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July 1, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
Stearns Wharf Overview: This is one of the most satisfying piers for a walk. The first two-thirds of its 1,950-foot length - the final third was rebuilt after a 1998 fire destroyed it - is made of decades-old Douglas fir, which gives it a bounce that most plank-board piers lack. It's worth walking too, to check out the more than dozen indie shops and restaurants, as well as the destination-worthy Ty Warner Sea Center ($8 adults; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily). Background: The wharf has been the focus of Santa Barbara since its construction in 1872.
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March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The manager of a seaside restaurant in Santa Barbara described a chaotic scene after a huge wave crashed into, and broke through, a dining-room window Saturday, prompting screams from stunned patrons. The large wave hit the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf about 9:30 a.m., crashing through a window that was shattered, most likely by debris picked up from the damaged pier, floor manager Gerry Mora told The Times. Patrons were "mostly just shocked and stunned," he said.
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November 19, 1998 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire engulfed historic Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara on Wednesday night, destroying two restaurants and several shops, and continued out of control late into the night. The fire broke out at 9:45 p.m., apparently caused by a faulty gas line at Moby Dick restaurant, a Fire Department spokesman said. By 11:30 p.m., it had gutted about half of California's oldest working pier, built in the 19th century.
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March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Patrons of the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara were "shocked and stunned" after a huge wave crashed into the restaurant Saturday, breaking a window and prompting employees to evacuate the dining room. Gerry Mora, a manager at the restaurant, told The Times he was concentrating on a waiting list that was building up at about 9:30 a.m. when he heard "screaming and shouting. " One of the servers ran from the back of the restaurant saying "the window's broke, the window's broke," Mora recalled.
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August 31, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
Settlements have been reached in multimillion-dollar lawsuits filed over a 1998 electrical fire that consumed a third of Stearns Wharf. Southern California Edison was defending itself in five lawsuits filed by two businesses incinerated in the blaze, their insurance companies and the city, owner of the wharf. An investigation concluded Edison was to blame for the fire. An Edison spokesman declined to disclose the settlement amounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Patrons of the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara were "shocked and stunned" after a huge wave crashed into the restaurant Saturday, breaking a window and prompting employees to evacuate the dining room. Gerry Mora, a manager at the restaurant, told The Times he was concentrating on a waiting list that was building up at about 9:30 a.m. when he heard "screaming and shouting. " One of the servers ran from the back of the restaurant saying "the window's broke, the window's broke," Mora recalled.
NEWS
June 27, 1986 | JOHN HURST, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of tourists and sportsfishermen were evacuated--some of them reluctantly--from Stearns Wharf on the beachfront here Thursday afternoon when a fire broke out in a new aquatic museum, causing an undetermined amount of damage to the building, its displays and to the wooden pilings of the pier itself. No one was reported injured in the fire that erupted in the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum Sea Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The manager of a seaside restaurant in Santa Barbara described a chaotic scene after a huge wave crashed into, and broke through, a dining-room window Saturday, prompting screams from stunned patrons. The large wave hit the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf about 9:30 a.m., crashing through a window that was shattered, most likely by debris picked up from the damaged pier, floor manager Gerry Mora told The Times. Patrons were "mostly just shocked and stunned," he said.
TRAVEL
January 16, 2011
One more deal in Santa Barbara Thanks to Rosemary McClure for spotlighting the charms of Santa Barbara that are affordable ["Santa Barbara on a Budget," Jan. 9]. A day at Stearns Wharf can give you million-dollar views for the price of parking, not to mention delicious seafood and entertaining pelicans. One affordable restaurant McClure needs to include in her list is the locals' favorite, Farmer Boy on State Street. This is a must for our family, featuring homemade American and Latino favorites for breakfast and lunch.
TRAVEL
July 15, 2012
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TRAVEL
July 15, 2012
WHERE TO STAY Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai; (805) 646-2536, http://www.ojairetreat.com . Main house and four cottages (12 units in all) on 5 acres. No TV or phones, free Wi-Fi. Rates $99-$289 (and no lodging tax, because it's a nonprofit). Carpinteria Shores vacation rentals, 4975 Sandyland Road, Carpinteria; (805) 684-3570, http://www.carpinteriashores.com . There are no hotels on the beach in Carpinteria. These 35 beach-facing two-bedroom, one-bath, full-kitchen condos rent for $2,000-$3,300 a week in summer, $1,200-$1,800 a week the rest of the year.
