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Marina officials eye second half of year with optimism about redevelopment projects

As county officials in Marina del Rey begin the second half of the year, there is optimism about redevelopment projects in the Marina moving forward. At the corner of Fiji Way and Lincoln Boulevard, where a “gateway” park is planned, ground monitoring of the former gasoline station site is continuing, to assure that no pollutants remain from the station. Marina officials are optimistic that the heads of present monitoring stations on the site can be lowered, allowing the monitoring to continue but landscaping work to begin. A temporary park of natural vegetation is planned on the site until a permanent landscaping can be developed at the site, which Marina officials consider as one of the most important “gateways to the Marina.” Across Fiji Way from the park site, a development firm headed by Rick Caruso has received necessary plan approval from the County Regional Planning Department and most of the required approvals from the County Marina del Rey Design Control Board. Some smaller approvals are still required from the Design Control Board, said Roger Moliere, Marina deputy director, concerned with asset management in the Marina. On Washington Boulevard, Moliere said plans are moving forward for redevelopment on the Marina Beach Shopping Center. There is also ground monitoring required on this site. The County Regional Planning Department requires such monitoring on all parcels “within 1,000 yards of former landfill projects.”...

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Alaska tour ends with too much ‘midnight sun’

FAIRBANKS, Alaska n We had come to Fairbanks over-packed with too many woolly sweaters, heavy sweatshirts, long-sleeved shirts and warm pants. By the time we arrived Saturday for a reunion of the Asper cousins the temperature in Fairbanks was hovering around 90 degrees. It was even too hot for the mosquitoes. It was certainly too warm for the 3,700 runners who started off at 10 p.m. that night in the annual Fairbanks Midnight Sun Marathon. And, no doubt, too hot for the players who lined up for the annual summer solstice baseball game that started at midnight a few nights later. No need to turn on any ballpark lights for this midnight game. At this time of the year, locals say the sun begins to set in Fairbanks sometime after 12:30 a.m. and starts up again shortly after 3 a.m. The tourist bureau says maximum daylight at summer solstice, June 21st, is between 1:59 a.m. and 11:48 p.m., providing 21 hours, 49 minutes of sun. In between, there is a bright “dusk” that you could read a book in. With as much darkness around the winter solstice in December as there is light in June, folks in Fairbanks make the most of the summer sunshine they get. And so did the Asper cousins, who decided to accept the invitation of Cousin Margaret, who has lived in Fairbanks for 34...

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A December boat parade already in planning stage

It may be the first week in June, but some folks in the Marina are already thinking about the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 11th. “In fact, we already have five entries and a theme,” boat parade president Cindy Williams told the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Harbor Committee this week. Theme for the holiday boat parade this year will be “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.” Boat parade organizers believe the theme will bring more music to the annual boat parade, always the largest event of the year in the Marina. Also this year, boat parade planners have lowered the entry fee for boat owners, hoping the new $25 entry fee for individual boats and $50 for nonprofit organizations will stimulate more entries in those two categories. Charter boats and corporate boats will pay $2 a foot to enter their boats. In past years, the Marina boat parade has had ties to boat parades in Tokyo and Fort Lauderdale. The folks who put on the boat parade in Fort Lauderdale — considered the largest in the country — have already signed up to participate in the December 11th Marina del Rey event, Cindy says. And there is indication that the folks connected to the boat parade in Tokyo Bay also want to continue their relationship with the Marina boat parade. Owners of...

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December boat parade already in planning stage

It may be the first week in June, but some folks in the Marina are already thinking about the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 11th. “In fact, we already have five entries and a theme,” boat parade president Cindy Williams told the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Harbor Committee this week. Theme for the holiday boat parade this year will be “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.” Boat parade organizers believe the theme will bring more music to the annual boat parade, always the largest event of the year in the Marina. Also this year, boat parade planners have lowered the entry fee for boat owners, hoping the new $25 entry fee for individual boats and $50 for nonprofit organizations will stimulate more entries in those two categories. Charter boats and corporate boats will pay $2 a foot to enter their boats. In past years, the Marina boat parade has had ties to boat parades in Tokyo and Fort Lauderdale. The folks who put on the boat parade in Fort Lauderdale — considered the largest in the country — have already signed up to participate in the December 11th Marina del Rey event, Cindy says. And there is indication that the folks connected to the boat parade in Tokyo Bay also want to continue their relationship with the Marina boat parade. Owners of...

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