Peninsula Briefs for July 2019: Seabins, OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off, grant applications and more

TextEditor OB Town Council Board poses with the surf boards donated by the late Nathan Margolis: Jill Kent, Daniel Grofer, Scott Grace, Marin Green, Corey Bruins, Trudy Levenson, Mark Winkie, Isaac Darby, Jon Carr and Stacie Woehrle


OB Town Council Board poses with the surf boards donated by the late Nathan Margolis: Jill Kent, Daniel Grofer, Scott Grace, Marin Green, Corey Bruins, Trudy Levenson, Mark Winkie, Isaac Darby, Jon Carr and Stacie Woehrle


Seabin to remove 90 tons of marine litter

Aussie surfer, father, ecoprenuer and clean ocean advocate Pete Ceglinski will tour from San Diego to San Francisco and then Hawaii with the device he and co-founder Andrew Turton invented to clean the ocean water: Seabins.

Each Seabin installed can remove up to 1.5 tons of waste from marine waterways per year. To date, there have been 719 Seabins installed worldwide, meaning that each day, a total of 1.95 tons of waste is extracted from the world’s waterways. Details at

The Seabin Tour visited Cabrillo Isle Marina on Friday, June 14. “Our goal is to install, demonstrate, give corporate presentations and host community events throughout the tour,” Ceglinski said. “The issue of ocean plastics is everyone’s problem and not any one person or group can solve it by themselves. We are looking to engage and activate communities by giving them the Seabin technology as a powerful communication platform.”

Since Seabin Project launched in the U.S. two years ago with Safe Harbor Marinas, an estimated 16.6 tons of waste has been extracted. An additional 35 units are being installed in the next month and over 70 units predicted for July, August and September. The tour will increase that number to 66 Seabins installed and result in an additional 90 tons of marine pollution extracted from U.S. waterways each year.

OB surf board maker gives OB parting gift

Ocean Beach is receiving a gift from long-time local surfer and board shaper, the late Nathan Margolis, who recently passed away while living in New Mexico. His sister, Rebecca, relayed to the OB Town Council that one of his parting wishes was to bring all of his surf boards back to OB — eight boards and two blanks — and give them a second life.

In a letter to the Council, Rebecca wrote: “Your acceptance of this gift and taking his board out on the waves is what Nathan hoped would happen. It made him smile to think of it. His surfboards are a little bit of him going home to Ocean Beach — his forever home.”

OB Town Council will select a number of nonprofits for the surf gifts, and will auction and raffle others throughout the rest of the year at local events, such as the Pier Pancake Breakfast in September and the OB Holiday Auction, slated to take place at the Sunshine Company in December.

OB Town Council is seeking someone who would be interested in transforming the two blank foam boards into useable boards or an art project that could be donated or auctioned for charity. Groundswell Community Project, a local nonprofit that offers therapeutic surf lessons for women recovering from trauma or abuse, are the first recipients of one of Margolis’ boards.

Anyone who would like to help, or who knew Nathan, is encouraged to e-mail OB Town Council at

Phase 2 of polystyrene ordinance in effect

The City continues its efforts to achieve Zero Waste-goals with implementing the second phase of the polystyrene foam and single-use plastics ordinance May 24. Now, there is a ban on the sale and distribution of egg cartons, food service ware and food trays made in whole or in part from polystyrene foam. This includes bowls, plates, trays, cups, lids and other similar items designed for one-time use for prepared foods, including containers for dine-in, takeout food and leftovers.

Acceptable alternatives include recyclable plastics, aluminum and recyclable paper products. Non-recyclable paper products, such as compostable products and non-recyclable paper are allowed under the ordinance, but are not preferred as they have to be disposed in the landfill.

The ordinance was rolled out in several phases to allow businesses and other entities time to implement changes. Businesses with a gross annual income of less than $500,000 on their most recent federal income tax filing are exempt from the requirements until Feb. 23, 2020.

OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off, June 22

The 40th anniversary of the OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off is set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22 in the 4800-5000 blocks of Newport Avenue, along the waterfront and in the pier parking lot. The festival will feature an array of food and merchandise vendors, four stages of continuous music, the Community Mural Project, a Local Art & Artisans showcase and the Chili Cook-Off.

More than 70,000 visitors are expected to attend, entry is free.

The Community Mural Project is a street fair tradition wherein attendees may purchase and paint a square section of a mural for later installed in the community. Squares are $20.

