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September 17, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The massive fire that destroyed several blocks of the beloved Seaside Park boardwalk in New Jersey last week was caused by faulty electrical wiring, officials announced Tuesday. A task force of investigators that included state and local fire marshals, county prosecutors, and local police made the determination after examining debris, mapping electric currents at the time of the fire, and examining possible financial motives. “This was not an intentional fire,” Ocean County prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.
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September 25, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The effects of Superstorm Sandy plagued New Jersey throughout the summer, according to a poll released Wednesday that showed 38% of state residents who visited the Jersey shore spent less time there than they expected. The poll, conducted by Monmouth University and the Asbury Park Press, said that 1 in 6 New Jersey adults who normally spend time at the Jersey shore during the summer did not do so this year. Of those who visited the state's summer resorts but cut their stays short, nearly half cited worries that the seasonal businesses they counted on would not be open.
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March 1, 1998
The board of directors of Seaside Park in Ventura announced the winners of its annual awards, which honor individuals for outstanding efforts and contributions to the success of the fairgrounds, the Derby Club and the 1997 Ventura County Fair. Jim Naylor, owner of Raceway Promotions, which hosts the Ventura Raceway at the park, was awarded the Western Fairs Assn. Blue Ribbon Award. The award is the highest honor presented for meritorious service to the fair industry.
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September 17, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The massive fire that destroyed several blocks of the beloved Seaside Park boardwalk in New Jersey last week was caused by faulty electrical wiring, officials announced Tuesday. A task force of investigators that included state and local fire marshals, county prosecutors, and local police made the determination after examining debris, mapping electric currents at the time of the fire, and examining possible financial motives. “This was not an intentional fire,” Ocean County prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.
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December 24, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
The top administrator of the Colusa County Fairgrounds near Sacramento has been named the new chief executive officer of Seaside Park in Ventura and the 31st Agricultural District Assn. Roger Gibbs, 53, will succeed Michael Paluszak, 45, who resigned after 10 years to start his own event management company, according to the park's board of directors. Paluszak leaves Dec. 31 and Gibbs will begin Jan. 10. His salary will be $78,000 a year.
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August 4, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Featuring a "Hooray for Hollywood" theme, the 2004 Ventura County Fair begins at 11 a.m. today at Seaside Park in Ventura. Fair organizers are hoping the 12-day event will top last year's attendance, which drew record crowds to the annual music and carnival extravaganza. This year's event ends Aug. 15. "We're trying to best the 308,000 [attendance] number from last year, which was the all-time record for any Ventura County Fair," said spokesman John Lockhart.
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August 20, 1996 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite cool and cloudy weather, some traffic snarls and train snafus, the 1996 Ventura County Fair could draw the largest number of visitors in the past several years, fair officials say. As of Sunday night, 110,523 people had visited Seaside Park, a 5% increase over last year, according to fair spokeswoman Teri Raley. The fair closes next Sunday.
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September 22, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The top administrator for the Ventura County Fairgrounds announced his resignation Tuesday, ending his 10-year career at the massive entertainment facility to start his own event-management company. During his tenure, 45-year-old Mike Paluszak helped boost annual fair attendance, oversaw a rehabilitation of the Seaside Park fairgrounds and spearheaded construction of the Derby Club, where gamblers now spend more than $2 million annually on off-site horse wagering.
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August 12, 2003 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County Fair drew nearly 309,000 visitors this year, topping last year's record attendance by more than 16,000 people. The fair's 12-day run, which ended Sunday, was "absolutely flawless," said spokeswoman Teri Raley. "Last year, I kept saying, 'This is just magic.' Every now and then you get to beat magic with magic." Total attendance was 308,630, compared with 292,394 last year. Fiesta Day on Aug.
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February 26, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The interim chief of Ventura's Seaside Park has been promoted to the top job, park officials said. Ed Barlow, who has run the park since the departure of Roger Gibbs in late 2002, Tuesday was named chief executive of the park, which includes the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Barlow joined Seaside Park in 1998 as deputy general manager. Before that, he worked at Knott's Berry Farm for 27 years.
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September 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
About 400 firefighters continued to battle a blaze along the New Jersey shore Thursday evening, with Gov. Chris Christie reporting that the blaze had destroyed some areas. Seaside Park -- a community about 80 miles south of New York City with a year-round population of about 2,200 -- was still recovering from the wrath of Superstorm Sandy when the fire began around 3:30 p.m., reportedly in an ice cream shop. Officials would not speculate on the cause of the fire, which swept northward along the boardwalk with the help of 40 mph wind gusts.
