May 7, 1989 |
The late afternoon sun glinted on the water as we sped along the canals of Ft. Lauderdale in our water taxi on the way to dinner. We passed pastel-colored homes with louvered windows and manicured yards dotted with palms. It was nearly dusk when our boat pulled up to the dock at Stan's restaurant; tiny white Tivoli lights glowed along the railing. Lou Vassaluzzo, the tuxedoed maitre d', ushered us to an upstairs room, with a polished oak bar at one end and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
January 28, 2013 |
There are few things more frustrating than being hungry in Venice. Yeah, I know, talk about your First World Problems. But for all of its beautiful sights, of all Italian cities, Venice may have the lowest percentage of decent restaurants; being a tourist magnet for several centuries will do that. Plus, the very canals and winding narrow streets that make that Italian city so lovely are also bound to frustrate the casual visitor -- at least one that hasn't memorized the street maps.
June 23, 2012 |
Spend a hot summer day on a cool summer walk around the Naples district of Long Beach. It's flat and breezy and makes a sweet sunset stroll too. Distance: 2.2 miles Duration: 1 hour Difficulty: 2 on a 1-to-5 scale Details: Dogs on leash welcome. Ample street parking. Long Beach Transit Bus 131, Passport shuttle A, D. 1. The artificial canals and islands of Naples were the early 1900s creation of land speculator Arthur Parson. Like developer Abbot Kinney's Venice to the north, Naples was conceived as a romantic residential district, where "gay gondoliers will propel their crafts like those in the waters of the Adriatic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1992
Restoration of the historic Venice canals began Thursday, after four years of debate among lawmakers and residents on how to rehabilitate the area while protecting wetland habitats. City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter joined public works officials and community leaders at a ground-breaking ceremony for the $6 million effort. The rehabilitation plan was approved last year by the City Council, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Coastal Commission.
December 23, 1990
At the public meeting on the Venice canals rehabilitation project (Times, Dec. 13), an objection was raised to the city's plan to construct a public boat launch facility for the canals and to rezone the canal waterways to "Ocean Submerged Land." Councilwoman Ruth Galanter responded that the purpose of the rezoning is to prohibit any construction on the submerged portion of the canals. This response, which must have reassured the canal residents, was a complete fabrication. On Page 78 of the city's proposed Venice Coastal Land Use Plan it states, in part, that the purpose of the new zone is to provide "for other uses which would benefit the public and the city."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1988
A project to line the dilapidated canals in Venice with mesh-like concrete mats is being studied by city engineers as a way to preserve wetland habitat while controlling further erosion of the canal banks. The waterways, built in the early 1900s by a developer who wanted to re-create Italy's Venice in Southern California, have fallen into disrepair. But neighborhood feuds over how the canals should be restored have for years delayed any work.