Ed Ciliberti purchased the caboose in April 2018 with plans to redo it and open it as a gift shop and a display for railroad memorabilia. To get ready for it to open, Ciliberti had the railcar’s roof replaced and fumigation done. He also obtained a lease from the City of Monterey so he could keep the 45-foot-long car on Cannery Row. “It will be open in January with railroad memorabilia for sale and a museum highlighting the history of the railcar,” including before it was converted to a caboose in the 1940s and came to Cannery Row in 1968,
The family-friendly festival will feature activities for kids including a creation station where they will be able to color their own sardine can labels, as well as balloon art and a special Squid 4 Kids science presentation with a real Humboldt squid.
The crowds on Cannery Row are often victims of motorcycle thefts when the event is in town.
The 22nd edition of Race Night on the Row will start at 4 p.m., with Cannery Row closed to cars until 10 p.m. as motorcycles park along the street. The event is billed as the area’s most popular afterparty for the FIM Superbike World Championship, which will be making its only U.S. stop at Laguna Seca with races Friday through Sunday.
A technology being deployed along Cannery Row is able to tell businesses how many people are walking down the sidewalk in front of their stores at any particular time of the day and even what gender the pedestrians are.
The device and software, called ViMo, is a vision-based sensor with AI analytics that can, for example, tell a business that 200 men of an average age walk past the store on Tuesdays between noon and 1 p.m. A retailer could then adjust its marketing to target that particular customer base.
Divers conducted an underwater cleanup off McAbee Beach in Monterey and discovered hundreds of crayons littering the ocean floor. KSBW took a close look at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.’s crayons on today, which are packaged with plastic in pairs. The crayons matched the type that divers were finding on the ocean floor.
Ed Ciliberti of Pebble Beach told The Pine Cone that Monterey gave him a license for the 1916 caboose, which he purchased from local author Randall Reinstedt and his wife, Debbie. The state granted Ciliberti a seller’s permit this week.“I hope to have the new ground lease in the next few days for The Cannery Row Caboose,” said Ciliberti on the train car’s new business name.
On July 13, the aquarium purchased a two-story, oceanfront structure located between its Open Sea exhibit wing and Pacific Biological Laboratories from Frances Yee for $2.4 million.
“The building at 810 Cannery Row was acquired from the family of the late Jack Yee, whose father, Won Yee, was the model for the character of grocer Lee Chong, proprietor of the Wing Chong Market,” Monterey Bay Aquarium spokesman Emerson Brown told The Pine Cone
Cannery Row™ is changing, along the lines of less Steinbeck and more Stockton.
Ciliberti purchased the historical caboose for $27,000 with the expectation to not only keep and maintain the piece of history and landmark in Cannery Row, but to also run an antique and collectibles business out of it as the previous owners did. He recently paid upward of $20,000 for the railroad memorabilia inventory owned by the caboose’s previous owners Debbie and Randy Reinstedt.
“I didn’t know – I purchased it with the idea of keeping and knowing that it would stay local and hopefully it would continue as a business,” said Ciliberti, noting that he had bought it under certain assumptions but had not yet talked with the city about it. “I recently purchased all the memorabilia with the hope to continue on the same path (as the previous owners).”
“I was really wanting to make sure that nobody out of the area was going to take it,” said Ciliberti, a Realtor with Keller Williams and Peninsula resident since 1982. “It’s a piece of history and a landmark.”
Although the Reinstedts received several offers with one prospective buyer willing to pay substantially higher than the asking price, Debbie Reinstedt said the couple feel good about the caboose’s new owner.