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September 12, 2013 | By Tina Susman
A fire broke out Thursday along a seaside boardwalk on the New Jersey shore, destroying businesses that had only recently started recovering from devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy last year. News video showed flames roaring along the boardwalk in Seaside Park, a community about 80 miles south of New York City with a year-round population of about 2,200, according to the town's website. The fire erupted at an ice cream shop and quickly roared out of control, fueled by winds of 30-35 mph. “It got totally out of control,” the town's police chief, Francis Larkin, told local TV news stations as video showed a massive black cloud floating up from the boardwalk and flames shooting out of businesses.
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November 7, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
A pair of otherworldly photos from Superstorm Sandy will be forever etched in my memory of the historic hurricane. The first photo showed up in much of the mainstream media coverage and became a symbol of the storm: A seemingly intact roller coaster poking out of the Atlantic Ocean off the Jersey Shore like the skeleton of a sea serpent. The second image ricocheted around the Internet via social media sites and became a symbol of vulnerability and resilience following the storm: An undamaged carousel inside an eerily lit enclosure completely surrounded by water that looked like a glowing jewelry box floating off the New York City coast.
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July 27, 2008 | Tim Hubbard, Times Staff Writer
The breeze sings, the sea glistens, and treachery lies all around. I peek beyond a thicket of brush at what was long ago dubbed the Graveyard of the Pacific, a stretch of ocean that has struck fear into the hearts of many sailors. I'm muttering my own prayers on this solo, late-morning hike that has my back to a seaside cliff and my gaze focused on the underbrush -- just . . . over . . . there -- where there's a loud thrashing made by something not human.
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November 5, 2005 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Residents of a beachfront mobile home park north of Laguna Beach have ended their 25-year dispute with the state and agreed to leave by March 1, according to a settlement announced Friday. This ends one of Southern California's longest battles over public beaches. It pitted the state, which has long planned to turn the public land into a campground and RV park, against residents of El Morro Village, a quaint enclave in Crystal Cove State Park.
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June 10, 2005 | Kimi Yoshino and Claire Luna, Times Staff Writers
Laguna Beach officials are asking the state to open its vacant beachfront residences at a nearby mobile home park to the victims of last week's landslide -- a proposal that is drawing opposition from environmentalists and the parks system. Nearly three dozen homes are vacant at El Morro Village Mobile Home Park because the state is evicting residents to convert the park into a public campground at Crystal Cove State Park.
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August 5, 2004
Hours: Gates open at 11 a.m. All exhibits close at 10 p.m. Carnival and midway open till 11 p.m. Location: 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Seaside Park in Ventura. Admission: $7 general; $4 for those 62 years and older and for children 6 to 12; free for children 5 and younger. Today's event: Motor sports, demolition derby, 6 p.m. More information: (805) 648-3376; www.seasidepark.org/vcfair or www.coolfair.com.
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November 7, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
A pair of otherworldly photos from Superstorm Sandy will be forever etched in my memory of the historic hurricane. The first photo showed up in much of the mainstream media coverage and became a symbol of the storm: A seemingly intact roller coaster poking out of the Atlantic Ocean off the Jersey Shore like the skeleton of a sea serpent. The second image ricocheted around the Internet via social media sites and became a symbol of vulnerability and resilience following the storm: An undamaged carousel inside an eerily lit enclosure completely surrounded by water that looked like a glowing jewelry box floating off the New York City coast.
NEWS
August 5, 2004
Hours: Gates open at 11 a.m. All exhibits close at 10 p.m. Carnival and midway open till 11 p.m. Location: 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Seaside Park in Ventura. Admission: $7 general; $4 for those 62 years and older and for children 6 to 12; free for children 5 and younger. Today's event: Motor sports, demolition derby, 6 p.m. More information: (805) 648-3376; www.seasidepark.org/vcfair or www.coolfair.com.
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August 4, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Featuring a "Hooray for Hollywood" theme, the 2004 Ventura County Fair begins at 11 a.m. today at Seaside Park in Ventura. Fair organizers are hoping the 12-day event will top last year's attendance, which drew record crowds to the annual music and carnival extravaganza. This year's event ends Aug. 15. "We're trying to best the 308,000 [attendance] number from last year, which was the all-time record for any Ventura County Fair," said spokesman John Lockhart.
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