I keep coming back to your web site because it links me to the
happy years in the early 50's that I used to run up and down that
sidewalk where your cams are now. Back then there were two public
beaches not far from either side of the ferry, each with a swimming
area and large float that had a high diving boards on them. One was
in front of Christians Hut which was an old fire trap of a two
story restaurant that sat where that large block of building hangs
over the sidewalk now. The other public beach was right in front of
the fun zone where rental boats are moored now. Does anyone
remember the dapper midget who used make change in the penny arcade
from way up on top of tall stool near the nickelodeon that pounded
out carnival music day and night?
I just downloaded your Tales of Balboa. The postcard
looks great. Thank you.
Hey Jim, thanks for keeping this website going!
My wife and I lived around 11th & Balboa for a few years and moved
to Chicago in 2002. The site really does a great job of capturing
what makes Balboa so special. Take care, Paul
I often visit family in Newport Beach and always manage to visit
Balboa Island. This last visit, I saw Nicholas Cage on Balboa
Island (which was really cool). I plan to live on Balboa someday,
possibly even open a business there. I love it so much because: the
stores are all on one street, there are always adorable dogs being
walked, the salt water taffy is legendary, I saw Nicholas Cage
there, on St. Patrick's day there were bagpipes and dancers
randomly celebrating in the streets, all of the streets are named
after gem stones, and the ferry ride is kind of fun. Just saying
I have been living in Balboa since last December
and I just now discovered your website. Love it! I grew up in
Westminster/Garden Grove/HB area and Balboa seemed like almost a
different world when I first moved down there, but I love it so
much. Your website is very helpful! Keep up the good work.
Jim, Nice to read the Daily Pilot story about
you and your love. I never miss reading your wonderful web site.
George (Bud) Barnett, Newport Harbor class of '41
Great pictures and website, but the sun doesn't
rise in the Pacific.
Congratulations on the Daily Pilot article. Good photo, good story
and the headline: Picturing Balboa. Doesn't get better than that.
Does anyone remember The Ice Cream Man shop on
Newport Blvd. between 29th & 30th street? According to my friend,
there was a shop in the 1970's.
This a very nice article about you and your gallery...Your picture
is excellent you look like Gentleman.
Wondering if you knew the approximate location of Gus's Sea Shell
What was the Mexican restaurant called that used
to be on Palm street before Mutt Lynch's?
This is great! Thank you for letting me know about your site. I
shared it with several of my coworkers this morning.
Best of luck to you!
This summer I will spend my 19th year on Newport
Beach with my kids. They choose Newport over any place in the world
for our annual two week vacations - and we have offered other
places. Anyway, I heard a terrible rumor that Balboa Market has
closed. When did that happen and is it open in another location?
Has another owner opened a market in its place? I can't imagine not
being able to go there after a day at the Beach to buy a bottle of
wine for the evening? I love your website - when I'm having a tough
day at work I listen to the bells of the ferry.
Have been visiting Bal since 4 yrs old (1943).
Still love to go there several times a year. Love the ferry. My H S
coach was part owner at one time. Agree that it needs the FUN ZONE
to be Balboa. Hope they keep the carousel as well as the Ferris