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Debra Talbot, 1960 – 2015

Debra Talbot

Debra Talbot

Debra Talbot, a former head of the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors’ Boating Section who was instrumental in shaping the department’s overall public communications strategy, died last week aboard the sailboat she lived on in Marina del Rey harbor. She was 55.

A resident of the marina for 27 years, Talbot was project manager of the Marina del Rey WaterBus, which has shuttled more than 250,000 riders through the harbor since its inception in 2004. Talbot sat on the Marina del Rey Historical Society’s board of directors and had served as vice president of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade.

Talbot, who often went by Debbie, was a member of the California Yacht Club and the Catalina Fleet of Santa Monica Bay. As a college women’s lacrosse goal- keeper for Slippery Rock University in her native Pennsylvania, Talbot set the record for most saves in a game — 31 against Penn State University.

Marina del Rey Sheriffs’ Station deputies found Talbot dead aboard her vessel last Thursday. Her cause of death had not been determined at press time and official identification was pending notification of next of kin, Los Angeles County Coroner investigator Ed Winter said.


No Penalty for Kardashian Fireworks

L.A. County prosecutors have decided not to file a disturbing the peace charge against the operator of the pyrotechnics company that launched a midnight fireworks show over Marina del Rey in August to entertain guests of a Kardashian yacht party.

That’s because the L.A. County Fire Department not only gave a permit for the fireworks, it also sent a fire captain to watch, according to a District Attorney’s office report declining the Marina del Rey Sheriff Station’s request to prosecute.

The surprise fireworks show generated noise complaints throughout Santa Monica Bay, prompting L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe to launch a county investigation into what went wrong.

L.A. County Fire Chief Darryl Osby confirmed that his department gave permission for the fireworks in an Oct. 1 letter responding to the probe. The letter calls for greater interagency cooperation and proposes a new requirement that anyone planning to launch fireworks after 9 p.m. get direct permission from the fire chief.

Pier 44 Lease Extension Delayed

The developer planning to remake Marina del Rey’s Pier 44 into a 13-acre retail-and-recreation complex with a waterfront Trader Joe’s will ask the county’s Small Craft Harbor Commission to approve a lease extension for the property, but not just yet.

Initially planned for discussion at the commission’s Oct. 14 meeting, the matter has now been delayed to a later meeting, project land use consultant Aaron Clark said.

Pacific Marina Ventures LLC plans to ask the commission to extend the company’s lease on 4.68 waterfront acres of the Pier 44 parcel through 2062.

The Regional Planning Commission has already approved redevelopment plans that, in addition to the Trader Joe’s, include a West Marina retail store, boat repair shot, boat sales office and a new home for the South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club.

Marina del Rey Boating Coalition member Jon Nahhas has filed an appeal against the Pier 44 re-development that will be heard when the project goes before the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for final approval.

Sewer Route Gets a Vote

Plans to run a new underground sewer line through the Marina Peninsula face a vote by the California Coastal Commission on Friday, but residents wishing to speak for or against the project will have to head to Long Beach to do so.

Commissioners will decide whether to issue a coastal development permit during a meeting at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center’s Seaside Ballroom that starts at 9 a.m. The item is at the bottom of the agenda, so speakers should prepare to wait.

The new Venice Dual Force Main Line would replace a pipe in dire need of repair, according to L.A. city officials. The sewer line route from the Hyperion Treatment Plant to the Venice Pumping Station on Hurricane Avenue would cross Grand Canal and follow Marquesas Way before heading south along Via Marina, Pacific Avenue and Vista del Mar.

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