Chili tastings begin at 11 a.m. and end when contestants run out of samples. Tastings can be purchased for $2 per chili entry, with a bowl of Committee Chili for $4, or buy a Master Ticket for $20 to try every recipe and vote for the best.

Chili chefs are competing to win Best Restaurant Chili, Best Amateur Chili, Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice. Hodad’s Burger-Eating Competition is free to enter and winners will be featured on the OB Hodad’s Wall of Fame. Competition starts at 3:50 p.m.

The Beachside Bar will feature live music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for guests 21 and older. Trolley services run 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., one near Robb Field every 30 minutes and one on SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Coast Highway every hour. There is a free bike valet at the intersection of Bacon Street and Newport Avenue, courtesy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

Hypertension found in kids exposed to pesticides

In a study published online May 21 in the journal Environmental Research, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine found higher blood pressure and pesticide exposures in children associated with a heightened pesticide spraying period around the Mother’s Day flower harvest.

This study involved assessing 313 boys and girls, ages 4-9, residing in floricultural communities in Ecuador. The children were examined up to 100 days after the Mother’s Day harvest. It was discovered that children examined sooner after the harvest had higher pesticide exposures and higher systolic and diastolic blood pressures compared to children examined later.

In addition, children who were examined within 81 days after the harvest were three times more likely to have hypertension than children examined between 91 and 100 days. Read the full study at

OB photog aces contest

Winning photos for the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association are published in the current issue of Shore and Beach magazine. Ocean Beach MainStreet Association member Josh Utley’s photo won to represent the U.S. Pacific Coast and Alaska in the 2018 photo contest.

San Diego honors Point Loma High student

Mel Deorsola, a writer/filmmaker at Point Loma High School, is one of 25 students honored for their accomplishments at the first Most Remarkable Teens in San Diego awards, May 31, sponsored by the Public Defender’s Office and the San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council. The program hopes to recognize teens for their contributions and efforts. Three of Deorsola’s short films have been shown at the San Diego Film Festival in the Emerging Filmmakers category and one at the Mesa Film Festival in Arizona. She crafted a Public Service Announcement about not stereotyping people and is the editor of the Pop Culture section of PLHS’s newspaper.

Mel Deorsola of Point Loma High School
Mel Deorsola of Point Loma High School
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Art exhibit celebrates native vegetation

Los Angeles-based artist/illustrator Lesley Goren, whose images of plants and flowers are a self-described “love note” to the native vegetation of Southern California, has her exhibition California Tapestry on display at the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Visitor and Interpretive Center through Aug. 3. To commemorate her exhibition, Goren created two custom greeting card designs for the park to be sold in the gift shop.

The opening reception will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 in the Visitor Center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. Artwork featured will be available for sale, and a portion of the funds will support the park. (619) 668-3281 or

OB Town Council invites grant applications

Ocean Beach Town Council is accepting grant proposals for its 2019 Community Grants program. OBTC awards funds to organizations, groups and individuals that promote the betterment and beautification of OB, and the welfare of its residents.

To apply for an OBTC Community Grant, complete the online form at or e-mail to request a paper copy. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30. A confirmation e-mail will be sent within three business days of receiving the application.

OBTC will announce the awards at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Awardees are expected to attend. Addditionally, OBTC Community Grant recipients will be asked to provide a report that will be highlighted on the OBTC website about how the grant funds will be used.

Homes needed for holiday tour benefit

All Souls’ Episcopal Church is searching the community for four to five Peninsula homes to showcase during its 68th annual Christmas Home Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The fundraiser includes an extensive marketplace on church grounds, a tea and several other activities. To volunteer or suggest a residence, contact Derelynn Kalafer at (619) 208-4347 or

OB Target poised for summer debut

The new Target Express store in OB is set to open “sometime this summer” at 4854 Newport Ave. Target recently began interviewing potential employees at their existing Sports Arena Boulevard location, working toward filling the 50 available positions in the new 18,000-square-foot store.

Cabrillo Monument tourism raises $67.5 M

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 842,000 visitors to Cabrillo National Monument in 2018 spent $49.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 654 jobs in the area and had a cumulative benefit to the San Diego economy of $67.5 million.

“Cabrillo National Monument welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Andrea Compton. “We are delighted to share the story of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s journey and invite you to experience sweeping views of San Diego while you go on your own journey of exploration. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and tourism is a big factor in the San Diego economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Egan Cornachione of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. It shows $20.2 billion of direct spending by more than 318 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 329,000 jobs nationally; 268,000 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $40.1 billion.