Harbor Patrol to Stand Up Paddle Boarders: Wear An Approved Jacket or Risk Fine

At the Jan. 23 Newport Beach City Council meeting, it was announced that Newport Beach Harbor Patrol will begin ticketing stand up paddle boarders (SUP) who do not have U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)-approved jackets. “If the jacket is the type that must be inflated, then it must be worn by the paddler,” explained Jeff Herdman, City Councilman…

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Poisonous and Rare Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake Spotted on Balboa Peninsula

A rare and venomous yellow-bellied sea snake was hanging on the beach by the 18th Street lifeguard tower Tuesday. The 25-inch female was spotted by strollers who saw it slithering weakly along the sand. The beachgoers alerted lifeguards, who oversaw its extrication off the beach. The snake was brought to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)…

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Rain Advisory in Effect for Newport Beach: Swim at Your Own Risk

As steady rainfall descends on our fair Balboa Peninsula shores, the Environmental Health staff at the County of Orange Health Care Agency has issued the following rain advisory for swimmers (and by default, surfers): The levels of bacteria can rise in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after…

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Balboa Peninsula, This Is Our Story

As 2018 begins, we want to thank you—the community of Balboa Peninsula and beyond—for supporting West Oceanfront Magazine in whatever form your support has taken; maybe you’ve read some of our recent articles, commented on a story, followed us on Instagram, liked one of our tweets or simply found our Facebook page and it led…

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An Open Holiday Letter to the Residents of Balboa Peninsula

Hi Friends, As the holidays dawn, we just wanted to thank you for supporting West Oceanfront Magazine in whatever form your support has taken; maybe you’ve read some of our recent articles, followed us on Instagram or commented on one of our posts. Know that you have all our gratitude and more for embarking on this journey…

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A Very Merry Dog Beach

We’ve written before about the joys of the Newport Beach Dog Beach but we failed to mention that visiting this slice of sand can be a bit hit-or-miss in the winter months. Sometimes, dogs scatter across the shore, chasing frisbees and their tails. And sometimes, it’s just you and your pup, left alone to find…

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Pacific Wine and Food Classic Graces Newport Beach

Morning’s fingers released their grip on the day and the early fog that had settled on the shore lifted, finally. It was bright outside, or brighter than it had been. I stood in a space large but inviting, decorated with white canopied tents that filled with wind and looked like sails along the water. A…

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The Cannery: Adventures of a Sushi Lover

As usual, I was late. Not because I’m usually late but because whenever there’s food hanging in the balance, time seems to swivel uncontrollably and with offbeat measure, no outfit is ever cool enough for the meal I’m about to consume, (as if the shrimp tempura is really judging my vintage James Dean tee).  Early evening last Thursday, sun…

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