TRAVEL
July 1, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
Stearns Wharf Overview: This is one of the most satisfying piers for a walk. The first two-thirds of its 1,950-foot length - the final third was rebuilt after a 1998 fire destroyed it - is made of decades-old Douglas fir, which gives it a bounce that most plank-board piers lack. It's worth walking too, to check out the more than dozen indie shops and restaurants, as well as the destination-worthy Ty Warner Sea Center ($8 adults; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily). Background: The wharf has been the focus of Santa Barbara since its construction in 1872.
TRAVEL
January 16, 2011
One more deal in Santa Barbara Thanks to Rosemary McClure for spotlighting the charms of Santa Barbara that are affordable ["Santa Barbara on a Budget," Jan. 9]. A day at Stearns Wharf can give you million-dollar views for the price of parking, not to mention delicious seafood and entertaining pelicans. One affordable restaurant McClure needs to include in her list is the locals' favorite, Farmer Boy on State Street. This is a must for our family, featuring homemade American and Latino favorites for breakfast and lunch.
TRAVEL
January 13, 2008
Restricted round-trip airfares as researched on computer Monday, the day before the Travel section went to press. Fares change daily, and availability is not assured. Fares, which may involve a change of planes, are for airlines serving Los Angeles International (LAX), Orange County/John Wayne (SNA), Burbank/Bob Hope (BUR), L.A. Ontario (ONT) and Long Beach (LGB). Domestic fares include sales tax; international airfares do not. There may be additional surcharges on both. Sources: Sabre reservation system, airlines and Web -- BUSSELLTON, AUSTRALIA (VIA PERTH)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
Settlements have been reached in multimillion-dollar lawsuits filed over a 1998 electrical fire that consumed a third of Stearns Wharf. Southern California Edison was defending itself in five lawsuits filed by two businesses incinerated in the blaze, their insurance companies and the city, owner of the wharf. An investigation concluded Edison was to blame for the fire. An Edison spokesman declined to disclose the settlement amounts.
NEWS
June 4, 2000 | VERONIQUE deTURENNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This seaside city is home to the Calamity Jane of wharves. Built in 1872, Stearns Wharf has recovered from three fires and four killer storms, has been held hostage by anti-oil protesters and has twice become obsolete. But Santa Barbara loves its wharf and so do visitors. Nothing, not even the November 1998 fire that damaged one-third of the wharf and destroyed three businesses, could completely shut it down. Just in time for summer, Stearns Wharf--well, most of it--is open again.
NEWS
November 29, 1998 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As fire investigators struggle to determine what triggered the devastating blaze at Stearns Wharf this month, community members are rallying to help the workers left jobless and to speed the arduous task of rebuilding the historic pier. One local philanthropist has agreed to pay college costs for all the students who worked at the two restaurants destroyed in the Nov. 18 fire, the third at the pier in the last quarter-century.
NEWS
June 4, 2000 | VERONIQUE deTURENNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This seaside city is home to the Calamity Jane of wharves. Built in 1872, Stearns Wharf has recovered from three fires and four killer storms, has been held hostage by anti-oil protesters and has twice become obsolete. But Santa Barbara loves its wharf and so do visitors. Nothing, not even the November 1998 fire that damaged one-third of the wharf and destroyed three businesses, could completely shut it down. Just in time for summer, Stearns Wharf--well, most of it--is open again.
NEWS
November 29, 1998 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As fire investigators struggle to determine what triggered the devastating blaze at Stearns Wharf this month, community members are rallying to help the workers left jobless and to speed the arduous task of rebuilding the historic pier. One local philanthropist has agreed to pay college costs for all the students who worked at the two restaurants destroyed in the Nov. 18 fire, the third at the pier in the last quarter-century.
NEWS
November 19, 1998 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire engulfed historic Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara on Wednesday night, destroying two restaurants and several shops, and continued out of control late into the night. The fire broke out at 9:45 p.m., apparently caused by a faulty gas line at Moby Dick restaurant, a Fire Department spokesman said. By 11:30 p.m., it had gutted about half of California's oldest working pier, built in the 19th century.
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