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Stories by Stephen Scatolini

Carmel Valley – the anxiety of a new suburb

Carmel Valley accidental pond to be drained More than 17 years ago, land owner Robert Barczewski had a grading crew push a pile of dirt into a dip in a dirt road on his private ...

El Niño goes artistic on Sunset Cliffs

The northern parking lot on the boulevard in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park has a beautiful new sea stack. The sandstone pillar was formed overnight on February 24th. The night's high tide was 4.42 feet at ...

Outrageous fish tale (with photo)

It was a beautiful fall day in late November. In between weather fronts, warm with little or no breeze and a small swell. The ocean water temperature was unseasonably warm at 64-66 in the kelp ...

After the flood in Ocean Beach

On September 15th, local evening news programs were full of reports on the effects of over an inch of rain that fell across the county during a one-to-three-hour time span. 10News reported a submerged Lamborghini ...

The 12-foot board

In 1980, Seagull surf shop was across the street from the beach in O.B. I’d hit the dawn patrol with all the locs and go change in back of the shop to get ready for ...

Heavy ship, matey

For the past couple of days there has been a flurry of activity at the Spanish Landing build site of the San Salvador replica. It’s ready to be floated, but getting it into the water ...

Terry's board

I first met Terry Hendricks showering off by the lifeguard tower after a morning surf in Ocean Beach around 1970 or ’71. At the time I was unaware he was a noted scientist and held ...

December 3, 2014
Burrowing Owl Moves in to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Visitors of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve are being greeted by a burrowing owl — the first one to be seen in the reserve for decades. For the past month or so, at the base ...

Sandstony Cliffs of Sunset

The December 7 meeting of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council was canceled due to storm-related power outages in the Point Loma area. On the agenda was a presentation by City Associate Engineer Paul Jacobs. ...

December 8, 2009
Goin' Native

California State Parks and the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation have been working on habitat restoration along the southern side of Carmel Valley Road since mid October 2008. The three-acre Carmel Valley Road Restoration Project's aim ...

December 1, 2009
Coastal Commission Omission

City plans for the development of the parcel of land at Abbott Street and Saratoga Avenue have been approved by the California Coastal Commission, but one important consideration seems to have been given short shrift. ...

November 16, 2009
For Cliff Sitters

At the November 2 meeting of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council, members approved the placement of 15 benches along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The council’s bench committee, chaired by Camilla Ingram, worked for two months ...

November 5, 2009
Jetty Fix or Foul-Up?

For the past week and a half, work on the Mission Bay channel entrance has been under way. Visitors and locals have watched a 350-ton crane capacity derrick barge with two support tugs labor at ...

October 29, 2009
All About the Benches

Residents and park users wishing to have their say about the recent removal of guardrail benches along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard attended the June 1 meeting of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council. Also in attendance ...

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