have been traveling the waterway ...

A simple fix-and-flip can go horribly wrong

Will this part of Ebers Street ever be the same?

A long-derided construction project at 2269 Ebers Street in Ocean Beach, spearheaded by Curtis Nelson of Nelco Properties, officially suffered its death blow this spring; after failing to attract a buyer at a foreclosure auction, ...

Check your drink

Rash of drug reports from beach bars

During the last week of September, numerous women reported being drugged after drinking at several bars in Ocean Beach. Most incidents were only shared on social media and not reported to the police for fear ...

“Things that are good don’t come easy.”

The powerful history behind peanut butter whiskey

A new spirit concept debuted in San Diego this July, and it’s just oddball enough to have originated in Ocean Beach. Called Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, it’s pretty much what it sounds like: American corn ...

Look for the tinted windows

Gang members pulled over at Abbot and Newport

San Diego Police Officers arrested four individuals in Ocean Beach on Monday afternoon, after a routine traffic stop led to a known gang member fighting the sergeant and a loaded gun being recovered from the ...

O.B. has a bit of everything

Sunset Cliffs, the Pier, the Jetty

Name: Neil McCaffrey Age: 31 From: Ocean Beach Location: Ocean Beach Neil McCaffrey started surfing in Rhode Island at the age of ten. Twenty-one years later, he is surfing all around San Diego. On this ...

U-T paperboy blues

Two Ocean Beach routes took three and a half hours

It's 2:30 am on a Thursday, and I'm headed to a warehouse in Mira Mesa to learn the paperboy trade. When I arrive at 3 am, the parking lot is dark and full of double-parked ...

Not exactly nature’s bowl

Does a pineapple expression add to the dish?

Ten years ago this summer, the stoner comedy Pineapple Express had a surprisingly profitable box office run. I’m guessing everyone who went to see it wound up working in the food and beverage industry, because ...

Smog checks come to San Diego

Ocean Beach caught by surprise

Some drivers in Point Loma were thrown for a loop on Tuesday after being waved over for a smog checkpoint set up along Nimitz Boulevard. “Looks like they are testing two at a time. CHP ...

Mayor Faulconer's short-term rental idea — pro and con

Ocean Beach will show up in blue T-shirts

At the July 16 city council meeting, the usual sea of green (pro-vacation rental) and red (anti-vacation rental) t-shirts will be joined by blue representing Ocean Beach. The Ocean Beach town council has chartered a ...

Nati's history is history

New owners mum on plans

Three weeks after closing, the building that Nati's Mexican Restaurant called home for nearly 60 years was denied historic designation. Amie Hayes, a historic resources specialist with Save Our Heritage Organisation, was there for the ...

I'm still grabbing the rails

Not going to be nose riding

Name: Kris Manske Age: 43 Location: Ocean Beach Kris Manske was pulling a potato chip wrapper out of her wetsuit pocket right by the large lifeguard tower. “I found that out in the ocean”. Manske’s ...

The David buoy

Swim out, make your mark

Every summer, the lifeguards place orange buoys in the waters off Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach, prompting people to ask what’s that orange thing in the water is. “It’s out there every summer,” ...

Angry PB residents don’t like mayor’s plan

But the state may nullify any rules

A meeting turned testy Wednesday night as leaders of three different groups vied for the support of the Pacific Beach Planning Group on their concerns with and opposition to the new plan for short term ...

Horn shark egg on sand in OB

Put it back in water as deep as possible

If you find what looks like a corkscrew along the beach, you’ve most likely stumbled upon a horn shark egg. Mating season for horn sharks generally occurs in December or January and from February through ...

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