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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1991 | LISA MASCARO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sponsors of the Newport Beach Character Boat Parade, which has taken place every summer for the last 31 years, axed the event Friday in a surprise action. Saying the support for the parade came mostly from the spectators who attend the annual event and not the boating community, the Commodores Club, a division of the Newport Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, decided to cancel the parade.
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May 12, 1997 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Fernando Valley, long known as an auto theft center, has earned another dubious distinction: It's the boat rip-off capital of Los Angeles. Authorities say crooks engage in late-night fishing expeditions through Valley neighborhoods, trolling for pricey recreational vessels that sell for as much as $100,000, or more. With its affluent residential enclaves and proximity to Southern California lakes, the area provides near-perfect conditions for crooks seeking an easy catch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1994
A boat parade will be held Monday in Newport Harbor in memory of a well-known local boat captain at a marine assistance company. David (Woody) Pollak, 34, died last week in a water-skiing accident two miles off Crystal Cove, authorities said. Efforts to save his life were similar to rescues Pollak himself had participated in with his firm, Costa Mesa-based Vessel Assist. On Monday, recreational boaters and well-wishers are invited to gather from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1994
Boaters in the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade should beware of carbon monoxide fumes on the slow-moving craft, officials warned Wednesday after two passengers were overcome. Two women, who were not identified, were rendered unconscious while riding in the rear of a sport-fishing boat during the parade Monday, said Newport Beach Fire Marshal Dennis Lockard.
NEWS
July 10, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Politics being the art of compromise, it should not be surprising that one of the first flaps engendered by the Republican National Convention slated for August ended Tuesday in . . . a compromise. The Coast Guard announced that owners of yachts moored at the Marriott Marina behind the convention center will not be booted off their boats during the four nights of the convention nor during the final afternoon--as originally recommended by the Secret Service.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1997 | BARBARA MURPHY
Island Packers Co. has won renewal of its contract to provide boat service to Channel Islands National Park from the Ventura and Channel Islands harbors. Island Packers has been the sole boat concession to the park for more than 25 years. Its contract was renewed for 10 years. "Island Packers has been a part of this park since its inception," said Tim Setnicka, Channel Islands National Park superintendent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2005 | Hector Becerra and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
Coast Guard cutters and helicopters were joined by Baywatch boats and a U.S. Navy hovercraft Tuesday in a search for a vessel that reportedly was struck by lightning the night before, authorities said. The Coast Guard said it received a distress call at 11:48 p.m. Monday claiming to be from a 20-foot sailing vessel named the Pelican, said Petty Officer Nathan Henise. The caller said the vessel was taking on water after being hit by lightning about 15 miles off Dana Point, Henise said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1991 | LISA MASCARO
A plan to cancel the 31-year tradition of dressing up boats to depict everything from famed heroes to current events and parading them around Newport Harbor has been rescinded after an outpouring of public support in favor of the annual event. The Commodores, a group within the Newport Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce that sponsors the Character Boat Parade, tentatively agreed to continue the tradition after residents overwhelmingly supported saving the parade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1987
A U.S.-Egyptian team using custom-built drills and electronic sensors has found the remains of a large cedar boat from the Cheops period buried at the foot of the Great Pyramid at Giza. The dismantled pieces of the royal sun boat were buried in a pit 20 yards from the base of the pyramid. A camera was extended through a specially drilled hole. Probes also sampled what could be 4,500-year-old air from inside the chamber. Another dismantled cedar boat was found in a pit near the pyramid in 1954.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1995
Distinctions between Long Beach's two Christmas boat parades tend to be fairly broad: gondolas versus yachts, canals versus harbor, east versus west. Still, some boat owners try to take part in both. This year, however, they will have to choose between the two, thanks to the timing of a low tide on Dec. 16. The Naples Island parade--which navigates the community's narrow canals--has no standing date from year to year.
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